One of the interesting bikes I came across at the Living Smart festival was this hub geared cargo bike by DutchID – though I only took it on a very brief ride courtesy of the owner, I really enjoyed the concept and the ride. The most intriguing thing for me was the rigid front cargo rack that is attached to the frame, including curved front down tube extensions that support the weight of cargo.
This bike was fitted with Basil crates front and rear by the Newcastle owner. I would not even think of writing a review on such a brief encounter, though I came away very impressed with the concept. It was a strange feeling to turn the bars and have the rack and crate remain dead centre. The bike would surely be more stable when loaded than similar bikes with fork mounted racks. I found it a very easy bike to ride and really loved the upright handlebars, functional appearance and high riding position.
Thanks to the owner for the ride, it’s one that’s really worth investigating !