Reeces (wittco posted on July 9th, 2012 )


I own two cargo bikes: a Bullitt (John Player Spezial) and Yuba (Mundo V.3). I find that each bike has its strengths, and I use each for specific situations. I am glad that there are many cargo bike platforms because each rider (or company) is different and has unique needs.

I like cargo bikes.

I have several sketches of modifications for my Bullitt; things I want to make so it can better serve my niche needs. I hope to share these sketches in the coming weeks. One of these sketches is a bag for the pallet of my Bullitt rather than a box. I rarely use a box, but sometimes I end up getting more groceries than planned and an expandable bag, because it is light and can be folded down on the pallet, out of the way, would be ideal.

I have a cardboard pattern for the bag, but need to clean out my sewing space before taking on another project. Until then, the Go-Getter bags from my Yuba works well.

2 Responses

  1. James says:

    Could you comment on the things you prefer about the Bullitt vs. the Yuba, and vice versa? Thanks!

    • wittco says:

      James, I will go into more detail on this in the future. I have plans to post a He Said, She Said post on the two bikes. I often ride the Bullitt, my wife the Yuba.

      Once the decision is made to get a cargo bike, it often comes down to three main deciding factors: (1) access to the bike–areas that have many long john options sold by many shops, tend to have more long johns. (2) price–lower end is $1000 and upper end is $3000. (3) need, task, performance, situation ….

      If you Google reviews on cargo bikes, you will come across a bevy of thoughts and ideas. Here is the answer to your question. Here is my personal decision making process.

      Bullitt Preference: The pallet carries large, bulky items better. These items are also better balanced on this format as well as having a lower center of gravity. I carry straw, chicken and rabbit feed, free pile stuff, concrete blocks a great deal of the time so this works well. The bike is fast, sporty. The geometry is a racy-mountain-bikey sort. This makes it fast, and for me–fun. I like modular options I can put on the pallet space: box, bag, tray, nothing (carry dog), arms on both sides for lumber… This bike is also light.

      Yuba Preference: price-point considered, this is likely to be the best cargo bike. What this bike can do for what it costs, is super. This bike also has typical (more so) bike mechanisms so repairs and upkeep could be seen as a benefit. The load capacity of this bike is huge: 450 lbs and I am sure it can do more. The bike is bomber tough. The bike is built with many opportunities for adaptations, add-on, and unexpected uses. The running boards, and top deck all provide options. This is the bike on which my kids prefer to ride. Carrying 3 kids on this bike is easier than on the Bullitt. The Bullitt is really, for me, a one-kid bike.

      Why I bought a Bullitt: I wanted a cargo bike just for me. Not to haul kids. Not exclusively for groceries. It is my every day bike. It carries, but it is sporty. It is a good mix of my previous road bike and a cargo bike platform. Light.

      Why I bought a Yuba: super deal. Solid construction. Steel frame allows for adding on things through welding (as well as repairs). I consider this bike my “TRUCK.” Many options for cargo and where it is carried (running boards, basket, top deck).

      Why I ride the Bullitt as my primary cargo: I am usually carrying something, or will be. The smaller size (as compared to bakfiets) and the lighter weight (compared to bakfiets), suits my life style better for where I go and store my bike.

      Why my wife rides the Yuba as her primary cargo: it handles like a typical bike and the versatility of cargo carrying options from small or many loose items (cargo in the basket or on one of the Go-Getter bags) to large (lumber on running boards). The weight of the bike is not felt when it is in motion.

      If you want any follow up responses, let me know. I love talking cargo bikes.

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