We just came across this unknown to us custom bike maker up North (that means Canada) who makes these really cool looking custom cargo bikes and trailers. They are fabricated by Manuel Cappel, and from the photos we’ve seen they are quirky looking and a bit industrial appearing but have a minimalist charm. One of his unique bicycle trailers is pictured here. We were not able to download a photo of one of his cargo bikes, but check out his website at http://cappelcustomcarts.com for more cool photos. If you’re in the Toronto area, it looks worth checking out one of these.
CETMA Cargo bikes are hand-built in Oregon in the good-old United States of America. The CETMA cargo bikes come in two sizes, Largo and Margo, which differ in wheelbase by about 6 inches. The CETMA Largo weighs 75 lbs and claims a cargo hauling rating of 300 lbs, while the smaller Margo comes in at 60-65 lbs with a similar load rating. The CETMA cargo bike is sold as a frameset for $1,850 plus shipping. This means that you then need to have the bike built and purchase and add on all the components. It is not for your average suburban mom! The CETMA cargo bikes come with a basic cargo platform integrated into the frame. On to this, you can add a box for carrying anything from children to the kitchen sink, converting it into a classic bakfiets style. The box that CETMA offers is $300, but you can build your own (or have one built for you).
It is nice to see that we are still building things (let alone bicycles) in the U.S.A.