Urban Bicycle Commuter Expo: Bucket Bike

It seems that Cargo bikes are becoming more popular amongst Bike Commuters, so when the people from Bucket Bike showed up at the Urban Bicycle Commuter Expo we were really excited to talk to them. We talked to Yonni Afman, one of the guys behind Bucket Bike. Here’s Yonni showcasing his personal Bucket Bike:

Yonni mentioned that there’s a container full of bikes coming from across the pond, so check out their site at www.bucketbike.com for updates.


7 Comments

  1. Dominic Dougherty May 22, 2008 8:54 am 

    I was pretty unimpressed with this model. I watched a few people test ride it and none of them were able to turn around in the street because of the wide turning radius.

    Looks like a fun bike for around a planned neighborhood or a sleepy beach community, but seems like it would be more hassle than it’s worth in an urban setting.

  2. Jeff May 22, 2008 9:13 am 

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  3. RL May 22, 2008 10:28 am 

    Big D.

    I do agree with you about the practical use of the bucket bike in a busy street area. It is totally perfect for places like Irvine, Ca….wide streets. I wish I took the opportunity to test ride it…

  4. Ghost Rider May 22, 2008 12:05 pm 

    Would the same wide turning radius problems also apply to other bakfiets models?

    If so, folks in the Netherlands don’t seem to have mobility problems with them (but that BucketBike looks a LOT bigger than many of the other bakfietsen I’ve seen).

  5. tad May 22, 2008 2:58 pm 

    If I ever want to wheelbarrow to work, I’ll get one of the these. And holy crap they’re expensive. $3500?? I’d be much more likely to bolt on an xtracycle.

  6. Dominic Dougherty May 26, 2008 9:55 pm 

    GR,

    The bucket bike’s steering is limited by it’s design, the front wheels only have about a 50 degree arc in which they are able to turn and is obviously not able to lean into a corner; while a two-wheeled bakfiets/bilenky/longjohn is limited mainly by the balance of the rider.

    With three wheels, one would also have to limit their speed so as not to risk dumping their bike on a corner.

  7. DrMekon May 30, 2008 11:34 pm 

    The turning circle is an issue of the independent steering design – see the Nihola and DeRedding too. The limitation is that they’ve tried not to have the movement of the wheels take up too much space in the box.

    However, the trike in the video is the BF18, which has box mounted wheels as far as I know. I am surprised people had trouble with the turning circle. I’ve not tried one, but I’ve tried another brand, and tight low speed turns were a doddle, you just had to adjust you hand position. The gitl in this Mindcaster’s bakfiets race video does it in the cone race:

    http://measured-response.com/bakfiets/?p=11

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