marlon rebuilds a babboe

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    At Workcycles we repair a lot of bikes, especially the transport bicycles since that's our speciality. About half the bikes in the shop are usually Workcycles but we're happy to fix anything as long as we can do the job well.

    We're one of the few shops in Amsterdam that repairs Babboe bakfietsen so we see quite a few of them. The repairs are often extensive, such as this one that had the rotted wood panels, the rear wheel, saddle, seatpost, cranks, bottom bracket, brake lever, shifter and all cables replaced. It was more than a full day's work for the mechanic.

    Ironically a Babboe is often much better bike when it leaves our shop than when purchased new.

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    1. DrIanKellar 22 months ago | reply

      What parts do you usually end up replacing on them. Someone sensible told me that they are fine for leisure use, but not up to daily use. If so, I can see how they would make sense for some people. I'd like to hear how maintenance heavy they get if you do use them a lot. We're doing over 100km a week on our bakfiets.nl cargotrike. Had it for 18 months now. Looks like new when it's clean.

    2. henry in a'dam 22 months ago | reply

      We usually replace the wheels, including the brakes and internal gear hub along with the brake lever, shifter and all of the cables.

      In Amsterdam there's no such thing as having a Bakfiets just for leisure use and they almost all live outdoors.

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