TrioBike Spotted

Don’t know how we’ve not seen this bike before, but spotted it a Taipei fashion store. Considering there’s a Taipei bike boom, that made sense and after much discussion, we decided it was “Neo Dutch Cargo” and it’s fantastic. Possibly hydro-formed aluminum with thick shapes, big headset, Nexus, disc brakes, and more. The bike switches between a bike, a cargo bike, and cargo carrier with no tools; as the video shows. It was designed by DesignAgenda.

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Actually, this isn’t a Dutch bike, nor from the Dutch tradition. It’s an admittedly neo-modern, convertible, take on the Danish cargo bike (ladcykel) tradition from a Copenhagen outfit, yet another one alongside several other manufacturers such as Christiania Bikes, Nihola, Winther (makers of the Kangaroo family bike), Sorte Jernhest (means Black Iron Horse), Esimex (makers of the Joker Lifestyle and Buggy) and Bellabikes. (I think there are others but they don’t come to mind immediately.) A couple of slight differences between Dutch and Danish cargo bikes—bakfietsen vs ladcykler—are that while Dutch models can be either three- or two-wheelers, the Danish ones seem to all be three-wheelers, and the Danes seem to go in general for more curvy designs in general, whether it’s the TrioBike, the Kangaroo, or Nihola bikes.

Thanks for the background—we went back for more photos today and are even more impressed. Example is that there’s a slot for the front wheel to slide into under the carrier.

I saw one of these here in Seattle, locked to the bike rack at the Queen Anne pool a few weeks ago.  I wasn’t familiar with the brand at the time, but it looked very slick.  I couldn’t locate the owner, and it was gone when I left.  I did some research and found the withering review found in John’s post above.  I’m interested in getting a cargo bike or bakfiets, but that review definitely cooled me to the idea of getting a TrioBike.

Categorize us as “lame-asses Internet” reviewers I guess, but visually it’s got it going on and we could tell that the “no tools,” meant a lot of steps. We also did not ride it, evaluate it more than in a shop window, and walking around it in a fashion store. We did experience a similar “design for design’s sake” bike from [Biomega](http://bikehugger.com/2007/08/biomega_ams_8_sp_shaft_drive.htm), which we reviewed poorly. However, with full props to WorkCycles (we visited their shop two weeks ago), we’ve scene a similar narrow, defensive view with Xtracycles fans who swear their bags are the best bags ever designed. I can only conclude they haven’t ridden them in the rain or don’t mind soggy gear or stuff flying out on a bumpy road. Did you see that Amazing Race where the challenge was to ride a Bakfiet and the contestants keep falling over? Bakfiets take some getting used to or how the step-over height on the Big Dummy is still annoying as hell. Point is, bikes have flaws and it’s like saying, “she’s pretty, but dumb;” some people just like her cause she’s pretty and they’ve got money to spend.

If someone want’s a visually impressive bike to ride around with kids on a bike path, cool with us. To grow cycling in the States, we need to promote cycling of all types, even that well-designed, poorly executed Coasting, we supported here. Here in Taipei, we’ve seen all sorts of folding bikes, including [this obvious toy](http://www.flickr.com/photos/huggerindustries/2953521773/) and the Strida. The [Strida ](http://www.strida.com/) is a status symbol and I think any folding enthusiasts would conclude mostly unrideable.

What I’m saying is, at least here at Bike Hugger, we’re cool with people buying a bike cause they like how it looks. While we’d encourage them to get a real cargo bike, if they want a fancy-pants bike that [Tim Gunn](http://www.bravotv.com/Tim_Gunn/) would ride, go for it. Maybe the **Cargonistas** will mock you, but damn you’ll look good.

I agree.  You have to take every product review with a grain of salt and try to figure out if the reviewer is working some sort of angle, disclosed or not.  But whatever its flaws, it probably appeals to some; and if it gets those “some” and their kids riding, so much the better.  The commenters to that withering review seemed to like the bike, so it probably has some virtue in the end.
  What really cooled me to the bike (in addition to a less than stellar review) was the price and my general rule of avoiding products that do multiple things (bike! cargobike! stroller!) since they tend not to any one of those things very well.  One of the virtues of an xtracyle or bakfiets is that they are always at the ready.  (perceived virtues, since I have neither bike). None of that, “gotta go hook up the burley before we can load up” or, with the trio, “gotta take off my wheel, store it, attach the stroller-thingy, ah forget it, where are my car keys?”  Maybe some have more patience for that, but my burley gets less use due to the hassle factor.
  Anyway, at least she’s pretty.  Maybe she’s not even all that dumb when you get to know her.

DL Byron

I completely take your point, was just getting it out there. IMHO as much as I love his company and what he does (and agree with him!) if you read a lot of bike stuff online, Henry can be very quick to grind any opposition to workcycles to a pulp. Which is probably fair enough in some cases.

Bakfietsen do take a little (5 mins? initially plus a few rides like any bike) getting used to but I don’t think it’s fair to use the example of a race on a tv show. Hardly a real world situation. Obviously you don’t have to balance a trike. I do hear you on the Big Dummy step over height. I’d love to see some step-through xtracycles but the Workcycles FR8 is the bike calling me. Maybe xtracycled?

The main thing about the Triobike I don’t get is the riding position. Looks so incredibly uncomfortable. Not just normal racing stretch uncomfortable but searing back pain uncomfortable. But I agree, if it works for someone all power to them.

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