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Does your cargo bike flex?

Old 05-21-19, 02:15 PM
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Does your cargo bike flex?

I've been successfully commuting (11 miles each way) on my touring bike recently, but there are days when I need to carry more weight or bulk than I can comfortably put on that bike. I've been looking at long-tail cargo bikes but I'm considerably put off by the amount of flex that I feel when the bike has a load on it. Unloaded they ride great, but when I put 50 lbs or more on the bikes, they begin to wag behind me - especially when I'm climbing hills out of the saddle (which I like to do). I've tried both a Surly Big Dummy and an old Xtracycle with the same results. I also tried a Yuba Mundo. The Mundo did have less flex but it was heavy and I prefer the more forward riding position I could get on the other two bikes.

Do I just need to accept a certain amount of flex?
Do cargo bikers avoid standing up to pedal?
Is there a stiffer bike that I should try?
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Old 05-21-19, 10:30 PM
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Question What loads are you carrying?

I built a touring bike frame from frame components of cargo & tandem bikes , 22+ years ago ..
toured Ireland & Scotland on it

It is quite solid ... does weigh 40 pounds.. I worked together with a builder of cargo bikes , in Eugene Oregon..

Using one of his own long wheelbase front loading linkage steered version of the Danish Long John , in 4130,
(Owned by a friend who started a bakery CoOp)
carrying a 10'x10' folding market vendor's tent frame and canopy, ...that stuck out a few meters ahead of the front wheel
moving it across town to put up for shade over a petition signature gathering effort, in front of the Post Office..
Then, It did need some steering correction. as I navigated our small town

you are offering speculation .. I have no answer..

Austin ? talk to the guys running the compost by bike company ..

saw them on a PBS TV story..

Rather than buying, off the shelf which you found inadequate, ..
have something built
for your specific load hauling needs?


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