Borrow an e-bike or cargo e-bike!
Many people are curious about e-bikes and 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 one. E-bikes and cargo bikes can significantly increase your ability to incorporate bicycling into your daily life. People with cargo bikes can carry large loads--children, groceries, lumber, and even Christmas trees!
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Many thanks to our e-bike lending library partners!
Meet our Bikes
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 been electrified, and is equipped with a glorious Bionix e-assist! The motor is in the rear hub that you can control with a handlebar-mounted screen and buttons. Available to purchase at Old Spokes Home. Weight: 70+ pounds
Urban Arrow Family
Need a pick-up truck or minivan? Not anymore. Here's an electric cargo bike that will carry up to four kids (3 comfortably), groceries, and all kinds of things. It takes a little getting used to when you first start riding it, but with practice, it's, well, just like riding a bike. We'll send you off with a rain canopy that keeps your precious cargo dry and out of the wind, plus you'll stay pretty dry, too. The range is about 20 miles depending on the terrain on which you're riding. The e-assist makes those hills a breeze. To borrow this bike, you should be very comfortable riding bikes in general as this large e-bike requires more attention and care. You should be at least 5'4" to borrow the Urban Arrow. Purchase this bike at Old Spokes Home (MSRP: $5,000). Weight: 94 lbs
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. Kermit also has been electrified with a Hill Topper e-bike kit! With the push of a handy throttle button, you can engage the 250w front hub motor to help you glide up the hills. Weight: 40 pounds
The RadMini is an electric-folding-cargo-fat-bike that is ready to replace your car trips whether in the city or in the dirt roads. You can expect a range of 20-45+ miles from its battery depending on terrain and the level of pedal-assist and throttle you use. RadPower Bikes donated this sweet commuting rig to Local Motion. Learn more about the RadMini. Available to purchase online at www.radpowerbikes.com (MSRP: $1,500). Weight: 60+ lbs
Specialized Turbo Como
This e-bike feels like rocket ship. Its over-sized road tires absorb bumps and cracks in the road. The e-assist propellers you over hills and across flats. The Como is great for commuting any distance, from 2 miles to 20 miles. With a range of up to about 60 miles, the Como will take you far! This bike fits folks who are 5'6" and taller. Available to purchase at the Skirack (MSRP: $2,700). Weight: 48 lbs
This beautiful machine will let you ditch your car at every opportunity. Integrated lights and fenders help keep you seen and dry. The e-assist flattens the hills along your route and makes your legs feel bionic. It's hard not to smile while going to work, the store, or school! You can get up to 70 miles range with the motor! This bike is for folks who are about 5' to 5'8" (although folks closer to 5" may feel like it's a tad big). Available to purchase at North Star Sports (MSRP: $2,300). Weight: 46 lbs
This program is dedicated to the memory of Karen Freudenberger – passionate community activist, avid e-bike rider and indefatigable promoter of social justice and peace.