Unlike my Big Dummy the CETMA is a front loading cargo bike. Doug’s bike has a flat cargo platform and a cargo box attached to it. The CETMA uses a steering linkage to take input from the bars and transmit it to the front wheel.
The front cargo box with a bench seat is ideal for carrying a young child since you can keep an eye on her and communicate with her easily. It’s also handy for carrying loose items without having to strap them down.
The more I talked to Doug the more intrigued I was about his CETMA bike. It seems like it would be an ideal companion for my Big Dummy. Between the two bikes you could carry just about anything without much hassle.
Doug even let me try his CETMA…which was nice, but I was concerned about the safety of his daughter. I was a bit wobbly at first until I relaxed and then it was a lot of fun bombing around town on the CETMA. Its steering is quite sporty and once you get over the fact it steers via a linkage the handling isn’t as funky as you might expect. I was also impressed how torsionally stiff the ride was.
Thanks to Doug for the test ride and trusting me with his wee one!
One really cool feature of the CETMA is the fact it breaks into two pieces [just behind the bars] for easy travel and shipping.
I’m keen enough about the CETMA I’m going to take a long hard look at my bikes and I may just have to cull the herd to raise some $$$ for a CETMA. Just for product testing/blogging purposes of course…I don’t have a cargo bike problem….=-)