Category Archives: Bicycles

Workcycles Kr8 × Maxi-Cosi Pebble

Since we had a small update to the family in June, we needed a way to transport her in our trusty Kr8 cargo bike. You could just put a Maxi-cosi on the floor of such bicycle, but the guys from Workcycles created a small device to make room for the legs of the kid(s) who sit on the bench.

This invention is in fact just a small raised platform that raises the Maxi-cosi a bit of the ground and also moves it a bit more forward. This provides more legroom for the kid on the bench. The riser comes with pretty stainless hardware and if returned to the shop they will give you back 50 Euros (as a voucher for the shop, but still).

For future reference I took pictures of all the steps involved. It is not that hard, but I couldn’t find some sort of manual so I thought, I’d make one. All pictures are uploaded in my Flickr stream and can be seen here: Workcycles Kr8 × Maxi-Cosi Pebble.

Workcycles’ Kr8 Cargobike

An all black Workcycles' Kr8 with black tent — Image: Henrys Flickr-account
An all black Workcycles’ Kr8 with black tent — Image: Henrys Flickr-account

Just a small sign of life… In between the daily ruckus of work, family and finding time to have a few moments for my own we have made a decision at the beginning of June we should have made a lot earlier (especially considering the waiting time…). We finally ordered our bakfiets, or cargobike for you non-Dutch readers.

In my search for the right bike I quickly was aware that good things come with a price. We don’t want a cargobike to just have some fun in the weekends and let it rot away on the sidewalk in the winter… First of all it is too expensive and second of all it’s way too much fun and easier to run errands on a bike instead of a car or by foot. While browsing through the web in my search for our cargobike, Babboe quickly turned up to be not so cool. Or maybe I just should say that you get what you pay for. Bakfiets.nl is a notch up in price and in quality, but then a new Workcycles project caught my eye. The Kr8.  Henry from Workcycles has been selling Bakfiets.nl cargobikes und his own name after making some small adjustements and using some other parts and after ten years he wanted to take the “old” Bakfiets-frame and give it an overhaul and make it better. He did and together with Dyntec they mad an ingenious frame and box design that makes for better shipping and using the same rear-end and the same box, either a two-wheeled or a three-wheeled version can be built!

Long story short, we placed our order at the beginning of June and through some problems in the factory we still are waiting on our bike… I must say that after all the mailing back and forth and apologies from Workcycles (for things they clearly cannot control) Henry offered a free shipment of our bike, which I think is really fair!

Once a year in Rommerskirchen…

For the last three years, around the beginning of June, a small and humble town east of Cologne turns into a Mecca for vintage roadbike afficiando’s. I am not talking about l’Eroica-like scenes, but still. As a prologue for the market that is held on Sunday, the guys from Klassikerausfahrt.de organized a small tour around Rommerskirchen-Nettesheim. Alltough the route was exactly the same as last year, it felt completely different. That could also have been because of the fact that this time I didn’t use the car to get there, but (like I should have) went by bike instead. I went together with Tom – a very enthusiastic cycling friend who really knows his way around – and those 28 kilometers in 30˚Celcius were a bit more than a warm-up. Continue reading Once a year in Rommerskirchen…

Ride with the Classics, May 2014

Every once in a while when I can squeeze in a free sunday morning I like to ride my 30+ y.o. roadbike. I inherited it from my dad (who is still among us, mind you not!), because it was just standing in the garage for a really, really, really long time. And when I am not touring on my own, what better way is there then to tour with a whole bunch of other classic roadbikes? In comes the “Klassikerausfahrt” or classic drive, which is just a bunch of people who like to ride. Bikes. That’s it! Or as they describe it

No club, no obligation, no labels, only the simple pleasure of old racing bikes. Hip or unhip? Doesn’t matter. Dirty fingernails from working, heavy legs from driving and a closet full of trashy jerseys. A penchant for pop culture, good books & movies. Coffee, steel & hot wheels

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