Cargo Bike Life – reviews, stories & a cargo bike directory

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Cargo Bike Library

I’ve been writing about cargo biking for over 10 years.

In late 2018 I opened a bike shop in Colorado dedicated to family biking because it felt like FINALLY the movement was rolling in the United States. From the original Freeradical and the Burley Travoy trailer (yes, I do consider trailers part of the cargo biking life), to the Bullitt and Xtracycle Edgerunner, to current day with the 58 dedicated cargo bike models I simply listed off the top of my head this morning, the movement and product selection are strong. Even more important than a product are the number of families, individuals, and businesses experiencing daily life by bike thanks to this cargo bike life that is growing exponentially each month.

With all this growth, it can feel like our movement is more fragmented mainly due to selection, limited dedicated cargo bike shops, and sources for information. My hopes for creating Cargo Bike Life is to pull together resources from brands, fellow shops, and most importantly – daily riders of the cargo bike life to create a community place to learn, grow, and evolve this life-changing movement.

3 Goals for the Cargo Bike Life

First Goal and Priority is the Cargo Bike Database – A database of available cargo bikes, key features, important attributes, filtered search, and a place for people to share their experience with the bike.

This list of important attributes was compiled from asking cargo bike owners and potential cargo bike buyers what was important to them in the process. The filtered list won’t be exhaustive but if enough people ask about a specific attribute to be added to the filters I will add it moving forward. It is easy enough to add it to the description area but making it a unique filter takes a bit more time. My biggest hope is to engage the daily riders of the product listed in the Cargo Bike Database to leave reviews and stories of their experience within the product pages. Brands, if you would like your products added quickly I can send you a template to fill out on your end to help me populate the information!

The Second Goal is Creating Content – Stories, reviews, and experiences living the #cargobikelife. I’m pretty dedicated to get through th queue for the Cargo Bike Database before moving on to the other 2 goals so more on this soon.

The Third Goal is the Shift Up Podcast – The Shift Up podcast will be moved and found on Cargo Bike Life in the future. More on this topic also in the future.

Cargo Bike Database Queue

I will have a separate article coming later this weekend on specifically what I want to be documented within the individual product pages but a finished example can be found here with the Xtracycle Edgerunner Swoop.

  • Tern GSD S10
  • Xtracycle Edgerunner eSwoop
  • Yuba Spicy Curry
  • Urban Arrow Family
  • Yuba Supermarche
  • Riese & Müller Packster 60
  • Bullitt
  • Riese & Müller Load 75
  • Argo Cargo
  • Xtracycle Leap
  • Tern GSD S00
  • Surly Big Easy
  • Riese & Müller Load
  • Riese & Müller Packster 80
  • Benno Boost E
  • Bunch Bikes (any)
  • Babboe (any)
  • Madsen
  • Riese & Müller Multicharger
  • Urban Arrow Shorty

Want something bumped up or added to this queue? Leave a comment below or message me as I will be giving priority by the number of requests.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Hi!

    I have a few to add to the list. There are 3 offerings from WorkCycles in the cargo category.

    1. Kr8 (bakfiets)
    2. Fr8
    3. Kruisframe

    I would emphasize 1 and 2, but I added 3 because I own the Oma version of this with front and rear rack. It can certainly haul!

    Wonderful website! I really enjoy your Twitter feed as well. 🙂

  2. Great idea! I’d like to propose the AddBike, it’s a French product but they have a distributor in Montreal. Also the Mongoose Envoy, it’s only available from Costco Canada and they don’t ship to the US but it’s the cheapest cargo bike in N. America.

  3. Suggestion for a bike to add. The Yuba Boda Boda. It’s fabulous for a family with only one or two kids. I think it also makes a great “transition bike” for when the kid is able to ride his or her own bike, but maybe can’t go on longer rides, or for doing the school run without having to take a massive bike. Running errands (or commuting to work) after dropping the kid(s) off is easy peasy with the Boda Boda.
    It’s a midtail that’s just a bit longer than a “normal” bike, it fits places most other cargo bikes can’t go like the bike racks on public transportation (buses and trains), and bike storage rooms at apartments or offices.

    There are some downsides too lol, but overall I think it can be a great bike option for some people.
    It starts at $1500 for the regular version and $3600 for the electric version. I think the non-electric is a relatively good value.

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