Bullitt Cargobike — Loads of Fun

The Bullitt cargobike looks like loads of fun.1It’s okay. You can groan… It has enough cargo space for a typical grocery run, even for a family of six. Need lockable (or rainproof) storage? Larry vs Harry has that covered, too. The cargobike would be great for family bike rides. They could become picnic runs, complete with icebox(es), picnic baskets, and folding chairs. And just try to keep the kids from riding in the front.

Riding easy in Copenhagen (Cargobike / cargo bike Bullitt / long john)

Cargobikes aren’t intended to be put on a bike rack. That would defeat their purpose of eliminating car trips. If you absolutely had to transport them by car, I suppose you could use a rooftop bike rack designed for tandem bicycles. ‘Course, the cargobike weighs 53 pounds, so watch your back. Using a trailer or a ramp to put it in a pickup bed would be better.

Bullitt cargobikes are made in Denmark but availability shouldn’t be a problem (at least, not for me) — Portland’s Bike Gallery carries them. A bigger problem is the price: the Bluebird ’71 cargobike (pictured above) lists for 2,101. That’s about $3,000!2As of time of writing this post.

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Looks like I need to investigate Eric Goodman’s grocery-getter. It’s cheap (watch Craigslist for a used frame), works with my existing bike, and is removable for when I need to transport my bike. Still … the Bullitt looks awesome!

How do you transport cargo with your bike?

Update: Turns out there are local options for cargo bikes — Tom LaBonty and Metrofiets build cargo bikes right here in Portland. Read more about cargo bikes (is it Freudian that I keep typing that as “carbo bikes”?) at BikePortland.org.