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VeloSurMer

Member since Sep 2011 • Last active Mar 2019
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Bournemouth based, organising alley cat events
Set up Velo Domestique Cycle Cafe

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  • in Rides & Races
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    No worries, look forward to seeing you at the site anyway! We'll probably post our route online so you could do some of it in reverse if you fancied a Friday afternoon ride

  • in Rides & Races
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    Awesome, we're keen to get as many people as possible on our roll out so we can hold off 'til midday.

    Closest station is Pokesdown and it's on the main line from London.

  • in Rides & Races
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    10am(ish), it's gonna be a steady paced all day ride with pub/food/river swimming stops. Trying to work out if that's too early for people coming down from London and other places? Could push it back to 11 or midday

  • in Rides & Races
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    This year's event site has a covered/hardstanding area which means if we get another round of apocalyptic rain storms at night, people will be able to take shelter all evening. That being said, people's resilience despite the rain last year was impressive.

    We're running a free ride out on the Friday from Velo Domestique if anyone fancies joining us, it will involve visiting a bakery and a craft beer brewery and isn't super technical but still fun.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Mini-max handling is even closer to a normal bike, shorter wheelbase, snappier steering.

    Obviously it's not as useful if you are carrying very bulky/long items but you can fit extender bars or in my experience, if something (like a surfboard) is longer than the front of the rack, you can just strap it down at the back. Although having a longer rack on the Omnium Cargo means if you have items that are high you can move them further away from your bars so it doesn't affect your steering.

    Also the mini-max is just above head height when stood on its end so it's easier to store.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Omnium bikes handle much better, also as someone who regularly carries heavy loads on both, one notable thing that is much easier on the Omnium is lifting the front wheel up onto a high curb, sounds minor but for me at least, it ends up being quite important.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    So, if you speak to the team at Omnium and Bullitt, to them they are selling a completely different product with hugely different uses and therefore are not in any way comparable. To us in the UK I guess there's so few two wheeled cargo bikes around that we put them all in the same boat.

    We sell Omniums to customers who want to carry 'things', faster than you would be able to deliver it in a car (this is true even in a small town like Bournemouth) we have a coffee roaster that delivers all their coffee locally (8 mile radius) on an Omnium. Omnium bikes are easier to store, considerably lighter and easier to handle when carrying a 'mid' weight item like tubs of coffee (50-60kg). They're also easier to carry weird shaped items as the 'flat bed' cargo style can have anything strapped to it. In Copenhagen they don't think twice about sticking a small child or two on the front of an Omnium, partly because they have huge cycle lanes and often they're being ridden by messengers/ex-messengers/experienced cyclists.

    Bullitts are much more popular with people with kids, especially in Copenhagen, they're easier to just sling something into the front (providing you have side panels) knowing it won't fall out, including a child. We sell Bullitts to people wanting to ride along the seafront where it is extremely flat and there's not much traffic, they also offer a carbon belt drive option which is helpful when riding by the sea.

    I have a Mini-Max because I can use it as a regular bike and it stands on it's end in my hallway. I don't have kids but I did have a dog who used to sit in the front of our shop Bullitt:

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Where do you live? If you come down to Bournemouth you're welcome to test ride our Omnium and our Bullitt.

    We sell both for people with different needs.

    Personally as I don't have children my go to cargo bike for hauling stuff is my Omnium Mini Max

  • in Classifieds
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    @hazzus did me a seriously good deal on a pair of Phil hubs, delivered next day, much appreciated

    He has some awesome stuff on eBay which you can find on the eBay finds page (he didn't post it himself)

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    what he said

    plus you can remove inner tubes and use them to make a chain style link if you need to strap down something particularly large.

    also having stretchy tubes instead of webbing means if you use bungee cords or a cargo net it's much easier to fit them under tension

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