I posted a while back about deciding between a Yuba Mundo and a Madsen Cargo bike as a car - substitute for our families upcoming move to Milwaukee.
I've been mulling things over, and I'm considering making a more substantial investment in a cargo bike.
I might be able to push the budget to around $3,000 if it would work well under the following conditions: (It needs to be a serious car replacement).
It needs to be able to haul 2 kids (currently 1.5 and 4 years old) + a weeks worth of groceries.
Needs to work reasonably well in all kinds of weather (aside from DEEP snow) -- so it needs to be able to fit fenders, weather protection for the kids, and studded tyres.
It needs to have a useful life as near daily ride after the kids outgrow it, or maintain it's value well enough that I won't cringe when it comes time to sell it.
Must be comfortably ridable on packed gravel MUPs.
Milwaukee doesn't have any major climbs, but there are plenty of gradients to contend with so climbing is a little bit of an issue.
Aside from the usual 2-4 mile trips to the shops, etc. The bike would be used for regular (2-3 times a week) trips 18 - 20 mile round trip into town -- both with kids, and just myself. I need to manage around an hour for each leg of this kind of trip fairly reliably. I also fancy the occasional longer trip out into the countryside for a s24o with one or both of the kids (or just me).
The family will be one - car. It will be used 90% of the time by my wife. I don't anticipate her using the bike much, if at all. It's how things are now. At the moment, I'm using a trailer, but I'd like the idea of an all - in - one solution.
I currently have a Brompton, a alu-carbon road bike, and an old Cresswell Fold-it in the stable.
I won't be commuting as I work from my House, but I might want to use the the bike to run some errands in between meetings.
I'm pretty handy with a table saw so I don't mind a DIY box if needs must, but the bike needs to be ready to roll when we land from the UK with a minimum amount of futzing. I won't be able to spend weeks in my spare time building it up...
I'm wondering if a Cetma Largo might fit the bill... Also on the list of consideration is a Rans Hammer truck, and the Big Dummy. The longtails seem more versitle as they can behave more like a 'regular bike', but are less kid friendly. I like the idea of a box where I can just toss stuff in the box and go without worrying about straps, load balancing, etc.
The biggest problem I have is that test riding isn't possible before I plunk down the cash for Cetma, so I'm wondering if I just bought it and then hated it how much could I sell one for on the used market? How comparable is the Cetma to other box-bikes that I might be able to test ride in the UK ?