Monthly Archives: December 2014

Grocery cargo…

Working CB

Winter has been with us for a while and my “new” cargo bike has been safely stowed away while waiting for  a return to spring. This one was built in early summer 2014 when unusually rainy weather made it unsuitable for sailing. As this year comes to a close it is time to post some photos before a newer “new” version replaces it, hopefully with some more improvements. Photos tell the story of this build better than words.

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The cro moly donor frame – with damaged forks and a badly rusted in seat post

 

 

 

 

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To make it easier to line up the various sections of the bike, I built some stands to hold them at the correct level.

 

 

 

 

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Solid central kickstands are essential on long john cargo bikes. When surfing the net one day I came across some photos of an approach that I liked. Unfortunately I have not been able to find that site again so that I could credit the builder!! I am certainly grateful to him for sharing – if he should ever happen upon this post, I want him to know my appreciation. These pictures show the bike upside down on the bench.

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After adding paint and some components, this was what came out of the workshop:

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The cargo area has been built to be used either as a flat bed, or with box sides sized to hold two grocery baskets.

 

 

There are some marvellous builders that are building cargo bikes. I would like to acknowledge one in particular, John Lucas, of Cycle Trucks based in West Sacramento, California. He makes some great cycles – check them out. I like his X-style step through frames – this is my attempt.

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This bike has been a lot of fun – folks often comment on it when I am out shopping. I added a lot of features to it, but of course, there are always ways of improving. With that in mind, could this be the donor frame for the next one?

Next donor?

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