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Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Happier commuting by bike

    With wind in our hair and a crisp chill on our faces, we ride our two wheeled steeds to work - and are happier people because of it.

    Of course we still save money and maintain our fitness, and more often than not save time as well, but the bike and in particular the emergence of e-bikes within our cycling communities keep us happy, not to mention are contesting the prevalence of motor vehicle dependence in our urban environment!

    source: bikeportland.org

  • Cargo bike good Samaritan

    Our Adelaide dealer Andrew Dickson was a Good Samaritan recently, and was able to demonstrate the versatility of a Yuba Mundo at the same time.

    "On my regular commute home from work, I came across a cyclist who had just been flipped across her handlebars in an accident with another cyclist. She was grazed, sore and slightly in shock, and not confident of riding home safely" says Andrew.

    "Not a problem though. I hitched up her damaged bike to the Towing Tray on one side of my rear rack, and strapped it on. The injured cyclist then sat on the rear rack (on the Soft Spot cushion and gripping the Hold On handlebars normally used by my 4yo son)."

    "I was able to get her home quickly, comfortably and safely. The Yuba Mundo is an awesome bike, which is why I ride it and sell it", says Andrew.

    For a test ride of a Yuba Mundo or a Yuba Boda Boda, contact Andrew on 0418866470 or email him here

    Yuba Adelaide Dealer Rescue

  • Cargo bikes cool changes NuVinci Mundo

    The Mundo NuVinci Lux is in store and comes with a tidy surprise in the form of a NuVinci N360 hub that makes shifting super smooth and a totally new experience.  With almost limitless 'gears' to assist you both up and down hills and across the flats, 'clicking through the gears' is a thing of the past.

    Check out with more detail the N360 continuously variable planetary transmission - even better yet, swing on down tomorrow for a test ride between 10 and 3...I hear the sun is back!

  • E-assist cycling...weighing it up

    Like all new threats to our established way of life, it is with no wonder that ebikes have attracted so much negative attention from the broader cycling community - what with their speedy ability, hefty price tag and silent approach from behind...come to think of it, they share similarities with current road cyclists - minus the lycra.

    A couple of articles - one with its fair share of responses, do indeed bring to light the concerns of fellow road users, and it must be said that I can empathise with these experienced based retorts, but cannot help thinking that in relation to the more positive article, a majority of these responses fail to address the accumulative benefits of a growing e-bike culture.   Inclusive safety whilst cycling is paramount in presenting a daily commute by bike as the way forward, yet solely focussing on the actions of some ebike users as the lynchpin for the entire growing movement seems a little, as one respondent puts it 'short sighted'.  It is no wonder then that manufacturers and designers are coming up with more inventive and sleeker methods of component concealment - seeking to avoid the scornful eye of unplugged cyclists.

    Working through bumps along the way is the path of progress - co-existing takes effort.

    Happy reading

  • Cargo-cycles exist in duality

    I stumbled across this during my rainy day internet adventures; always marvelling at the ingenuity of our fellow global cycling enthusiasts (even though this is a few years old).  I must say that the package, both assembled and as two separate products, is for the most part, a tidy resolve, yet after reading a review to the contrary, I am lead to believe it is a case of beauty really only being skin deep.

    The discussion that follows the review is quite entertaining.

    Here are some nice links to make sure we're all on the same page.

  • Invisible helmets: assisting ebike fan base?

    With battery concealment and e-bike stealth improving with every new model, is it any wonder that other cycling elements have attracted the attention of designers?

    Wanting to maintain a rider's individuality and at the same time, acknowledge road safety requirements, these two creatives have found common ground between safety and style, through the prototyping of the world's first invisible helmet.

  • Cargo and E-bikes maintain happiness

    In weather like this, a Norwegian saying comes to mind; ut på tur aldri sur - literally translated means; out on a walk, never sour - no matter the weather!  This approach to being in the outdoors in the upper reaches of the Northern Hemisphere is necessary due to the infrequent number of sunny days experienced on a whole, and cancelling an outing solely due to a little light rain is considered preposterous.

    The word 'tur' is usually associated with anything leisure oriented in the outdoors, be that walking, berry picking, skiing, swimming, hiking and even cycling.

    Down here at Cargocycles we have a few great box bikes that aim to keep your kiddies dry whilst you're ut på tur in this juicy weather - pop in for a test ride and some serious fun on either the Babboe City (on sale),  Longhaul or Shorthaul Zeitbikes.

    Additionally, here are some northern advocates of cargo bikes with a zany quest, and a closer to home West Australian couple happy with their Solarbike conversion (great images Gareth)

    Image:  Gareth

  • Established bicycle culture breeds E-bike adoption

    Countries where bicycle use has long been an accepted form of daily mobility, are more likely to adopt the use of ebikes free from the 'cheating' stigma too often flung around in countries like Australia or the US.  With long distances and Internal Combustion Engine mobility dictating the criss cross and 'spaghetti junction' infrastructure we now accept as a given in our urban landscape, one could predict that denser populated communities within our swelling mega cities, will breed increased acceptance and therefor use of electric bicycles as individual motor vehicle ownership becomes less efficient and unappealing.

    Read more on the Scientific American article here

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