Today turned out to be a day packed with bike related activity. First order of business: assembling the Bike Friday Haul a Day that I picked up from FedEx on Wednesday. My good friend Steve was here to lend a hand.
I think Patisserie 27 needs more bike parking out front…..
(photo S. Lapp)
Now I had some time to compare the Haul a Day to my Xtracycle, and to mount some accessories. First the weigh in: Haul a Day bare, 38 lbs, Xtracycle 51 lbs. Once I added the bigfoot rests and the mini stoker bar to make it more comparable to the Xtracycle, this added about 3 pounds.
I must admit that one of the things that pushed me over the edge to commit to a new cargo bike was the fact that there was a frame mounted front basket that was large enough for Lucy. I added the padding and straps from her old bike seat.
The second thing was that while I was finishing the assembly, the front tire blew. Close inspection showed that the tube had punctured near the valve stem, on the rim side of the tube.
There were some burrs in the hole for the valve stem. It looked like these rims had a presta hole, and the holes were enlarged rather crudely. I deburred the hole with a Dremel, just in case.
Lucy really likes the front basket. She used to have to peer around me when she rode on the rear deck of the Xtracycle. However, she still complains if I’m not in the lead of our little group.
Having her out front attracted a lot of attention.
Early impressions? This bike is much more rigid than my Free Radical based Xtracycle. It assembled very easily. The build quality is very high; the small diameter steel tubes and the frame mounted front reminds me very much of my Moulton ATB, and I’d say that the build quality of this bike is at least as high. It is impressive that they can hit this price point with this complicated a frame design that is welded in the US.
I did upgrade the base configuration with Avid BB7 disk brakes, front and rear, better hubs, headset, and tires but the biggest upgrade was the cargobike bars, which I am loving.