I can’t promise a lot of updates about this, but here are some observations from this morning. 20 degrees F, alleged 7 mph wind (felt like more). Put studded tires on last night, felt super solid with two kids in the box. Trace to drifts of 2″ of snow, drifts were sketchier on return trip without kids.
Kids stayed warm with the classic rain tent, coats, mittens, hat/hood, and big flannel blanket. Still would like more protection from wind in the back where it’s just mesh.
LCD screen seemed okay, although I think battery is discharging faster than usual. I am bringing the battery inside now between rides.
All around, a wonderful ride. Plus we saw turkeys!
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.