Our Little Cargo Bike Made In Philadelphia January 06 2017
Towards the end of 2016 we were awarded a grant from The Merchants Fund to manufacture cargo bikes. The Merchants Fund has been helping small Philadelphia businesses sustain and grow by issuing a select number of grants twice a year. We applied for funding to cover the cost of materials for seven complete cargo bikes. The 20/20 is what were calling the bike right now but that could change. It's adapted from a bike David designed and made some years ago. Simon of Hanford Cycles will cut, miter, and weld the frames and our mechanics will finish up with components.
It's a compact, short wheel based bike with 20 inch wheels and cargo capacity in the front and rear. The smaller wheels bring the carrying load down low making it easy to handle. Various containers or platforms can be attached; whatever is needed to hold your stuff. It's a great bike for a business or anyone who doesn't want to use a car all the time. You may have seen our prototype out and about this Fall. We had some of our friends, like the cargo bike courier company Sparrow Cycling, try it out and give us feedback. Check out their Instagram for more photos and great reviews. Now that we have all the materials and parts, we can start cutting the tubes; expect to see some finished this Spring. If you think this is something you could use for yourself or your business, call, email, or stop by the shop and take it for a test ride.
Photos: Carlyssa Redman
A Cargo Bike Manufactured in Fishtown USA May 05 2016
Fishtown used to be a center of manufacturing in Philadelphia in the 19th and early 20th centuries but that pretty much went away when factories moved to the suburbs and beyond. After moving into a former elevator factory we knew the space would be ideal to fabricate our signature short wheel base cargo bike. That's the start of it above. It doesn't have a name yet and we don't know the price yet but we do know it'll be awesome and extremely useful. It's based on a custom bike that David designed and built a few years back. The long horizontal center tube not only looks neat but will support the front and rear cargo racks and add a bit of strength to the frame. It'll have 20" wheels front and rear that will allow for a lower center of gravity and make hauling home a few cases of beer, and maybe other stuff, a breeze. It'll come in two size options but only one color. Which leads us to our biggest dilemma; what color should we paint the bike? Any ideas?
Farewell Spring Garden Street, We're Moving March 13 2015
Here's a preview of our new space. That's right, we're moving to a new location on Frankford Avenue just below Girard in Fishtown. The new spot will give us PLENTY of room to combine the frame shop and retail/service shop, and then some. We'll keep you posted but expect to find us there beginning of April
An Affordable Bike Made in the USA June 10 2014
There's a new bicycle manufacturer in the US called Detroit Bikes hailing from, yes, that's right, Detroit, MI. "The largest frame manufacturing start up the country has seen in generations," says this young company. They make only one bike called the A-Type. It's basic black with a 3-speed internal hub and equipped with fenders, chain guard, and rear rack. It comes in one size only fitting someone "between 5’3″ and 6’3″" and retails for $699. Not bad for a domestically built bike. For the next 30 days we'll have one in the shop available for test rides.