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  • 'Enjoying the ride'

    Cargo bikes perfect for around the town
  • As families expand, so do their bicycles for some Ashland residents who want to travel together via pedal power.
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  • As families expand, so do their bicycles for some Ashland residents who want to travel together via pedal power.
    Michael and Lucianna Pina of Ashland bought a custom-made CETMA cargo bike, made by CETMA owner Lane Kagay of Eugene. It has a built-in platform in the front for kid transport, family errands such as grocery shopping or commercial delivery.
    "Theoretically, we will never have to drive in town again," Michael says.
    Michael pedals while Lucianna and their 1-year-old daughter, Nora, sit in the cargo area. See a video of the cargo bike in motion at wwww.dailytidings.com/video.
    "On Monday we went on a family picnic," says Michael. "We all got in and went up to the Clay Street park. It was awesome. The whole family was in the bike."
    The CETMA long bike has nine gears and can hold up to 400 pounds, including the driver.
    Sierra Campbell owns a Kona Ute long bike. "It's a family bike," she says. "I've got two kids' seats on the back. It's amazing. I can carry all my groceries in the saddle bags and throw the kids on the back and not have to use the car."
    Both families say they're not only saving gas and getting exercise, but teaching their children a way of life.
    "It's just taking time to slow down the pace, because life is going so fast," Lucianna says. "When you're in a car, you just forget how special it is. You're traveling so fast you can't really stop and appreciate it, but when you're in a bike, everything slows down and you can actually look and appreciate what's around you."
    Campbell looked online and found her long bike for $800. "They get really spendy, and I wasn't up for buying a fuel-efficient car, I was getting a bike," she says. "I didn't want to spend thousands on a bike we might outgrow at some point.
    "It has orange bags. It's a cool bike. You really get into it," Campbell says. "It's fun to ride. It's a cool mom bike."
    The Pinas invested $3,000 for their CETMA cargo bike. "I sold my motorcycle for it, but that was something I couldn't share with my family, so for me it was worth it," Lucianna says.
    When the rainy Oregon winter starts, the Pinas will install custom-made wooden fenders they acquired from Bend and a plastic snap-on cover for the cargo area that was made in Portland.
    "I've been riding it everywhere," Michael says. "The funniest is when I had just one DVD to return to DJ's and I wanted to take the bike, so I had this big cargo bed and the Velcro bungee cords strapped to the DVD."
    Both long-bike owners say they get a lot of comments about their unusual bikes, but that's part of the fun.
    "Life isn't just a journey," says Lucianna. "It's about enjoying the ride."
    Mandy Valencia is a reporter for the Mail Tribune. Reach her at avalencia@mailtribune.com.
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