Cargo Bikes Everywhere!

If you follow my adventures on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know that I’m always posting photos of great city bikes that I come across, including Dutch bikes and cargo bikes.  Wintertime weather doesn’t seem to impact cargo bike riders in Chicago as I’ve seen a bunch of cargo bikes lately, and not just the usual suspects either.

You probably know that I ride a WorkCycles  Omafiets Dutch utility bike, but they make another bike that’s even more cargo-friendly, called the Fr8. Steve Vance of Grid Chicago has one and it was easy to spot the other day when I was out riding on my own errands in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.

A WorkCycles Fr8 bike out and about in Chicago.

A WorkCycles Fr8 bike out and about in Chicago.

 

Last week I made a stop at Comrade Cycles, in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago and they had this Kona Ute cargo bike up on the rack for a little service.

Kona cargo bike getting some work done at Comrade Cycles in Chicago.

Kona cargo bike getting some work done at Comrade Cycles in Chicago.

 

As I was riding to work downtown one morning before the holidays, I spotted a Trek Transport near the loop.  It’s the first one I’ve seen out and about in the city. Longtail cargo bikes like this Trek, our Yuba Mundo,  the Surly Big Dummy, or the Kona Ute are definitely growing in popularity as cycling for everyday transportation grows in popularity and people realize how handy these sorts of bikes can be.

A Trek Transport in downtown Chicago on a dreary December morning.,

A Trek Transport in downtown Chicago on a dreary December morning.,

 

When I posted the photo of the Transport on Instragram, a fellow cargo bike rider commented on his everyday usage of his own Trek Transport and how great it works for his transportation needs.  Of course, he lives in Hawaii,  so his photos of riding a cargo bike in December are a little different than the ones I’ve been taking in Chicago. Here’s one of his recent cargo bike excursions.

A photo not taken in Chicago in December.  A Trek Transport hanging out on the beach in Hawaii.

What about you? Do you ride a cargo bike?  Where do you ride and what do you haul?

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  • bicicletasparalabiodiversidad

    I haul many and different things and ideas for the Itinerant Bicycle Biodiversity Laboratory IBLL, a non-motorized project that seeks to document impacts of human activities and infrastructure, especially those associated with urbanization phenomena, on the ecology and natural history of wildlife while promoting utility cycling using Yuba Bicycles: http://www.facebook.com/LaboratorioItineranteDeBiodiversidadEnBicicleta/info

    IBLL is a proactive approach to conduct urban and road ecology studies, teach about urban, suburban and rural biodiversity and share how to maintain and conserve urban and periurban biodiversity minimizing the use of motorized vehicles as their negative effects already known in pedestrians and cyclist might have additional detrimental effects on wildlife.

  • Anika

    We hauled 7 children on our two cargo bikes a week ago for a Christmas light scavenger hunt ending at the famous Logan Square Christmas house. First year to haul that many kids and so much fun.

    • http://dingdingletsride.com/ Samantha

      Wow! That’s an impressive haul!
      What kind of cargo bikes did you use for that cargo? ;-)

      • Anika

        We have a black madsen and a new orange Yuba Mundo as a family Christmas present. The kids were ages 2 thru 6. I think we’ve found our new holiday tradition.

      • http://dingdingletsride.com/ Samantha

        Awesome! Congrats on the new Yuba! We really love ours. You have the black Madsen that’s been on a few Kidical Mass rides, right?

        Happy new tradition !

  • http://www.stevevance.net/ Steven Vance

    I’ve never seen a Trek Transport. Its rear rack tubing looks kind of funny compared to the Yuba Mundo. I want to try Yuba’s Boda Boda.

    The cargo bike I saw this week was an egg blue Madsen on Albany Avenue. I presume it’s owned by a family on that block, but I can’t remember everyone’s names :(

    • http://dingdingletsride.com/ Samantha

      Yeah, I’m curious about the Boda Boda too!

    • http://dingdingletsride.com/ Samantha

      I know that egg blue Madsen…. seen it at a Kidical Mass or two!