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Thinking about a Bullitt

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Old 07-30-18, 05:31 AM
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Thinking about a Bullitt

I got it stuck in my head that I want a Bullitt. The new frugal me means I won't just go and buy one but will save a few months and use those 'extra' funds, also gives me time to think through my decision.

In a few months will be fall, so plenty of riding left before trying to deal with the snow..

My commute is short in that I could go to work and then ride to the grocery store after. I'm also entertaining this as an easier way to get the dog to the dog park. The grocery store is 1.6 miles away. Costco is 4 miles away. The Costco trips will be rare but would be leave me feeling quite accomplished if I bring back a Costco load by bike. I don't have kids, so that won't be a usage.

It's an expensive investment.
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Old 08-06-18, 12:19 PM
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They are beautiful bikes! If it's an itch that won't go away, then do it. Otherwise there are lots of other ways to accomplish the goals you mentioned (other cargo bikes, trailers, etc.).
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I agree that you have the right plan. If you are giving yourself time to save and decide then at least when you make a decision you will feel it will be well informed. I agree with Linberi, that you have to look at your other options. One consideration is how much you will be carrying. One of the bikes that I am pining over is the Belinki Cargo. bike. I had dismissed this style originally, however. it was the CarryGo people that added a nice box to this style bike that made me see the light. If you need even more room for Cosco runs then a Long John or trailer might be the answer.


Good stuff to think about. Keep us up to date and post pictures whatever you end up with.
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CETMA is another of that type.. Human powered machines Long Haul http://www.catoregon.org/ another.. steel .

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It's been a while, but I've made full grocery runs using my Worksman front-loading tricyle and also with my Arpan low-gravity bicycle.
The trike is wide, and if you ride in a road, it will more or less force you to take a lane. I could get to two different grocery stores using alleys and bike trails, so that wasn't an issue.
Both of these bikes are single speed, with coaster brakes. So with heavy loads, you need a flat route, due to gearing and due to brakes. But that I also have.
Result is, that for me, a Worksman front-loading tricycle, a Worksman low-gravity bicycle, the Mexican-style cargo trikes, etc., would all work fine.
If your route is hilly or requires you to ride more vehicular-style, the bakfiets-style make a lot of sense, even at a much higher price point.
But, if it's flat and you have good access, you have lots of other options.
And too, the cheaper bikes are better from a theft standpoint.
And even if it makes no economic sense, there's no reason not to just buy a bike you especially like- that's how people pick out their regular bikes.
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Old 08-12-18, 06:53 PM
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I wish the electric model wasnt as expensive. The model I was looking at is $3400. The electric one is $6700. yikes.
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My local does retro fit mid drives for 1600 bucks for a 350w motor , (more for higher power motors)

calculate that In..

you can add a motor later, but its not a Bosch or Shimano ....
that need a frame built around it..
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I'm also in the market for a Bullitt. For what you've got planned, though, a Burley Nomad trailer will do the job just fine, for about $350. I've had one for years, and it's great. I've carried four 40-pound bags of kitty litter in it, with no problem.

Now, though, we're expecting a baby. I wouldn't recommend having a kid just to justify the cost of a cargo bike, but hey, it's working for me.
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