Since I’ve wanted a cargo bike for some time now (and saved up my pennies), I finally placed an order for a Babboe City and two accessories (rain tent and toddler seat) with myamsterdambike.com (MAB) on Friday, February 9th. This post will summarize the update process on shipping. If you are planning to purchase from a local shop (and you should, if you have one that stocks cargo bikes), you can skip this post.
I plan to write a series of posts about this bike as it arrives, gets unboxed, assembled, and ridden. A more detailed post about “why buy a cargo bike” and “why this cargo bike” is planned as well.
Things got interesting when Package 1 was delivered, because it contained the rain tent for a Babboe Curve, not a Babboe City (which I had ordered). I emailed My Amsterdam Bike and they will be shipping a new rain tent.
The same tracking numbers are used by both DHL and USPS. I didn’t know USPS would be delivering beforehand, I only found out through one of the DHL updates. Your delivery may use different vendors. Only the accessories arrived via USPS; the bicycle arrived in three boxes directly from DHL.
It took 18 and 19 days for accessories to arrive, and 24 days for the bicycle itself.
Here are the data on shipping to East Grand Forks, MN (dates with no news are included so you can see the pace of updates).
Day 0 (2018-02-09)
Received email confirmation of order, saying “2 to 3 weeks for delivery”
Email from DHL with two tracking numbers (Package 1 and Package 2), but comment only mentioned toddler seat.
Package 1 processed in Dorsten, Germany
Package 2 processed in Dorsten, Germany
Package 1 processed in Rodgau, Germany
Package 2 processed in Rodgau, Germany
Package 1 at the airport IPZ-Ffm, Germany
Package 2 at the airport IPZ-Ffm, Germany
Package 2 processed in ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS)
Package 2 Inbound Out of Customs
Package 1 processed in ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS)
Email from MAB: “Next week you will receive your tracking and the estimated delivery date. I expect your bike to be delivered end of next week, or maybe beginning of the week after.”
Package 1 Inbound Out of Customs
Package 1 Arrived at USPS Regional Facility CHICAGO IL INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Package 1 In Transit to Next Facility
Package 1 In Transit to Next Facility
Package 2 Arrived at USPS Regional Destination Facility WEST FARGO NETWORK DISTRIBUTION CENTER (note that Package 2 skipped Chicago USPS…)
Package 2 Arrived at USPS Regional Destination Facility GRAND FORKS ND DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Package 2 Sorting Complete EAST GRAND FORKS, MN 56721
Package 1 In Transit to Next Facility (it’s weird how this package has very little detail about where it is, just that it’s moving)
Package 2 Out for Delivery EAST GRAND FORKS, MN 56721
Package 2 delivered
Package 1 Arrived at USPS Regional Destination Facility GRAND FORKS ND DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Package 1 Arrived at Unit GRAND FORKS, ND 58201
Package 1 Sorting Complete EAST GRAND FORKS, MN 56721
Package 1 delivered
I emailed to ask about the bike tracking number, since both packages I knew about had arrived.
Day 20 (2018-03-01)
Email from MAB: “The bike will be shipped this week (I think today) and will send you the tracking number as soon as receive it from the shipping company”
DHL shipment created for Package 3 (rain tent for City)
With no tracking code ever delivered to me, the bicycle arrives in a DHL van! So it was delivered according to the email way back on Day 14. Of note, DHL delivered during a snowstorm so I was actually home (actually outside shoveling) and able to sign for it. Not sure if they would have left the boxes otherwise.
If you want to use pip3 with your Anaconda Python 3 installation, you can copy pip.exe and pip-script.py in [Python 3]/Scripts/ to pip3.exe and pip3-script.py in the same folder. These will then show up in your PATH, so running pip3 install [x] will now work, and running pip install [x] will still work for your Python 2 installation.
It seems like you can do a similar thing with conda, if you are forced to install it for Spyder. Rename conda.exe, conda-env.exe, etc. and add [Python 2 Miniconda]/Scripts to your path.
In Vermont (where I grew up), there’s an annual tradition called “Green Up Day,” which is a day when Vermonters head out to the roadsides and pick up all the trash they can find. It started as a state event and is now run by a non-profit. Check them out and support them at greenupvermont.org.
I’d like to take this concept worldwide. To that end, I’ve just purchased greenupday.org. This is not affiliated with Green Up Vermont in any way except for the name and idea. If you have money to give, give it to them. This website will take some small effort to set up, but I’m hoping to spark some grassroots greening up.
Plan for the first Saturday in May. Use hashtag #greenupday to spread the word on social media.
I’ve been thinking on and off over the last few days about how to make change in the world. In America, we’re seeing one-party control of the executive and legislative branches of government, which is probably a bad thing. I’m not a fan of parties in general–too often, they seem to work in lock-step and will afford their members no deviation, even to represent their constituents.
There are many posts written on this type of thing already, and with much more understanding and history backing them up. I just feel the need to summarize some of the ideas bouncing around my head, in no particular order.
#Resist in the title isn’t necessarily in reference to the current administration. It’s a call to take action for your beliefs. Resist miseducation, resist fake news, resist kneejerk reactions, resist ignorance (especially your own). Be aware of why you’re taking action, and why you believe what you believe.
It’s not enough to choose your side and be done with it (especially if your side is a political party). People in government are built from the same stuff as the rest of us, and are subject to the same emotions. They (like everyone else) can make mistakes, be illogical, and not think in the long term. Look at their actions and respond to those, not whether there is a D or R after their names.
Use the tools given, but be mindful. Swing Left looks interesting, and looks like it’s a way to statistically strike at the most important voting areas of the country. It can be a tool for change, but it’s also a tool for the Democratic Party. I don’t know who runs it. Third parties likely don’t count. Republicans who are doing good work in their districts and are pretty close to Democrats don’t count.
There are more thoughts. There will hopefully be more posts if I can organize them. Thanks for reading.