Cargo bike in China.
I asked this question on Twitter and got some good responses: Does a cargo bike have to be a long bike to be an effective cargo carrier? What do you think?
Here’s what I have in mind: Long bikes are generally not transportable on public transit systems because they exceed length limitations. Some people (like me) also live in upper floor apartments — I’m not sure I’m willing to haul a long bike up and down a narrow staircase every day.
Trailers have the same problem, though of course you can detach the trailer and only use it when necessary.
I’m thinking of bikes like the Specialized Globe Haul (rack capacity 40kg), Torker Cargo T, or the Batavus Delivery Bike.
I realize a longer bike gives you impressive cargo carrying capacity, but is there interest in bikes with a more traditional wheelbase with cargo carrying capacity of, say, 100 to 200 lbs (45 to 90 kg)? What bikes are available with that kind of load capacity? Can modern, commercially available porteur bikes handle loads of that size?