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13921Re: [rootsradicals] Bakery delivery bike - advice sought.

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  • David Chase
    Jan 5, 2012
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      Considered a Sun Atlas Cargo? Gets you a somewhat lower top tube, one-piece bike, cost-effective.

      Are the boxes cardboard (hence, cannot be stacked too much) or stiffer than that?

      Given the 4-high 10-deep form factor, I imagine something a bunch of 4-inch high, 10-inch deep shelves running the length of the back of the bike. Not sure about the "doors"; I imagine a grill of horizontal sticks, 4 inches apart, that would either line up with the shelf edges ("open") or obstruct their openings ("closed"). Depending on how paranoid you are about theft, the "sticks" might be just bungie cords (lighter weight, a little stretchy) or thin-wall aluminum tubes.

      Another possible door might be something like ribbed polycarbonate greenhouse panels; strong, light, and if you put lights in it or behind it, that might be really pretty.

      David

      On 2012-01-03, at 4:43 PM, DouglasS wrote:
      > Project at hand: My wife's childhood friend has a daughter that runs a vegan bakery. Said daughter wants to delivery bakery products by bike. Most of the bakery products will be in 10" x 10" x 4" boxes or
      > 10" x 14" x 4" boxes. I have volunteered to build the bike and the cargo container that accepts the bakery boxes.
      >
      > Current plan: Somewhat vague, but I plan to get some sort of step-through frame, maybe a women's mountain bike, with 26" wheels, and build it up with the fattest tires I can fit under fenders. Mate it to a FreeRadical and then build a plywood structure on the back that will hold bakery boxes. Put doors on the plywood structure to keep the bakery boxes in place and to prevent casual theft. Use a Kickback or something like to hold the bike upright.
      >
      > So. I am new to this group, but I am told it is the go-to resource for projects like this. Anyone have any advice, prejudices, ideas, doctrine, resources or plain out-and-out mania to contribute to my design?
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