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Feb 4 13 tweets 7 min read
So I thought that this was a great question but I had more that I wanted to say than would fit in a Tweet reply, so sorry Shawn (@swampy_kiwi , here's the long version.
So we dipped out toes into the cargo bike world with a Ezee Roadrunner, a version of an Xtracycle that, while an entry level, was a well designed workhorse that transformed our lives..
I got lots of time back commuting instead of taking public transport. I took our daughter everywhere, and started to find new adventures that changed how I spent time with M5
About a year ago, I was having problems with the #Ezee and dropped it off to @ebiketeam for a repeat fault finding section. I was feeling a little cheeky and they had a #Load75 in the shop for demo so I asked if I could borrow it for a few days.
M5 was totally entranced with the #Packster70, so we also spent a few day with that.
So none of these quite answer @swampy_kiwi's question - I was at the point of thinking I needed something more reliable. I was at this point totally committed to the #CargoBikeLife. I'd watched @propelbike's comments on the reliability of @BoschGlobal's #EBike system
When I started, trialing the frontloaders was a random fun to try experiment, but they were a lot more fun to ride than I'd imagined. It opened my eyes and got me thinking that the next price point, with the reliability of Bosch might be worth the investment.
Once I realised the #FrontLoader kaupapa might be for us I tried a few others - M5 loved the #Packetser, or but we checked out Yuba and 1 o,r 2 others but it was hard to compete against what the #Load offered. I think at that point I was more trying to think why wouldnt I buy..
this bike. I think what helped in a way was the high price of all the FrontLoaders in NZ. Most are hitting $9-10K, then you needed to add accessories which added a fair bit more. Maurice offered me a good tradein on my original bike, and it felt like the opportunity to own the...
ultimate of bikes wasnt that far from what Id pay for anything else - I mean once you're paying $12k for a bike, another few $K doesnt seem like a huge gap to cover (assuming you can afford it) for what you're getting. No other bike we tried was as fun, balanced our different..
types of trips (kohanga drop offs, commuting to work (does anyone still go into the office?), grocery runs, weekend adventures), and seemed to have a strong reliability and warranty behind 4 months on, here we are and we're stoked. #AklBikeLife #Load75 #DadsLife
Thanks for the prompt on this @swampy_kiwi, I seldom go back that far in our timeline and relive the moments. It's a great reminder of some of the fun we've had with our bikes, and how hard the Packster/Load decision was. Turned out well in end considering the #Packater recall

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