A cargo bike is designed to carry kids or cargo, or both. Already popular in bike-friendly cities like Copenhagen or Amsterdam, cargo bikes are becoming more popular in Melbourne and are great for commuting, especially if you need to carry lots of stuff. Whether that’s two kids, a laptop and a bunch of heavy textbooks, a load of groceries or a dog, there comes a time when even the best quality panniers on a standard bike just can’t carry enough.
Cargo bikes are a fun, safe, affordable and environmentally-friendly transport option suitable for everyone
There are many types of cargo bikes to suit urban families who want to ditch the car or at least the second car – from utilitarian, mountain bike styles to uber-trendy Danish-designed three-wheeled cargo trikes complete with all-weather hoods and leather seats. Some cargo bikes are similar to regular bikes but are longer at the back to accommodate a couple of kids on specially designed seats. A box cargo bike is a two or three-wheeled bike with a box at the front where the kids go. If you live in the inner city you may have seen food delivery box bikes or couriers on cargo bikes.
Cargo bikes ride pretty much like a normal bike – the steering mechanism is designed to handle the longer frame or box out the front. There are even electric cargo bikes for riders who need to travel a bit further on their commute – a pedal assist electric motor means there’s no need to wear lycra or take a change of clothes as you don’t need to break a sweat if you don’t want to. Wide stands make cargo bikes stable when loading kids or shopping when the bike is parked.
Great cargo bike brands at Cargocycles
Cargocycles Melbourne stock a range of great value cargo bike brands including Yuba Bikes, Benno Bikes, Babboe Bikes and Triobike and sell specially designed accessories so you can customise your bike to suit your needs.
Visit Cargocycles in Brunswick East, Melbourne to check out our range of cargo bikes, talk to our experienced staff and find the right solution for your needs.