The Pickup Truck of Bikes Laughs at Handlebar Baskets

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The next time you ride your bike to the grocery store and discover you can't stock up on discount watermelons because of your wimpy basket, you'll wish you had the cargo carrying capacity of the Donky. It's designed for hauling full-on golden labs, not wimpy Toto-like terriers.

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The bike's ample cargo capacity is made possible with a strong square beam that transfers the load from the front and back cargo racks through the Donky's frame. So there's no weight on the handlebars, and no flimsy rack hanging off the back. Its compact size also makes it great for urban dwellers, with a small turning radius and the ability to squeeze into an apartment with minimal fuss. At almost $800, though, you might still be better off being really nice to your one friend with a pickup truck.

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[Donky Bike via Laughing Squid]

DISCUSSION

1950's Gazelle bakfiets.

1930's transportfiets.

If you're going to copy something, at least make it work properly. The 'donky' is a stupid, flimsy design (the cross in the frame basically guarantees horrendous frame flex), with unstable, dangerous small wheels, insufficient mud flaps (luggage is unprotected) and a host of other design flaws easily found by anyone with more than a few years of biking experience.

Another day, another idiot tries to design a bike and fails miserably. There is a reason novel bike designs have failed time and time again. The reason is is that 'novel' is not synonymous for 'better' and we are not smarter at all than people 100 years ago.

I live in the netherlands. Every once a while, a new novelty bikes come out which is bought by people that try to buy their way into coolness. Those bike disappear from the streets in 5 years, while every 30 year old steel framed, no-fuss, three speed, drum braked, chain covered Gazelle still serves as supremely reliable mode of transportation.

Please Gizmodo, stop endorsing stupid bikes and endorse the Gazelle Tour Populair. Handmade in the netherlands, pushrod brakes, full covered everything, stylish transportation for the gentleman or gentlewoman and will function flawlessly for years with minimal maintenance. A true classic. Not designed, but evolved from the needs of real people needing a dependable bike no matter what.