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Via Mister Jalopy and Dinosaurs and Robots (by way of Lenore Edman’s Twitter feed) comes this amazing bike project to create a cargo bike that actually comes apart so you can take the front assembly and basket into the store. Ingenious. And the build is well documented.

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Anonymous says:

    Guess I don’t see the necessity to make such an involved control assembly. An angled tube reciever shaft and extended fork tube would do the job.

  2. Volkemon says:

    @anonymous- not really. Building VW trikes one quickly becomes aware of ‘trail’ and its effect on handling. Laying the head tube down as you suggest makes for very heavy steering, especially with that load up there…

    Search “Bicycle and motorcycle geometry” on wikipedia for a better explanation.

    And as a ‘monday morning quarterback’ MAKEr…I would just put full swivel wheels on the back of the cart too..But cool idea as it is!

    1. Norm says:

      Glad to see something so practical on make. This non trivial, non decorative modification makes shopping better for the environment. More projects like these! We can do with less “steampunk vegetable juicer” and the like,

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