Zigo Bakfiets Carrier Bike - Converts to Bike and Stroller

Bakfiets Knock-Offs – Again Buyer Beware - CarrierBike.com

Bakfiets Knock-Offs – Again Buyer Beware


Zigo Bakfiets Carrier Bike - Converts to Bike and Stroller

We have previously noted that a Czech knock-off of Zigo was seen, as well as a Chinese version of Taga. However, we have not commented on the general prevelence (in Europe) of Chinese-made bakfietsen that to a casual eye may not be distinguishable from the higher-quality products. For those shopping based only on price, buying a cheap product can be a source of short-term savings and long-term disappointment. Although these bikes can look at first glance like a well-made bakfiets, they are usually cobbled together from inferior parts. If you are paying 50-75% less than a bike from a well-known manufacturer, the rule of “you don’t get something for nothing” applies. On the inferior made bikes, parts are likely to rust quickly, bicycle components are probably the cheapest available, and the panels or soft goods will not be quality and will degrade rapidly. This topic has been widely discussed over the past few years primarily in European bakfiets blogs. But as carrier bikes become more popular in the United States, it is important to mention again here. Just because a product was made in China does not make it bad. But before you purchase a carrier bike or bakfiets, know from whom you are buying and where it was made. Investigate if there is any chance that it is a knock-off. A carrier bike is a sophisticated machine, and reputable designers and manufacturers spend a lot of time and money designing in quality and safety. It is easy to adulterate the product so that at first glance it seems the same. However, small changes can result in big changes in quality, reliability, and safety. Buying a poorly-made product is at best a waste of money. But poorly made product can contribute to accidents and injury. Don’t take that chance with precious cargo. Either spend what is required for a quality product, or don’t get one until you can afford it. In the long run, saving and waiting is the better choice.


Zigo Bakfiets Carrier Bike - Converts to Bike and Stroller


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Zigo Bakfiets Carrier Bike - Converts to Bike and Stroller