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Bikes That Work, Part Two

I’ve got one more working cargo bike to share today. A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Chris Follmer’s Big Dumb Pug. Well, Chris wanted us to know that this custom Banjo Cycles cargo bike is not just a pretty face — it can HAUL, too!

Big Dumb Pug at work

The load is 300 + t-shirts boxed up. Chris thinks that there’s room for more on this load-hauling beast!

If you look closely, you may notice a “tow truck” assembly on the back of the frame, just behind the rear tire. Simply remove the front wheel of a bike, clamp the fork into the fork block back there, slip the front wheel into one of the Freeradical pockets and off you go! We tried a similar thing down here, and it really works:

tow truck

Ride on, Chris, and thanks for sharing your cargo-crushing machine!

Chris’s Big Dumb Pug

Longtime friend of Bikecommuters.com Chris Follmer of Planet Bike sent in the following photo…and we HAD to share it!

big dumb pug

Is this some sort of one-off Surly creation…a Big Dummy made to accept Pugsley wheels? Not exactly. Chris was kind enough to offer the following explanation:

This is a custom built bike by Banjo Cycles here in Madison. It has been dubbed the Big Dumb Pug. It is what happens when you leave a Pugsley and Big Dummy in a closet overnight alone! I just got it built up yesterday and rode it downtown…For Wisconsin winters, this bike will get me to the store where my others will stop dead in their tracks!

Folks in Madison (well, at least Chris) are already thinking about winter commuting. That’s hardcore! Chris also told me about Madison’s Bike to Work Week:

This is Madison and Milwaukee’s bike to work week and we did our 3rd annual “Bacon on the Bike path!” Planet Bike just sits on the side of a bike path downtown and we fry up bacon and have donuts and fruit and coffee. This year we had the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and a local bike shop next to us, fixing bikes and talking to people.

Mmm…bacon. Sure beats those stale bagels the commuter rest stops usually have!