NEW YORK—The cargo bike—a bicycle built to move stuff—is a "life-changing wonder," according to Liz Canning´s website. Ms. Canning, a digital animator in California, is making a crowdsourced video about the coming cargo-bike "cultural revolution." Cargo bikes can cost $3,000 apiece—$5,000 with electric assist. They have boxes or trailers for carbon-free carting—a hyper-hip answer to the pickup truck. Small workshops build cargo bikes in the U.S., or have them built in Taiwan. Many are Dutch or Danish imports.
I´m going to need six pallets of bricks to build a retaining wall this Spring. Let´s see, a pallet has 516 bricks weighing 4.5 lbs each for a total weight of 2,322 lbs. Six pallets will weigh almost 14,000 lbs.
It´s a 24 mile round trip to the brick yard, mostly on a heavily traveled Farm to Market road. Of course the down hill portion is on the way to the brick yard.
The "Super Heavy-Duty" will carry 500 pounds, requiring 28 round trips. Counting time to load and unload, I´ll commit to two loads per day. Assuming the brick yard will tolerate me having a broken pallet sitting around their site, it should only take two weeks to move the bricks to the construction site. Hmmm, it probably won´t rain much this Spring. You know, global warming and all.
Being 62, I´m not certain I want to spend two weeks pedaling bricks. But they did say I could put a small motor on the bike. The weight of the motor and fuel will probably reduce the payload and will require more trips. Or maybe I could hire a of the wetbacks (can we still say that in Texas?) to do the work. They are know to be honest, law abiding citizens who wouldn´t think of stealing my expensive bike.
This is such a load of garbage is what this is. Human animal power vs. the power of oil or gas. So you pedal yourself around - how many calories does that take? A bunch, I can tell you! Instead of needing 2000 calories a day - anyone who rides this bike for more than 1 hour or do a day is going to need upwards of 6,000 calories plus. Yeah, those poor people in Bangladesh use bikes and they are scrabbling all the time to get enough food. And think of the injuries - bursitis, torn muscles, bad knees etc - all from having to depend on a bike for transport. AGGGH!
OMG! Sorry to double post but I have ridden one of those ´tricycle´ bikes (from the 70´s) -it was terrible - heavy and un-steerable. I nearly wiped out going down a gentle hill because the back wheels were ´pushing´ and not giving any agility to the front wheel. The sheer idiocy of this makes me nuts. The end of the article tells about The Bike Man - hauling groceries in his bike. That is kinda like The Homeless Guy or the Town Drunk - doing his thing. Next thing we know the homeless advocates will be demanding the government buy these for the homeless.
I´m not sure the posters read the same article as I did. There´s an American company that still manufactures in the US, and is the top of its market. They sell bikes to industry like Boeing and people who operate their own businesses like ice cream carts - somebody made one with a BBQ smoker. My old man, as an industrial electrician, rode one with his tools around a plant for 35 years.
Sheeesh people, its a great story of free market capitalism. Stop trying to read more into it. Pickup trucks are not going to go extinct.
The distances you all need to travel would be greatly reduced when everybody lives in a 200 sq ft unit like bees in a hive. You cannot judge only part of the utopian leftist dream in isolation from the other parts!
And #21, we would own those 200 sq.ft. "apartments" not the bikes we use fro transportation. They´ll be graciously provided by the state, provided we´re good little worker-bees. I am sure, though, if we fail to meet our work quotas (or deviate from the "new normal"), we could look forward to other, less luxurious accommodations.
I´ve seen a couple of these little businesses. Made in USA is good. Some of these bikes are not hideously expensive and they are made with 3 or 2 wheels. I´d like to get one myself; I could use the exercise.
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