Occasional and Frequent Bike – Design Milk suggestion??


I am not so sure but this article on Designmilk seems to think this is one way to get the majority on the road …

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Whatever your commute needs are, the C-Class bike from Ariel Rider was designed for you. Blending the features found in a city bike and cargo bike, the bicycle is meant for city commuters and their various needs. In fact, the C in C-Class stands for city.

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The bike itself is not as heavy-duty as a cargo bike, but can carry an additional 300lbs excluding the rider. It has plenty of storage solutions, from a front rack that can carry items from pizza to a bag, and it even comes with a little cup holder for your coffee. The items are secured by elastic cords onto the bamboo carrying tray.

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The bike is also perfect for seasoned bikers, and those who are a little rusty as well. Its power on demand system (POD) provides an extra boost when needed, which is especially helpful when biking up steep hills.

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Winner – Brooks bespoked bike Bristol – the dream cargo bike


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From brooks blog

We are sad to report that our John Boultbee Patented Drool-ometer took its final tour of active duty last weekend in the West Country. It sustained irreparable damage, and succumbed to its injuries shortly after Dan Titchmarsh rolled in to Brunel’s Old Station from York on his Titchmarsh Scorpion Cargo Bike.

The Drool-ometer’s fuses quickly blew and its transistors did duly melt, while the needle repeatedly pounded against the housing wall in an apparent attempt to denote a new upper limit for Drool, ultimately snapping completely from its axis.

This is all by way of saying that Dan and his bike were the unsurprising winners in one of several prize categories that Brooks sponsored at this year’s Bespoked Bristol.

Since its first instalment in 2011, Bespoked has quickly become a popular fixture on the European circuit of boutique bicycle shows. With an always thoughtful roster of exhibitors, it allows a handful of the bigger industry names to rub shoulders with a host of markedly less global operations.


Party at the front, business at the back? Or vice versa? Or both?

The emphasis is decidedly on the independent, though, and the show draws crowds who are pathologically keen to talk at length with builders and designers on the finer points of lugging and brazing, geometries and materials, paintjobs and pricing, tax returns… no subject is off limits.

In these respects and others, it bears much resemblance with the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, and as we asserted in a piece for this year’s Brooks Bugle, Bespoked seems well on the way to emulating its Transatlantic counterpart as a Centre of Excellence in all things two-wheeled and human-powered.

We once again took a stand ourselves this time out, and as mentioned, were also involved in the competitive end of things. Brooks was happy to sponsor prizes in several categories at Bespoked this year. The award for Innovation in Product and Design went to the above mentioned Titchmarsh Scorpion.


This is high-end, hand-built haulage, and has understandably been priced as such.

“This was the bike I wanted to build”, the ex-courier tells us of his prototype steel-tubed load hauler. Tipping the scales at a relatively meagre 22kg, and still with ample opportunity to shave off a few pounds before it goes into full production, his Scorpion can be described as the culmination of 12 years of R&D, the final touches having been applied mere hours before the doors opened in Bristol last weekend.

The Scorpion differs from most other two-wheeled cargo bikes in its use of a hub centre steering system, as opposed to the standard solution of a single-sided steering shaft running the entire length of the loading area’s underside. Still with us? For readers who wish to go deeper, Dan explains in some detail on his website the rationale and execution of this move.

One place where he fortunately refused to deviate from tradition, however, is up on top of the seatpost. He took a Titanium Team Pro to finish things off, as will hopefully his drooling line of customers, who are already waiting for him to complete an initial short-run batch of production models.

Here and elsewhere, Brooks has frequently celebrated the Cargo Bike’s resurgence outside of its traditional Scandinavian strongholds, so we hereby extend our warmest congratulations again to Dan on a fine job of work, and on being the recipient of our Brooks Innovation Award at Bespoked 2013.

Danish Cargo Bike Champs ….


from copenhagenize.com

Svajerløb 2012 – Danish Cargo Bike Championships

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Last Saturday was this year’s Svajerløb – Danish Cargo Bike Championships here in Copenhagen. The races were run at Carlsberg, like last year and it was fantastic day. Above are all the participants at the end of the day.
Svajerløb 2012 - Hans from Larry vs Harry
Hans, from Larry vs Harry, started the proceedings by welcoming everyone and then yours truly took over the mic as announcer.
Svajerløb 2012 - Italians
One of the best things about this year’s races was that we had so many people from abroad who made the trip to participate. Above is Francesco, who brought two of his Bicicapace bikes and his his family and he took part in the Individual Two-Wheeler race and the Team Relay.

There was also a wider selection of bike brands participating. Batak was there again this year and there were OmniumsLongjohns, Shortjohns, you name it.

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Our kids were the best spectators, of course. Don’t let these quiet moments fool you.

Svajerløb 2012 - Team Relay Medallists
Here are the medallists of the Team Relay. Team Bullitt confidently defended their gold medal from 2011.
Svajerløb 2012 - Two Wheeler Champions
There was drama in the Individual Two-Wheeled discipline this year. The race went right to the wire. Jumbo from By-Expressen – a Copenhagen messenger company – took the honours on the top podium this year, dethroning the otherwise untouchable Claus Bullit (behind the beer bottle at left)
Svajerløb 2012 -The Two-Wheeler Final
Here is the line-up for the final. 12 bikes. Bullitts but also a short-john and an Omnium.
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Claus Bullitt was first into the loading zone after the first lap.
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It was Jumbo, however, who squeezed past him on the last stretch on his Omnium cargo bike.

Svajerløb 2012 - Ladies Champion
In the Ladies Individual Two-Wheeler final, Charlotte bettered her second-place from last year and took gold. Fanny from Klara Geist in Berlin took second and Hans’ wife, Signe, took third, but wasn’t present for the ceremony.
Svajerløb 2012 - Vintage Cargo Bike Champions
Here are the winners of the Vintage bike discipline – only old school cargo bikes allowed. The silver medallist, Trevor at left, is from Australia. Which makes him the Australian Champion, of course. Good onya.

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Fanny and Willi, from Berlin, provided the music and speaker system on their Bullitt, with one of their great Klara Geist speaker systems.
Svajerløb 2012 - 3Wheeler Medal Ceremony
Medal ceremony for the Three-Wheeler discipline. Leif dominated the field and walked away as Danish champion for the fourth year in a row on his Kangaroo. Somebody, please… give him some competition! Second and third place went to two Berliners on Christiania Bikes.

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Here they are at left – Hans and Arne – going for a practice spin. And here are the winners (at right). Leif got a medal, but we’re sure he’ll remember the Cyclelogistics cargo bike pencil holder even more.

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Steven from Grid Chicago – going for a ride with Lasse from Bicycle Innovation Lab – was in town for the event, together with Brandon, at right, dressed in true Svajere style for the day.
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The audience darling, however, was Birthe. She was on a bachelorette outing with a group of girlfriends, being ridden around in a Christiania bike. They came past and entered the Team Relay with a team called Team Love. That’s the spirit! We enlisted the services of the bride-to-be during the medal ceremony, handing out the medals and cheek kisses to the winners.

Svajerløb 2012 - Bullitt Wheelie
This guy popped wheelies on his Bullitt like it was nothing. Riding back and forth on the back wheel. Only a handful of people on the planet can pull this off. God knows I’ve tried. Impressive.

See you all next year!

Easter Monday potter on the bikes


A lovely morning so loaded up the small Islabike and headed west to the parks and the canal.

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Bella was on the back of the Yuba Mundo with her little bike strapped to the side – a few roads to go on and not yet safe enough for an unskilled 4 year old

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then to the west where we stopped for a bite to eat … before heading to Kelvingrove park where the girls cycled and tired themselves out.

crazy lunchtime

So on the way back it was a bit of this

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followed by this

the ride home