This humble little add-on that basically transforms a standard bicycle into a "longtail" cargobike completely changed my life and opened doors to worlds I hadn't really dreamed of.
Car-free living in Calgary?! Now totally possible.
Fostering of a deeper connection to my city? I totally get it.
Choosing to spend more locally instead of driving halfway across the city to get a "deal" at Costco? Way more satisfying!
And the list goes on to this day.
Tankbike was a revelation that eventually lead me to research the phenomena of cargobikes of all kinds and who/where/why/what were offering them across North America. It didn't take long to see that there were quite a few shops who were focusing on city/cargo/family bikes and before I knew it I was in the midst of an "entrepreneurial seizure" that eventually lead to the birth of BikeBike in 2010.
|Tankbike at rest in North Glenmore Park|
|Easily the heaviest bike I'd ever owned and easily the funnest bike I ever built.|
Things have changed a lot since those early days and so has the products available from Xtracycle. The Freeradical is no longer available (although, there is a new design in the works) but in its place, a complete bike has emerged called the Edgerunner which in our view is the best longtail design available on the market today.
|2016 Edgerunner/Bosch mid-drive electric version|
|Xtracycle has always been a little cheeky :)|
We've got a demo model available to try out and/or rent out for a few days if you're interested in a longer-term test.
Bikes are now starting to arrive and more models will be available as they trickle into Canada.
You'll be blown away by how fun these bikes are to ride - loaded or unloaded!