- Talk to me about 'utility bikes' (especially home-bodged ones)
Idle thinking over the last week or so has led me to the idea of converting my old 90’s Marin (aka The Frankenbike) into some kind of utility wagon for general riding to the shops/takeaway etc.
Obviously, there are things like Xtracyles about, but I’m wondering whether that’s going too far. What I want to be able to get on it is a reasonable amount of shopping (five or six carrier bags worth) so maybe I’ll just lob some kind of racks and panniers and/or basket or something on the back.
Anyone got anything similar?Posted 5 years agomansonsoulMember
The easiest way to do that would be with a trailer. I’ve got a Carry Freedom Y Frame Large. It is amazing. I’ll be taking it to collect a load of wood from a local wood project on wednesday. Its amazing what you can carry. The large flat bed means you can add whatever you want to it: a box bolted on for shopping, unbolted and stuff lashed on with rope, passengers.
My normal cargo bike though has an unholy amount of luggage carrying though. With a Tubus Cargo rear rack and some big old panniers, that’s a fair amount of food shopping. Then upfront I’ve got an Old Man Mountain Cold Springs rack with a stolen shopping basket ziptied on. I carry loads in that, and you get used to the heavy steering very quickly.
Have fun, carrying stupid large cargo loads on bikes is crazy fun!Posted 5 years agozilog6128Subscriber
Waitrose hire cycle trailers free of charge and you have 3 days to return it.
cool, that would be ideal for me as I can only fit half a weekly shop into my panniers! Can’t see on the website whether my store does it though, guess I’ll have to give them a ring.
I’ve been looking at the manufacturer’s website for the trailers they use (Bike-Hod). Look great, all made in UK and come with Carradice bag. They are not cheap though!!Posted 5 years agozilog6128Subscriber
lol, yeah first thing I did after seeing the prices on the bike-hod website was to check eBay. It’s on for £60 now. The listing says Waitrose has discontinued the scheme now. Is that true? Shame if it is! Obviously I’m assuming the ebay seller is telling the truth and this isn’t just a blatantly stolen one!!Posted 5 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
My Kona Ute.Posted 5 years ago
Quite honestly the bestest, most life changing bike I’ve ever owned. It stays packed up with waterproofs etc. What’s amazing is that suddenly, when carrying stuff becomes so easy, the bike becomes a viable alternative to the car. This will have paid for itself well inside a year. It carries me, my laptop bag, my two lads (5 & 7) & their school bags, on the school run, then me on to work. Every time we stop folk say hello & ask about the bike. Car drivers actually do slow & give it a wide berth. Best bike I’ve bought. And there’s been a few… 🙂StirlingCrispinSubscriber
Hub gears with Hebi chainguard, dynamo lights, roller/coaster brakes = zero maintenance.Posted 5 years ago
Also have a Carry Freedom City trailer (folding) and the attachment is for the Follow-Me tandem (child lugging).
For utility trailers you definitely want two wheels as these are far more stable when lugging a weird load.
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