FIRST VILLAGE CYCLEWORKS CARGOBIKE HITS THE STREET

First Cargobike

First Cargobike

Ready for the street

Ready for the street

Double kickstand made from front forks

Double kickstand made from front forks

Front forks used for cargo bay bracing

Front forks used for cargo bay bracing

Rear stays used for bracing cargo bay

Rear stays used for bracing cargo bay

Steering linkage using an Atomic Zombie "conductor"

Steering linkage using an Atomic Zombie “conductor”

For whom the bell chimes

For whom the bell chimes

My brass Lion Bellworks bicycle bell – the best sounding bell in town!!

Shortened front forks

Shortened front forks

Ever since I first encountered cargo bikes on the internet a few years ago, they have captured my imagination. Finally this past winter, while waiting for some special order components for the recumbent tricycle that was on the go, I decided to try my hand at building one. As the winter dragged on, there was ample time to contemplate so many aspects of the design. I wanted to maximize the use of parts of old bikes and so they found their way into supports for the cargo bay as well as a double legged stand. Many of the ideas came from my limited experience with the designs that I purchased from AtomicZombie.com, most notably the “conductor” used in the steering assemblage. The front forks were shortened to accommodate a 20 inch wheel, following the directions from Atomic Zombie.

The cargo bike seemed like the perfect place to show off the wonderful brass bike bell that I won during the winter in a poetry contest hosted by bikehacks.com. The bell is the product of Lion Bellworks.co.uk – the sustained ring that it produces does wonders for the soul and reminds one to slow down and enjoy all of our senses when riding – the Zen of cargo-bike riding!!

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3 thoughts on “FIRST VILLAGE CYCLEWORKS CARGOBIKE HITS THE STREET

  1. What a beautiful cargo bike- Great work! I hope to see some pictures of it in action. You’ve also got me curious as to what that brass bell sounds like…

    • villagerainbows

      Thanks for the complement, whybike, and thanks for checking out my new blogsite. Pictures and videos on the cargo bike coming up when there is time… I just had a peek at your site – must check it out more closely this evening. It seems we have some common ideas and passions!
      As for the brass Lion bell, I will be including it’s chime in the video when I edit it. In the meantime, go to lionbellworks.co.uk and you can hear it for yourself. A gentle warning – the bell is like a clarion call so be prepared to find yourself ordering one (or more if you are like me and have several bikes!!)

      • I will definitely look into it- thanks for the link. I’ve followed your blogs so I’ll be ready when your videos are posted.
        Enjoy your weekend!

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