Author Topic: Cargo bike or bike trailer?  (Read 1925 times)

jaye_p

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Cargo bike or bike trailer?
« on: December 22, 2015, 11:27:01 AM »
My current bike trailer is falling apart and can't be used any longer (it's ok, I've used it intensively for about 7 years), and now I'm faced with a dilemma:  replace it with a new bike trailer, or spring for a cargo bike?  I've drooled over midtail and longtail cargo bikes for years, but always balked at the price, and ended up trying to make my own cargo bike using trailers, used Craigslist bikes, and a ginormous Wald basket, sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much.   But my local bike shop has the cargo bike I've most wanted - the Yuba Boda Boda - on sale because it's been their floor model for a couple of years and they want it gone, so I'd be getting it for 30% off.

Obviously, a new bike trailer would be cheaper.  But the cargo bike might be more versatile:  it can hold bulky loads, long loads, and a passenger or two, depending on size.

ETA:  I do all of our grocery shopping (except for Costco) by bike almost year-round, as well as all trips to used bookstores, thrift stores, etc., so I do haul a lot.

Any thoughts?
« Last Edit: December 22, 2015, 11:29:04 AM by jaye_p »

jac941

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Re: Cargo bike or bike trailer?
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2015, 05:26:19 PM »
I love love love my cargo bike (Xtracycle Edgerunner). But, the place where it excels in my life is hauling people with cargo. I can put a week of groceries and 3 kids (or 1 adult) on the thing which no trailer can do without serious modifications. It's also great at cargo-only loads, but I don't think it's especially better than a trailer for run of the mill grocery / Costco type runs. It's definitely better for long loads than a standard trailer (bikes, lumber, Christmas trees), but for the cost of the bike, you could get a pretty crazy cargo trailer that would do that type of thing well. I also find the cargo bike more convenient than a trailer for parking and biking in traffic and on narrow bike paths.

So, do I think the cargo bike is the Mustachian choice? Probably not for the type of use you're describing. That said, when people ask me how I like my bike, I tell them it's life altering in a way that I couldn't have imagined before buying, and I'd spend the money again in a heartbeat. Having it makes every day errands so effortless that I really have a hard time making excuses to drive.

Good luck with your decision.

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Re: Cargo bike or bike trailer?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2015, 08:02:14 AM »
damn, that bike is cool!