Thursday, 11 August 2022

The Car-Replacement Bicycle (the bakfiets)

quote [ When we were moving back to Canada, we knew we'd need a car, but we couldn't afford one after the move. Thankfully, we found an electric bakfiets, and not only did it take the place of a car, it also saved us thousands of dollars in the process. ]

Kinda want one now. If I didn't have my cat I might just settle on a bike and a tent instead of my van.
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ComposerNate said @ 8:10am GMT on 13th August
The two wheels up front means a larger box, can hold more weight and volume, came with two benches and seat belts to hold four children, I removed a bench and it seats my wife and son fine up front, he on her lap, both facing forward. Officially holding 150kg cargo, I've braced the floor, have carried more weight, but greater risk of tire damage. The handling takes some getting used to when cornering at speed, needing slow some or risk lifting one of the front wheels, doesn't bother me. No suspension in front, so better for passengers on smooth street rather than cobblestone.

ComposerNate said @ 8:12am GMT on 13th August
The two wheels up front means a larger box, can hold more weight and volume, came with two benches and seat belts to hold four children, I removed a bench and it seats my wife and son fine up front, he on her lap, both facing forward. Officially holding 150kg cargo, I've braced the floor, have carried more weight, but greater risk of tire damage. The handling takes some getting used to when cornering at speed, needing slow some or risk lifting one of the front wheels, doesn't bother me. No suspension in front, so better for passengers on smooth street rather than cobblestone.

The felt strips I added to front and sides means I can also lock on a bicycle or two to the outside of the box without scratching paint.



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ComposerNate said @ 8:10am GMT on 13th August [Score:1 Insightful]
The two wheels up front means a larger box, can hold more weight and volume, came with two benches and seat belts to hold four children, I removed a bench and it seats my wife and son fine up front, he on her lap, both facing forward. Officially holding 150kg cargo, I've braced the floor, have carried more weight, but greater risk of tire damage. The handling takes some getting used to when cornering at speed, needing slow some or risk lifting one of the front wheels, doesn't bother me. No suspension in front, so better for passengers on smooth street rather than cobblestone.

The felt strips I added to front and sides means I can also lock on a bicycle or two to the outside of the box without scratching paint.




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