Once again, just when I thought I'd seen it all and that there was nothing left to report on a reader comes to my rescue.
Zaynan Lythgoe of http://www.practicalcycles.com/ emailled to let me know about themselves in general and the Madsen Cargo Bikes from the USA . Practical cycles are the sole UK dealer for these cargo bikes which are similar in layout to Mike Burrow's 8 freight but with a number or detail differences.
Constructed from oversize steel tubing the Bucket and rack versions can both carry 271Kg (Yes 271!) and are equipped with SRAM X5 8 speed gears with trigger shift levers. Braking is by means of discs front and rear.
The bucket version is equpped with a removable seat and seatbelts for children but it could equally be used for goods.
Practical cycles are near Preston, Lancs, and chaqrge £1099 for the bucket version and £999 for the rack model. They can deliver in the UK for £25
Three colours are available, Black, Cream & pale blue. Hard tops for the bucket version and bags for the rack version are under development. Speaking as a short-arse I particularly like the fact that the Madsen allows adjustment for riders from five-foot-nothing to six-feet-six. Shame my Mrs is four foot ten!
Thanks to Zaynan for letting me know about these. Practical offer test rides so if you partake of one then please let me have your thoughts.