Posted on 02 August 2014
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.
Velo Electrique – picture taken from their blog
Velo Electrique – picture taken from their Facebook Page
Posted on 17 July 2014
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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Fietsklik Crate and Klik
- Fietsklik Klik
Posted on 05 September 2009
Posted on 27 November 2008
Pashley Cycles has been building bicycles in the UK since 1926. They have a range of bicycles from city bikes to cargo tricycles. My favorite in their product line is the Pashley Freighmate Cargo Tricycle.
It has absolutely everything anyone could look for in a cargo tricycle. It has electric power assist, independent steering for each of the front wheels (Ackerman steering), disk brakes, turn signals, lights, and even a horn. This is definitely a great alternative for any business that needs to make local deliveries in crowded urban areas or as a run about for staff working in a large facility.
Their website is: http://www.pashley.co.uk
Posted on 13 March 2007
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.