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Monthly Archives: June 2016

  • These bikes will change your life

    You may consider this a bold claim but we don't think so. If you commute on a bike you may have seen people travelling on bigger than average bicycles with loads on the front or back and wondered what they are. Well they are called cargo bikes and this article attempts to give you a rundown on what they are all about.

    Our aim at Cargocycles is to make people aware that there is an genuine alternative for short distance travel using a car. We are not car hating evangelists, just practical people who love bikes and hate sitting in traffic jams. We also love a bit of technology and many of the bikes we sell have electric power as an option. If you've never ridden an electric bike but the very idea seems like cheating, consider what it allows you to do. Headwinds disappear, 40kg worth of weekly shopping is hauled right from the supermarket front door to your front door with no more effort than a bit of light pedalling. An electric motor is like having an invisible fit person doing the work for you. It's just like driving in terms of effort if you want it to be so on the days you are tired you can make the motor work or if you feel like it turn off the motor while riding and pedal home yourself. There is no drag from most electric systems so think of it as an optional extra!

    If you can get rid of your car or even one of your cars and get a cargo bike, think of the financial savings you will make over a few years compared to car ownership. A cargo bike may be a bit more of an investment than a conventional bike but it is a lot more bike and they are still cheap compared to a high end carbon road bike for example.

    Cargo bikes are particularly useful over distances around 2km. You will get there faster than driving and if you have bike lanes near you it will be a lot more fun. You can take an adult on the back or three kids or one kid and the dog plus all your shopping.

    These bikes will change your life! See below for some options.

  • Useful Links

    Below are resources that we think are quite useful for anyone wanting to know more about cycling and sustainability. We are particularly fond of groups/websites that promote cycling as an alternative to car based travel. If you find any cycling sites that blow you away, let us know and we'll investigate!

     

    Australian Links

    Bike Law in Australia, useful links below.

    http://www.victorialawfoundation.org.au/sites/default/files/resources/Bike_Law_0.pdf

    https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/resources-and-advice/

     

    Bicycle Network Victoria

    Bicycle Network Victoria is a charity that promotes the health of the community. We work with our supporters to get “More People Cycling More Often” and measurably grow the bike riding world. BNV organises both the Ride2Work and Ride2School events each year.

    Yarra Bicycle Users Group 

    Yarra Bicycle Users Group is a community voluntary organisation located in the inner suburbs of Abbotsford, Alphington, Burnley, Carlton North, Clifton Hill, Cremorne, Collingwood, Fairfield, Fitzroy, Fitzroy North, Princes Hill and Richmond. They also have a weekly radio show on 3CR.

    Melbourne Cyclist

    A site for cyclists in Melbourne, Australia to talk, share hints and tips and generally stay informed.

    Sydney Cyclist

    A site for cyclists in Sydney, Australia to talk, share hints and tips and generally stay informed.

    Adelaide Cyclists

    Do you love cycling and live in Adelaide? We are a community of more than 3000 cyclists - join us and share and connect with other cyclists.

    Moreland Energy Foundation Limited

    Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to sustainable energy. We undertake community engagement, do research, consult, provide professional development and advocate on energy efficiency, renewable energy and related policy and planning issues.

     

    International Links

    The Definitive Guide to Safer Cycling

     Sharing the Road Together: Drivers and Cyclists. UK based but still worth a read as it applies to Australia too.

    Sharing the road with drivers

    Another great article about sharing the road - drivers and cyclists.

    Europe and coffee

    Interesting article and inspiration for coffee and bicycle lovers if you are travelling to Europe.

    International Bicycle Fund

    A non-governmental, nonprofit, advocacy organization, providing information and resources promoting sustainable transport and international understanding to make this planet a healthier and happier place to live.

    Bicycle Safe

    This page shows you real ways you can get hit and real ways to avoid them. This is a far cry from normal bicycle safety guides, which usually tell you little more than to wear your helmet and to follow the law.  But consider this for a moment: Wearing a helmet will do absolutely nothing to prevent you from getting hit by a car.

    Yuba Bicycles

    Yuba advocate the use of bicycles as transportation through the design and manufacture of unique cargo bikes and accessories. As a byproduct, we transform lives, cultures, and reshape infrastructure. They are makers of the Boda Boda and Mundo that Cargocycles distribute.

    Joe Bike - Portland

    Welcome to Joe Bike, a full-service retail and repair shop that specializes in both utility bikes and the most advanced, most dependable, cleanest, most practical, and lowest-maintenance urban bikes available, many equipped with Gates Carbon Drive, the best internally geared and dynamo hubs, and hydraulic or mechanical disc brakes. We’re a neighborhood bike shop in Southeast Portland that happens to have built an international clientele.

    TreeHugger - Bikes

    Interesting bike articles from around the world. The entire Treehugger site is great to while away the hours too.

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