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pascalo

Member since Sep 2008 • Last active Nov 2019

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    Oh man, I took a while to get it ... well done!

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    huh? are you in charge of the customs clearance or why are you apologising?

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    And while it's not fully resolved yet, there has been progress and updates. I have received a tracking code ... Haven't seen pics of the bike in its full painted glory yet, but I am confident that'll come through soon.

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    Did you make an account just for this? slow clap

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    If you have any hill on your route with cargo on board, I'd go electric.

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    @amey Are you looking for electric assist? Also, sorry to say, but they do have disc brakes ... just so you know.

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    I have split it, but that was for cleaning and fixing, not really for the transport aspect. It's super easy to do, yet the connection is rock solid.

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    Do 600 ... 400 will be tiny. The seat is an extra bit that didn't come with the bike when I got it, same with the outer and cover.

    Another weight reference: Normally I do Norton Summit at sweet spot in about 20 mins, with the Douze it took me 28 ... I doubt I would have made it up there on a Bakfiets.

    The other thing I forgot to mention is the internal hub gears ... I don't think I'd get them again. They might be good for people that don't really put torque through, but I have had issues with slow/crunchy shifts etc, and am not smart enough to service an Alfine hub.
    A 1x setup with an mtb derailleur would be a better and lighter choice I think.

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    @amey I love the Douze. Compared to a Bakfiets it's very light, and from the few goes I had on a Bullit I would say it's comparable in weight and speed.

    The cable steering is great and makes for tight turning circles, especially when pusing and trying to get around bollards and the like. It tracks great in a straight line and you can ride it standing up easily, even with a kid in the cargo area.

    I have the step through version with the 600 front bit. Step through might feel a bit more flexy than the non-step-through frame, but for me that's a non issue.
    Size wise, being 186cm tall I am really pushing it here with the saddle all the way up and set back, but if you're smaller it should be fine. The steering column I have is height adjustable, but the seat post kept slipping with a quick release and my wife didn't want to ride it anyways, so I got a decent clamp.

    The cargo area seemed a tad wider than the Bullit but waaaay smaller than a Bakfiet. The box is a Cordura outer which is fixed with velcro around some aluminium rails. There are clips around which hold in place a Cordura top cover. Super light and all pretty much waterproof when riding or parked outside. Inside there's a soft seat for the little one in it.

    Cargo wise it's pretty capable. My daughter is about 22kg now and 1.20m tall. She has to pull her knees in but still fits very comfortably. Or a bit more crowded if we also carry some shopping.

    I like the bike so much that for around town, it is my goto bike now.

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