So what’s this about VBike getting spicy? Actually, it was a stroke of luck that we won’t go into here, but suffice it to say that a couple months ago VBike landed the fabulous Yuba Spicy Curry to add to our colorful fleet. We were so excited riding it around that we forgot to let y’all know. Now it’s time to catch up!
As we reported in our April blog post, Yuba Bikes released their Spicy Curry back in July to essentially raise the bar on cargobike design, technology and function to bring it to a whole new level. And as a key VBike industry sponsor, we are incredibly proud to be associated with a company like Yuba who has understood the VBike mission from the get-go. This is a bike that can perfectly fit the family and is highly adaptable for commercial purposes, too. Its powerful assist and great selection of components make it a Vermont ready e-cargobike.
But what is so important here is that the Spicy Curry represents the clear understanding that bikes can be more than just recreation or mere toys – they can be serious part of our transportation mix and radical fun, to boot. While we as a culture are taking our own sweet precious time grasping the point that that climate change is for real and that we actually have to do something, it’s really refreshing to see companies that are thinking outside of the box. It will be so easy for us to just go for the everything-stays-the-same approach of reinventing the automobile (electric cars, self-driving cars etc) and somehow believing that we solved a problem – we just keep the same old infrastructure, unsafe streets for walkers and cyclists, social isolation, increasingly robotic landscape, disconnection from the real world, and disengagement from our bodies. Developments like the Spicy Curry represent a different and needed way of thinking and experiencing the world that also has the potential to change the way that we live and how we plan our cities and towns. But more on that in another blog…
...the Spicy Curry represents the clear understanding that bikes can be more than just recreation or mere toys – they can be serious part of our transportation mix and radical fun, to boot.
Another great feature on the Spicy is the optional cargo rack that can be mounted on the rear of the frame. This provides for a huge platform for hauling cargo or for installing a large cargo container. The bike can haul stuff! But the Spicy Curry isn’t the only kid on the block. Xtracycle also released their 10E Edgerunner model around the same time as the Spicy - these two companies are going head to head. THe 10E features a Bosch mid-drive motor and the 10E has many of the same features as the Spicy Curry. Both are great examples of where the bike world is heading, especially for families and super especially for families in hilly places.
It’s important to note that the Spicy Curry is really one of the first dedicated e-cargobikes on the market and that was designed as such. Prices will start coming down as the technologies and cargobike designs become more standardized, sort of like what happen to automobiles in their inception. And with the VSECU low-interest bike loans that we helped to bring to Vermont, the Spicy Curry could cost as little as $42 a month, depending on the terms you choose. And even more to the point, VBike is always exploring low-cost, entry-level options for folks on a budget and really desiring of shift up to a car-free or car-lite lifestyle. We’re particularly interested in the coming Xtracycle Leap that is due to arrive early 2016. The Leap is a conversion kit that can change almost any bike into a longtail cargobike on the cheap. We’ll be reporting on that in the coming months…
In the meantime, there is no better time than now to be thinking outside of the box, whether that’s shifting up to car-lite lifestyles or doing the myriad of things that have to be done right now. If not now, then when?
"At this critical hour, any dream worth its salt ought to seem impossible to the mainstream elements of our own minds." ~ Bill Plotkin