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The goal of this article and video is to kick off your cargo bike journey and answering the question, what exactly is a cargo bike? This is the first chapter in a Cargo Bike Basics series!
Before we jump into answering that question, a quick introduction - I'm Arleigh aka Bike Shop Girl. As a lifelong cyclist, after having our first child 5 years ago I hated being stuck in my car driving my kids around.
Enter the cargo bike.
This thing literally saved my mom sanity and helps me stay on a bike while burning fewer fossil fuels and sharing a healthy habit with my family doing normal daily life mom errands.
Back to our question, what exactly is a cargo bike?
Now, technically any bike can carry cargo, you on your road bike could be considered cargo. You can also add a rear rack or a front basket to most bikes to carry groceries or a child in a seat. It doesn't mean the bike will handle well, or is designed for that purpose.
Personally, I think a cargo bike should be able to carry the primary rider and at LEAST 120 additional pounds of cargo. Of course, other people's opinions may vary. What are yours? Let me know in the comments!
Typically cargo bikes have dedicated ways to carry children, cargo, and many are more upright for city riding in whatever clothes you are wearing for the day. Oh, and they must have a great stable kickstand to keep the bike upright and steady while you load your kids or cargo.
Cargo bikes come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and styles. This article and video kicks off a Cargo Bike Basics series and the next chapter is all about the different types of cargo bikes available in the united states.
You can check out the cargo bike basics video playlist over here and a list of articles in the Cargo Bike Basics series as I add more to them.
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