Cargo bike FAQs
What are they?
Cargo bikes, also known as freight bicycles, carrier cycles or box bikes are a type of bicycle designed specifically for transporting loads and were originally used in this country to deliver post, bread and milk. Many people will know a cargo bike as an ‘ice cream bike’ but they are much more than that.
What are they used for?
Businesses use cargo bikes to help people move house, taxi people to meetings and even deliver Champagne. Click here to read how Second Chance charity shop used the Archway ZEN cargo bike to deliver and pick up donations. Popular in Amsterdam and Copenhagen, families use cargo bikes to go out and about with their children as a zero emission alternative to a car. Cargo bikes are also perfect for the big weekly food shop.
Why should I try one?
How does a cargo bike trial work?
We work with the friendly people at cargo bike specialists London Green Cycles to arrange our trials. They have a shop based near Euston and are open Tuesday-Saturday. Please allow at least one week's advance notice to book your bike. Please read the 'hire' section of their website for more information on the process.
Are they safe?
Cargo bikes come in many different styles. ArchwayZEN has a ‘Christiania’ bike which has the following features.
Because cargo bikes require different handling to a standard bike we recommend a training session with a qualified instructor before riding a cargo bike on the road. This is included with your trial. If you feel that the Christiania bike is not for you we can arrange a free trial of a different style of cargo bike. Cargo bikes, (like any other bike) require regular maintenance to ensure they are road-worthy and safe to ride.