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Cargo Bikes Mean Business, So Make One.

The Cargo Bike. Sure they have weird dutch names, they’re boxy and are popping up all over hip Brooklyn with 15 kids in them, late for PS Blankity Blank. But now it seems they are slowly being embraced by businesses…and not just those selling artisanal coffee or locally sourced Kimchi burger-tacos.

From Mother Nature Network:

5 businesses embracing the cargo bike
The cargo bike isn’t just for hipster families anymore. It’s a crucial business tool for urban deliveries.
By: Sami Glover
January 22nd, 2015

(null)About 50 percent of urban deliveries could be made by cargo bike, one new study shows. (Photo: Inc./Shutterstock)

Cargo bikes are rapidly gaining traction as a green, cost-effective method to transport just about anything. But while much of the focus, in the U.S. at least, has been on the hipster parent doing the urban school run, these modern-day workhorses are also proving to be a valuable commercial tool. In fact businesses and organizations around the world are getting on their (cargo) bikes to cut delivery costs, reduce emissions and raise their public profiles. (The German government has even created a guide to promote the use if cargo bikes by businesses, and some studies suggest 50 percent of urban deliveries could be made by bike.)

Here are some of our favorite cargo bike champions.

Ikea

Read more by riding over: here.

Why not get in the action with all these cool companies…and make your own cargo bike. Here are step by step instructions from Ulyssanov, (imgur) who assembled a sweet looking two wheeled machine in his kitchen.

Cargo Bike Build

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So I built a Cargo Bike in my Kitchen. Why Build one? Because it’s fun and I wanted one anyway. One other reason is that most Cargo Bikes you can buy only come in one frame size which is usually too small for tall people like me to ride comfortably. So this way I was able to build one that fits me like a glove. Why in my Kitchen? Because I don’t have access to any kind of workshop so I have to make due with what I’ve got. This is not the first project I’ve done under similar conditions so I’ve gotten pretty good at improvising.

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Planning the Build to figure out what parts I need and how everything would come together took about two months. Then I was ready to order most of the Steel I would be using as well as buying a used donor frame – a 90s Scott steel mountainbike frame.

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Read more and get to work: here.

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