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thebrenthamtaffy

Member since Jul 2011 • Last active Apr 2020
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    Is the Dolphin Cafe really that desirable?! ;)

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    My wife sent me this!!! Lost for words...

    Also another bike made by him. You can guarantee it won't live up to its name in its listing!!!

    Either can be yours via this seller on Etsy - ENJOY!!! :O
    https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Koondesign?­ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=6­26056332

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    Amey, we have a 600mm front end Douze and are based in West London if you want to know anything specific or want to test ride. We’re even considering getting a 800mm front end as our boy keeps growing!!! :) they are not cheap though. Ours was about the same price as the equivalent Bullitt, if not more...

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    Nice to see the Douze in action. If it looks like a gradient in a photo, it's a proper gradient in reality... Gradient + heavy bike = slowly indeed :) Great effort!!!

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    Ah! Nice place to live!!!

    Bakfiets are great handling bikes. Well built and available in short/long versions and you can get electric assist too. A lot less than 4K as well:
    https://www.londongreencycles.co.uk/shop­/bikes/bakfiets-classic-long/

    The components are less performance orientated but still robust. Well worth a look. Riding a Bakfiets certainly puts a smile on your face with its super relaxed position and neutral handling.

    Otherwise 2nd hand is the other option, but you're at the mercy of waiting for something to come up at the right place, right time...

    Also you could use cycle to work scheme to buy and if your self employed might be able to one through your company if you can come up with a valid reason why! :)

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    @rwn my thoughts:
    Test ride, test ride, test ride! Many shops within London offer this
    4k for electric + fully covered cargo is just not enough if bought new. If you want an all year round solution with no excuse not to use the bike then you should consider:

    1. Full canopy on the front + proper bench seat with belts/harnesses
    2. Full mudguards
    3. Puncture resistance tyres
    4. Dyno hub with front/rear lights
    5. Proper lock - motorcycle chain style for maximum security - we use this and a folding Abus for quick stops. The chain fits behind the bench seat so doesn't get in the way
    6. Rear rack & panniers so you can still carry stuff without squashing your kids! Once you dump x2 nippers in one there is not a lot of room spare

    Lastly I love riding our cargo bike (we have a Douze F1) and it's been indispensable over the past 3 years of owning.

    Good luck!!!

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    SOOOOOOOO SMOOOOTH!!! Enjoy the buttery smoothness while you can...

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    "NICE BIKE MATE!!!" @hippy near Ealing Common.

    Nice neo-retro One-One machine for this autumnal weather...

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    I can highly recommend the Douze F1. Owned for 3 years and been amazing. We test rode a lot of bikes and the wife hated the way the Bullitt handled, whereas the Douze she loved and still does. Bullitt money mind, but much more neutral handling and with a step-through frame option. Canopy is really well detailed and we ride it all year around and our boy who is now 5 1/2 has never been wet or cold.

    The cable steering enables as tight a turn as you can make on a cargo bike, but also does help with manoeuvring into spaces/garage which can be super handy, especially when loaded!

    It's apparently as light as a Bullitt (although I've never done a direct comparison) and also breaks down in half so you can fit into a hatchback car.

    Shout if you want any more info. This is a good overview:
    http://quickerbybike.blogspot.com/2018/0­6/douze-f1-family-cargo-bike-review.html­

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    @inappropriate_bike for under 2k you can’t go wrong with a Bakfiets. Solid, functionally, big load area (long version) and carry x2 kids with ease. They have a nice rain cover (needed for winter riding with kids) and they are super easy to ride. Downside is that they are slow compared to say a Bullitt, but if just cruising with the kids is your style then you can’t go wrong.

    We have a Douze which is similar money to a Bullitt but the wife hated the way the Bullitt handled so it was the Douze that one. We needed a fast cargo bike as I used to drop our boy off at nursery then commute 5 miles on my own to work at high speed...

    If getting a family or utility bike for all round year use i’d Recommend a dynohub light system, good solid lock (motorbike chain) and seating area with cover for kids which means no matter what the weather or time of day the using a bike is always a valid option...

    London Green Cycles are great and offer test rides and sometimes 2nd hand sales... I think their showroom is currently being refurbished.

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