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Saturday, January 31, 2015
New Bike Friday in the House
This is my new Bike Friday Haul-A-Day -- their non-folding cargo bike. Just got it assembled yesterday and took it for it's first ride this morning.
Some details: the rear panniers are similar (though smaller) to what you might find on an Xtra-cycle. They will hold a lot of groceries or whatever. It has a standard 8-speed derailleur and front and rear disk brakes. The front basket is frame mounted so that even loaded it won't effect steering much. It takes some getting used to, though. I got a bit sea-sick as the wheel would move but the basket didn't.
You can't see it here, but the frame actually collapses so that different sized riders can share the same bike (seat and handle height also easily adjusts) so that in theory different family members can share the same bike.
The stock model supposedly can transport 200 lbs of cargo. I'm a little (yeah right!) over the stock rider limit but this one has some "heavy rider" upgrades so I'm not sure how much cargo I can carry but I doubt I'll do more than 100lbs as the main purpose is grocery shopping.
Our local electronics waste recycling facility is actually just off the beach bike path. As I am slowly trying to get ride of old junk -- anybody need a couple 2 serial, 1 parallel port boards? How about RLL and EDSI disk controllers? -- I look forward riding up there some future Saturday with a load of e-junk.
Added: First grocery run. That is a large canvas bag (foreground is a Trader Joe's) on each side.
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