> The Bakfiets Cargobike: Commenting Is Back...

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Commenting Is Back...

Here's a bird's eye view of the cargo box. The floor of the box is covered with a durable non-slip coating as often seen on concrete stairs or skateboard decks. The thoughtful folks at Bakfiets even provide nice drain holes in the box so it does not become a Pondfiets when left out in the rain... The kid steps on the outside of the box take advantage of the non-slip coating as well.

Jonathan Maus and I were taking the bike out for a test spin recently and discussing how easy it would be to add accessories, reflectors, etc. to the marine plywood box if you wanted to. I like his description of the box as an "open source platform" in its hardware store friendliness. If the stock box doesn't do it for you, you could easily build an entirely new one and bolt it on to the subframe in minutes. Mobile kegerator or diamond plate flatbed anyone?

Sorry to anyone who has visited recently and attempted to comment - I accidentally turned commenting off on recent posts while fussing with the Blogger settings. Comment away, I didn't mean to lock you out and look forward to hearing from you!


Blogger Al in Kyoto said...

Hi there Richard. I've just read everything on your excellent blog here .
Would you object to my linking to this site which I've been putting together to compare the situation with urban utility cycling as it is in Kyoto in Japan with that in Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand ?

I've included observations and suggestions to provide ideas for an alternative approach to promoting 'utility' cycling which may be of interest to Activists, Planners, Councillors or Engineers involved or interested in promoting cycling.
I've recently added some links to some short videos which show how cyclists share pavements in Kyoto with pedestrians. I never saw any serious attempts to set bikes up to carry large loads in Japan but in Korea and China they build some amazing work horses which may make a come back when the gas runs out.....


Alan Preston.
Christchurch . New Zealand.

2:42 AM  

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