When Benno made a Ballooner prototype a few years ago, they found that they enjoyed riding it more than any other bike. The very balanced geometry is comfortable and sporty, which allows for a longer, more purposeful ride. Elevated specs, including hydraulic disc brakes and an 8-speed internal hub, provide a smooth, almost effortless riding experience. The big, plush tires provide a comfortable and controlled ride. Studies have proven that in many road conditions quality high volume tires actually have less rolling resistance than skinny tires. In most urban settings, you'll often find yourself on rougher, less than perfect roads – another situation made better by a wider tire. All in all, the Ballooner is a real gentleman: humble, polite, elegant and extremely capable. A modern retro-style everyday commuter.
Benno loved the idea of inspiring people to use their bikes to carry loads — from grocery runs and hauling chairs and a cooler to the beach to dropping off oversized packages at the post office. But looking at most cargo bikes, they wondered if they really had to be so long, cumbersome and hard to store. It seems like a big commitment to ride around on one of those with all the welded on racks and extensions. Do you really need a bike that big to carry a little more? Instead of making a cargo bike smaller, they decided to make a regular bike slightly longer and stick with a tried-and-true attachable (and interchangeable) rack system. These racks are larger, made of stronger, oversized tubing and attached with extra-large bolts. The front tray is mounted directly to the frame so your steering won’t be affected, even when fully loaded. The Carry On is a clean utility bike that will carry a baby seat and 4 large grocery bags, or all the gear you need for a fun beach day or a camping trip. The different rack options let you pick your own configuration, while the 24” wheels keep your center of gravity low. You might be wondering why the tires are so wide. Have you ever seen a truck with skinny tires?
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