Replacement or Repairing Bakfiets Buckle Straps

The Bakfiets bikes come with two straps for the children’s bench.   Unfortunately the buckles on my second hand bike had worn out and broken which meant they were completely useless.   The buckles are sewn into the straps and you can’t get replacement straps for the Bakfiets.  Luckily there are fantastic side removable buckles made by a company called Sea To Summit.   They can be used to replace a broken buckle without restitching the strap.

You can order the replacement buckles from Amazon here.

Replacement Strap For Bakfiets

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I hope this helps somebody.

Just Brought A Bakfiet Cargo Bike

I’ve just brought a second hand Bakfiets from a Dutch man in Oxford.  It’s a little different than standard bike.  I’ve found it quite hard to find information about servicing it or even removing the rear wheel… so I’m going to blog the various things that I do to it as I go…

My lovely new Bakfiets cargo bike

Volvo V50 Losing Fuel Efficiency – Reduced MPG

I have a Volvo V50 1.6 Eco Drive.  Over the past few months, it has started to lose fuel efficiency dramatically.  It dropped below 52 MPG and ended up around 42 MPG.  It turned out that this is caused by a semi blocked diesel particulate filter.   This was probably blocked because of soot caused by having dirty injectors.  I bought a bottle of DPF Cleaner  and also some Injector Cleaner and added them to the fuel.  I did it over two half full tanks.  I found that the MPG increased dramatically over the period of about 2 weeks.

The other potential diagnosis for this problem is a dirty MAS (Mass Airflow Sensor).  You can get this cleaned also.

If you are in the UK then I recommend visiting Halfords and getting them to clean your diesel particulate filter in a liquid.