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  • How do you strap the kids bike to the bullit? Asking for a new cargodad

  • exactly this

  • Everytime a used bakfiets comes up for sale it has roller brakes, how easy is it to remove them? Are they built in to the hub or do they detach? Just wondering if you have to buy a new wheel set because in that case it seems to makes sense to just buy a new bike.

  • What would you replace the rollers with and how?
    If they come on the cargo bike, it'll be too costly to swap to something else. Unless you go for some kind of low budget rim brake bodge, which wouldn't have enough braking power I think.

  • All the electric assist versions come with hydraulic rim or disc brakes. I'm just trying to figure out if it's worth doing the conversion myself?

  • I haven't looked, but does the fork and frame have mounts for the disc caliper?
    You might find an answer by looking at the pictures.
    But if changing wheels is too costly for you, then it's game over. Unless there's an adapter I'm unaware of. You can remove the roller brake, but a disc rotor won't have a way to be mounted on the hub, so new wheel time.

    On that note, maybe someone should make an adapter. Possibly way too niche but that doesn't stop some people.

  • Maybe hydraulic rim is the answer, again, if the frame still has mounts for it.

  • On that note, maybe someone should make an adapter

    I think someone does, but I don’t know if I’d trust it with cargo bike use.

  • I knew there would be some bike nutter out there trying to upgrade Dutch and German trekking bikes or something.
    I quite like roller brakes but haven't had any long term so maybe I'll just shut up.

    Telling that they're still on cargo bikes though.

  • The advantage of the push bike is that it doesn't have any pedals so I just loop the frame to the canopy bars.

    I imagine strapping a regular bike to the frame of the Bullitt itself would be more cumbersome.

  • They’re alright, but I think a small part of the resurgence of cargo bikes is due to the consistently powerful offerings of modern hydraulic discs. I wouldn’t want roller brakes on an all in 100~200kg bike bombing down a hill at 35mph.

  • As I have a temp loan bullet I have strapped a car seat to it.

  • Definitely not up for bodging something I'm transporting my kids in, just looking at options.

  • The answer is always rok straps

  • Pictures pls

  • in 100~200kg bike bombing down a hill at 35mph.

    That's not exactly the default use of a bakfiets though is it. Roller brakes are like hub gears, adequate and low-maintenance, and very common in countries with a big cycling modal share. I'm not saying they're for everyone, but the UK market aversion to them and IGH is not necessarily justified IMO.

  • Such fun. What I love is that for the small ones, even a fairly mundane ride can feel like a grand adventure. Good call about the straps.

  • I think IGH are great

    That's not exactly the default use of a bakfiets though is it.

    combined weight of 2 children, adult and bike that weighs 30kg or so (+ luggage, locks etc?).. are 2x roller brakes made to handle this sort of use comfortably? If there just so happens to be any hills in the area of use. In flat areas and no e assist - sure why not.

    I don’t consider disc brakes high maintenance.

    Maybe I’ve just been put off by all the UK naysayers : D

  • Is anywhere offering smaller cargo bikes (like the Omnium Mini or Soma Tradesman) on Cycle to work schemes?

  • You said bombing down a hill at 35mph. If you expect this to happen (weight, terrain, Nibali fantasies...) you probably wouldn't buy the most basic bakfiets / Babboe / Christiania bike etc to start with.

    Amey will be here soon to tell me I'm not allowed to post here because I don't live in the UK...

  • I have neither a cargo bike (yet) or a kid old enough for a bike...

    But rok straps are great.

  • I failed to get a photo, but over here in Amsterdam a lot of the schools do sort of oversized bakfiets to transport multiple primary school children. I saw one during the week with 8 children in the box and two sat behind the rider. They are electrically assisted but the rider was having to work very hard indeed to get over the canal bridges

  • Cargo bike noob and I don't have time to read the thread. What is the recommended electric dad bike for ferrying two kids (5 and 3)? @amey I think you have views / recommendations on this - all advice appreciated. A priority is a bike that is available asap.

  • i love my packster 70 for ferrying my two (2 and 4 with room to spare) - not cheap though and unsure on availability.

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Cargo Bikes

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