Bike Shop Grand Opening and a Cargo Bike Roll Call

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A WorkCycles FR8 bike, fully decked out with the front rack, front jump seat, and rear kids seat.

Back on Saturday, July 19th Chicago Cargo and Alt-Cycle Shop hosted another fun Cargo Bike Roll Call. Alt-Cycles provided the location as part of their grand opening in Lincoln Park.  A bunch of Chicago cargo bike owners stopped by to provide the cargo bike eye candy.  From family trucksters to utility bikes to delivery vehicles, there was something for everyone to look at.  Oh, and there was beer, BBQ, and some great raffle prizes too!

These are just some of the bikes that stopped by the Roll Call.

This Yuba Mundo is fully loaded with gear an towing a blue kids bike.

This Yuba Mundo is fully loaded with gear an towing a blue kids bike.

Of course, our orange cargo bike was there.

This orange Yuba Mundo has the front basket, and is sporting the giant panniers called "Go-Getter" bags that are also sold by Yuba Bikes.

Our Yuba Mundo has the front basket, and we brought the giant panniers called “Go-Getter” bags that are also sold by Yuba Bikes. They are great.

Most cargo bikes have great attachments and accessories for kids seats, footrests, hand-holds, tow slots, panniers, you name it, to fully customize the bike, which you can spot in many of these photos.

Xtracycle has an orange version of their great Edgerunner cargo bike too. This one has the Bionic e-assist kit.

Xtracycle has an orange version of their great Edgerunner cargo bike too. This one has the Bionic e-assist kit, along with bags, a kids seat and foot rest, and extra hand-holds.

Here’s an example of the Xtracycle extension attached to a Specialized StumpJumper.

This bike has the side bags that XtraCycle sells for their bikes, and a Yepp Child seat mounted on the board.

This bike has the side bags that XtraCycle sells for their bikes, and a Yepp Child seat mounted on the board.

No surprise that there were a fair number of Bullitt cargo bikes in attendance, all showing off how useful a cargo bike can be.

Bluebird Bullitt cargo bike

 

Yes, that is a Bullitt bike under that cover.

Yuba also makes a smaller cargo bike that’s aimed at urban cyclists who need a utility bike that requires less storage space and fits on bus bike racks and Alt-Cycles stocks them in regular or e-assist models.

These white and green bikes are Yuba Boda Boda bikes - a smaller cargo/utility bike.

These white and green bikes are Yuba Boda Boda bikes – a smaller cargo/utility bike.

A big thanks to the guys from Alt-Cycle for hosting the event for everyone.

And.. thanks to the all the vendors who donated goods for the raffle, including ABUS locks and Planet Bike Lights as the Ding Ding Let’s Ride family won items from both!  We won the Big Bordo folding lock & case – which was immediately added to our cargo bike – now we don’t have to switch locks around.  Thanks ABUS!

Talk about a great bike lock and a great raffle prize!

Talk about a great bike lock and a great raffle prize!

 

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If you are interested in learning more about cargo bikes or taking a test ride for yourself, check out these Chicago bike shops that sell and service the different types of cargo bikes that are available in the US:

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  • John Rezell

    Did you see Bike Friday’s Kickstarter campaign for a new family Cargo Bike? It’s getting rave reviews. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/greengear/haul-a-day-the-strong-and-light-cargo-bike-built-f/description

    • http://dingdingletsride.com/ Samantha

      I did not see this Kickstarter campaign, but I do have photos of a lovely Bike Friday Haul-a-day bike that one of our friends just purchased – hope to get them up on the blog soon. Great looking bike, and perfect for city families who don’t have the room for the larger cargo bikes.