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Jun 11, 2015

Larry Vs Harry Cargobikes Are Here!

We love cargobikes, no secret there. They are powerful, transformative machines that make our individual lives better (freedom of utility and from debt), they make our communities better (quieter and more friendly then cars), and they make our cities better (less congestion, less pollution, safer roads).

There are a myriad of options available on the market these days and it seems like there is a new design popping up almost monthly - but sometimes sticking close to tradition and instead improving upon tried-and-true designs isn't always a bad idea.

Enter Larry Vs Harry and their renowned Bullitt "long john" styled cargobike.
At rest in one of Calgary's brand new cycletracks.
If there is one complaint we might have about most of the "bakfiets" or "long john" style cargobikes we've sold, ridden, and serviced is their usually very heavy weight and often narrow gear range that makes navigating the hilly terrain of Calgary a struggle for some, and impossible for others.

As a result, our shop sells a good number of "longtail" styled cargobikes from manufacturers like Yuba and Xtracycle because they offer both lower overall weight and much wider (think MTB-type gear range) gearing making getting uphill with a load of groceries or children or both much more comfortable.

Side panel kit with cover installed.

When the principles at Larry Vs Harry decided to design a new cargobike, one of their primary aims was to take what is normally a slow handling/heavy bike and instead keep all the utility that the "long john" style offers but make it more sporty, lighter, and quicker handling - all of which have been realized on the Bullitt.

Another great option about the Bullitt is the ability to have it spec'd out the way uou want. You choose your colour, your parts kit, and any accessories you'd like - in many ways, the customization is similar to what Brompton offers. Come to think of it, you could tote your custom Brompton around on your custom Bullitt!

Bankview gang members on patrol.
Bullitt's are also a great option for entrepreneurs looking for a cargobike to use as a bike-based business. Fast and light - just add your own custom box to carry your goods and you're set. We have a connection to a friend of ours who is a cabinet maker and could fabricate a box out of marine-grade wood in the style you need to carry your goods. Looking for inspiration? Check out the Bullitt Flickr Group and this Google Image link.

Our first shipment of these amazing bikes have landed at the shop and we do have a demo unit available for test ride. All 4 bikes are spec'd with the 3x9 mtb-style gearing, hydraulic disc brakes, and the honeycomb deck (go to the builder here).

Come on by and check them out!

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