CARGO BIKES | COMMON QUESTIONS
+ What makes a great cargo bike?
Cargo bikes come in many configurations, each one optimized for a different cargo requirement. The most popular style of bike for bulky or varied cargo is the box bike which positions the load in front of the rider, but can be heavy to lift. Longtails are narrow in profile, but can be loaded with a surprising volume of cargo for their size while remaining lighter in weight than box bikes.
+ Can cargo bikes replace cars for delivery businesses?
Heck yeah! We work with local businesses looking for a more cost-effective, faster and greener means of transporting goods. Many of our cargo bike manufacturers make a variety of cargo-specific accessories which we can customize to your needs.
+ Can I custom brand a cargo bike for my business?
Yes, we can work with you not only to create decals to promote your business on a bike, but we have local manufacturing connections who can make custom accessories to fit your needs and develop a cohesive brand image for your delivery vehicle.
+ Are box bikes hard to ride?
Box bikes, which position their load in front of the rider, use a steering-linkage to connect the handlebars to the front wheel. The effect of positioning the front wheel several feet in front of the handlebar can be initially foreign to conventional bike riders, but can be quickly adapted to by most riders. Box bikes are wider than longtail cargo bikes and must be ridden carefully in tight urban environments.
+ Why electrify a cargo bike?
If you're asking this question, you may be a stronger rider than we are. Electric assist can help you accellerate, go further with a heavier load, and climb steep hills that might otherwise be unrideable on a cargo bike. Not all cargo bikes need be electric, it's really up to you.
+ How long will a cargo bike last?
Cargo bikes can easily last you a decade or more with proper maintenance and care. Warranties vary by manufacturer, but we feel it's our job to keep you rolling with minimal annual upkeep. Proper maintenance includes an annaul tune up including replacement of brake pads, chain and tires. Cargo bikes bearing heavy loads and decending hills may require more frequent brake servicing.
+ Can I insure my cargo bike against theft?
Yes. Bikes can be covered under some homeowners insurance policies, renters insurance policies, or commercial property policies. Check with your insurer to explore your options. Also, there are a few companies that exclusively insure bicycles if your current insurers do not.
+ Can I buy a non-electric cargo bike and add assist later?
Absolutely. We offer a wide variety of electric assist conversion kits to help you convert your cargo bike to electric when the time is right.
CARGO BIKES | POPULAR MODELS
A capable modular design from the folks that started the cargo bike revolution in the US.
From the creators of the popular longtail FreeRadical and a vast catalog of multi-manufacturer compatible accessories and bikes, comes Xtracycle’s EdgeRunner.
A full frame aluminum longtail great for kids and cargo, powered by the high-torque Bosch CX drive.
The Spicy Curry, blends strength and rigidity, the highest torque motor system around, and a host of useful accessories.
A full-suspension front loader designed for high performance and incredible comfort.
Riese & Müller's long history of adding full suspension to all kinds of bikes culminates in the Load - a truly unique cargo or family bike designed to perform.
A modular front loader available in two lengths, with numerous configurable options.
The low step-over height Packster by German brand Riese & Müller offers front suspension, cool cargo accessories, and the ability to carry a bigger kid.
The Swoop's deep step-through frame makes the popular EdgeRunner even more versatile and fun to use.
Combine the Swoop with the new X3 bag system and KickBack 3 from Xtracycle and you might just have the most thoroughly thought out cargo bike system ever made.
The EdgeRunner Classic features a front thru-axle, straight bladed fork, quality Shimano components and basic accessories.
Upgrade to the X3 bag system and KickBack 3 and you might just have the most thoroughly thought-out cargo bike system ever made.
This is the bike we'd want to use to take our toddlers on a continent's long bicycle ride.
In 2008, Surly and Xtracycle teamed up to make the Big Dummy an excellent longtail bike. The longtail frame is stiffer and has a higher load capacity than a FreeRadical-equipped bike.
Breathe new life into your beloved bike. Works with all Xtracycle Longtail Standard decks, bags and accessories.
Park your car, haul your veggies and kiddos--and join the cargo bike revolution! Converting your bike into a longtail can be the most economical way to get hauling with a quality cargo bike.
A stylish and stiff front-loader that's great for kids, cargo and everything in between.
Each of our Bullitts is assembled by hand in the USA and built to your specifications. Options include derailleur or internally geared drivetrains, hydraulic disc brakes and optional kid and cargo carrying options.
Tern steers into cargo bike territory with the new, compact but full featured GSD (coming Spring 2018)
The GSD can carry 2 kids, fit in your apartment, fit on a standard bus rack or easily in the back of a minivan. Why? Because it's no bigger than a standard bike, but ingeniously designed to do so much more. Features Bosch Performance Line and optional Dual Battery setup.
The pairing of the versatile and stylish Bullitt with the powerful new e8000 electric assist system from Shimano yields an amazing urban vehicle ready for family or cargo.
The XT drivetrain and the Shimano e8000 assist work in perfect harmony and provide ample torque (70 Nm) and trusted reliability.