We recently stumbled across Boxcycles, a small company offering the Danish Christiania bikes in the United States. It is the typical story of American boy meets bike, meets danish girl, moves to Denmark, moves back, and starts selling cool cargo bikes, though we’re not certain of the precise sequence of these events. Boxcycles offers the Christiania box bikes through a handful of specialty bike shops in the United States. The price for a Christiania cargo bike is reported to cost about $2,700 in the United States, and we saw one listed at $2,599 at Flying Pigeon (a Los Angeles based bike shop). We’re not sure quite how many bikes are being sold at this price, but it is reported to be about 100-200 annually–not much for all of the United States. The mainstreaming of cargo bikes in the United States has been much reported, and we hope to see more and more on the streets. With a range of price points, from the $3,500 Nihola (also at Flying Pigeon) to the more economically priced Zigo Leader (starting at $$1,399), and the Christiania model somewhere in between, we hope that there is a Bakfiets out there for everyone.
Christiana is another Danish brand of carrier bikes, making what they call in English the “transporter trike”. Christiania makes multiple models, some for cargo and some for carrying children. The Christiania Model Light is the one that they say is expressley designed for the transport of children. The maximum load of the Christiania Model Light is 100Kg plus the driver. It has front disc brakes. The carrier box, like many in Europe, is made out of plywood of “waterproof quality”. The total length of the Christiania Model light is 208 cm and the width is 87 cm. It appears to be tiller steering. It is not clear from the website what gearing is included, since 3, 5, 7, and 8 gears are listed as “Supplement”. We don’t know how “light” the Model Light is, but it still looks quite heavy, as it is made of plywood and mostly steel alloy. The Christiania Model Light sells for approximately 1,400 to 2,000 Euro depending on the setup.
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