YOU can borrow a cargo bike or cargo trailer for FREE!
Many people are curious about cargo bikes, but given their price tag ($1,000-$3,000,) it makes sense to try it out for a while before making the big financial decision to buy a cargo bike. Cargo bikes can dramatically increase your ability to incorporate bicycling into your daily life, by increasing your bike's carrying capacity. People with cargo bikes can carry large loads--children, groceries, lumber, and even Christmas trees!
So, interested in seeing what a cargo bike can do, but want to try it out first? We've got you covered!
We are loaning THREE different cargo-carrying options to Vermonters for FREE, so YOU can take them home with you to try out for a week, and see if they fit in with your lifestyle and routine. For some of the cargo options (Marigold and the Bikes at Work Trailer), you'll need to make sure that you have adequate transportation (a large van or full-bed truck).
All you have to do is fill out our request form and you can take one home for a week!
Meet our Cargo Bikes (and Trailer)
Marigold: In 2014, our supporters helped us win a free Xtracycle in a contest. Her name is Marigold, and she is gorgeous. Marigold is equipped to carry children, but can easily also carry groceries and anything else that you need to get from point A to point B. She is fully kitted out with bell, fenders, lights and panniers. A joy to ride, she's gorgeous and fun!
Kermit: A "cargo light" bike. This Yuba Boda-Boda has a slightly elongated wheelbase, with a padded platform on the back for someone to sit on (they have to hang on, though!) It's one of the lightest cargo bikes out there but has a lot of versatility. Kermit looks and feels more like a "traditional" bike, but can carry a lot of extra gear. Want to learn more about the experience of using Kermit? Check out Annie Follett's blog post about her time with using Kermit as a loaner bike: Yuba Boda-Boda, an Easy to Love Cargo Bike
Bikes at Work Trailer: This trailer is about as long as a bike, about 20" wide (not including the wheelbase), and almost 3' tall. It's entirely enclosed and is a real workhorse. These trailers are tough and handy and can be attached to any bike.
so YOU can take them home with you to try out for a week, and see if it fits in with your routine and lifestyle. You'll need to make sure that you have adequate transportation for the bike (a large van or full-bed truck).