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About Freight Bikes

Freight bikes combine all the fun, excitement and health benefits of cycling with the practical uses of minivans. Need to deliver groceries, run errands, take the kids to school or take paddle boards to the beach? Enter the freight bike, a style common in European cities and rapidly gaining popularity in the United States

What is a freight bike?

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Freight bikes are sturdy bicycles that can carry heavy loads, usually two or more people. These bikes vary in size and shape, may have two or three wheels, often have a longer wheelbase than a standard bike, and have room in front and back for hauling goods.

Why buy a freight bike?

A freight bike lets you do all the things you can do on a bike, but its ruggedness means you can transport more stuff without throwing everything and everyone off balance. The strongest bicycles can carry hundreds of pounds of cargo. (Check bike specifications for maximum carrying capacity.) Families use them to drag children (and all their belongings) to schools, parks, and other nearby places; They are versatile because you can carry both a smaller child and an older one. Cyclists choose them as an easy, environmentally friendly and fun way to get around town without having to look for a parking space.

Different types of cargo bikes

There are three popular types of cargo bikes:

Long-tail Bikes: These allow you to carry children and other cargo on an extended rear rack located above the rear wheels. They are popular with families with multiple children. Children can sit in child seats mounted on the shelf or on benches on the rear rack.

Midtail Bikes: These compact utility bikes are shorter than long-tail bikes. Some are roughly the same length as standard bikes, but have better traction. They are easier to store, transport and operate; Some fold up. They may not be able to handle multiple children, so may not be as flexible for extended families.

Front-loading freight bikes (sometimes called bakfiets, or "box bike" in Dutch) let you pack your goods in boxes or containers with low space between the handlebars and front wheels. Families love these bikes because they can put children and pets in the front so they can keep an eye on them, and conversation is often easier. Riding them takes some practice, but they are very easy to handle.

Freight bike maintenance Tips: In general, freight bikes need to be serviced more regularly, even if you take short trips every day. They are heavier bikes, usually with long chains, which should be checked regularly for wear and replaced as needed. On a bike with a heavier load, you'll need more brakes, so check them more often. Follow the manufacturer's advice on maintaining freight bikes.


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