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  • Cargo bikes at the beach

    Cargo bikes at the beach

    My family recently had a bit of a holiday at the beach and we took one of the Longhaul models with us. It really was very practical especially for those late in the day swims at the surf beach. Both of the boys would pile in, sometimes with two boogie boards as well, and I'd ride them right down almost to the edge of the beach. An hour swim and then ride home wrapped in towels. Perfect end to the day. I was enjoying myself, despite the lack of smiles from the rider...

    Gary Cookson

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  • Cargo Bike Picnic

    Cargo Bike picnic - 27th of February

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    Join the Cargo Bike community at a fun, free, family picnic.
    Find out how you can reduce your daily carbon footprint and reduce your dependency on your car.
    Meet Melbourne

  • Yuba Mundo V4 utility bicycles

    The Yuba Mundo V4 utility bicycle and its full range of integrated accessories has arrived!

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    We have stock in all 3 colours, Tangerine Orange, Pacific Blue or Matte Black. We also carry the frame set in case you want to build your own bike.
    Description:
    The Mundo Cargo Bicycle is an affordable and ecological way to meet your local mobility needs
  • New Range of Accessories

    All new range of child seats, bags and accessories

    Cargo Cycles now offers a great range of accessories from Basil bags, racks and accessories to BoBike bicycle safety seats and accessories. All these products are designed in The Netherlands, to the highest standards.

    We can equip any of our bikes with these products, contact us for a package deal. We can also supply any of these products individually to suit your current bike.

  • Cargo Bike Picnic

    Cargo Bike picnic - 21st November 2010

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    Join the Cargo Bike community at a fun, free, family picnic.

    Find out how you can reduce your daily carbon footprint and reduce your dependency on your car.

  • A day in the life of a cargobike

    I've put one of our new Shorthaul bikes into daily service as part of the Cookson family fleet. Here's a diary of a the day's events from this Saturday and how the cargobike fitted in with the day. I'd love to hear how you use your cargobikes out there, whether its a boxbike, trike, longtail or modified standard bike. Send stories to us via our contact form and i'll publish them on our site. We live in Fitzroy North in Melbourne and use our bikes whenever we can.

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    Saturday 9-10-10

    9am, swimming lessons for Patrick (3 yrs), running a bit late so I arrived ready for a cooling dip after a furious pedal.
    9.45am, a more leisurely ride home for hot chocolate and a rest.
    10.30am. Ange took the Shorthaul for her debut ride to the supermarket and the fruit and veg shop with no kids. She seemed happy apart from it being her turn to do the shopping.
    11.30am. I loaded both boys, Patrick (3) and Ned (5) into the box along with a big round of sandwiches, fruit and water and headed for the Melbourne Zoo via the Park Street bike path. This ride is about 4km but is fairly leisurely except for a fairly steep bit near the golf course. First gear and burning legs but no problem except the boys complaining I was going too slow up the hill.
    2pm. Leave the zoo and head for home. We are Zoo members which is good because you can visit just a few animals and then head off before everyone gets too worn out. On the way back the boys remembered we'd passed a park so they insisted we stop even though they were both tired. On the downhill by the golf course I got some speed up and the boys were cheering. Got a few bell rings and cheers from riders coming the other way too so they must have looked like they were enjoying themselves.
    2.30pm. Arrive home, rest.
    4pm. Forgot to take the video back from Friday night to the OOvie box so take the bike and Ned comes too to keep me company and stop the video flying away (his suggestion!). Park outside Piedemontes and get Ned to run in and return the video while I talk to a man who is interested in the bike. I hope he actually popped it in the slot, I forgot to check... On the ride back home we pass some friends who want to see the new bike and have a test ride so we while away some time having a chat before I realise we are going out for Tea to celebrate my birthday. We make it home in time for a quick shower and change before heading back out down the Park St bike path in the other direction this time, boys with me, Ange on her junk bike. Final destination, super trendy new Italian/Pizza restaurant Supermaxi where we stuff our faces on delicious pizzas which are really big (note to self, if we go back 3 pizzas is too much). Good job i've got a bit of exercise in today...
    8pm. Arrive home just before dark. Pour small boys into bed. Sleep.

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  • How to find us

    Cargocycles HQ is at 284 Wellington St Collingwood, Vic 3066 you can visit us anytime during the week but please contact us to let us know you are coming.

    What hours are you open for business?

    9-5 Monday to Friday, Saturday and Sunday by appointment for test rides. We have a large, flat carpark area you can try the bikes before venturing onto the local side streets for a longer test.

    The online shop is open 24hrs a day.

  • The New Bikes Have Arrived!

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    Our first delivery of new bikes arrived yesterday and we had a quick photoshoot in the warehouse.

    There are several more bikes in the range to come.

  • The Bike Craft Beer Bar

    Hopworks Urban Brewery

    The Hopworks Urban Brewery is Portland.

  • Cargocycles a.k.a Freight bicycle Origins

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    The first cargo cycles or freight bicycles were used by tradesmen for delivering mail, bread and milk amongst other things.

    The Post Office and Telecommunications companies were amongst some of the earliest to use these vehicles in their fleet.

    In the Netherlands employees of cable companies used huge tandem cargo bikes as their work vehicles, lugging all their cables and equipment in the front. You can see more of them at Transportfiets.net.

    Another common use for cargo bikes over the years has been vending. Here's an example of a modern day ice-cream vendor using a bike as his store front. (Found on WorkManCycle.)

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    In modern times there has been a shift in the usage of these bikes, they began as utility vehicles, and while they still are used for this purpose it is just as common to see these bikes used for purely recreational reasons, like taking the kids for a ride or a picnic.

    Over the years these kinds of bikes have been known by many names such as Cargo Cycles, Cargo Bikes, Freight Bicycles, Carrier Cycles, Freight Tricycles, Bakfietsen, and Porteur bicycles, to name a few.

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