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Two Rivers Cider Bike

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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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Vélo Électrique

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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.

Featured in:

The Guardian

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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Fietsklik Crate and Klik

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Fietsklik Crate and Klik


After a successful Kickstarter that raised close to $80K in May of 2014, Fietsklik is officially in business. You can buy their two main products, the Crate and the Klik, from their online store here.

The Klik is the centerpiece: it is a platform to which all Fietsklik products attach, fitting on any standard rear rack. At the moment only the Crate is available for purchase, but more carriers were designed during the Kickstarter: a messenger bag, a pannier, a laptop bag as well as a child seat.

The flagship Crate is a collapsible basket-like cargo carrier which, when off the bike, has wheels and a strap for rolling around. The idea for the crate, the founders write, “when three high-school friends with a love for bicycles dropped a crate of beer from the back of a bike” and subsequently realized there was no good way to transport a large number of beers (or other goods) by bike.

Fietsklik, which means “Bike Click” in Dutch, is based in Amsterdam and manufactures all of their products in the Netherlands: “Our design office and garage are in Amsterdam while we use an injection molding facility and an assembly space just under two hours away. All of our plastic parts are made there, 100% of the Klik and Crate. Besides the nuts and bolts, the only component that comes from outside of our home country is the polyester for the bags which is upcycled from excess materials used by a major sporting goods manufacturer.”

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Gizmag – Design Boom – Cool Hunting

Links:

www.fietsklik.com

Fietsklik Crate and Klik

Fietsklik Crate and Klik

Fietsklik Klik
Fietsklik Klik

 

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Nimble Cargo Scooter

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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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CETMA Cargo: American Bakfiets Builder

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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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Onderwater: Kid Pedal Bakfiets

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Onderwater: Kid Pedal Bakfiets


Onderwater is a Dutch bicycle company that makes a bakfiets for families with older children. Instead of the kids riding in a cargo box, the Onderwater has standard bicycle seats in tandem with the adult driver. There are also pedals for the kids, so that they can help mom or dad pedal to school. They come in multiple configurations for families with one to three kids. The bikes come with 8 speed Shimano internally geared hubs, halogen lamps, and roller brakes front and rear. The bikes start in price at around $2200 USD / €1643

Links:
Onderwaterfiets.nl

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Hopworks Beer Bike

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Hopworks Beer Bike



This is just plain cool. Beer, Pizza, and Bikes! Who could ask for more. Another great idea from the brains at Metrofiets.

Links:
Hopworks Micro Brewery
• Metrofiets Beer Bike Photos

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Bilenky: American made Bakfiets

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Bilenky: American made Bakfiets


Bilenky is an American custom bicycle maker that has been making high quality custom bikes since 1983. They make a great variety of front load cargo bicycles (bakfiets) that should satisfy the needs of most people. The Bilenky cargo bicycle design places the cargo load over the front wheel, which creates a more compact and nimbler design than traditional Dutch style bakfiets which place the cargo load behind the front wheel.

Their website quotes a complete custom built bicycle with Shimano components for $2695, which puts it in the price range of it’s European counterparts. If you’re on the East Coast and want to support your local builder, definitely check them out.

Link:
Bilenky Cargo Bicycles

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Nimble Cargo Scooters

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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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Metrofiets – American Bakfiets Makers

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Metrofiets – American Bakfiets Makers


OK, I knew it would happen and couldn’t you have guessed, it would be in Portland. The first US custom maker of Dutch style cargo bicycles (bakfiets). From the looks of their weld quality and components, Metrofiets bicycles are on par with any custom built bicycle on the market.

We’re looking forward to giving one a test ride the next time we’re in Portland. You can check out their website at: www.metrofiets.com as well as their beer bike at Hopworks Brewery (Portland’s own eco-brewpub)

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Bullit Modular Bakfiets by Larry vs. Harry

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Bullit Modular Bakfiets by Larry vs. Harry


Larry vs. Harry manufacture a very nice modular bakfiets that can be fitted with a range of accessories such as wooden cargo box, aluminum all weather box, billboards, etc. As for fit and finish, their bakfiets frames are made from oversized aluminum tubing and fitted with modern components that even bicycle geeks like us would love.

Here are the specs for their base model the “Bullit Classic”:
• Powder-coated in black
• Hardened aluminium frame
• Stainless steel nuts, bolts and discs
• 7-gear SRAM i-Motion hub
• Hydraulic front brake
• SRAM Truvativ crankshaft
• Double-bound aluminium wheel rims
• Puncture-proof Schwalbe tires
• Impact-strengthened plastic mudguards
• Fast saddle and handlebar adjustment
• Insurance-approved ABUS bicycle lock

Links:
• Larry vs. Harry website
• Photo Gallery
• Wired Magazine Article

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Dutch ID – Bakfiets with Safety

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Dutch ID – Bakfiets with Safety


CargoDutch ID is a company in the Netherlands that makes a bakfiets with a tension fabric and cage design for carrying children. Think of it as a kid trailer mounted on a two wheeled bakfiets bicycle.

The added safety of the tension fabric cage takes care of the safety concerns many parents would have when using a wooden box style bakfiets. Although this bicycle is available only in a few countries in Europe, it would be a very easy sell to parents anywhere.

Maybe if enough parents show interest in this style of bakfiets, dealers will start to carry them in the US.

Here’s a link to their website:
http://www.dutch-id.nl/products.shtml

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Henry Work Cycles

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Henry Work Cycles


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Henry Work Cycles is a Dutch retailer specializing in workbikes, cargo trikes, city bikes, and some bicycles for the mobility impaired.  Check out their great selection of quality practical bicycles.

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Velolution.biz

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Velolution.biz


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Velolution
, a wonderful online store that carries commuters, folders, work bikes, and family bikes.  According to their website, they have a showroom in London.  They even have folding bikes available for rent!

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