There are three main set ups we will be able to provide families participating in the trial, which include the following:
Configuration 1 (2 passengers, both under 5)
What you need: 1x Spicy Curry 2x Yepp Maxi Kid's Seat 1x Breadbasket 1x Double Kickstand
If you've got little kids, your setup will be pretty simple. Kids from about 1 to 5 will ride strapped into aYepp Maxi seatthat attaches directly to the rear rack. Your bike will also have a 'Breadbasket' upfront to carry your non-humanoid cargo and a double kickstand to hold the bike steady while you load it up.
Configuration 2 (2 passengers, 1 under 5 and 1 over 5)
What you need: 1x Spicy Curry 1x Yepp Maxi Seat 1x Breadbasket 1x Double Kickstand 1x Adjustable Monkey Bar 1x Utility Deck 1x Sideboard Set 1x Regular soft spot
This entire ecosystem is made specifically for the Spicy so it all goes on in a snap. When the kiddos are still rather young we recommend using theAdjustable Monkey Barsas they surround the passengers and keep them aboard even if the going gets bit bumpy. And no need to worry, this all works perfectly well while still having your littler one still strapped safely into a Yepp seat.
Configuration 3 (2-3 passengers, all over 5)
What you'll need: 1x Spicy Curry 1x Breadbasket 1x Double Kickstand 1x Utility Deck 1x Sideboard Set 1x Regular Soft Spot 1x Passenger Ring 1x Mini Soft Spot 1x Hold-on bars
If you have kids who are more confident on their own bikes you'll probably want to swap out the Monkey Bars for a set of Hold-on bars and a passenger ring. These allow passengers to jump on and off much more quickly and give a more engaging ride, they'll be sitting behind you holding on and learning how to safely ride from the very best.
How do I keep it safe and secure?
We will provide you with a Abus Bordo Granit Xplus 110 folding lock, which is our go-to lock for securing expensive, larger bikes. We will also include a Yuba Pin lock, which is a wheel lock which helps stop people rolling away with the bike. Always lock your bike to something substantial that isn't easily moved, such as a solid post or a permanent bike stand. Please do not leave the bike locked outside over night unless you've dicussed this with us and we've approved it, as this significantly increases the likelihood of the bike getting stolen.
What about insurance for loss or damage?
We have insurance to cover any loss or damaged of the bikes during this trial. We have never lost a bike, but we ask you please follow our security recommendations to assist with this. You will be given instruction on how to safely use the bike by your Cargo Champion. There is riding training available through Pedal Ready if you so require, which you can find out more about below.
Who will show me how to use it?
Above you can find a short video covering the basics of how to use our Spicy Curry bikes, for those of you who are unfamilliar with them. Your school's Cargo Champion will also give you a walk through of the bike during the handover period, as they are experienced with these bikes and know them well. These will be available online through our website soon. We also will be in touch with every participant prior to the trial, to answer any questions you may have and to give additional advice.
What about road safety?
If you are lacking a bit of confidence on the bike, or are wanting some guidance around cycling in the city, we are also offering families participating in the trial the ability to partake in a Pedal Ready course. Depending on interest, this will either be part of a public session or a specific course tailored towards riding a cargo bike. The idea of this is that it will allow you to start the trial with more confidence in your abilities. To show your interest, email Hilleke (Hilleke.Townsend@gw.govt.nz) and she will organise with you from there.
What if it breaks down or gets a flat?
The bikes are fully serviced, and you should not run into any issues. We encourage you to keep your tyres pumped to 50psi, which you can do at any gas station. Doing this will reduce the risk of you getting a puncture during your trial. However, if you do have any mechanical issues during your trial period, call our main shop number (04 385 2362) and we will arrange collection or repair on site. If you are an AA member then you are also able to get the bike picked up by them, and bring it directly to us for repair.
I have nowhere to store it inside. Can I leave it locked outside or on the street?
For the trial, we ask you to please store the bike inside in a secured place unless you have received our prior approval to do so. We have additional locks and covers if need be, or perhaps you have a neighbour who would allow you to temporarily store the bike at their property for the period of the trial. Either way, if you do not have indoor storage available, have a chat with us and we'll do our best to find a solution that works for you.
How do you select a winner for the competition?
The winner will be chosen through a combination of a selection process, followed by a lucky draw.
The top ten submissions of the competition will be selected by a panel, with a variety of people both from Bicycle Junction and the Greater Wellington Regional Council. The selections will be based on the quality of the submissions, both in their written and photo/video forms. From here, there will be a lucky draw that will select one winner who wins the Grand Prize of one of the Spicy Curry bikes from the trial. The following nine runners-up will be awarded a $200 shop voucher from Bicycle Junction, and all the families who participated in the trial will be offered the opportunity to purchase the other four bikes from the trial at a 20% discount.