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Cargo Bikes

Back in the day, cargo bikes were commonplace in Europe, whizzing about with artisans at the helm. A baker with a bikeload of baguettes or a butcher with a side of beef in his bin, were simply a part of the landscape.

Today their descendants are pedalling a cargo bike renaissance through the modern marketplace in a uniquely brand-able ways, joined by an increasing number of parents embracing cargo bikes as a fun and sustainable way to transport ankle-biters and groceries.


Cargobikes are great for all kinds of uses, be it ferrying kids to school, carting groceries from the market or running a business from a bike. Perhaps your intended use will be a combination of these. Many families are discovering the ease of dropping kids to school by bike, then riding onwards to work. Perhaps on the way home you’ll pick up the kids then a round of groceries from the supermarket. The bigger the capacity of the Cargobike the more you will find you use it and the more liberated you will feel from the woes of carparking and traffic. It’s like one big life-hack. Make a list of all the things you’d love to be able to do by bike, and keep those in mind as you consider our big range of Cargobikes.
There a three main styles of cargobike that we offer. Longtail, Trike and Front Loader. Here's a short description of each. You can find more detailed explanations on the pros and cons of each in our FAQ’s.
Longtail - Like an ordinary bike but with a really long rack on the back. Longtails ride much like an ordinary bike but have the ability to carry big loads of stuff or up to 3 children depending on the model chosen. Because their handling is very similar to that of an ordinary bike, this style of cargobike has been very popular in New Zealand. They also grow as your family grows, since they are just as capable of carrying a full grown adult as they are of carrying toddlers. Date night anyone?
Front Loader - These bikes have a large cargo bay or box between the front wheel and the handlebar. Great for loading kids or gear into without needing to strap things down, they generally have an optional rain cover, allowing all weather riding while keeping your precious cargo dry and warm. This style of Cargobike is particularly popular in Europe and is becoming much more familiar in New Zealand.
Trike - Trikes carry the biggest loads and are by nature the most stable at low speeds. Great for cruising the markets at walking pace or carrying lots of gear. These are also very popular for business use around urban areas. If you have 3 kids or more to carry and you don’t have far to go, trikes are a great way to get around, though as the distance you need to travel increases, two wheeled bikes gain favour.
All of our dedicated Electric Cargobikes employ powerful mid-drive motors from Bosch or Shimano. The power of the motors is generally in step with their hauling ability. For example the grandaddy of Longtail hauling ability, the Yuba Spicy Curry, is fitted with Bosch’s most powerful CX Motor, while the more compact Tern GSD is fitted with the Bosch Performance line motor. Our Bullitt bikes also have the option of either the Shimano e6100 motor or the more powerful  e8000 motor. If you carry lots of stuff and live up a steep hill, then choose the more powerful option. If you mostly ride around the flat, then you may find the lesser powerful motors offer more than enough assistance.
Each model of Cargobike we sell has it’s own set of accessories to suit your intended usage and/or the age of your children. The long tail bikes have optional child seats to suit any age of child (even the grown up ones) as well as pannier and basket options for all the extra stuff and groceries you need to carry. The front loaders and trikes all have bench seat and y-belt options as well as box covers and/or passenger rain hoods. Browse through the options or simply drop by or give us a call so we can share our knowledge with you of what works best for your given use.

Cargo Bikes Basics

A cargo bike is simply a bicycle designed to carry more than one rider and their light baggage, this may be a full week’s shopping, a couple of kids, building materials, a lazy friend, or a combination of all of them. Generally, they are designed to have such high carrying capacities that they can truly act as car replacements in an Urban or Suburban environment.

We carry three main types of cargo bikes. Longtails (like the Yuba Mundo) extend the rear wheel back from the seat and include an integrated cargo rack. Long Johns (like the Larry Vs Harry Bullitt), stretch the front wheel way forward providing a long platform in front of the handlebar that can be loaded any way you like, these offer a great blend of mobility and load flexibility. Cargo trikes (like our Christiania trikes) have three wheels and can carry the most volume of any of our bikes, they also can be ridden more slowly since they don’t need speed to balance, however they are more difficult to ride in higher speed situations.

Most of our true cargo bikes can carry up to 100kg of cargo weight in addition to the rider, so likely your legs will determine how much you can (or want) to take with you. Our team is always happy to chat and discuss how you can carry the loads you’ve got in mind for your new cargo bike.

Cargo bikes are put under very different loads than standard bikes and ours are all built to withstand this abuse. However, when it is time for a tune-up it’ll be important to make sure you use a mechanic experienced with cargo bikes and that they can get the proper replacement parts for your ride. Items like brake pads, chains, and wheels come under considerably more strain than on a conventional bike and should be selected specifically for this task. The team at Bicycle Junction is always about to help you keep your cargo bike running tip-top.

Absolutely. Most of our cargo bikes come with Electric Motors to help you power those heavy loads up hills and into the wind. If you see a model that’s not electric you always have the option of having us install an electric conversion kit to get you powered up.