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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Goin' Loco, (though not in Acapulco).


Johnny Loco is an Amsterdam company who are looking for UK dealers. Their products are Cruiser style bikes and trikes, Two of which of of interest from an OLV perspective.
Firstly they have the "Dutch Delight" in their "City Cruiser range" at €549 plus a reasonable €32 delivery. The bike comes with a large front rack to take a box or basket of your own. It has Shimano Nexus 3 speed hub gears and Abus ART lock system.

Johnny Loco also produce this rather handsome trike which they call the "Cargo Cruiser" which is an alledgedely lightweight bakfiets design, though no weight is mentioned in the blurb. Seven speed Shimano Nexus hub gears are standard as are drum brakes.

The cargo Cruiser costs €1599 and a rain cover for the load box adds €89. Unfortunately I couldn't get a price for delivery from their web page. I tried Norwich & London postcodes but only received a message telling me that the goods are heavy and to contact them for a price. "We can work something out" was the phrase used.

I don't yet know of any UK dealers for Johnny Loco products but I'm certain they'll be in touch!

After posting I received this from Arnaud van der Vecht at Johnny Loco.

"
Dear Mike,
some additional info regarding Johnny Loco products.
The cargo is around 38kg (that's without the 20kg balance concrete block which you can see upfront). From April this year we can supply the cargo with an extra feature: an electrical engine (only support). The extra costs will be 800 euros. The battery can be detached (15x20x5cm; 2kg) and charged within 1 hr. It helps untill 25km/hrs and a full battery can take you up to 45km.
We are working on a new packaging and end-assembling process to ship the cargo all over the world for an acceptable price. Unfourtunately this is not so easy. We hope to get this worked out before August. Untill then people have to ask for there shipping costs because it is not as easy as a bike. From our factory in Amsterdam till London will be around 130 euros. The rest of the UK I don't know exactly.
Good luck with your site and if you have any question..feel free. Cheers Arnaud"

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

20 kg concrete block?!?!? What?? Lightweight?? What?? Since when do these vehicles suffer from an excessively light front end (and 20 kg too light, at that)? I never heard of Christiana having to use a counterbalance, and it's difficult to imagine it being light enough to cause inadvertent wheelies. What exactly are they thinking? Training effect? Battering ram? Trying to avoid capsizing? Hopefully, they can explain, because my brain hurts right now. Val

Henry said...

Ridiculous eh? I heard that the boss at Johnny Loco insisted that they design the "lightest bakfiets". So they did just that but without an previous experience designing bakfietsen. The resulting trike was dangerously tippy in corners. So in order to sell the containers full of trikes already made they invented the "Rock Steady" which is, just as described, a 20kg hunk of concrete under the box. So a quite light bakfiets became a quite heavy one. I assume you have to subtract the 20kg from the load capacity too.

Rock 'n roll folks!... or something like that.

-Henry

Anonymous said...

Wow - I actually guessed it - they were trying to avoid capsizing. Thanks, Henry. Too bad about the lack of prototypes, beta testing, or proper design; I'm sure that many wannabe cargo riders would welcome a lighter bakfiets, and there must be a good way to design it to be stable (obvious mods: wider front wheelbase, lower center of gravity, slightly cambered pivot to lean the rear wheel into turns). Adding concrete just makes it look like a government project. Val

Anonymous said...

Wow - so I actually guessed it - they were tryng to avoid capsizing. It's too bad that they couldn't do a better job designing it in the first place, as I am sure that there are many would be cargo riders who would welcome a lighter bakfiets. Perhaps the next version will incorporate some stabilizing elements (wider front wheelbase, lower center of gravity, and slightly cambered steering axis to lean the rear end into corners come to mind right away) so as to fulfil the vision.
We can hope. Thanks very much for explaining this, Henry; the mystery was an irritating mental itch.

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