Utility Cycling

For anyone who uses bikes for shopping, picnics, going to see friends without firing up the car or donning all the lycra, etc, etc

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Game made cargo bike?

Started by Pax Dec 26, 2015. 0 Replies

Saw this at the entrance to Woodford folk festival this afternoon:

Cargo Bikes.... does anyone have one?

Started by CamDS. Last reply by CamDS Aug 14, 2012. 7 Replies

Hi All, I'm considering getting a cargo bike as a "2nd Car" option and I was wondering if anyone had one and/or had any recommendations.There were a lot of reviews in the RideOn magazine but if…Continue

Global: Live 2 Mixte

Started by Iain. Last reply by Iain Jun 20, 2012. 3 Replies

Looking to get a bike for my partner and we saw this one at the weekend. That was at …Continue

Trailers or panniers, or both??

Started by John Nightingale. Last reply by StephenW Apr 18, 2012. 11 Replies

I've a Bob trailer, very easy to trail behind my heavy-duty Cannondale tourer, but tricky to park - I use a parking brake, ie, shock-cord brake lever restraint, and tedious in tight situations. So I…Continue

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Comment by Raymond on October 4, 2016 at 12:48am

Fortunately in Queensland, riding on the footpath is completely legal unless signed otherwise (it's hard to tell whether this has helped or hindered attitudes all-round but I suspect other significant factors are at play). However, it can almost be guaranteed most drivers won't know how to give way when exiting (or entering) driveways, or give way when turning, or just giving way in general. If it makes you feel any better, they treat other drivers with the same level of inattention...

But what David said. My "special" method is to simply pull over (behind a parked car is my favourite) whenever I feel I'd rather the cagers behind pass easily first. I'll then rejoin at the back of their tight bunch, with the road all to myself (it's just like crossing the road on foot, really). My second special technique is to ride slower than the typical "commuter" in sketchy areas, saving my energy to gun it on places I'd rather spend less time at (i.e., connecting stretches of open road during good gaps in traffic).

Lately, I've also had some pretty good success with my "new method" of friendly hand signally to drivers - it's a bit difficult to explain, and may or may not work for others.

Meanwhile, I've noticed that Andy has created a combined BC Folders/Brisbane Brompton Club event next Saturday morning, 15 October - I'll try my best to get to that, and see if I'm able to explain my secret drivercraft methods should anyone ask!

Comment by David on October 3, 2016 at 10:27pm

Welcome to BC Jessica and to riding as a means of getting from A to B (again) :-)

I read on the folder thread you have a Brompton ... A great choice.

Re drivers ... just stay out of their way as best you can, even if it means taking a longer route, and enjoy the ride!!

Comment by Jessica on October 3, 2016 at 9:23pm

Hi, I'm new to Brisbane Cyclist and have just started to try and cycle whenever I can as a mode of transport rather than purely for recreation. I grew up in the UK and was a keen cyclist in my teens and early adulthood. I have very found memories of cycle touring (and Youth Hostelling) in France and the UK and also used a bike as my main method of transport until I started a family over 20 years ago. 

Since visiting family in the Netherlands I've been motivated to use my bicycles more frequently, particularly for short trips. I've just purchased a folding bike which I'm thrilled with. I've started regularly taking it to work, a combination of cycling and train. Sometimes the journey is all train, sometimes all bike. It depends how I feel and what sort of day I've had! It's great to have that flexibility. I have been a bit perturbed by the behaviour of some vehicle drivers though. I've had some positive experiences but negative ones too and my overall perception is that there are a lot of drivers who just "don't see you", very scary. I now understand why many people won't cycle on the roads : (

Comment by Cameron on February 17, 2015 at 2:38pm

Hi everyone

My old Bakfiets cargo bike is for sale again (new owners have to move back to Europe).

Ye, she's a beauty! Some more accurate photos are here - 

I want to give people a good deal, so price is $2000. That's a pretty good saving from new ($3150+) for the value conscious. Though note that the annual cost of these bikes is very low - 4.5 years at $1150 is only $255 a year! (less than $5 a week)

Pick up at West End after 13th March. 

Details: 7-speed shimano hub, roller brakes, dynamo from light, built in Axa wheel lock and chain, 2 seat belts fir kids, carries 80kg in box and similar on rear rack. Rides like new and is bullet-proof - even kid proof! 

PS. For those who don't know I'm also now the local dealer for Dutch Cargo Bikes. If you want to test ride a Bakfiets or a Nihola trike, or just discuss options, get in touch

Comment by David on December 9, 2014 at 3:35pm

Interesting link fo those interested in cargo bikes ... a bit of history there too.

Comment by Taezar on February 15, 2014 at 1:48pm

loo paper is such a pain to transport

Comment by Raymond on January 27, 2014 at 3:11pm
Comment by Aaron Ball on April 24, 2012 at 12:22pm

I had to put the ute to work on the weekend- family party nearby.  Beer and softdrink and fruitjuice all stacked somewhere in there as well.


Comment by Iain on April 3, 2012 at 11:13am

I recently got a couple of pizza using on my bike, the rack with a bungee cord worked well and the pizzas where fine! I was careful to take the corners quite upright and tried to avoid to many bumps. The only slight problem was the pizza boxes where clipping the back of my thighs at the bottom of the stroke. I might have to get one of these:

Comment by AllanBrown on October 23, 2011 at 7:18pm
Great read Ed cool would it be for all who go to a community garden to cycle there with their tools...I have seen this in Colombia...

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