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