*to Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Trailer or Cargo Bike?

It's a good question.  Let's say you're like me, as many are.  A regular to avid cyclist, who has a kid or two to haul sometimes, some groceries too, and a limited budget.  You've already got your performance bike(s) and a bike you can nominate the errand/daddy bike.  Should you get a cargo bike from $1K to $3K?  They do look sweet.
Great.  You now have another bike to store and maintain, that's too big to throw on a car or train, and is always set to heavy-duty.  Did I mention the price?

Or should you spend less than $500 to get a kid trailer?  Not so flash.  Frankly, I think they are overbuilt and unstreamlined all of them, and none come as a more efficient single-wheel trailer.  Yet, when you don't need it, it's not there.  Did I mention the fraction of the price?  Or that there are often second-hand sales?  The kid-trailer also acts as a great decoy to fuckwit drivers - even full only of cargo they may try not to hit a child more than an adult.
Guess I know what to buy now that hybrid II is on the way, but I still regret not being able to justify the cargo bike.

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