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Do cargo "trailers" mounted in front of the bike exist?

There is technology for this, has been there for many years, called 'bakfiets' in Dutch. A bike with a big load bed in front of the rider. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:...
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Would a backpack or cargo rack be better for commuting?

I avoid backpacks where possible 1) Sweat - I get damp enough wearing just a cycling top. Putting anything else on top makes it much worse. 2) Crashing - Occasionally I have carried a toolbox in a ...
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What are the differences between a seatpost-mounted and frame-mounted rear rack

The advantages of seat mounted racks are that they don’t require rear dropout rack lugs; some of the seat mount racks have quick release levers so you can easily take them off (while racing or ...
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Transporting School Children / Bigger Cargo Bikes or Trailers

Maybe a FollowMe for the oldest? At 8 years they should be close to riding 7km under their own power, but the FollowMe would still give a backup option in case they run out of energy or you are under ...
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Would a backpack or cargo rack be better for commuting?

Weight on the bike is easier to manage than weight on your body. The bike will handle a bit differently, but you'll quickly get used to it. If all you use the bike for is commuting, you should get ...
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Do cargo "trailers" mounted in front of the bike exist?

What you're proposing would not work: your design would effectively be steering from the middle of the (combined) vehicle. You would need to transmit the turning action to the frontmost wheel, which ...
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How does one carry multiple bike bags once off the bike?

There's no magical solution: if you want to take to be able to take everything out of the bike, the solution is to choose bags that can be easily removed and to have as few bags as possible. Or to ...
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Converting tandem to cargo bike

If you want to have a real cargo bike, e.g. an "inverse Bullit-style" the challenge will be structural integrity of your frame: you can't easily cut the 2nd diamond of your frame without risking to ...
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How does one carry multiple bike bags once off the bike?

When I have to carry multiple panniers, I put a strap on each and carry them messenger bag style with the straps across my body. I've had 3 like that before; the 4th that time was a backpack pannier - ...
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Would a backpack or cargo rack be better for commuting?

Weight on your body takes additional energy to carry, but it's also easier to move dynamically (it moves with your body and doesn't change the feel of the bike). I have always used and preferred ...
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What are the differences between a seatpost-mounted and frame-mounted rear rack

RoboKaren's answer is great on the pros and cons, so I'll restrict myself to explicitly answering ... why would someone get the seatpost-mounted rack over the frame-mounted rack? Really, the only ...
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Folding basket - is there such a thing?

A subset of panniers that are designed for shopping bags are often called "grocery panniers," the distinguishing features being an open top and dimensions similar to the base of a paper grocery bag (...
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Transporting School Children / Bigger Cargo Bikes or Trailers

Check out a Babboe Max-E. It's a larger cargo bike that will seat up to 6, and it's electric so you can truly go 7km without your legs catching on fire. https://www.babboe.co.uk/babboe-max-e
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Would a backpack or cargo rack be better for commuting?

I'm Dutch, thus when I went to high school I had to commute for about 20 km/1 hour for a single trip. Since it was high school and some days I really had a large and heavy pack. Carrying it alone in ...
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Improve survivability of bicycle container

The traditional solution on bicycles is metal wire basket. Metal is tougher than plastic and mesh instead of sheet metal makes it lightweight enough. If you need something waterproof, put your ...
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Why don't couriers use rear racks?

A big reason to use panniers around town is that it keeps you from getting a sweaty back on a commute. If you're dashing around a city all day couriering you'll get sweaty with our without a backpack, ...
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Transporting School Children / Bigger Cargo Bikes or Trailers

You may struggle with trailers - my daughter lasted longer on a rear seat than in a trailer because she was too tall for the latter. The seat she used until 7 was a Bobike Junior Classic; you could ...
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How can I carry a tripod on my bike?

I used to strap mine to the bike frame, but I have a bike specifically built to facilitate touring with a camera. This is a cheap Manfrotto tripod rather than my expensive one, used while making sure ...
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How to fix folding lock holder

I suggest cutting the broken loop off and using a cable ("zip") tie through the big triangular loop. Two cable ties chained together may help it lie flatter. As an alternative a short loop of bungee ...
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Would a backpack or cargo rack be better for commuting?

tl;dr: Yes, cargo on the rack will affect the ride and the feeling. Your body comfort won't be affected at all. Riding with backpack will reduce your comfort but it won't affect the feeling of the ...
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Frame-mounted basket options

Yes, that's a proprietary system. That said, front racks and baskets that mount to the head tube are very stable. The rack basket doesn't flop around when parked and it doesn't affect steering when ...
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Maximum weight of a pedal vehicle

According to Bikes At Work: Our experience has been that most people can comfortably pull 300 lbs (137 kg) with a typical mountain bike and cargo trailer or cargo trike. How quickly a person can ...
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How to secure the fork when there is no stem

Yes, this "lockring" is important. It functions like the stem on a regular bike (with a threadless fork) to hold the headset together. The cap on top is used during adjustment, but is not intended to ...
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Do cargo "trailers" mounted in front of the bike exist?

Do cargo "trailers" mounted in front of the bike exist? Later But does it exist as a commercial product or diy project? The design description in the original post: My very basic design ...
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How does one carry multiple bike bags once off the bike?

Most people who use frame bags and top-tube bags leave them on the bike. There's usually a way to clip a shoulder strap onto a (large) saddlebag and/or handlebar bag. Bar bags are sometimes sold with ...
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Braking system conversion for Pashley Cargo Bike

Your bike has chromed steel rims. Regular brake pads will provide not enough friction on that surface. If you want to keep those wheels, and keep rim brakes you have to get brake pads that are ...
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What brakes are these? Could I upgrade them?

Single pivot rim brake calipers. They are also mounted in a "reverse cable" orientation, which is relatively uncommon. Start by swapping out the shoes for new ones - I see one is cracked ...
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Transporting School Children / Bigger Cargo Bikes or Trailers

If your bike can accept a rear rack, you can add a carrier for one child mounted there, and the two bigger children can ride in the front. I would look into the Yepp kids seats, which have both rack-...
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What supplies do riders carry on century sportives and how do they carry it?

I'm adding an answer, and note that it is still in progress. First, there is currently a global pandemic, and riders may be interested in doing long solo rides, or they may be interested in more ...
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How to fix folding lock holder

If you haven't taken the time to yet, you should contact Abus, they are generally pretty proud of their products and stand by their workmanship. I would not be surprised if they replaced the holster ...
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