Do you ever stand in the checkout line at the grocery store and stare in amazement at the celebrity magazines? Do you ever sigh and think with a tinge of sadness that your face will never be amongst those of the famous folks featured on the covers of the glossies?
If not, stop reading now. This article is not for you.
For the rest of you, I am going to share a secret. Like many of you, I do not have any particular talents in sports, music, acting, magic, or anything else which would be likely to turn me into an overnight sensation. I have become accustomed over the years to my status as a plebian, a common person living out my days in relative anonymity.
However, that changed about a year ago. That's when I bought a bakfiets and my status as an ordinary person changed forever!
|Tricked out for the holidays!|
Yuba Mundo I found to be an impressively sturdy machine. Their website features photos of Mundos with all sorts of crazy cargo and humans stacked on the back end. While I had no doubt it could carry almost anything I might need, I found the Mundo to be heavy, slow, and clunky and I thought it was difficult to turn.
|Joe Bike'a bakfiets - it's Dutch for box bike!|
It was shipped to Louisville via freight, and arrived a few weeks later. I assembled it that night, and was riding it the next day. Immediately, I saw my status as a regular, anonymous woman on the street had changed. I found I was late getting almost everywhere because so many people wanted to talk to me! I increasingly found that when I was introduced at social gatherings, people would say that they had seen me around town riding my crazy orange bike. Sometimes they would call it my "bike dump truck" or "that zany contraption" or some such.
|Bakfiets is not just for hauling kids. And look at that cute Nutcase helmet.|
|Now that is one big haul!|
|What can't Sushi K carry from here to there in her Joe Bike bakfiets?|
Some of the features I appreciate: the flexibility to have either a wooden box on the front or double-decker flatbeds, the nimbleness ever with a significant load, the sturdy four-point kickstand, and the responsive drum brakes (which are inside the hubs of the wheels).
The downside: it is a little heavy and slow.
I am feeling very famous, but still haven't seen my face on the cover of People magazine, but I am sure that will be happening soon. Keep and eye out and let me know if you spot me, okay? Thanks.
There are many other brands of bakfietsen (that's the plural of bakfiets) as well as other types of cargo bikes. Google "cargo bikes" or "bakfiet" or check out the links below:
Bakfietsen Flickr Photo Pool
Bullitt Cargo Bikes
Well, Sushi K might not make the cover of People magazine but the cover of Momentum could be in her future. Many thanks to Sushi Kin Louisville, Kentucky for her latest contribution to SRAB.