Soma entered the cargo bike market with the short wheelbase cycletruck style Tradesman last year, and has found enough success to make a few runs of the frames, and to introduce the Pick Up Artist long wheelbase cargo bike for 2013. The bike has a 26″ rear wheel and 20″ front wheel with a 1350 mm wheelbase overall for the extended frame, roughly 350 mm longer than most road bikes. The smaller front wheel keeps the load lower to the ground, and directly over the front wheel. The steering linkage doesn’t have any slop, and on a quick ride around the parking lot it was clear that the bike was longer than usual but it wasn’t downright boat-like. Officially it is limited to 150 lbs of cargo, but I’d bet that people will attempt much more than that with production versions. The front section has a simple plate bolt pattern for attaching a flatbed, basket, or whatever custom cargo loading box your needs may require. Dual disc brakes handle the stopping, with conventional parts all around besides the frame making it an easy to build up, easy to service bike. Available with a similar but slightly different spec for 2013 (different shifters, includes a rear rack), expect the complete bike to retail around $1500, with a frame only option also available.
In its 5th year, the Cannondale Coconut Cup South Florida Championship Series is here again. The 2010-2011 MTB series will be held over the next few months throughout southern Florida.
- $25,000 In Cash & Prizes
- Kids Racing
- Awards Presentations At Each Event
CC #1 – Sunrise, FL (Markham Park)
CC #2 – Alva, FL (Caloosahatchee Regional Park)
CC #3 – Hialeah, FL (Amelia Earheart Park)
CC #4 – Hialeah, FL (Amelia Earheart Park)
CC #5 – Sunrise, FL (Markham Park)
CC #6- North Miami, FL (Oleta River State Park)
For more information visit GoneRiding.com
Here’s a video from the November 2007 CC#1 race at Oleta Park.
There was a lot more bicycle excitement today through the Grove when the Ironman Miami competition, a USA Triathlon sanctioned event, came barreling through. From about 7 am to 1 pm, the roads were overtaken by the athletes. People cheered them along the way from restaurants and street corners. The riders started in downtown Miami, passed through the Grove, went down to Pinecrest and came back again. It reminded us a lot of Bike Day, but only with a lot of long distance riding athletes.
Sunday, November 7th
Douglas Road Metrorail Station
3100 South Douglas Road
Coral Gables, FL 33134
“Among the visual delights George Merrick dreamed up as he planned Coral Gables are the eight international villages, each enclave expressing a national style found nowhere else in the city. You’re bound to have seen some of them, but have you ever really looked at them? Come on a bicycle ride with Green Mobility Network on Nov. 7 and see the rich expressions of a culture quite unlike your own.
Your tour leader will be Peter Schuetz and your guide Professor Teofilo Victoria of the University of Miami School of Architecture. The bike ride is organized by Green Mobility as part of AIA | Miami’s month-long celebration of design.”
Here’s a photo of George Merrick and his bicycle sent in by reader David Knorr.