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cat0020 02-09-20 11:35 AM

Cheap eBay cargo bike purchase
 
Bought this for less than $450 delivered to my driveway.
Looking forward to putting it to work in NYC metro, maybe fit an electric motor when I wear out the rear wheel.
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CliffordK 02-09-20 11:57 AM

Hmmm... Raleigh Lorry.

Interesting bike. 8-Speed with no front derailleur. I like the disc brakes.

Do you have a basket or bag planned for the front?
@spinnanz just posted a similar bike, but slightly older.
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...-bike-age.html

cat0020 02-09-20 12:41 PM

No basket, just an aluminum platform, I didn't mount it to the bike minimize the weight, likely ditch the fenders, too.

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StephenH 02-11-20 12:28 PM

Get a big basket on front, and you have something similar to the Schwinn Cycle Truck or the Worksman or other Low Gravity bikes.
I've got an India-made Arpan low-gravity bike. The main drawback I've found with that configuration is that if you get the front basket loaded up with groceries, straddle the bike, and lift on the handlebars, the rear wheel comes up, instead of the front. So awkward to walk it across a curb when loaded. But that's a pretty minor issue.
Mine came with a big frame to hold a wicker basket, which I didn't have (they're available by custom basket makers, tho). But I used plywood and hardware cloth to make the basket part inside the frame.

cat0020 03-05-20 11:56 AM

I'll probably just strap a milk or bread crate to the front.
Less attractive to wondering eyes of bike thieves.

squirtdad 03-05-20 07:47 PM

all said and done that looks pretty decent for the price......let us know how it rides. you could always do camo uglification for NYC streets :)

cat0020 03-06-20 01:19 PM

It rides well, for its long wheelbase and wide handlebars.
I'm not sure of the weight capacity for the front rack, but milkcrate is sturdy enough to carry some heavy loads.
Stable is how I would describe the ride.

For uglification, I usually just leave the road grimes and hang some dirty, stinky rag around the handlebars, plastic bag over the saddle.

BobbyG 03-09-20 04:24 PM

Cool!

Raiden 03-18-20 11:30 PM

Its a nice simple set of parts on that thing. I think the only thing that's going to be hard to replace quickly if needed is that front tire. The rear derailer is just one or two steps above junk, that's about the first part I'd replace/upgrade. The brakes are probably next, especially if you plan on putting any weight on the thing and DEFINITELY if you e-bike it. Also I'd bet the handlebars put the grips in a comfy riding position, but I find I have a heck of a time getting accessories to mount right on them, it all gets too crowded.

cat0020 03-19-20 09:34 AM


Originally Posted by Raiden (Post 21373608)
Its a nice simple set of parts on that thing. I think the only thing that's going to be hard to replace quickly if needed is that front tire. The rear derailer is just one or two steps above junk, that's about the first part I'd replace/upgrade. The brakes are probably next, especially if you plan on putting any weight on the thing and DEFINITELY if you e-bike it. Also I'd bet the handlebars put the grips in a comfy riding position, but I find I have a heck of a time getting accessories to mount right on them, it all gets too crowded.

For $450 shipped to my driveway, I think this cargo bike is a pretty good value.
Front tire is just a regular BMX tire, plenty of options to pick for replacement.

Rear derailleur and disc brakes are workhorse units, I've got similar rear derailleur and disc brakes on my folding commuter, never need much maintenance still functions fine after 9 months of usage.

No rubbing on the disc brakes once I adjusted it properly. The cheapo disc brakes on my folding bike has been the best brakes I've experienced in terms of need for maintenance... ZERO needed.
Riding among NYC metro traffic, 20 mph is dangerous speed, anything above that is just suicide IMO. No need for hydraulic brakes. Maybe I was hauling 60 lb+ of cargo I would need better brakes.

I don't hang much accessories on the handlebars since that would just attract thieves...
The OEM bell is a nice brass unit, I was thinking of downgrading it with a rubber horn just to make the bike annoying, deter theft.


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