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A multitude of Bakfieten to choose from.

Tuk Tuk Bakfiets

Tuk Tuk Bakfiets

We have learned about a few more Bakfiets makers in the Netherlands, with even lower pricing than Babboe.  What is the difference in quality and components, we want to know.

Tuk Tuk Bakfietsen sells a basic unit starting form 495 Euro .  The Tuk Tuk name is taken from a class of motorized tricycles popular in Thailand.  The Dutch version is not motorized, but it is a tricycle.

The Tuk Tuk ‘Basic’ is equipped with: SRAM Spectro with 3 speed, coaster brake, a plywood cargo box with a bench  and SRAM drum brakes. All Tuk Tuk trikes come with aluminum wheels and a powder coated frame.  It seems from the photo to be tiller steering.

The Tuk Tuk Bakfietsen do look rather industrial, but at that price you would not expect it to have the style of a Zigo or Gazelle.

Bakfietsweb.nl is another provider of lower-priced bakfietsen.  The Model 030 tricycle is 699 Euro, which includes a light color wooden box, 3-speed Shimano hub, and coaster brakes plus V-brake.

Bakfietsweb Tricycle

Bakfietsweb Tricycle

In two-wheeled Bakfiets they make several models, also with a wooden box and similar components on the cycle.  It comes at two price points: 599 Euro and 699 Euro.  He more expensive Model 020 LB is longer with a bigger box as compared with the Model 010 LB.  We have also heard that Dutch bike maker, Dutch ID, has stopped production of their Bakfiets, called the Cargo XL, pictured below.
DutchID Bakfiets

DutchID Bakfiets

And on the subject of Bakfiets manufactuers stopping production we have been informed that de Fietsfabriek stopped production due to financial problems but has now started up again.
It seems that in the country with more bikes than people (the Netherlands), there is naturally no shortage of choices in Bakfietsen.
Please let us know your opinions on these products.  Which are good, which have problems, why some sell for 599 Euro and some for 3,000 Euro.
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Wallaroo Bike

Winther Wallaroo

Winther Wallaroo

The Winther Wallaroo bike, based on a classic Long John design, seems similar to the Gazelle Cabby.  It is a two wheel carrier bicycle with a fabric covered platform in front for up to two children; it is said to take a load of 80 kg in the front cabin.  The seats are equipped with a 5-point safety harness. We have seen it advertised as either 7-speed or 5-speed as standard.  It has an aluminum 6061 frame, front disc brakes, and an integrated Nylon rain/wind cover over a polyethylene base.  It does not seem much advertised, as a search of Wallaroo bike on Google does not turn up much.  In fact, it is not even listed on Winther’s main website.  The bike weight 33.5 kg (74 lbs), is 79 cm wide (31.1 inches), and 263 cm long (103.5 inches).  It is advertised at Australian $3,750 by its Australian dealer, but we can’t find any other listing.   

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Gazelle Cabby

Gazelle Cabby Bicycle

Gazelle Cabby Bicycle

The Gazelle Cabby is modeled on the typical Dutch bakfiets, such as those from bakfiets.nl, but has a fabric based front box instead of the traditional wood box.  This makes the Gazelle Cabby lighter, somewhat easier to pedal, and in my hands more maneuverable than a typical bakfiets.  However, it was pointed out that because it is lighter it does not track true with your hands off the handlebars.  I was not brave enough to try this experiment.  The front box of the Gazelle Cabby is foldable, and Gazelle claims to have patented this design.  The front box of the Gazelle Cabby has space for two children side-by-side, but cannot detach or be used as a stroller.  It has available accessories such as a rain cover/sunshade.  The Gazelle Cabby weights 36kg (79 lbs) and says that it is rated for 200kg (440 lbs) of load, including the weight of the steel frame bike.  The front box is rated for a load of 75kg (165 lbs).  The Gazelle Cabby costs a dear $2,779 in the United States.  Although the Gazelle Cabby may make headways in the Netherlands, we think it is a niche product in the US, unless it can be offered cheaper.

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