10 years ago the economy tanked, we sold our car and picked up an Xtracycle Freeradical cargo bike attachment. In fact, we biked it home to build it up and documented the experience on our website at the time - Commute By Bike.
Little did we know where this movement would take us and how this Freeradical would change our path forever.
Fast forward to the summer of 2018, an Xtracycle eSwoop was literally the first product we ordered for the store when we started setting up shop. A demo and rental cargo bike decked out with all the accessories to help people experience the freedom of replacing their short trips by bike, transporting their kids by bike, and getting out of the everyday commute by car grind.
Cargo Bikes We Believe In
Over the years we have reviewed and tested almost every mass market cargo bike. Front loaders, longtails, bakfiet, trikes, and attachments like the Freeradical or Argo Cargo. When opening we had a very clear filter about what product we sell at Bike Shop Girl:
Would we allow our partner and children to ride it? (Is it safe and reliable?)
You may see that we don't carry every available cargo bike or ones that are very popular at other bike shops. We don't want to speak badly of other bike brands but we can say that we would not feel comfortable allowing our partners and children to ride on them. They may be great bikes for the occasional ride or using without kids but we sell bikes that are meant to be ridden, with kids.
The Cargo Bikes We Love and Sell
Xtracycle - the original longtail company and the company that puts the most thought into the design of their bicycles or LEAP attachments. We stock an electric demo bike and have a non-electric (acoustic) bike on the way from them.
Tern - The Tern GSD is one of our favorite "mid-tail" bikes allowing you to carry a good amount of cargo or 2 kids / 1 adult. We also can't forget their Vektron folding bike that is designed to take one child seat on the back. It isn't a cargo bike but it is a very unique bike!
Urban Arrow - The dutch mini-van. This is an electric front-loading cargo bike that can hold 2 kids plus a baby seat under the front rain cover. You can also put another child on the back or switch out the baby seat for a front bench to hold a total of 4 kids! The comfortable dutch style fit is very comfortable and stable while carrying that much weight.
Argo Cargo - An attachment that turns most bikes into a front-loading cargo bike. We have a demo on the way for you to try!
Coming soon... Riese & Müller & Benno!
Not Ready for a Cargo Bike?
Cargo bikes can be expensive, even the Argo Cargo can set you back $1,000. We proudly sell Burley trailers, Thule and Yepp seats for your current bike to get you started in your carry kids by bike adventures!
The very best thing to do is come test ride a few cargo bikes and/or attachments! We are here to help and provide you with as much information as you can get.