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load carrying bikes

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Yellow Fang, 16 Jun 2008.

  1. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
  2. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I would really like a bakfiets!!!
     
  3. botchjob

    botchjob Well-Known Member

    I've been looking into the same thing recently and there are some really interesting utility bikes available now. The Extracycle looks pretty nifty although i've read reports that the add-on kit can feel a little unstable. The factory models might be better. Kona have also recently released a model called the 'Ute' which looks pretty sturdy.

    I've got a second nipper on the way so have been trying to find a bike which can carry two kids safely so i can do the nursery drop off and continue with my daily commute. It looks like it will be a choice between an adapted version of one of the above, or a Dutch-type bike with seats front and back like this one

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    I guess i wouldn't have much street cred with something like that but at least i'd still be on a bike. Does anyone have any experience/solutions of carrying two kids?
     
  4. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    Welcome botchjob.
     
  5. botchjob

    botchjob Well-Known Member

    Thanks! Have been lurking from time to time and finally had something to contribute
     
  6. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    I like the idea of this sort of thing as a load carrier but that is because I would be carrying a lot of cargo.
     
  7. Tharg2007

    Tharg2007 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    various workbikes here the yuba and the one less car are some of my faves although i would also love a bakfiets
    also some more here and the bakfiets here .
    The christiania is also nice.

    I love workbikes, been looking at hem allot recently and thinking how much I would love one, I think these will be the future for allot of short trips and deliveries once fuel/tax/cars etc become a total waste of time.
     
  8. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Getting a trailer is your best bet. I've had two kids on the bike -one on a child seat on the back and one on a Weeride on the front. It works, but it's not very stable and it's a balancing act trying to get one off while the other is still on.

    If you use a trailer you can get them both in it, or one in the trailer and one a rear seat. It's easy, and the kids will love it.
     
  9. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Location:
    Brighton
    I've not carried two kids in it, but I do have a two-child trailer at home, and I'd definitely recommend it.

    One of the nice things about the trailer is that you never have to worry about it falling over while loading or unloading - you can just lie your bike flat if need be and the trailer is unaffected. Despite having a trailer I often use a rear child seat instead (it means I don't have to go back home to drop the trailer off before heading off to work) but I don't fancy trying to get two children off child seats on a bike. You wouldn't be able to hold or catch the bike if it got knocked over while you were putting one child in or out; it sounds rather precarious.

    One of the lovely things about child trailers is that motorists tend to be *really* considerate - they'll stop just to wave you across a crossroads, depsite the fact that they've got priority - that kind of thing. I've never been treated so nicely as when I've had the child trailer!

    The main downside is that it's quite bulky. Not a problem on the road, but it can be a pain when it comes to storing it etc. I think the nicer/more expensive ones aren't as bad sizewise, but I've got a £60 steel monster from eBay, and it's not small!
     
  10. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    Location:
    Gosport
    I have a Pashley Delibike (single speed / rod brakes) whichtakes a whole supermarket trolley in the basket!

    Light and bulky - Delibike

    Heavy and bulky - Trailer
     
  11. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Guru

    Location:
    Reading
    One of the suggestions mentioned in the C+ article was a Brompton. I saw one with one those touring panniers yesterday, and it was massive - big enough for any shopping I'd want to do, so maybe it's not such a bad idea.