Photo By Mark Dawson
Price $3,995 USD (complete) / Framesets start at $2,495 USD
Find it at metrofiets.com online and frames at select US bike stores
Metrofiets hand-manufactures “Long John” cargo bicycles – Dutch bakfietsen (“box bikes”) inspired with American flair. The large cargo area in front of the handlebars can hold up to 400 pounds (181 kilograms). Various custom options are available for the “Standard” chromoly steel frameset. The “Standard” comes with swept-back handlebars, Shimano Alfine internal eight-speed hub, front and rear disc brakes. Made in Portland, Oregon. The reviewed bike, a North American Handmade Bike Show special with top-end components, custom cargo box and custom detailing would cost about $6,900.
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The 24-inch front tire differentiates the Metrofiets from many other front loaders, which traditionally use 20-inch front tires. The larger wheel improves handling, comfort and tracking. This dirt-capable bike bombs downhill with surprising agility in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Bike theft is a real problem in the city of Santa Cruz. Even high-quality U-locks didn’t reassure me when Paul of Bay Area Cargo Bikes left a pair of Metrofiets bikes locked outside the Octagon in downtown Santa Cruz. I would love some way to ensure the security of the bike and its components.
Front loaders like the Metrofiets work for all stages of human development: the young single totes party supplies; young couples bring Marmaduke to the beach; and young families with small children are a natural fit. Middle-aged farts like the reviewer can haul home loads from Trader Joe, Costco or the farmers market. The frame design can comfortably fit the tiny at 4 ft 5“ to the mighty 6 ft 7”.
Any work bike can provide sturdy utility, but Metrofiets gives you classy cargo hauling capacity on a gorgeous platform.
This bike was generously provided by Bay Area Cargo Bikes in San Jose, California.