Trucks can't solve everything. Sometimes you need a service vehicle that can squeeze into tight places. Whether parks, warehouses, airports or refineries, our bikes get into the corners and provide granular solutions.
Perfect for public parks or gardens, service and watering trikes are a non-intrusive, low-cost way to make your job part of the scenery!
There's nothing better than reading in the park! Bring the library to the local park and engage community in activities and events.
Whether veterinary services or mobile bike repair, a cargo bike carries all you need and gets there faster, and cheaper. Plus, it's a moving billboard!
From home-painters to home-contractors, get to job-sites faster with all you need, from tools to materials. Make your bike your brand vehicle.
What to look for
Last-mile logistics are easily handled by cargo bike, but the crucial aspect is not the bike, but the location of your hub.
There are two kinds of deliveries in the last mile: point-t0-point, or hub-and-spoke. Point to point is usually best handled by a fast two wheeler, unless packages are large. Unlike a trike, a two-wheeler cuts through traffic, corners at speed, and parks anywhere.
However, studies show that hub-and-spoke logistics require a micro-hub to make it work. A micro-hub is a small depot that ideally serves the cargo bikes efficiency radius. Studies show that cargo outperform cargo vans within a 10km radius of urban density. This micro-hub can be a mobile depot like a large straight-truck or a permanent location. For large packages or longer distances, a trike is suggested. For smaller packages or super speedy deliveries, stick to a two wheeler.
We work closely with the Pembina Institute on research into last-mile cargo bike logistics. For the most comprehensive document on cargo bike freight logistics in North America, read "Delivering Last-Mile Solutions"
Two or Three Wheels?
Two or Three Wheels?
SPEED & VOLUME: CHOOSE YOUR RATIO
Studies show that a two-wheeled cargo bike can perform more drops-per-hour than a cargo van in a 10km radius of dense urban gridlock. A two wheeled bike can cut through gridlock, is light and fast, and parks easily anywhere.
For distances that exceed 10km - or for any larger package deliveries - a three wheeled cargo bike is larger and simply carries more. However, this added volume comes at a cost to speed. High speed point-to-point efficiency is reduced due to lower speed and increased size.
Efficiency, in other words, is a measure of speed versus volume. A low volume two-wheeler for short distance trips in urban areas will always outperform a higher volume three wheeler. For longer journeys in less density a larger volume three wheeler will be more efficient than a two wheeler.
Trikes: Delta or Tadpole
Delta or Tadpole?
If you opt for a tricycle versus a bicycle, you have to know the difference between a Tadpole Trike and a Delta Trike. Cargo tricycles began in Europe and Asia but found their evolution in Europe. As the cargo tricycle evolved, the wheels moved up front. Why? Because two wheels up front (Tadpole designs) are lower, faster, and lighter. Best of all, they corner quickly and lack the slow and tippy one-wheel steering of a Delta trike. Quality also followed this evolution. Most Delta Tricycles are low-quality bikes made in China whereas almost all Tadpole bikes are made in the EU and built on decades of real use-case experience. Tadpoles generally feature better quality frames, parts, and especially motors.
In our consultation work with the Pembina Institute - North America's leading authority on cargo logistics - we discovered that one major factor for any company buying an electric-assist fleet is the question of legality. Current laws in North America are in flux as legislators continually revise the definition of an electric-assist bikes. Slowly, the trend is moving to EU definitions of electric assist. Buying a future-proofed fleet requires a critical understanding of electric systems, quality and future legality.
Motor = Primary | Pedals = Secondary
Pedals = Primary | Motor = Secondary
The Type-2 electric assist employs a throttle rather than a computer-assisted motor. The bike does not have to be pedalled, motor operates independently. These motors are generally poor quality, from unrecognized companies with poor diagnostics and non-global access to spare parts. Following EU regulation, more and more cities, states and provinces are banning Type-2 or regulating them as motor vehicles (which means they cannot operate in bicycle lanes)
Type-1 electric assists are genuine bicycles. The computer-controlled motor reads rider torque, pedalling RPM's and wheel RPM's and adjusts power automatically to rider needs. Power can be increased from 30% assistance to 400% assistance (depending on system). Diagnostics are quick and parts are globally available. While Type-2 bikes are increasingly being legislated as motor-vehicles, Type-1 electric assists are globally recognized as the genuine article.
Future legality unlikely
Unreliable brands (Bafang/Dapu/Shengyi)
Reliable brands (Bosch/Shimano/Yamaha)
Poor diagnostics and long repair time
Rapid diagnostics and quick repair
Non-recycleable lead-acid Batteries
Recycleable Li-Ion Batteries
We do not carry or recommend
Quality we can stand behind
Some of our customers.