Thoughts about cargo bikes:
I love cargo bikes like the Bullitt, CETMA, Madsen, and Big Dummy. I think if I owned a cargo bike, I'd use it for more trips than I do.
But the prices for these things just does not compute with my budget. However, I do
own a Surly Long Haul Trucker, one of the sturdiest "regular" bikes made. While looking at cycletruck rack bags, it finally struck me:
Why not get a porteur rack for the LHT? I mean, it's made
to carry heavy loads up front. So I'm thinking 4 panniers and a porteur bag can carry a bunch
of stuff... as much as a Big Dummy with just rear bags. Even with a new rack, and 5 bags, it's still cheaper than the cheapest cargo bike frame
Panniers: $200 (for 4)http://www.amazon.com/Banjo-Brothers-Waterproof-Pannier-Red/dp/B008YTX98E/ref=sr_1_2
Total cost: $540
Surly Big Dummy frameset (just the frame!)
: $950. It would cost another $300-500 to build it into an actual bike.
I think I see where this is going.