Half way to its Kickstarter goal with 38 days to go, a Denver, Colorado team has created an adaptable unit that turns any bike into a cargo bike.
The front loading cargo bike is designed to be affordable, with founder Scott Taylor making the lift in Colorado with a custom bicycle framebuilder and local carpenter. At present the Lift is selling for just $725 on the crowdfunding page, substantially below the cost of the market’s most popular units. Once the Kickstarter’s over, the unit is set for retail at $899.
Attached in around 30 seconds, the unit connects at three points. First remove the front wheel, then place the fork inside and connect at the axle. The next connection secures at the bottom bracket and the third a re-connection of the front brake.
Included in the build are a bottom bracket based kickstand, a 160mm cable disc brake on the front wheel, a sealed bearing headset and 4 Ply puncture resistant front tyre. The cargo element is made with UV protected outdoor grade plywood, while the chassis is Tig welded chromoly steel, which has a powder coat finish.
The Lift has a maximum capacity of 150lbs, or 68kg.
Kickstarter has marked the project with its “Project we Love” tag, typically an indicator of something destined to reach its target.
You can visit the Lift’s Kickstarter page here.
Big on cargo bikes? Check out this insightful interview with specialist cargo retailer London Green Cycles here. There’s also a strong case for businesses large and small to look at cargo bike logistics, with the majority of cases returning a cost saving.