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Cannondale launch two car-replacing electric cargo bikes

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Rebecca Bland

Rebecca has been writing about e-bikes for four years, after a typically ill-timed career change pre-pandemic. She's been riding bikes since she can remember, and fell back in love with them after realising it was faster, cheaper, and more fun than getting the bus to work. Nowadays she enjoys all kinds of bikes, from road to eMTB and is training her border collie pup to become a trail dog. 

4 comments

9 months 20 min ago

Hate to be that guy, but these 'car replacing ebikes' are doing so by becoming more and more car-like.
That front 'bucket style receptacle' seems well thought out and practical, but with its two big headlights and the sculpted shape it is really quite 'car style'. And you bet that is not accidental.

And yes, I know, 'the more people get out of their cars' yadda yadda, but still, what good will that ultimately do when the bikes that replace those cars are becoming like lectric cars themselves?
Bigger and bigger, heavier, dependant on charging and motor and battery and software, expensive… and I just know that eventually there'll be models that don't require pedalling anymore, just a throttle.

9 months 23 min ago

They both look incredible, but I couldn't tell they were 'dales.

Why the huge headlights?

9 months 50 min ago

I can't think of another front-loader with same size wheels. Be interested to know how it handles.  

9 months 1 hour ago

These sorts of machines seem like pie in the sky here in the UK. But over in Basel I saw loads of them. I was actually gobsmacked at how far behind we are, it was an eye-opener.

There easily more people getting about by bike than by car, and way more on the tram system - the cyclists didn't seem at all bothered by tram rails all over the place either. I saw one mum on a fantastic etrike with a tilting front pair of wheels, and scores of other cargo/children carrying ebikes, they were quite commonplace. The best thing was (and I suppose it's obvious given their sheer numbers) it was all sorts of everybody on bikes - smartly dressed city types, shoppers, café goers, joe-pleb going from A to B, students, old women, disabled, the whole run of the mill population. Once off their bike you'd never have pinned them as "a cyclist".