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Boxcycles Offer Christiania Bikes in The United States

Christiania Bike

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.

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Velorbis Mobii Trike

Velorbis Mobii Trike

Velorbis Mobii Trike

Velorbis makes a whole line of beautiful classic style bikes.  The Velorbis Mobii is a cargo tricycle that can haul kids, groceries, or perhaps a pile of Scandinavian snow.  Each Mobii has a steel frame, handcrafted in Denmark.  The Velorbis Mobii is equiped with an SRAM 5 gear rear hub and front WinZip disc brakes.  It weighs 36 kg (79 lbs) and has a cargo capacity of 100 kg (220 lbs).   A version of the Velorbis Mobii with an electric motor is available as well.   You can also customize the colors and patterns of the Velorbis Mobii.  We cannot tell from the website or photos what kind of steering is used.  We presume that the Velorbis Mobii uses tiller-type steering and not articulated steering. At US$3,895 it is not cheap, but the VelorbisMobii looks to be a well made trike. 

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Wallaroo Bike

Winther Wallaroo

Winther Wallaroo

The Winther Wallaroo bike, based on a classic Long John design, seems similar to the Gazelle Cabby.  It is a two wheel carrier bicycle with a fabric covered platform in front for up to two children; it is said to take a load of 80 kg in the front cabin.  The seats are equipped with a 5-point safety harness. We have seen it advertised as either 7-speed or 5-speed as standard.  It has an aluminum 6061 frame, front disc brakes, and an integrated Nylon rain/wind cover over a polyethylene base.  It does not seem much advertised, as a search of Wallaroo bike on Google does not turn up much.  In fact, it is not even listed on Winther’s main website.  The bike weight 33.5 kg (74 lbs), is 79 cm wide (31.1 inches), and 263 cm long (103.5 inches).  It is advertised at Australian $3,750 by its Australian dealer, but we can’t find any other listing.   

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Kangaroo Carrier Bike by Winther

Kangaroo Carrier Bike

Kangaroo Carrier Bike

The Kangaroo bike by Winther is yet another Danish carrier bicycle.  The Kangaroo carrier bike seems designed for those with large families.  Winther makes a version for four children, which not many carrier bike companies do.  The Kangaroo carrier bike frame is made of 6061 aluminum, while the front-positioned cabin is made with a sturdy polyethylene base with a nylon hood.  The Winther Kangaroo has 20″ front wheels and a 26″ back wheel.  However, with a hood and seats in the cabin it weighs in at a hefty 42 Kg (92 lbs).  The load capacity, excluding the driver, is 100 Kg.  The wheel track is 86 cm (34″) and total width 90 cm.  We could not find in the Kangaroo website any information about the gearing, hub or braking.  There are only four dealers listed on the Kangaroo website, so they are not easy to find.  The price is not listed, but it is quite high.  One blog entry says it would cost $4,000 to bring one to the U.S.  Despite what appears to be a nice design, other carrier bikes seem better priced.

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Bella Bike

Bella Bike

Bella Bike

Bella BikeBella Bike is another Danish carrier bicycle product.  It seems the Danes love their cargo bikes.  It is a box style bike with a large front carrier for children or cargo.  Bella bike has a unique rear-wheel steering.  We have not tried it but have been told it take some getting used to.  The Bella Bike comes in a staggering array of colors and designs, so it is easy to express your personality with it.  It is rather large, and can carry up to four children.  This seems larger than needed for most; certainly it is over-sized for the U.S. market.  It has a reinforced aluminum frame, wooden floor panels for the box, an internal Shimano 7-speed hub for the bike, a front hand brake and rear coaster brake.  The rear wheel has suspension and it comes with lights and bells, as do many European products.  Bella Bikes also makes the Bella 2, which is lighter and designed to carry two children. The Bella 2 costs about US$2500 in Denmark.  In the UK we found it listed for the equivalent of US$2610 plus the cost of the seats, which will add another US$240.  [In the UK, the same company also offers the Zigo Leader at equivalent of  US$2230, or 22% cheaper than the Bella 2.]  Overall, a nice look with a lot of design options.  It is priced in line with the boxy type of carrier bikes common to Northern Europe, and like others it looks quite heavy.  Still, another nice carrier bike from Denmark.

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Christiania Bikes

Christiana Bike

Christiania Bike

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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Jernhesten Carrier Bike from Denmark

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Jernhesten Carrier Bike from Denmark

We came across the Jernhesten Carrier Bike from Denmark.  It is a rugged looking Carrier bicycle, made for apparently harsh Scandinavian weather.  The site is in Danish so we can’t figure out that much.  Certainly, it does not seem to come apart into a stroller or push-chair and a bicycle.  It also does not seem to be foldable and like most European carrier bicycles looks like it needs a parking space.  A key question is if the Jernhesten Carrier Bicycle has articulated steering or tiller steering.  It is hard to tell from the picture, but there does not seem to be any room between the tire and the pushcart.  But still, another good example of how European bike and transportation culture is miles ahead of the U.S.

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Zigo Bakfiets Carrier Bike - Converts to Bike and Stroller