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thebrenthamtaffy

Member since Jul 2011 • Last active Feb 2019
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    Jealous that you can take dogs to the pub with you. Our hound literally barks and howls her head off, poor girl...

    Good luck eating with 3 labs lingering... :)

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    Well summarised! And in your later post... totally agree, high curbs can be a nightmare at times with a fully loaded bike! :)

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    Weather was great at times this weekend, frogs have started getting a little vocal in our garden... this week is another no-go due to half term juggling...

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    :) if it was me, we’d have a Bullitt, but I’m completely sold on the Douze’s handling and i’m super happy the wife rides it just as much as me! If we didn’t have a kid, i’d Probably be very tempted by an Omnium... choices, choices!!! London Green Cycles should have a Bullitt, Douze and Omnium to test ride so you can see what suits you best.

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    Cargo is mostly one child (5 years old) all year round so canopy was a must. Wanted him forward facing so he can see more things rather than looking at me grimacing up the hills. Even in freezing weather he can sit inside the canopy and be warm rain or shine. He like to read his books in the bike and eat so again canopy/interior space is duper useful.

    We also end up carrying his friends around at times too, especially back from kids parties after they’ve seen we have cycled there rather than driving in a car.

    In the summer we sometimes remove the canopy so the wife and nipper can both go in the bike if we wanted to all go to the park/pub/out for meal locally.

    Also load it up with tools/building supplies when needed and have also fabricated a bike rack on the back to transport our boys bike so we can say cycle to Richmond Park and then let him ride around with us until he’s tired, then cycle home...

    The lack of canopy and reverse seating made the omnium a no-go for us. I see plenty of kids wrapped up like mummies on rear seats in the cold/wet weather...can’t say they ever look happy, whereas my boy just laughs at me as i’m the one getting wet! :)

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    Not 100% sure to be honest! The Bakfiets rides and handles beautifully but is a very different style of bike, it’s like your pedalling an armchair! We needed a fast bike that both me and the wife could ride and the Douze ticked that box. Omnium ride great too, but again don’t offer the load or child carrying capabilities larger/longer cargo bikes do.

    My advice, test ride as many as you can to see what works for you. It’s a good thing that we have quite a lot of choice these days!

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    Our Douze has cable steering so has super tight turning circle (well as tight as a cargo bike turns!) in both directions whereas steering linkages are generally restricted with the tyre hitting the arm.

    Useful for filtering in traffic but also just moving bike around to park up/getting through doorways etc.

    The cables offer resistance that kinda feels like a tight headset (but smooth!) when on the stand, but it’s not really noticeable when riding, I think this helps with the neutral handling of the bike.

    So far it’s been pretty reliable. On its third winter without any issues...

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    We have a Douze and love it! I know @Vince has had big reliability problems with his electric assist Douze, but this to my knowledge was solely down to the e-assist element of the bike.

    I think Bullitt’s look better and have more kudos, but the Douze rides and handles better and has a superior seat, harness and canopy set up for little un’s.

    We tested quite a few bikes and the wife refused to ride the Bullitt due to its handling. I like the Bullitt but have to admit the Douze handles so much better. Either way jump on a cargo bike and they’ll bring and instant smile to your face! :)

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    Same as @NorthLondonLight

    Will be indoors tomorrow night having an unromantic meal for 3! I should really include the dog as well who'll be hounding us for scraps...

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    Lovely build and great video. Thanks for sharing! Makes me want a TIG welder! :)

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