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Monthly Archives: August 2011
Introducing the genuine factory fitted electric assist Yuba Mundo cargo bike (the elMundo) from Yuba's collaboration with eZee. Currently the only one in Australia and fresh from wowing the crowds at this year's Ausbike show. You can read more about it on the Yuba US website here and here. This version includes disc brakes, front and rear, Stand Alone kickstand, $160 worth of Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres and the heavy duty 14ah battery pack. It is ready to ride away for a lucky person at $3200. We can outfit it with bags or child seats as per your needs.
This is the perfect car replacement bicycle, it can carry 200kg of anything you can throw at it, pull up and stop with powerful disc brakes and haul you up hill when your legs have had enough.
Test rides available in Collingwood, Vic 3066. Call to discuss on 8683 8531. More elMundos coming to Glow Worm in Sydney and Cargocycles Melbourne later in the year.
Being a keen cyclist, when we had our little baby boy, we spent the first 10 months of his life researching ways for moving him on a bike. We settled on a bike trailer and used it extensively from when he was one year old to when he was two. Then we decided to get a rear bike-seat. We had this until he was 3. By this time, we had another baby and we were keen to find ways to move them both at once. After a lot of research and test rides, we saved up our pennies and went for a Long haul Box-Bike from Gary at Cargocycles. And it has been the best biking/lifestyle choice we have made. I wish we had got it first...
We went for the e-assist model for a number of reasons. I do a lot of riding with our son (and will do with our daughter soon). We do weekly trips to the zoo, the museum, footy at the MCG and visiting friends in neighbouring suburbs. Apart from the odd holiday drive, we are close to car-free. Having the e-assist makes a big difference if you are going to use your cargocycle to go up hills or over 4 or 5 kms at a time. If the e-assist model was not around, I’d still get a box-bike, I’d just sweat a bit more!
Here’s a list of the things we love about our cargocycle:
- Reason number one is that it holds 1, 2, 3 sometimes even 4 kids. Only boxbikes can do that. Many cars can’t!
- Second reason is that “up-front” is so social and fun. We chat as we ride, he “reads” me books, we share observations, I can reach over to give him stuff, I can keep an eye on him/them, he can even sleep in the box (I added some extra seatbelts so he can sleep on the floor).
- Third reason is that it’s two-wheeled so it rides similar to a regular bike. The 3 wheel versions are great for short trips and wide bike paths, but the two-wheelers allow you more range, more manoeuvrability, can fit through tighter spaces and are quicker.
- It’s very good value. About ½ the price of the European models (which, by the way, don't come with all the extras that the cargocycle does – which you need). Sure, its not the Mercedes Benz that the European ones are, but I don't drive a Mercedes car either. I'm confident that the quality is good enough to perform adequately for the course of the bike’s life. So far, so good! Gary also puts solid warranties on his bikes.
- Although initially seeming expensive, I reckon we will pay it off by the time the kids are out of it simply through not using our car for these trips (saving fuel/maintenance costs/parking fees/insurance premiums lower with less car-use, etc).
The only real downside is parking. You need a good sized spot to keep it undercover.
We’ve had a ball in our cargocycle, our little boy really loves it and its just a really fun bike to ride!
I should also mention that Gary has been an exceptional dealer to do business with. We had as many test rides as we wanted and he met us on the weekend to show us around his bikes. He has provided us with enthusiastic after-purchase service too. Thanks Gary!
The warranty offered on an electric bicycle is one of the most important things you need to know before making a purchase. A warranty shows that the seller is confident of their products and their ability to service those products. It shows that they are interested in selling a reliable product that will last a long time. But don't forget to check how a warranty claim will be processed - where do you have to take your ebike and how long will it all take and what costs might you have to pay? What's excluded, what is considered wear and tear, are there commercial warranties as well? And just as important - do the people there seem like they would know how to service it? Purchasing an electric bicycle from Cargocycles means that for the first 12 months, everything is covered and you'll have the expertise in our shop to quickly deal with any issues. Depending on the product purchased, there are many warranties that extend beyond the first 12 months. Generally you have to register the warranty of your ebike so that we both have a record of when you bought it and where. Details follow.
Cargocycles Bicycle Service Warranty
A 12 month service and parts warranty applies to purchases of eZee bike and Wisper bikes from Cargocycles in Collingwood. In a nutshell this means that in the first 12 months you won't pay a cent to keep your ebike running, other than the electricity to charge the battery. Bicycles that have been converted to electric bicycles using an eZeebike or Wisper electric bicycle conversion kit are only covered if the bicycle was purchased new from Cargocycles and the ebike conversion kit installation was carried out by us.
The service warranty includes a free 3 month mechanical service, and covers the cost of any replacement parts and repairs for 12 months. This means there is very little that can go wrong with your electric bicycle that can cost you any significant amount of money. The owner is responsible for bringing their electric bicycle to the store for warranties and taking it away again. Note also that it is a condition of this warranty that the 3 months service is carried out. Specifically, if we don't see your bike in the first 4 months after purchasing it, the 12 month service warranty is forfeited, because a stitch in time saves nine...
All eZeebike electric bicycles, purchased from Cargocycles, come with a manufacturer's warranty. Cargocycles or the distributor Glow Worm, with our assistance, is the agent for warranty claims.
The warranty covers all mechanical and electrical parts for 2 years, excluding wear and tear items. The battery, controller, motor and throttle are all covered for two years. Excluded items are things like brake pads, chains, tyres, pedals, gears and gear shifters. The full details of the warranty can be seen on Page 5 of eZeebike's electric bicycle user manual, downloadable here.
Wisper Bike Warranties
Wisper warrants many of its parts beyond the first 12 months according to the table below. Cargocycles or your local Wisper dealer with our assistance, is the agent for these warranty claims. There are conditions and exceptions to these warranties. Please make yourself aware of these on the Wisper website. Please note that while a Wisper bicycle purchased from the Cargocycles store in Collingwood comes with the 12 month service warranty, your local Wisper dealer may offer a different service warranty or none at all. In all cases, the parts warranties listed below below are valid. You can register your Wisper warranty on Wisper's website.
1 The main frame Six years 2 Gears, bearings, motor shell, hub motor,front forks Two years 3 Handle bar controls, brakes (excluding brake shoes and pads) One year 4 Controller and Charger Two years 5 Battery casing, battery leak, battery capacity step-down more than 30% Two year 6 Paintwork (excluding deliberate or accidental damage) Two years 7 Front axle, flywheel or chain wheel One year 8 Electro plating, on wheel rims, rack and kickstand One year 9 Other cases that render the bike unsafe to use. By negotiation
One of our Longhauls was spotted on the Sydney Tweed ride ridden by Mathew with a beautiful vintage gramophone aboard. Nice work Mathew!
The tweed ride and an immaculate Mathew also made the Channel 10 News.