The Cargobike

about 18 months ago, we acquired a fine danish cargobike and it has been a source of pleasure since. Besides allowing us to keep our normal way of moving around town with the small kid, there is mainly two reasons to praise this bike:

  1. It is actually fun to ride. Compared to a three-wheeled cargo bike anyway, and with little or no cargo even compared to a normal bike. This is mostly due to the long wheelbase and a reduction in steering which give an uncompared cruise feeling.
  2. At some point of owning a Bullit you might experience a growing ambition to transport larger, heavier and freakier goods. Rewards are looks by people passed by (which is a hard currency in Copenhagen’s streets, less so in the German countryside).

This post is about the second point. I present you some practical applications, collected by me [team bluebird] and my old man [team clockwork orange] :

 

I look forward to taking the challenge further next summer. Meanwhile, have a video of the early standard application:

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A weaponized car

Get these cars out of my city.

Here is what I wrote to the police yesterday morning:

I was cykling down R-gade towards Å-gade. The car pulled up onto R-gade behind me (probably from B-gade) with screaming tyres and passed me by with only a few centimeters distance. In my surprise I reacted with a single knock on the back part of the car.

The driver then stopped the car somewhere close to or even on the pedestrian crossing ahead of me and I continued to pass it on the right side. When I had almost passed the standing car, the driver accelerated the car shortly and turned it to the right, hitting my bike. I jumped/fell/stepped off the bike away from the car. The car then immediately continued down R-gade.

I read out loud the license plate of the leaving car to remember, got my phone out and texted the number to my wife. A few people who witnessed the incident came to see if I was alright and offered their help. Two of them gave me their telephone numbers/names.

Aside from a small scratch mark, I have not noticed any injuries.

Immediately after the incident I thought that perhaps me knocking – or better said kicking – the car was too much of a provocation. But after thinking about it, I don’t think it was, and surely the reaction was in no way proportionate. I will continue doing so with cars passing by too close (which luckily is very rare around here). It is the only way I can think of to get a driver’s attention in their nearly sound proof cell.

Strange enough though this is not the first time (but far the most extreme) I notice a driver getting really upset about this. A close family member also recently became the aim of a bottle thrown out of a car window for doing it.

Also, I am really curious about the juristic/legal severity of the driver’s action in my case.

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Fatties Fit Fine

Nach langem langem Warten, nun endlich : Surly Troll.
Der Plan war eigentlich, noch schnell Fotos zu machen, bevor die ersten Kratzer drauf sind. Zu spät.

Ich habe das Biest also zuerst mal als Fixie aufgebaut: Kernstück ist dabei das auf die Scheibenbremsaufnahme geschraubte Ritzel von Velo Solo. Das Hinterrad ist nicht ganz konsequent: Man sieht auf der anderen Seit den gewöhnlichem Freilauf und Platz für eine ganzes Ritzelpaket, das Rad ist nur umgedreht eingebaut. Diese Lösung ist zwar nichts für Gewichtsfetischisten – ca 200g extra – aber da ist das ganze Rad wohl chancenlos. Sie macht es aber möglich, ohne ein ganzes neues Rad kaufen zu müssen, auf Freilauf und Gangschaltung umzrüsten.
Auf dem Bild rechts oben sieht man auch gut einige hässlichsten, aber praktischen Löcher, die in den Rahmen gebohrt sind, und die horizontalen Ausfallenden. In der Mitte unten sieht man schon einen Bissabdruck der Kette im Lack: man sollte wirklich verhindern, dass einem die Kette vom Zahnkranz abspringt, die ist nämlich starr mit dem sich drehenden Rad verbunden.
Einige Sachen sind noch unvollendet. Weil ich bald auf Reisetauglichkeit umrüsten werde, habe ich z.B. erst mal drauf verzichtet, den Schnellspanner durch eine solide Achse zu ersetzen, und ob ich die Gabel oben so lang lasse, dass ich stolze 8 Spacer einfügen muss, weiß ich auch noch nicht. Die Aufkleber bleiben mit Sicherheit auch nicht alle drauf.

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