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Cargo Bikes – A Brief History

Cargo bikes also known as freight bikes started out, unsurprisingly, as a way for tradesmen to easily transport their goods around without the need for a horse, or to pull the carts themselves. Originally, they are simply ordinary bikes with large carriers. Carriers are attached at either the front or the back. It wasn’t too long before bicycle manufacturers began to manufacture specially designed cargo bikes that were just the thing that businesses needed.

Cargo cyclists in front of Posten
Bicycle messengers of By Posten company (The City Post)

Copenhagen

Freight bikes were particularly popular in Copenhagen during World War II. That was when King Christian X would ride through the streets without a guard of soldiers, to provide some much-needed morale to citizens. However, he did have an unofficial guard, in the form of freight bike messengers from the Achilleus company. (Source: Copenhagenize)

King Christian X and Bike Messengers
King Christian X and bike messengers from Achilleus company

Motorized transport

As the twentieth century rolled on, motorized transport became more accessible to the average consumer. Freight bikes fell out of fashion in Europe and America. However, elsewhere in the world, and particularly in Asian countries, they remained a popular choice for people who needed to get goods from A to B cheaply. In recent years, though, they have started to make a comeback. People in the West start to adopt more eco-friendly lifestyles. They are a fantastic way of getting the job done in a more environmentally friendly way.  You’ll now find that plenty of people have adopted this greener method of transport.

Our take on the cargo bike is of course the Sidecar Bike and the Nighthawk cargo bike.  The first one-off project reached our friend Jeremy in the UK