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My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« on: July 15, 2017, 10:47:41 PM »
Story Time Ya'll...


So, my last business was completely location independent, and our family spent some time in Sweden and Denmark. I was happy with the business, it was growing steadily, and I wasn't looking for any new products or ideas outside of my niche (baby gifts). 

After 2 months of total immersion in the cycling culture, without ever needing to rent a car, and seeing how cities can be built to incorporate all forms of transportation, I was inspired to try and bring some of this seemingly Utopian urban landscape back to the states, and in my hometown, specifically.

Upon coming home, I went through a period of 2 months of local activism... trying to give my 2 cents to the local city council on bike lanes and ordinances, sharing my experience from biking in Copenhagen, and trying to encourage others to be active with me.

I quickly learned 3 things:

1. Change is SLOW
2. Getting people motivated is like trying to push an elephant
3. Politics is anything BUT logical.


Frustrated, and now the Europe trip becoming more of a distant memory, my Utopian dreams fell by the wayside, and I moved on with my life.


Later that year, I was brainstorming things to put on my family's Christmas wish list (Why is this always so difficult?).

Having a 2nd baby on the way, I started looking at options for biking around a 2nd child with me. I looked through bike trailers, Weerides, handlebar seats, long-tail bikes like Xtracycle, etc. 

And then I remembered the wooden cargo bikes we had seen in Denmark, parked outside all of the playgrounds, and I knew that THAT was what I wanted.

Problem was, I'm not in the most bike-friendly part of the country, and the local bike shops in my area didn't sell anything like this, and I definitely didn't want to pay $5,000 to import one from Europe.

So I wondered how hard it would be to make one...

The more I researched, the more I thought that this would be a fun business to start, and one that would be infinitely more interesting to me than baby gifts.

And to come full-circle:  Even though I couldn't effectively change anything through local politics, I realized I could sell a bike that would get more families biking... which, way way down the road, might lead to some positive changes in our cities.


Fast forward to today: The baby gift business is for sale, and the Cargo Bike website launched a few days ago - www.urbantribecargobicycles.com

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For me, the biggest takeaway from this journey has been just how much travel can open your eyes to what else is out there. You get so used to being our North American bubble, and once you leave, you realize there is just so much more. Different cultures, different products, different ways of living life.  The cargo bikes are just one of several product ideas that came out of our Europe trip (Swedish-style cinnamon buns being another... OMG)

So, if you're feeling stuck trying to come up with ideas for your next project or business... change up your circumstances, experience something new, travel the world.  There's so much out there to discover.


Feel free to ask me any questions!
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2017, 10:56:01 PM »
This is really cool. I don't have a need for one of these yet, but I'm posting to follow for sure.

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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2017, 11:13:57 PM »
This is really cool. I don't have a need for one of these yet, but I'm posting to follow for sure.

Thanks Joel!   
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2017, 11:24:46 PM »
Love the product!!! And the website is gorgeous! Excellent job on the faQs, too. Just a smokin' schtick all 'round. Well done!!!

Maybe Mr MM would give it a tweet? (He did for my book!)

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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2017, 11:32:29 PM »
Love the product!!! And the website is gorgeous! Excellent job on the faQs, too. Just a smokin' schtick all 'round. Well done!!!

Thanks so much!

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Maybe Mr MM would give it a tweet? (He did for my book!)

Oh really?  I didn't think MMM did much in the way of promotion or shout-outs. But I guess I just read the blog, and don't follow on twitter or anything like that.  I'll send you a PM.
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2017, 09:28:28 AM »
Maybe Mr MM would give it a tweet? (He did for my book!)

He tweeted it out yesterday, thanks for encouraging me to reach out to him!

It is crazy how much traffic a single tweet from MMM can drive.   I didn't eat lunch until 4pm, because I couldn't step away from the computer for 3 hours, chatting with people about the bikes.

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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2017, 09:36:52 AM »
Hey!!! Great!!!!! :))))

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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2017, 03:19:56 AM »
What a fabulous website! Congratulations! Seems like you've taken a big step towards building your own Happy City :)

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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2017, 09:02:13 AM »
What a fabulous website! Congratulations! Seems like you've taken a big step towards building your own Happy City :)

Thanks!

I'm actually going for a Happy Country now  :)


10 years from now, I'm hoping everyone in the U.S. will be familiar with cargo bikes. 


We're just a part of the movement.
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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2017, 09:19:30 AM »
We just got back from a European vacation where we spent some time in Amsterdam. I was so impressed with their biking infrastructure, and the huge numbers of people biking. I got home and started reading The Happy City, and felt convicted about local activism. Then I saw MMM's tweet about your new company. Very cool. I wish you much success.

BTW, what is specifications on the electric version? The details on the website were very vague.

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« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2017, 09:29:30 AM »
We just got back from a European vacation where we spent some time in Amsterdam. I was so impressed with their biking infrastructure, and the huge numbers of people biking. I got home and started reading The Happy City, and felt convicted about local activism. Then I saw MMM's tweet about your new company. Very cool. I wish you much success.

This sounds like my exact journey!   That Happy City book, combined with our family trip to Denmark/Sweden really got me motivated to do something.

Local activism is tough, and I actually fell out of the loop when my son was born, but I'll get back into it soon, now that we're getting back into a resemblance of a routine.


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BTW, what is specifications on the electric version? The details on the website were very vague.

Yeah, I know there's not a ton of detail on the site currently. The design was done, and I just wanted to get it out there, even if I didn't have all the content ready.

I'm actually putting together a full component list for the website now, which will have more details on everything, including the electric stuff, for the people who want to see those kinds of details.

I'll let you know when I've got it all together.
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« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2017, 09:51:41 AM »
Great story and thanks for helping to promote change!  I too have been frustrated by the lack of cargo bikes in the US.  You have brought that price down considerably with this.  I'm really struggling between the regular and the electric.  For just myself I would likely not get the electric, but it might help my wife to have the electric assist as we do have some hills in town.  I was trying to glean from the few videos you have how hard it is to ride with the weight of kids on the front.  How would you compare it to pulling a trailer with kids (this is what we do now)?
Someone else is happy with less than what you have.

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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2017, 09:49:37 PM »
For just myself I would likely not get the electric, but it might help my wife to have the electric assist as we do have some hills in town.


Ding ding ding.

My wife hates bike riding. It's just not her thing. It's not that she's not fit, she's a runner, and does marathons. She just doesn't like biking.  However, she loves riding the cargo bike.  If it wasn't fun (i.e. if she had to work to get up hills) she would just choose the car 9/10 times to get the kids to daycare or run errands.

The electric gives you the option of how much effort to put in.  Want to get a good workout? The motor will help you go faster. Feeling lazy? Motor picks up the slack.

I would say the standard version takes about as much pedal power as a bike pulling a kid trailer. On the flip side, the electric makes riding uphill feel like you're pedaling a normal bike. No sweating.

If the distances you would need to bike from your house are great enough that you think it'd be too easy for your wife to say "nah...." while she grabs the car keys, I'd say the electric is the way to go. Heck, the daycare my wife works at is only .5 miles away from our house, but if we forget to charge the cargo bike battery, she'll usually opt for the car. *facepalm*

It kind of sounds like I'm raving over the electric... and I guess I am.  Once you go e-bike, there's no going back.

The electric cargo bike is an SUV killer.


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I was trying to glean from the few videos you have how hard it is to ride with the weight of kids on the front.  How would you compare it to pulling a trailer with kids (this is what we do now)?

Yes, we need more videos.  That's a project I'm working on this summer.

I answered this above, but it's comparable. I haven't done too much trailer pulling, as I kind of hated how the trailer jerked my bike around, and having to hook it up and unhook it all the time, but from what I remember the effort required is very similar.


If you have any other questions, let me know!
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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2017, 04:37:45 PM »
Very nice looking product! Are you handling the design and manufacture of these bikes? Do you feel comfortable sharing how the initial launch is going? I hope these questions aren't too intrusive...As a mechanical engineer and serial entrepreneur I've always been interested in launching a product of my own design!
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« Reply #14 on: July 21, 2017, 08:42:39 AM »
That looks awesome. Seriously considering this...

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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2017, 08:55:31 AM »
Very nice looking product! Are you handling the design and manufacture of these bikes? Do you feel comfortable sharing how the initial launch is going? I hope these questions aren't too intrusive...As a mechanical engineer and serial entrepreneur I've always been interested in launching a product of my own design!

I'm interested in hearing more about this as well. What were the challenges you faced in the production process?

Overall, it looks great! I live in an area where biking is very popular and I see quite a few cargo and ebikes so I can imagine that you'll have success by combining the two.

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« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2017, 09:07:26 PM »
Very nice looking product! Are you handling the design and manufacture of these bikes?
Yes. We have a factory we are working with to produce these at a large scale. The first batch of bikes will be small, as we test the market and get feedback, but if all goes well, we will do some big orders for 2018.

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It's going well, and about what I expected. Hard to not do well when MMM gives you a shoutout on social media.

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As a mechanical engineer and serial entrepreneur I've always been interested in launching a product of my own design!

DO IT!  :)

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« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2017, 09:08:46 PM »
That looks awesome. Seriously considering this...

Haha, thanks!

Let me know if you have any questions.  You can post here in the thread, message on facebook/instagram, hit me on live chat on the site (when I'm online) email me through the site, call our number,  send me a carrier a pigeon...  however!
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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2017, 09:14:25 PM »
I'm interested in hearing more about this as well. What were the challenges you faced in the production process?

Language barriers dealing with asian manufacturers. It is difficult to make sure things are 100% understood. Especially with something with as many moving parts as a cargo bike. That, and the time difference and having to stay up late many nights just so I could talk with them.  It would have made it 10x easier, if I had flown over there and just hashed it all out over a week or two... but I've got two young kids at home, and that was kind of impossible.

That and doing quality testing on the prototypes.  I had to put in lots of miles on the bikes to see what components needed to be upgraded or changed.

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Overall, it looks great! I live in an area where biking is very popular and I see quite a few cargo and ebikes so I can imagine that you'll have success by combining the two.

Oh yeah?  Where do you live?

No cargo bikes in our town. I'd love to see some out "in the wild".
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« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2017, 09:46:24 PM »
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It's going well, and about what I expected. Hard to not do well when MMM gives you a shoutout on social media.

It's your product and site :)
Heaps of people scooped up my freebie, but I think the whole thing resulted in two sales?
MMMers generally don't love paying for books, d'oh!
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« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2017, 12:27:53 AM »
Awesome effort and a great product. I wish you the best of luck with growing the business.
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« Reply #21 on: July 22, 2017, 07:38:06 AM »
CargoBiker - this is awesome. I didn't know this was your business when MMM made the tweet.

I agree on the electric assist. You are right on target with the "lazy" biker. I know "my wife" is just like that. I'm obviously all the way to Mr. Money Mustache levels of biking badassity...or not! :)


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« Reply #22 on: July 22, 2017, 12:41:39 PM »
Nicely done!  Good luck with your business!

Do you have a physical location?  When I was shopping for a cargo bike 5 years ago, the biggest hurdle was not being able to try them out.  Two (!) family biking stores have opened up locally since then (I'm in a bikey city), but the cargo bike I ended up getting at the time was the one where the builder let me test ride it first. He was delivering a bike to Canada, and was driving through my city so he let me try it out.

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« Reply #23 on: July 22, 2017, 09:57:14 PM »
CargoBiker - this is awesome. I didn't know this was your business when MMM made the tweet.

Thanks man!

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I agree on the electric assist. You are right on target with the "lazy" biker. I know "my wife" is just like that. I'm obviously all the way to Mr. Money Mustache levels of biking badassity...or not! :)

I see what you did there  ;)
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« Reply #24 on: July 22, 2017, 10:02:31 PM »
Nicely done!  Good luck with your business!

Do you have a physical location?  When I was shopping for a cargo bike 5 years ago, the biggest hurdle was not being able to try them out.  Two (!) family biking stores have opened up locally since then (I'm in a bikey city), but the cargo bike I ended up getting at the time was the one where the builder let me test ride it first. He was delivering a bike to Canada, and was driving through my city so he let me try it out.

We'll have a physical location sometime in the next couple of weeks.  Looking for warehouse space to lease now.

Local Dallas-area folks can test ride at our location.  Test rides for others is tricky, as I have no plans at this time to ever sell to bike shops... but we'll see how things play out in a year or two.


Your cargo bike guy was delivering bikes himself?  That doesn't sound like a good use of time to me, especially if it's a significant distance, however that's cool that he made the stop for you.
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« Reply #25 on: July 22, 2017, 10:17:45 PM »
Heaps of people scooped up my freebie, but I think the whole thing resulted in two sales?
MMMers generally don't love paying for books, d'oh!

How was your funnel?  Meaning, they got the freebie, but how extensive was your email content follow up?   I'm probably going to buy a book from a guy who has just a killer marketing approach and is really putting the hard sell on me.  Check out everything he's doing: https://justaskbenwhy.com/house-hack-case-study-download.


I don't think "MMMers don't love paying for books" is the real issue. Anyone will spend money on anything that provides enough value or solves a big enough problem for them, MMMer or not.  And unless YOUR book was easily available for free at the local library, and everyone who didn't buy just checked it out at the library instead, then I'm guessing there's some other reason here.


Not trying to be mean, I just try to be frank with myself and accept 100% total responsibility for my failures, and try to do that for others as well.  Blaming doesn't improve oneself.
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« Reply #26 on: July 22, 2017, 10:40:55 PM »
In the case of my tweet, there was no funnel. Amazon is in control of all contacts for that distribution. I was relying on the freebie to spread the word past the freebie day and to additional people. It didn't. Site traffic soared the day of, heaps of freebies were snatched up, and that was the end. It was tough, for sure.

Would I have done a thousand things differently, had I known more? Yep.
Was the book's failure mine? Yep.

My note re: MMM folks generally not loving paying for books is based on a couple of things:
1. The sheer number of times people on this forum have said so, have opted for library copies, have urged others to stop paying for books, etc.
2. Comments on the forum and responses to the MMM Tweet that the book "should be free."
We don't say that as much for food, bicycles, hammers, etc.

I'm grateful that you might buy that author's book! Thank you for supporting folks who work hard at writing (and marketing)!

I don't "blame" people for catching freebies where they can, or for receiving a gift (!)...but I also don't "blame" myself for not having known more about marketing before I launched. No one did anything wrong :)    I did a lot right by working wildly hard to develop an excellent product, a forum member and Pete did a huge kindness by getting that tweet to happen, and I 100% flubbed the marketing. It's okay for me to acknowledge, too, that a lot of folks are loathe to pay for books.

It's smart when people like the fellow you pointed to acknowledge that and learn the marketing curve too. If I get more resourced one day (time, energy), I'll definitely do that too.

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« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2017, 10:33:13 AM »
Good for you! I recently purchased a different style of cargo bike from a competitor (using it to commute). If we ever want a second, I will keep you in mind!
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« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2017, 07:40:28 PM »
In the case of my tweet, there was no funnel. Amazon is in control of all contacts for that distribution. I was relying on the freebie to spread the word past the freebie day and to additional people. It didn't. Site traffic soared the day of, heaps of freebies were snatched up, and that was the end. It was tough, for sure.

Oh, it was on Amazon, gotcha...  Yeah, that really limits what you can do, marketing wise.



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« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2017, 07:41:11 PM »
Good for you! I recently purchased a different style of cargo bike from a competitor (using it to commute). If we ever want a second, I will keep you in mind!

A 2 cargo bike family?   

That's elite status right there!
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« Reply #30 on: July 23, 2017, 11:40:38 PM »
Your cargo bike guy was delivering bikes himself?  That doesn't sound like a good use of time to me, especially if it's a significant distance, however that's cool that he made the stop for you.

It's a 1-man operation, he's not looking to scale up (he wants to build bikes rather than manage people), and he uses deliveries as an excuse to take road trips. :)
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Re: My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« Reply #31 on: July 24, 2017, 10:14:40 AM »
Congratulations, that sounds awesome.
I just shared your business info in one of the MMM Facebook groups (discussion on cargo bikes.
Will also link to this thread.
All the best for your business!
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Re: My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« Reply #32 on: July 24, 2017, 12:36:27 PM »
Congratulations, that sounds awesome.
I just shared your business info in one of the MMM Facebook groups (discussion on cargo bikes.
Will also link to this thread.
All the best for your business!

Hey thanks, that means a lot!
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Re: My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« Reply #33 on: July 24, 2017, 11:20:09 PM »
What a fabulous product. Love the electric version.

I am sans kids but have a geriatric dog that can't walk further than 1km. I have seen old dogs and puppies in trailers here in Aus so there is must be a market for fur-kid parents.  Do you have a no-bench option? Maybe you could offer screw in attachments for a dog harness.

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Re: My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« Reply #34 on: July 25, 2017, 03:02:30 PM »
What a fabulous product. Love the electric version.

I am sans kids but have a geriatric dog that can't walk further than 1km. I have seen old dogs and puppies in trailers here in Aus so there is must be a market for fur-kid parents.  Do you have a no-bench option? Maybe you could offer screw in attachments for a dog harness.

Actually one of my customers last week bought it to cart her 2 labs around.

All bikes will come with benches, but they are easily removable.

On the first couple of production runs we're not going to be set up to offer anything custom. However, it's a wooden box, so any customization you want to do could be easily done yourself.  Here's a pic I saw that someone else did to their box-style cargo box, for their dogs.



Pretty simple.
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Re: My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« Reply #35 on: August 01, 2017, 07:30:18 AM »
Maybe Mr MM would give it a tweet? (He did for my book!)

He tweeted it out yesterday, thanks for encouraging me to reach out to him!

It is crazy how much traffic a single tweet from MMM can drive.   I didn't eat lunch until 4pm, because I couldn't step away from the computer for 3 hours, chatting with people about the bikes.

Awesome product!!!



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Re: My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« Reply #36 on: August 01, 2017, 08:52:36 AM »
doh! In love. I'm easy, so no surprise there. But then I showed my husband and he was like "let's buy it". WHAAAA?

Um...this is all moving so fast!
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Re: My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« Reply #37 on: August 01, 2017, 10:34:51 AM »
doh! In love. I'm easy, so no surprise there. But then I showed my husband and he was like "let's buy it". WHAAAA?

Um...this is all moving so fast!

Haha, that is fast!

Post in the thread, or PM me if you have any questions.  Or reach out to me through the website.
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Re: My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« Reply #38 on: August 28, 2017, 03:01:14 PM »
Looks amazing! Any plans to develop a BakFiets style bike? I'm finding there is a major lack of options (especially affordable ones) in North America. I've been looking for something for next season to transport me and my 3 little ones and sell the 2nd vehicle, but with the terrain and distances in my city a three wheeler doesn't seem like the right option.

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Re: My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« Reply #39 on: August 29, 2017, 08:21:42 PM »
Yes, I've been asked this a lot, and the 2-wheeler "bakfiets" style bike is in the works, and the prototype will be here in 6 weeks or so, and the first production line should be ready beginning of February.

Not sure on pricing yet, but it will probably be similar to what we're charging for the 3-wheeler.


The plan has been to offer a few different models, I just started off with the 3-wheeler, because that's what 9/10 bikes I saw in Copenhagen were, and the stats I could find supported that too, so I figured there was something more appealing about them.

Who knows though, maybe in the U.S. our 2-wheeler will outsell the trike.
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Re: My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« Reply #40 on: September 07, 2017, 04:22:47 PM »
Yes, I've been asked this a lot, and the 2-wheeler "bakfiets" style bike is in the works, and the prototype will be here in 6 weeks or so, and the first production line should be ready beginning of February.

Not sure on pricing yet, but it will probably be similar to what we're charging for the 3-wheeler.


The plan has been to offer a few different models, I just started off with the 3-wheeler, because that's what 9/10 bikes I saw in Copenhagen were, and the stats I could find supported that too, so I figured there was something more appealing about them.

Who knows though, maybe in the U.S. our 2-wheeler will outsell the trike.
My gut feel is that the 2-wheeler is a better option for North America, just based on the distances and the way the cycling infrastructure is set up. At least its what I see starting to take off in my neck of the woods. Exciting stuff though, keep us in the loop!

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Re: My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« Reply #41 on: September 09, 2017, 08:49:58 PM »
My gut feel is that the 2-wheeler is a better option for North America, just based on the distances and the way the cycling infrastructure is set up. At least its what I see starting to take off in my neck of the woods. Exciting stuff though, keep us in the loop!

It totally depends on your city/location.

There isn't really a standard here for what biking infrastructure looks like.  It's radically different from city to city.

I'll keep you in the loop for sure!


First shipment of bikes will be leaving the factory next week,  super stoked!
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Re: My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« Reply #42 on: October 25, 2017, 03:28:12 PM »
We have four kids and live in a shitty town for biking (massive hills) so I think this would be really awesome for our family to be able to bike places!

One parent would take the cargo bike and the other would go solo. Sounds really nice! And I just found out my hubby has high blood pressure :( We've been trying to lower it for about two months now. I know that more exercise will help.

It sounds amazing. But I'm worried because it's a huge cost and I'm scared we will be lazy and not use it.

But it's still in the back of my mind. Maybe when our third rental is finished being built and we get some extra dough rolling in!
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Re: My New Business: Family Cargo Bikes! (Surprise)
« Reply #43 on: October 25, 2017, 08:59:23 PM »
I actually just recently saw one of the Yuba Cargo Bikes in person. I thought they were very interesting as well. Their page is here: https://yubabikes.com/