A challenge when it comes to using a bike for everyday life is carrying stuff . . . or people. Reader Juan Pablo wanted to be able to carry some very precious cargo with him and came up with a fabulous hack - that is if you do not live in a walk up apartment =)
All text and pictures credited to Juan Pablo. If you have hacked your bike to carry precious cargo, let us know!
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I wanted a cargo bike to comfortably carry my two girls, but there is no such thing in Buenos Aires.
Then I thought onfmaking my own cargo bicycle, mostly modifying an old bike I had. I found several sites and pictures on the web showing how it can be done. It´s not that difficult if you know how to weld.
But researching I realized a sidecar is better, because it has some benefits in comparing it with the cargo bike:
FIRST: a sidecar can lean, which makes it more comfortable and nimble than a trike.
SECOND: I didn´t have to modify and lose my old bicycle - I just add it two hooks/brakets (to mount and dismount the sidecar).
THIRD: It can be dismounted, so if (like me) you live in a house with a small front door, you can get it inside easily.
FOURTH: The kids ride right by your side, and close to the ground, which is the safest way to ride.
FIFTH: is really cool!
This is a first try and although I made many mistakes, it works very well. The main problem is that I used overweight steel angles that made it too heavy, not to ride, but to dismount and take it up to my workshop in the first floor.
As you can see, it needed paint and several finishing details.
It rides very good, and the girls love it! (I mean my daughters, not the other girls, for those you should look into buying a Ferrari).
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