Cargo Bikes

The Wall Street Journal ran an article in their weekend edition calling cargo bikes the new station wagon. They’re longer, sturdier bikes, designed to carry groceries and passengers with a significantly greater capacity than the typical commuter’s rack and panniers setup.

Naturally, being the Journal, all of the models that they profiled cost thousands of dollars. It was lovely to daydream about, but it looks like Dean will be riding to school in the garage sale acquired trailer after all.

7 Responses to “Cargo Bikes”

  1. Pitt says:

    Dad gets the Journal, and I read that article. Interesting, but like you said, hopelessly priced for the trend-conscious Oregon/Seattle hipster/urbanite.

    There was also an awful, rambling, prismatically-nostalgic article of how summers used to be so much better in the 1950’s because no one was fat and everyone had toy guns. Ah, journalism.

  2. matt says:

    Sue signed up for a “free trial” of the Journal months ago, and we’re still getting it. Their weekend lifestyle section is like a modern take on why the French murdered their aristocracy during the Revolution.

    My favorite one was the recent article on closet upgrades, where some Wall Street trader had a closet that was both larger than and significantly more expensive than my house. Bring on the guillotines.

  3. Pitt says:

    That’s still a 450 dollar chunk of change. My bike cost about 2/3 that brand new.

    Methinks I ought to grab a set of smaller dies for my tubing bender and start cranking out bike frames. I’m in the wrong business. There’s about 20 bucks worth of steel in a bike frame.

  4. matt says:

    If you can make ’em, I’ll sell ’em.

  5. Pitt says:

    You know, everyone goes crazy over Aluminum bikes, but there’s a problem: Sure, aluminum has half the weight of steel, but it’s also about half the strength. So really, Aluminum only works well in applications where there’s a required volume of material and strength requirements are low. For a bike frame, I think steel, properly designed, could be competitive.

  6. matt says:

    I imagine that it depends on the use. For something like a touring bike that needs to reliably carry a lot of weight? Steel sounds reasonable. For road racing? Too heavy.

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