The woman once voted into spot 32 of the Top 100 Sexiest Girls in the World – by the readers of popular Danish magazine “M!” has been spotted on a Zigo Leader in Denmark. Gry Bay, best known for her sexy role in “All About Anna”, is now Mom about town…a sexy bike for a sexy Mom.
Xtracycle makes a couple of really nice products for cargo hauling. The xtracylce Radish is dubbed “the complete family bike” on the xtracycle website. The Radish is a complete cargo bike and not a conversion kit. The Radish features a chromoly frame and weighs about 45 lbs. (before adding cargo kits). It features front and rear SD-5 v-brakes, a SRAM X-5 rear derailleur and a SRAM 11-34 cassette. The Radish can be outfitted with a variety of cargo attachments, depending on what you plan to carry. For light hauling, there is the Eco kit. The Classic kit is for heavier goods, while the Trucker, you guessed it, is for even heavier loads. The Family kit includes a PeaPod baby seat and an adapter for child hauling. The base Radish is $900, and the various cargo kits range from $135 for the Eco to $540 for the Family or Trucker kit. The xtracycle Radish, and similar long-tail bikes, are a nice cargo alternative. For transporting kids, we still favor a carrier bike with a forward positioned carrier, but for cargo, the xtracycle radish is a contender.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Weehoo today announced a voluntary recall of the Weehoo iGo Bicycle Pedal Trailer, affecting approximately 2,700 units manufactured between April 2011 and July 2011, following one report of the receiver on the trailer’s seat post hitch cracking while in use. Although no injuries were reported, this failure can cause the trailer to detach, posing fall and crash hazards to the child in the seat. Consumers are advised to stop using the product immediately and to contact Weehoo for the repair kit. Consumers will receive a steel reinforcement sleeve to be installed over the receiver. For additional information, contact Weehoo at (800) 538-6950 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.weehoobicycletrailer.com. See the CPSC announcement here: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11323.html.
A “recall” does not usually mean that the product needs to be sent back. Usually the company sends out some sort of repair/fix it kit, as described above. A recall is not all that unusual and affects companies big and small. Products in the bike and child care categories seem to be particularly susceptible to recall. A recall is usually not the end of a product but just a hiccup. Burley, for example, had a trailer recall in 2010 and is still going strong, and stroller giant Maclaren recalled 1 million strollers in 2011. InStep had a trailer bike recall in 2010, and Norco Products Ltd., maker of Adams Trail-a-Bike, had an 80,000 unit recall in 2005. The Weehoo is a nice niche trailer bike, and with 2,700 units manufactured this Spring, it clearly has an appeal. We are optimistic that Weehoo will bounce back from this setback.
CarrierBike.com is now offering FREE listings to buy and sell bakfietsen, carrier bikes, cargo bikes, bike trailers, and well just about anything with wheels. It is important that there be an efficient market to ensure that these vehicles maintain their value when sold second-hand. If the resale value can be upheld then it makes it easier for people to justify buying new bikes as well.
Bolivia this week held its first National Day of the Pedestrian. We’d like to report that the streets were flooded with carrier bikes, but that’s not quite right–there were some bikes, but also runners and people dressed as zebras of course. However, 2 million cars were taken off the streets in 9 cities in an effort to call attention to the environment. It might have been a cynical politically motivated maneuver by Evo Morales, but it still worked. Does the United States now need to take an example from Bolivia on how to make it streets complete?
Zigo at Eurobike last week unveiled a prototype of the new eZigo electric carrier bike. Using the TransX battery, the eZigo was reported to be a pleasure to ride. The styling is expected to be updated to a more integrated look before a final eZigo is released, possibly as early as mid-2012. The eZigo, and electric bakfietsen in general, open the carrier bike market to those in hilly regions, those less fit, and those doing long commutes. This product is expected to be a success in Europe. Even in the United States, the eBike trend is taking off. We expect to see many electrified bakfietsen in the future. What a great, economical way to save on gas and transportation costs. At around $3,000, an eZigo would pay for itself in no time. Note that the picture shown is just the Cycle component of the eZigo Carrier Bike. It couples to the ChildPod in the same fashion as the Zigo Leader. So it can be used as a regular electric bike, an electric carrier bike, or a regular stroller, jogger or trailer. Other electrified Zigo Leader units have been reported in Europe (see links below) but the eZigo is the first one produced by Zigo.
This is a classic clip from May 2008 of the Mama Bakfiets race held in Vondelpark in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It looks like great fun and great exposure for the bakfiets culture. We would like to hear from others with Bakfietsen or shops that sell them who would be interested in organizing a Mama Bakfiets race in Central Park in New York City.
CETMA Cargo bikes are hand-built in Oregon in the good-old United States of America. The CETMA cargo bikes come in two sizes, Largo and Margo, which differ in wheelbase by about 6 inches. The CETMA Largo weighs 75 lbs and claims a cargo hauling rating of 300 lbs, while the smaller Margo comes in at 60-65 lbs with a similar load rating. The CETMA cargo bike is sold as a frameset for $1,850 plus shipping. This means that you then need to have the bike built and purchase and add on all the components. It is not for your average suburban mom! The CETMA cargo bikes come with a basic cargo platform integrated into the frame. On to this, you can add a box for carrying anything from children to the kitchen sink, converting it into a classic bakfiets style. The box that CETMA offers is $300, but you can build your own (or have one built for you).
It is nice to see that we are still building things (let alone bicycles) in the U.S.A.
We recently stumbled across Boxcycles, a small company offering the Danish Christiania bikes in the United States. It is the typical story of American boy meets bike, meets danish girl, moves to Denmark, moves back, and starts selling cool cargo bikes, though we’re not certain of the precise sequence of these events. Boxcycles offers the Christiania box bikes through a handful of specialty bike shops in the United States. The price for a Christiania cargo bike is reported to cost about $2,700 in the United States, and we saw one listed at $2,599 at Flying Pigeon (a Los Angeles based bike shop). We’re not sure quite how many bikes are being sold at this price, but it is reported to be about 100-200 annually–not much for all of the United States. The mainstreaming of cargo bikes in the United States has been much reported, and we hope to see more and more on the streets. With a range of price points, from the $3,500 Nihola (also at Flying Pigeon) to the more economically priced Zigo Leader (starting at $$1,399), and the Christiania model somewhere in between, we hope that there is a Bakfiets out there for everyone.
The Taga stroller-bike was a clever design and slickly made, and certainly it gathered a lot of press and publicity (notably Tori Spelling trying one), but it seems that the product is no longer available. Some time ago, a letter went out to Taga’s dealers in Europe notifying them that it was not certain when supply would again be available. No update has been forthcoming. The Taga website no longer lists any dealers and just says “we are currently out of stock”. A review of the Taga Facebook page reveals many comments indicating that the product can no longer be found, and forlorn inquiries from owners seeking support or accessories. There are also posts from various obscure companies in Taiwan claiming to offer Taga. There seems to be no participation any longer from the Company on the Taga Facebook page. On top of this, there were previous reports (see: http://carrierbike.com/2011/04/13/taga-chinese-knockoff-buyer-beware/) of a Chinese Taga Knock-off. Sadly, it seems that a nicely-made product that might have expanded the appeal of cycling is now gone. It is possible, of course, that production will commence again or that a buyer will appear for Taga, but for now it seems at best in limbo. This pretty much leaves Zigo for the moment in a class by itself in the Convertible Bike Stroller (or Stroller Bike) category.