Cargo Bike Week 2014: Cargo Bike Shops in Chicago Pt. 2

It’s almost the end of Cargo Bike Week here on Ding Ding Let’s Ride, and as our family looks forward to the Cargo Bike Roll Call this Sunday,  I’m wrapping up the week with my second post on local Chicago bike shops that sell cargo bikes. If you missed  my first post on local cargo bike shops, here’s a link.  Are you ready?

If you want to know what the fastest cargo bike it, then you’d have to go with the LarryvsHarry Bullitt Cargo bike,  hands down.  It’s fast, it’s smooth, and it can haul a lot of gear.  And you can buy one from the hard-working organizers of the Cargo Bike Roll Call, Chicago Cargo.  They sell the bikes,  as well as run a delivery service on the bikes.

Getting a delivery via Bullitt cargo bike!

Getting a delivery via Bullitt cargo bike!

 

You can probably order a pink Bullitt cargo bike, but Copenhagen Cyclery is no  longer around to order it from, sadly.

You can probably order a pink Bullitt cargo bike, but Copenhagen Cyclery is no longer around to order it from, sadly.

You can also buy a Bullitt cargo bike from Green Machine Cycles on Montrose Avenue, in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.

Another Bullitt cargo bike, parked out front at Green Machine Cycles.

Another Bullitt cargo bike, parked out front at Green Machine Cycles.

Along with the Bullitts, Green Machine also sells the Soma Tradesman cargo bike – that’s the orange bike you can see in these photos. It’s a shop favorite.

A Soma Tradesman at Green Machine Cycles.  Front load styling like an old 'bakers' bike,  (front rack on the frame not the wheel),  disc brakes,  and CroMo steel.

A Soma Tradesman at Green Machine Cycles. Front load styling like an old ‘bakers’ bike, (front rack on the frame not the wheel), disc brakes, and CroMo steel.

Another great cargo bike brand (also carried by Green Machines) is XtracCycle.  They’re known for their newer creation the Edgerunner, and their 15 year-old classic, the Free Radical.   The Edgerunner has disc brakes,  many gears, a small rear wheel for easier load-handling, and is surprisingly light-weight and fairly agile.  Like the Yuba Mundo cargo bike, you don’t really feel like you’re biking on a really long cargo bike – that is until you put a couple of squirming kids on it.  Then, you notice a little.

A new Xtracycle Edgerunner, with X1 cargo bags, running boards and the rear platform, as seen at Green Machine Cycles.
A new Xtracycle Edgerunner, with X1 cargo bags, running boards and the rear platform, as seen at Green Machine Cycles.

Xtracycle also makes an ingenious solution to inexpensive cargo-hauling with their Free Radical bike-extension. The Free Radical turns almost any standard bike into a cargo bike.  We seen both Xtracycles and  Free Radicals around Chicago quite often, as they’re popular and carried by a couple of other bike shops as well.

Boulevard Bikes in the Logan Square neighborhood sells Xtracycle bikes, as well as Burley and BOB trailers for bikes,  as well as some SOMA and Surly brand bikes too.  Surly bikes has their own version of the bike+Free Radical extension called a Big Dummy which we’ve seen around Chicago too (no pictures that I could find for this post though).

An Xtracycle (Free Radical) with cargo bags and a child seat.

An Xtracycle (Free Radical) with cargo bags and a child seat.

Rapid Transit Cycleshop, with two locations in Wicker Park and near the UIC campus, also sells Xtracycles, as well as Surly (Big Dummy). They have a great story on their website about one of their customers who purchased an Xtracycle Edgerunner for hauling his daughter and in one photo, a cello (!) – you should check it out.

A very customized Free-Radical-ized bike, with double kids seats.

A very customized Free-Radical-ized bike, with double kids seats.

Finally,  I’ll mention that Trek makes a cargo bike too, called the Transport. I’ve only seen it once in the city over the last 5 years – they are not nearly as popular in Chicago as the similarly-style Yuba Mundos or Xtracycles.   However,  the guys over at On the Route  say that they’ve sold a couple Transports out of their Lincoln Avenue location, and that the customers are very happy with them. 

The Trek transport  in the wilds of downtown Chicago. The only one I've ever seen.

The Trek transport in the wilds of downtown Chicago. The only one I’ve ever seen.

So that rounds out my coverage of local Chicago bike shops that sell cargo bikes, and  Cargo Bike Week 2014 !  Our family will be at the Roscoe Village Kidical Mass bike ride and Cargo Bike Roll Call this Sunday so if you’re out and about that day, stop by and say “Hi”.  There will be a lot of cargo bikes to look at, with real-live owners there to supply answers to any and all cargo bike questions you may have.

If I missed any other local bike shops that carry cargo bikes , please let me know and I’ll be sure to update this post or write up a new one!

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