A partial automobile substitute? Trek’s new cargo bike, reviewed

Image of a red bicycle with large plastic tubs flanking its rear wheel.

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As I watched a couple of berries I had simply carted house roll gently down my driveway and into the highway, it was exhausting to flee the sense that my plan to make use of nothing however a cargo bike for 2 weeks may need been overly formidable. A number of weeks crammed with Canadian wildfire smoke and twister warnings later, it was fairly clear that I had vastly underestimated the complexities concerned.

The e-bike I used for my testing, the newly launched Trek Fetch+ 2, is excellent, and it readily hauled no matter I requested of it. However utilizing a cargo bike could be very totally different from another biking expertise I’ve had—and that is saying one thing, given the massive vary of motorbike types I’ve now had the pleasure of sampling.

So this evaluation might be divided into two components. Within the first, I will speak a bit in regards to the cargo bike expertise; when you already know what that is like, you may skip forward to the second half, the place we’ll go in-depth on the Fetch+ 2.

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