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Republic: Cargo Bikes for Kids

Tired of hauling your kids and your groceries by bike? Make them pull their own weight, and some extra.

 

 

Republic Bike’s mini-cargo-tricycle, one of very few cargo bike options for kids on the market, comes in 5 different colors, feature a front wooden crate with a maximum recommended load of 10lbs (approx 4.5 kilos) and a bell. The tricycle build guarantees stability for the young riders, with a recommended riding age of 4 to 6 years old.

The bike itself is simple; the Florida based company focused on providing a dutch-style bicycle with a single speed and back-pedal brakes.

Retails for $349 on Republic Bike’s website.

Links:

www.RepublicBike.com

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You may know Republic Bikes from… their fleet of multi-colored bikes for Google‘s campus in Mountain View, CA.

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Bibliobicicletas: Cargo Bikes Turned Libraries

They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are associated with public libraries or schools, others with community efforts or local book shops. All have one goal: bring the books to the people!Whether they’re called Book Bikes, Library on Wheels, Bibliobicicletas, or another variation on the theme, here is a selection of cargo bikes dedicated to wheeling books around.

Find them at your local park, open streets events, festivals and more.

The idea is not new – as a cheap way to get more bikes into homes, they are a good way to “bandage” poor access to public libraries, and the amount of “book bikes” throughout the world are countless. Oregon’s Street Books, for example, specifically works with the homeless community and rents books out to them for free (read more about Street Books in this article by the New York Times).

As for the bikes that pull them and the varying setup – there is no one right way. Whether a trike, a trailer, or a one-of-a-kind setup, as long as it rolls and can carry and display bikes, it works.

Links to the various websites and builders:

Pima County Book Bike – Haley Tricycles

Oregon Street Books

San Francisco’s BibliobicicletaBikes at Work

Oakland’s Bike Library – Kick Trailer

Berkeley’s Library on Wheels

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Donky Bike

The Donky Bike is a not a new cargo bike – it’s been around for a while, since almost 2006. It could be arguable one of the earliest and, at the time, most innovative cargo bikes.

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What is appealing about the Donky Bike? Its symmetry, its simplicity, and its rideability. Good for anyone looking for a tried and true, smaller-sized bike that will still both fit in a narrow hallway and carry twice as much cargo as the regular bike. It is available in lime green and black and retails around 499 pounds ($785 or 625 euros).

The Donky Bike is a product of Ben Wilson, a London-based Ben 3D Industrial designer working whose work has been extensively published and exhibited worldwide. Many of his projects involve bikes in one way or another, and he has collaborated with Brooks on what seems to be the weirdest, bikey-est seesaw yet:

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Visit their website here for more information.

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Halloween at Nimble Scooters

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This Halloween, Nimble Scooters is making trick-or-treating even easier and funner for you than last year. Check out their Black and Orange combination Nimble Cargo Scooter, decked out with the light and bell – the perfect means of transportation for All Hallow’s eve!

You can take your kids out and accompany them as they go from house to house all over the neighborhood, and stash their sweaters, water, extra candy, fallen costume accessories or additional decoration! Ever thought of enhancing their experience by bringing along a stereo and blasting out eerie Halloween music? Now’s the perfect opportunity.

If you’re an adult and you’re planning a big night out – you might also find this cargo scooter very handy. You never know what might happen on Halloween night…be prepared and bring along anything you may need as you go down to your neighbor’s party or local club!

Nimble Scooters is offering the Halloween Special Nimble Cargo Scooter for $349, with free shipping, as well as a handy LED light and a silver bell. Check out their shop here: Shop Nimble Scooters

www.nimblescooters.com

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Two Rivers Cider Bike

Don’t call this a beer bike – it pours cider only. Built especially for Two Rivers Cider Cider Co, a Sacramento, California company, it can carry up to 2 full kegs or 4 pony kegs, as long as you can pedal it. cider_bike_1

Vincent Sterne, owner and founder of Two Rivers, requested the bike be built sometime in 2013. “I like bicycles, I like bars. Seemed like a good fit to me,” he says, adding that they do a lot of events and the bike made it very convenient to roll up and serve with very little preparation or setup required. “With full kegs,” noted Sterne, “the bike is still easy to ride.” He credits the good build on local cargo bike maker John Lucas.

John Lucas, founder of CycleTrucks, is a Sacramento based bike builder. He makes about 20 to 30 bikes a year, although the Cider bike is the only bar bike he’s ever made. When Sterne first approached him about building the bike, Lucas went about it as he does with all the bikes he creates: “I look around at what others are doing, and then I try doing something new. We all drive different types of vehicles, and there’s room in the cargo world for many different designs yet. With the cider bike, Vince told he he wanted to build a bar bike, and I had seen some others and had ideas of the way I would do it.” cider_bike_2

The bike itself is a steel bike, and the kegs and bar area is ahead of the bike. The steering is left exposed at the top, and two taps are fitted through the wooden bar top. The frame itself is interesting; in a former career, Lucas was a bridge builder and worked with cranes. “You can see that experience translated on my bikes;” says Lucas, “the lattice work from the cranes, the tresses and what not, are inspired by bridges.”

You might not guess it, but the cider bike also features a component from an old Lincoln towncar, part of one of Lucas’ signature features: a unique kickstand. “It’s a center kickstand, that uses cables for restraint, and a gas spring like you would have to hold up the a hood of a car or the back of a hatchback. That way when you bring up the kickstand, it doesn’t slam, it folds smoothly.” And that gas spring is, you guessed it, pulled from Lincolns. The kickstand is sturdy enough to keep the bike steady when loaded, with say, two full kegs.

More about the builder:

John Lucas builds a variety of cargo bikes, always striving for smart design first. His flagship cargo bike is a 20″ inch wheeler with a built in cycle rack in the front with a long tail rack in the back. It’s smaller wheels makes it more convenient to take on transit and to store, but it can still carry a hefty load – as demonstrated by 5 friends of the builder in the picture below. Visit the CycleTrucks website for more information.

5 on the beavertail

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Cargo Race: Disaster Relief Trials

A disaster relief drill in the form of a cargo bike competition, simulating a day 4 supply run. Your neighbors need help, do you have a cargo bike?

Reuben Deumling was the fastest male Citizen rider in DRT PDX 2012 (Picture from Event Facebook page)

Reuben Deumling was the fastest male Citizen rider in DRT PDX 2012 (Picture from Event Facebook page)

This October in San Francisco an unusually well organized, thought out, and well-meaning race will be taking over the Presidio: Participants will be testing the effectiveness of their cargo bikes as a means to respond to an emergency situation, where streets are un-navigable by car and supply lines are cut off.

Mike Cobb, co-founder of Disaster Relief Trials along with Travis Wittwer and Ethan Jewett, has helped local organizers host 6 of these events in 4 cities, starting with Portland in 2012.  He originally came up with the idea of using cargo bikes for targeted relief efforts after witnessing the “inadequate Haiti earthquake recovery efforts during the winter and spring of 2010″.

The San Francisco trials race might ring particularly close to home for locals, as it takes place shortly after a 6.0 quake shook the North Bay in August. It also coincides with the 25th anniversary of Loma Prieta earthquake which crippled the Bay Area and caused widespread damage.

The Race

The race itself takes approximately 3 hours. Competitors can define their own route but must stop at all checkpoints, maneuvering along the way through rough terrain, water features and physical barriers all while carriers 50kg of cargo. First place goes to whomever finishes the fastest, although there is a time penalty for breaking any of the 3 inadequately protected eggs, which represent fragile relief supplies and must remain unscathed. Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.

The goal of the race, says Cobb, is to “show-off the capabilities of the cargo bike under post-disaster conditions” and thus demonstrate their potential as a creative solution to dealing with infrastructure breakdown and providing citizen-led relief when and if first responders are focused on priority rescue missions. The race format was a conscious choice; “I like that people have fun making a powerful advocacy statement,” Cobb adds.

The video below, which can also be found on Vimeo here, is a short clip from the 2012 Portland Race. “There seems to be a widespread belief and conception”, says a participant, “that all the real problems in the world require a truck.”

Above and Beyond the Finish Line

The event is sponsored by Xtracycle Bikes, a Bay Area cargo bike company, which has been advocating for emergency response by bike since 2002. Mike Cobb, Paul Freedman from Rock the Bike, Ross Evans and Nate Byerly from Xtracycle put their heads together and created “The Life Bike”, which Byerly described as a “cargo bike designed for EMTs”. Equipped with a backboard, oxygen, a defibrillator, and other emergency medical supplies, it was designed to provide 911 responders with a means to respond to any incident, in any way possible.

Although the Life Bike was never commercially produced and sold, the team has continued to collaborate with the WorldBike.org project, “a non-profit” Byerly wrote, “that innovates and advocates for bikes in developing world settings.”

As to which bike he would recommend in case of a large scale collapse – Byerly pointed to the Edge Runner, citing “low center of gravity, virtually indestructible small rear wheel, extensive climbing gear range, and quality components” as advantageous benefits in the Disaster Relief Trials race. Xtracycle has donated two bikes which Mike Cobb will optimize for disaster response ahead of the Disaster Relief Trials event.

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Integrating Cargo Bikes in Disaster Relief Plans

In a recent blog post, FEMA underlined the need for teamwork in creating a successful emergency plan. The creative addition of cargo bikes to a plan’s toolkit seems to be an easy sell so far. As the Disaster Relief Trials event grows, and the idea of cargo bikes as an tool in times of emergency spreads, the partnership and integration of cargo bikes could become more institutionalized.

And once the value of applying cargo bikes to disaster relief is demonstrated, says Mike Cobb “the discussion of ‘how’ can take place.” Most cities have a program for citizen-led disaster response (see below for links to find one near you), which “allocate basic equipment and training to volunteer citizens who are willing to provide neighborhood-scale disaster recovery leadership and assistance. These small networks,” says Cobb, “could provide the best opportunity for cargo bike response management. I can imagine a registry of cargo bike owners who receive basic training and are willing to be pressed into service during times of need.”

Related links:

Disaster Relief Trials Website

Disaster Relief Trials bring cargo-bike heroism back to Portland – Bike Portland

Going Green: Cargo Bikes Empower Portland Communities in Disaster Preparedness – FEMA

Portland’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team page

FEMA’s Community Emergency Response page

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Vélo Électrique

The ultimate electric cargo trike. It will carry four small kids plus your groceries. And then it will help you get up a hill with a small motor. All this, and it’s still pretty affordable for its category of cargo bike, starting at under $2,500. The creator, Jeremy Davies, keeps the price low by using basic, unbranded parts which are assembled in the UK where Vélo Électrique is based.

The bike is a full 225 cm long, with enough space in the cargo box to feature two (removable) facing bench seats with safety straps for children. In addition the rack in the back can carry some extra panniers for when you need all the load-carrying you can get. The bike is outfitted with V Brakes on both front wheels as well as a rear wheel disc brake.

Not only is it highly functional, but they have also been successful in marketing it to local businesses as a tool for development. See their school meals delivery bike pictured below, or their off-road ice cream delivery trike for example.

Great additional features: A kid’s bike rack in the front. Option to purchase a dog carrying kit as well as custom baby bike seats. And a removable rain cover for the cargo box with windows and zip access.

Future fleet additions: Vélo Électrique is now taking advance orders for their next product, the E350. Once on the market they expect it to be the strongest road legal cargo bike frame on the market, with a 3mm thick tube wall, and capable of carrying loads well over 120kg. They are also researching a solar charging system that would enable riders to recharge their batteries as their ride.

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Links:

www.VeloElectrique.co.uk

Facebook: @VeloElectriqueUK

Twitter: @VeloCargoBikes 

Velo Electrique - picture taken from their blog

Velo Electrique – picture taken from their blog

Velo Electrique - picture taken from their Facebook Page

Velo Electrique – picture taken from their Facebook Page

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Cargo Pal Eco-Scooter

The making of Cargo Pal eco scooter initially started with an idea to make a cargo scooter that can run swiftly in narrow streets with sharp turns. There are no mechanical connections from the steering of the wheel. It’s all done electronically, so no major moves are necessary.

The electric scoter has two hydraulic shock absorbers, placed on the top of the axis where wheels turn, to help raise or lower the vehicle for road condition.  To help the driver maintain balance, Cargo Pal use gyro technology, which is also used in the known Segways.

The Cargo Pal eco scooter, for modern urban landscape to transport common use things in a friendly way. 

Cargo Pal Eco Scooter

Cargo Pal Eco Scooter

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International Cargo Bike Festival

International Cargo Bike Festival

International Cargo Bike Festival

This year the International Cargo Bike Festival celebrates its third edition on 12 and 13 April 2014 at Cultuurspinnerij de Vasim in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
The Cargo Bike Festival is the biggest platform for cargobikes and cyclelogistics in the world.

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y 12 April the European Cycle Logistics Federation Conference is being held with national and international key note speakers.
Sunday 13 April welcomes the exhibition where visitors, users, designers, manufacturers, DIY-builders and retailers of cargo bikes meet and enter in new relationships.

The European Cyclelogistics Federation participates in the organisation of the event, as does the municipality of Nijmegen and Arnhem Nijmegen City Region.

http://www.cargobikefestival.com/

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Nimble Scooters 2014

Nimble Cargo Scooter Beach

Nimble  Scooters of Irvine, California, has just launched their latest cargo scooter design in Europe at the Fietsvak Bike Show in Amsterdam this past March. With a very strong and lightweight aluminium frame and a vibrantly colored roto-molded plastic cargo tub, you can tell this scooter was built for heavy duty. Whether it’s for personal and leisure use, for small businesses or warehouse operators, the cargo scooter is made to help carry belongings easily over a short distance in a fun and convenient way.

Having won a spot at WantedDesignNYC’s LaunchPad, Nimble Scooters will be exhibiting during New York City’s International Design Week to officially mark the launch in the United States. The fair takes place from May 16-19th. More information here: www.wanteddesignnyc.com/wanteddesign-2014/launch-pad/
Based in California, the studio is looking for retailers along the coast and across the United States, as well as seeking opportunities to promote their scooter.

www.nimblescooters.com

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Nimble Cargo Scooter

Nimble Scooter Pacific Blue

Nimble Cargo Scooters is a company that manufactures cargo scooters in Irvine, California. The scooters start at $299 and are built with aircraft aluminum and baltic birch. You can order them with custom colors and graphics. They ride amazing well and are extremely stable with their low center of gravity.

At only 25 lbs, they’re very lightweight and compact. Also, they’re much smaller than a regular bicycle. While test riding a Nimble last week, we were able to walk into most stores like Target without the workers batting an eye. Think of it as a running stroller you can ride.

If you’ve always wanted a bakfiets but couldn’t afford it. Then look no further. Try out a Nimble Cargo Scooter, which is easily a fourth of the cost of a good bakfiets or long bike.

Links:
nimblescooters.com

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Bergmoench



Bergmoench is a folding mountain bicycle that you carry with you when hiking uphill so that you can bomb down hill on your way home. In this case the cargo is the bicycle.

They are distributed from a variety of dealers around Europe. Although they normally retail for around 1000 Euros, some of their dealers are selling them at 700 Euros.

If you are an avid mountain bicyclist and live around a lot of mountains or hills, this is a very nice idea.

Links:
http://www.bergmoench.com/en/

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Promoting Cargo Cycling in the European Union

Back in May 2011, representatives from NGOs, the government, private sector business and industry analysis firms met in Copenhagen, Denmark to share different ideas for advancing the shift of goods and services transportation to non-motorized modes in European cities. This meeting also lies within the context of the CYCLE Logistics project, whose ultimate goal for 2014 is to save 1,300 tons (465,000 gallons) of fuel, put2,000 more cargo cycles into use in European Union (EU) cities, and shift 10,000 trips to inter-modal transport chains (bicycles and tricycles used with other modes of transportation).
They are trying to encourage CYCLE Logistics under the European Cycling Federation to promote the benefits of cargo cycling. Businesses who use cargo cycling give customers an image of environmental responsibility, they also have a better chance of delivering their goods on time without having to deal with traffic and road infrastructures.
Accessibility is also increased for those business who use cargo tricycles to reach out to people, where stores cannot. As a result, replacing motorized transportation with cargo cycles does not contribute to air quality degradation and pollution.

This is not the first time Europe tries to really encourage the use of cargo cycling as a real means of transport. In the United States, we often regard cargo cycling as a fun weekend pastime or leisurely activity. We don’t really see cargo scooters as being used for professional use – but it’s coming! What really needs to happen, which is what the CYCLE Logistics project strives to do, is promote a behavioral change within a culture. They try pushing Europeans to transport goods and services with cargo cycles—among all individuals, organizations, businesses and levels of government.

In China actually, this has already been the case for a long time. In large cities with dense populations, millions of bicycles and cargo tricycles are being employed for daily transportation of people and goods. Whether it transports garbage, fruit, a mini barbecue, stacks of chairs or hay, the Chinese have been very creative in using cargo scooters in any way to help them with their business or wherever they need to go.

The population density of Chinese cities has resulted in hundreds of millions of bicycles and tricycles being employed for daily transportation, many of which are utilized in the cargo fashions that the CYCLE Logistics project desires to produce.

To read more about this movement and CYCLE Logistics, please visit and read the article from  http://thecityfix.com/blog/the-eu-meets-to-discuss-how-to-promote-cargo-cycling/

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The Danish Cargo Bike Championships, a classic Copenhagen tradition

Have you ever dreamt about racing your cargo scooter with friends? Well, cargo scooter fans in Copenhagen have already been doing this for the past 11 years!

Every year the Svajerløbet – or the Danish Cargo Bike Championships – takes place in the Carlsberg area in Copenhagen.They have championships in several categories, such as the Svajerløb for kids, men, women, vintage cargo bikes, two or three wheel bikes! It is a non-profit event, really for those who love their cargo bikes.

The name Svajerløb comes from city’s bicycle messengers – known as ‘svajere’ who, decades ago, used to battle in unofficial races for bragging rights on Israels Plads in central Copenhagen.  It was a classic Copenhagen event that disappeared when cars started to dominate the urban landscape. The last race was in 1960. But as a capital full of cargo cyclists, there was much support given to revive the tradition in 2009.

In fact, there are around 40,000 cargo bikes in use each day in Greater Copenhagen and they are the Copenhagen version of the SUV, used for transporting children and goods. 25% of all families with two or more children have a cargo bike in the City of Copenhagen.

If you ever fancy to participate in the race, check out their website: http://www.dmforladcykler.dk/English2011.php

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Lightfoot Cycles

Lightfoot Cycles designs and builds custom bicycles and tricycles in Darby, Montana, USA. Their website has a large and diverse selection of very interesting bikes of all shapes and sizes, such as custom bikes for the “big & tall” (they can fit a person up to 7′ tall!). They also have recumbent bicycles, tricycles, quadracycles, two-rider recumbents, special-needs bikes, hand-cycles, power assist bikes, industrial work vehicles and all weather velomobiles.

What I thought was most interesting however was the history of the company, its founder, and their One World Design Project. Back in 1995, Earl Miner designed and built the PET handcycle, at the request of missionaries working in war-torn rural areas of Africa. Earl witnessed a large number of persons in their communities who sustained disabling injuries and who could not walk, many from land-mine encounters.

The walking-speed, cargo-carrying PET handcycle.

These people were consigned to dragging themselves along in the dust, through a land that had no handicap-access laws, little pavement, and not nearly enough money to afford doctors, protheses or wheelchairs. The concept of a simplified hand-cycle was proven by Earl, and then the prototype was redesigned by Rod Miner.  It was produced in increasing amounts for several years at what would become the Lightfoot Cycles shop. From there, Rod Miner began designing cycles for the domestic market. However, design for the less-developed nations continues still with the One World Design Project.” – http://lightfootcycles.com

Their goal is to create highly capable and affordable working vehicles for persons in any part of the world. Within this project, they even sell a cargo-adapter kit which can be attached to a regular mountain bike, turning it into a fully-functional cargo bike!

TCX extension used to transport bales of hay

TCX extension used to transport bales of hay

TCX Custom Box

TCX Custom Box

Marty Stomberg and Rod Miner together created a business model to underpin the production of Lightfoot cycles, starting as custom builders in a converted horse barn, and building slowly and tenaciously over a decade and a half toward the goal of larger-scale lean manufacture.

Check out their diverse array of products!

The Duo is a fast, efficient two-seat recumbent cycle.

The Duo is a fast, efficient two-seat recumbent cycle.

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Kamprite: Bicycle Camping Trailer

Here’s a really cool product that fills a growing new niche “Bicycle Camping”. Kamprite’s Midget BushTrekka has plenty of room for all of your camping gear as well as a popup tent to keep comfortable during overnight outings. They retail at $899, which sounds reasonable for a product like this.

Overview:
Bed Size: 2200 L x 810 W (mm), 90″ L x 32″ W (inches)
Tent Size: 2200 L x 810 W x 1000 H (mm), 90″ L x 32″ W x 40″ H (inches)
Trailer Size: 860 L x 1100 W x 200 H (mm), 35″ W x 44″ L x 8″ H (inches)
Weight: 26 kg, 56 lbs

Links:
http://store.kamprite.com/catalog/Midget-Bushtrekka-p-16143.html

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Modular Bicycle Trailer

Bikes At Work is a maker of modular bicycle trailers for hauling cargo. What makes these trailers unique is their modular design, which allows the user to extend the length of the trailer to accommodate longer loads.

Built from extruded aluminum, they look like a ladder with wheels. The simple robust design should be strong enough to carry anything you have the strength to tow. Prices range from $450 to $570, which means they should pay for themselves in a few months with regular use.

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Trisled


Trisled is an Australian builder of high speed velomobiles and recumbent trikes. However, they’ve been getting a lot of news coverage for their four wheeled load carrying recumbent. Here are a few photos of some of their innovative designs.

The flat bed quad starts at $4000. So make sure you bring your check book.

Link:
www.trisled.com.au

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EcoSpeed Electric Power Assist

EcoSpeed is a Portland based company that manufactures high performance electric power assist systems for bicycles. Their systems come with either a 700Watt or 1000Watt high torque motor, that will blow away most other add on systems. What makes their design unique is the use of a freewheeled crankset, that allows the rider to power a bicycle without the cranks rotating along with the motor like a fixed gear bicycle.

The workmanship looks fantastic and we’ve heard great things about their performance. The only drawback is the high initial cost. The starting price for a complete system is $2800. Add that to the cost of a brand new European or American built bakfiets and you’re looking at a starting price of around $5000, which is about the same cost as a used street legal GEM electric car.

We hope that as the popularity of these systems increase, the costs will go down with economies of scale. If price is no object and performance is your number one criteria, then you’ll love Ecospeed. Also as you shop for a power assist system, you might want to check out another Portland based manufacturer Stokemonkey as well.

Links:
EcoSpeed Homepage
Stokemonkey

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Ahearne Cycle Truck

Ahearne Cycles are another great custom builder from Portland Oregon. Joseph Ahearne custom builds these great platformed cargo bicycles that are built to haul just about anything. Framesets are $1750 and complete bicycles start at $2750. If you’re committed to living the zero emission lifestyle and have the money to spare, you might want to give Joseph a ring.

Links:
Ahearne Cycles
Cycle Truck Page

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Yuba Mundo

mundo-rear-lowresYuba Bicycles is a long bike company based in Northern California. From the looks of it, their quality is solid with modern components. We’ve seen some of their complete bicycles for as low as $800 at some budget bicycle dealers. On Yuba’s website, they start at $1100 with Shimano Acera components and go up from there depending on features. Their electric version is available for $2600. OUCH!!!!

We really love long bikes as a category and they’re great for families with older kids. If you’re buying a long bike for the first time, make sure to budget an extra $200 for some waterproof saddlebags (panniers), running boards for extra riders, and dual arm kickstand when loading kids. That way you can get the most out of your long bike.

Update: Yuba now sells their Mundo V4 for $1299 with SRAM components, including super stable double kickstand, bamboo deck and integrated wheelskirts. The elMundo with BionX goes for $3199.

Links:
• Yuba Bicycle Company
• Vancouver Long Bikes

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Nimble Cargo Scooters

Nimble Scooter Pacific Blue

Nimble Cargo Scooters is a company that manufactures cargo scooters in Irvine, California. The scooters start at $450 and are built with aircraft aluminum and baltic birch. You can order them with custom colors and graphics. They ride amazing well and are extremely stable with their low center of gravity.

At only 25 lbs, they’re very lightweight and compact. Also, they’re much smaller than a regular bicycle. While test riding a Nimble last week, we were able to walk into most stores like Target without the workers batting an eye. Think of it as a running stroller you can ride.

If you’ve always wanted a bakfiets but couldn’t afford it. Then look no further. Try out a Nimble Cargo Scooter, which is easily a fourth of the cost of a good bakfiets or long bike.

Links:
nimblescooters.com

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Feetz: Leaning Trike, Independent Steering, Converts to Stroller

From it’s specifications list, the Feetz is one amazing tadpole trike (two front & one rear wheel). It has front independent steering (ackerman steering), converts almost instantly into a stroller, and leans into turns.

Most tricycles tend to feel tip prone because they can’t lean into turns like a bicycle. The Feetz over comes this through it’s leaning design. Without riding one, we can’t tell how it actually performs. However from their videos, the Feetz looks fantastic.

The only catch is that it retails for £1,200 in the UK, which means it’ll be well over $2000 US dollars by the time it reaches the States.

Links:
http://feetz.nl

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CETMA Cargo: American Bakfiets Builder

We’ve been meaning to write a post about CETMA Cargo for some time. The place is run by Lane Kagay who makes fantastic custom built bakfiets cargo bicycles and racks. If you’re thinking about buying a bakfiets, rather than shipping one to the States, you should seriously consider getting a skilled local builder like Lane to build one for you. You’ll get a custom bicycle with great components for about the same price as shipping a stock Euro built bicycle to the States.

Lane’s bicycles have some great features like disk brakes, triangulated frame for strength, and customizable modular design. Check out Lane’s website for more photos.

Links:
• CETMA Cargo

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Torker Cargo-T Bicycle

Torker has released the Cargo-T bicycle for $600 MSRP. It’s distributed in the US by Seattle Bicycle Supply, which should make it easy for your local bike shop to get a hold of. It comes with Shimano 3 speed internal hub gearing and comes with front and rear cargo racks.

At 45 lbs, it’s about average weight for most purpose built cargo bicycles. The frame comes in satin grey or blaze green. This Taiwan built bicycle is a lower cost alternative for anyone considering European built city bicycles which could easily cost more than a thousand bucks.

Links:
Torker USA
• Seattle Bicycle Supply

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