YOU can borrow a cargo bike 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 two 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.
All you have to do is fill out our request form and you can take one home for a week and see if it fits in with your routine and lifestyle.
If you won't be pedaling the loaner cargo bike home from our Trailside Center you'll need to make sure that you have adequate transportation such as a large van or full-bed pickup truck. (Cargo bikes are heavier than a standard bike and have long wheelbases. They don't fit on racks designed for lighter, shorter bikes.)
Meet our Cargo Bikes
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! BONUS: She has now been electrified, and is equipped with a glorious Bionix e-assist!
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