I’ve got a new bike

My new bike arrived today. I could barely sleep last night I was so excited about it. It’s a really gorgeous bike and as you can see in the next pic, there’s plenty of headroom for the kids which is what I was most worried about.

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Here are my first impressions after having been in possession for less than a day. It’s noticeably lighter than Busby even with the mammoth chain I have to cart around for locking it up. Hills were easier and I can even stand up and pedal which is not something I could do on a Bakfiets because my knees hit the box.

I nearly crashed a couple times when I first got on it though. I’m not used to the shorter length after riding Busby day after day for so long. And I also found the tilting system a bit scary at first. I initially felt like the bike was going to tip over but it was just the tilting system which I have to say is very impressive. It’s a beautiful piece of engineering. Notice also that the bike doesn’t have a chain. It’s got a Carbon Drive belt instead. These last longer than metal chains, don’t rust, and don’t need oiling.

The bike got a lot of favourable attention from other cyclists and pedestrians who were all really impressed and, being the attention-seeker that I am, was rather nice. There’s a lockable compartment just behind where the kids sit which is really huge and fits lots of things including my handbag.

Negatives? When I’m not sitting on the bike and the kids are both inside it has a tendency to tip forwards. The frame is so light that if there’s no other weight other than what’s in the box it’s a bit unbalanced. I’m going to try wrapping the really heavy chain just below the seat to try to counter the weight a bit and see how that goes.

I got a passerby to take this pic of all of us but unfortunately he appeared just as I’d shoved a huge piece of chocolate in my mouth, hence the weird smile.

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What do you think? Do I look badass?

21 Comments

  1. Looks fantastic! So glad you got something you are happy with. Can’t wait to read about the adventures you are going to have. Are you going to name this one, too?

  2. Not sure badass – but my son might say ‘amazeballs’. I’m not sure either is really appropriate for a family friendly blog! It’s extraordinary and the chain thingy is what I’ve been waiting for for ever. I’d love to see a vid of you hazing round a corner using the tipping gizmo. And of course your first wheelie!

    1. Thank you!

      I’m not sure what age it will go up to but my son is 9 and I’m hoping it’ll last until he’s about 12 or 13. I have seen adults riding in the box on the front but you can only fit one at a time.

  3. Reverence. That is one badass bike.

    The tilting system looks awesome. Once you’re used to it I reckon you should ride up to the summit of the Lecht and meditate upon rule 85:

    Rule #85 // Descend like a Pro.
    All descents shall be undertaken at speeds commonly regarded as “ludicrous” or “insane” by those less talented. In addition all corners will be traversed in an outside-inside-outside trajectory, with the outer leg extended and the inner leg canted appropriately (but not too far as to replicate a motorcycle racer, for you are not one), to assist in balance and creation of an appealing aesthetic. Brakes are generally not to be employed, but if absolutely necessary, only just prior to the corner

    On a small practical point, I very much doubt you’ll get targeted by professional bike thieves – too hard to sell anonymously. Much more likely that you might get it nicked by someone “having a laugh”. So I doubt your hi spec very heavy lock is really worth lugging around, to be honest. Any old one will do to stop “joyriders”.

    1. I think I’m too old for rule #85. I’ve always been too old for it; even when I was 8.

      I think there’s some truth to what you say about the bike getting nicked. I’m also the very first private person in the UK to have one of these so no-one can steal it because everyone knows it belongs to me.

      1. I’m the opposite – despite in reality being a sad old MAMIL, I still think I’m 8 and consequently will eventually fall foul of

        Rule #64 // Cornering confidence increases with time and experience.
        This pattern continues until it falls sharply and suddenly

        With a bike like that I would have to be physically restrained from riding to the top of the nearest hill and seeing how fast it’s possible to take corners with the tilting mechanism.

  4. I’m not sure I could be ‘without a bike’, given that I currently have 4. There’s usually at least one complete and in working order.

    But it looks very nice.

  5. Hello! Google brought me to your blog (from Los Angeles, USA, where not many ride cargo bikes) because I’m researching getting a B&BMK1. Specifically, I was wondering how you were getting along without the electric assist, especially along hilly portions. I would be carrying 2 toddlers in mine. I was wondering if you might email me… Thanks so much, and keep riding!

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