Carrying Your Life by Bike: A Comprehensive Guide to Cargo Bikes

Our new downloadable PDF is a beginner’s guide to cargo bikes.

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Momentum Mag's Cargo Bike Guide

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Discover the wonderful world of cargo bikes! Download this comprehensive guide to learn about different cargo bike models, brands, the history of cargo bikes, buying advice, one family's experience with cargo biking, and more.

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Picture this: you have two young kids that you’re picking up at school, one of them is bringing a friend over, the school is 3 miles from your place, the kids have backpacks, and you need to get groceries on the way home. Or maybe this: you work in the trades, you bring tools to work every day, you have to travel a lot between jobs, and you live and work in a hilly area. What do you do?

If you’re anything like most North Americans, you get in your car. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people on this continent either refrain from regular bike commuting, or stop doing so once they have children or get a job that requires travel with cargo because they simply don’t see bike commuting as a feasible option for their specific circumstance. “Great for college students, maybe, but it won’t work for my lifestyle.”.

While much of that hesitation is rooted in the prevailing North American attitude that views cars as the best (or only) transportation option, there are many people who would like to commute by bike but simply aren’t aware of their options.

However, as our cities invest more heavily in safe cycling infrastructure, more and more people are beginning to view bicycling as a feasible option for their daily commute. As such, cargo bikes have seen a small surge in popularity, and an even bigger surge in interest as people explore their options for bike commuting with kids, careers, and the general load-bearing responsibilities that accompany adulthood.

To give a gentle nudge in the bike direction, we’ve put together a guide to cargo bikes for North Americans to get your started. This downloadable PDF contains a brief history of cargo bikes, info on the different types of cargo bikes available, a buyer’s guide, one family’s experience of cargo biking, and more.

Momentum Mag's Cargo Bike Guide

Get your FREE copy of our guide: Momentum Mag's Cargo Bike Guide

Discover the wonderful world of cargo bikes! Download this comprehensive guide to learn about different cargo bike models, brands, the history of cargo bikes, buying advice, one family's experience with cargo biking, and more.

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2 Comments

  • We couldn’t be more thrilled that Momentum has put this guide together to help people navigate the awesome world of Cargo Bikes. At Bike Friday we’re pretty excited to be part of this growing movement with our cargo bike, the Haul-a-Day. Take a look at our site to see the one cargo bike that can fit the whole family: https://www.bikefriday.com/betatest/haul-a-day/

  • Jayme Fitzgerald

    I am very interested in this type of transportation. I’m in remission from 4th Stage Ovarian Cancer. My Oncologist, and Orthopedist have both recommended I bike with a Trike so as to be safe.

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