cargo bikes

Interbike 2011: Dutch ID, a Sub-$900 Cargo Bike

In the same booth as the Footbike I just posted, Dutch ID was being featured by Jeff Oakie. This is the sub-$900 Cargo Bike by Dutch ID. Jeff is looking to distribute Dutch ID in the US and hopes to spread the word about their bikes.



Full fenders and more rack space than you can think of, a commuter’s dream!

Can’t go wrong with Nexus.

Fully covered chain guard.

Interbike 2011: Urbana Bicycles

I met up with Urbana Bicycles at the NuVinci booth to check out their redesigned bike. First thing they added was a NuVinci hub.

Then they beautified their frame by smoothing out the welds.

Their famous RNR rack is still on the Urbana, by the way, this rack is rated to carry heavy objects, as much as an adult.

They outdid themselves by going with the reliable Gates Belt Drive.
The rear drop out had to be redesigned to make the belt drive serviceable.

I noticed something on the frame and I asked what it was supposed to be. Turns out they’re working on a front rack that connects to the frame. Unlike most front racks that are connected to the fork, this design promises to be more stable.

Another thing I noticed was the bike itself looked shorter. Turns out the Urbana engineers tweaked the head tube angle and brought it in closer. I forget the exact numbers, but the shorter wheel base will help the Urbana become more nimble and easier to handle.

In Memory of Val Kleitz

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Val Kleitz, one of the most charismatic and passionate bike friends around. Val fought a two-year battle with cancer and died at age 51. The bike world is a little darker with the loss of someone so knowledgeable and friendly.

(photo from our friends at Car Free Days)

I never had the pleasure of meeting Val in person, but we corresponded over the years via email and he was a regular reader/commenter here at Val was a tremendous inspiration to me and many other cargo bike riders, and eagerly shared his insights to anyone who asked. He was always coming up with better ways to do things by bike and his passion was infectious. And, from what I’ve seen and read over the years about his bikey exploits, he always did it with a smile…and a waxed moustache…and a cowboy hat. The man had style, no doubt!

Take a spin on over to Car Free Days for a touching tribute to Val…in eloquent words that I could never string together so well. And, if you’re in the Seattle area, 20/20 Bikes and Aaron Goss are hosting a memorial ride/wake for Val tomorrow at noon. Details on that ride can be found by clicking here.

You will be missed, Val…thanks for all the inspiration and wisdom you passed down to me and so many others.

Colors anyone?

I’ve noticed lately that more and more commuter bicycles are being made with loud and bright colors. Personally I like my bikes to be somewhat low-key so it flies below the radar of bike thieves. But check out these photos of some really colorful bicycles.

This was a custom built bike from Road Warrior Bicycles in Fullerton.
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A Puma bicycle that folds and uses a cable as a downtube.
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Another Puma bike…
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What’s your personal take on this? Is your bike colorful? If not, what color is it?