Sponsors

Eastern Canada

Retail

BusinessTypesDescription
Allo Vélobox bike, box trikeIn Montreal, carries cargo bike/bakfietsen from Metrofiet, Bullitt, Triobike, Butcher's & Bicycles MK-1 and Gazelle. They offer Canada-wide shipping and a Cargo Bike rental service for families visiting Montreal.
Bikes on Wheelslong-tailCarries the longtail style of cargo bike, the Xtracycle Edgerunner. Longtails are inexpensive compared to a box bike and work well in many applications but won't carry nearly as much as a box bike nor are as rubust.
Curbside Cyclebox bike, box trike, electric assistImports the popular Dutch Babboe box bikes in both the two- and three-wheeled versions, and accessories such as covers and "rain tents" when children sit in the box. Curbside can also add e-motors so you can tackle big hills.
Dumoulin Bicyclettesbox trike carries the awesome trike bakfiets, the Danish Nihola, with wheels that steer independently of the box which makes turning much easier.
Urbane Cyclistlong-tailCarries Yuba longtail bicycles, the Mundo and the lighter Boda Boda. As well they carry various accessories for the Yuba including baskets, running boards, child seats, giant panniers, and two-legged kickstand.
Urkaibox bike, box trike, cycle truck, tandem, electric assistSells Bakfiets.nl bakfietsen/boxbikes, Nihola, Gazelle Urban Arrow, Gazelle Cabby, Onderwater Family Tandem bike (carry kids and let them help pedal) and Azor cycle trucks with 440 lbs capacity. Free shipping most parts of Ontario and Quebec.
Wikecargo trike, box bike, trailersSells a box bike and a cargo trike (with variations). Wike is known for producing high-quality trailers as well. The cargo bikes frames are very similar to the Babboe brand. Middle of the road durability.

Builders

BusinessTypesDescription
Bikewrightslong john, cargo trailer builds custom long john cargo bikes and custom bike trailers in Halifax.
Cycles Melimlong johnBuilds strong, functional cargo bikes in Montreal. They can build them with internal gears, disc or roller brakes. Email
Intercycle, of Au Coin du Pédaleurbox trike, cycle truck, pedi-cabBuilt in Quebec. The quality looks like these cycles are made for industrial or tourist use, and not for faster on-road use - they still have an important role even if they aren't made with the lightest cromoly, etc.
Manuel Cappellong john, cargo trailerBuilds beautiful cargo bikes and trailers in his Toronto Island workshop. Manuel uses used bikes but new components to create strong bikes that can carry heavy loads. The bikes are cheaper than newer bikes with a price of about $2000 for a built bike (powdercoating extra). Give Manuel a call at 416.203.7717 to arrange a visit to his shop to discuss requirements. It takes him about a month and a half to build.
Paul Laursen of Invodanelong john. cargo trikeLaursen occasionally builds bikes such as (images: long john with double kid seats, large work trike. He uses aluminum frames with all new components in the cargo bikes. The City of Toronto Bicycle Promotions uses two of the bikes and have worked well for them. He sells them starting at $2500. Email Invodane or call (416-443-8049) for more information.
Tom's cargo bike build-your-ownlong john cargo bikeHas plans for building your own long john. Fun, but not an option for most people.

Western Canada

Retail

BusinessTypesDescription
Bike Bikecargo bike, box trike, long-tailCarries Bullitt, Yuba, XtraCycle, Nihola. Is a Calgary bike shop that carries cargo bikes and long-tail bikes as well as other urban-friendly bikes.
Bike Doctorbox bike, long tailIn Vancouver, they carry Yuba long tails, Wike box bikes, and Babboe box bikes.
The Bicycle Familylong john, cargo trike, box bike, box trikeIn Vancouver, importing the Long Haul, Tri-Haul from CAT in Oregon in addition to making Vancouver-specific customizations (to the gearing and box) and building/customizing trailers. They say they will be fabricating cargo bike frames in Vancouver soon.
Tandem Bike Cafelong john, box bike, racksA small bike cafe in Vancouver which imports CETMA (see below). They can connect people to Curious Cargo bikes and one of their mechanics builds longtails out of old mountain bikes.
Dandy Lion Cargolong johnIn Vancouver, imports the Bullitt (Danish-built, sleak, aluminum long-john).

Builders

BusinessTypesDescription
Curious Cargo bikeslong john, box bike, trailer are custom, hand-built cargo bikes and trailers made in Vancouver.

Import

BusinessTypesDescription
Bike Fridayfoldable cargo bikeHaul a Day. They ship to Canada.
Center for Appropriate Transportationlong john, box bike, box trikeLong Haul cargo bike, Tri-Hauler. They can build them with a box (starting at $2600 USD) or with a cage. Tri-hauler is a tricycle recumbent cargo bike.
Update: CAT is now offering cargo bike building classes. Check their website for more info.
CETMA Cargolong john, box bike, rackIn Los Angeles, is a one man shop making versatile and very sturdy cargo bikes / long johns. The basic setup includes a large "no-skid" platform and he also sells boxes and rain covers to keep kids dry. Price: $3150 USD + shipping (around $300 in USA). Made in USA means no tarrifs! Shipping takes about 4-8 weeks.
Circe Cycleslong-tail, tandemBased in Cambridge UK, the same bikes switch easily between cargo or tandem--adults, children, or those with special needs. The Helios is upright and the front of the Morpheus is reclining.
Coaster Pedicabtrike, pedicabBuilds cargotrikes and pedicabs in Missoula, Montana. Ships anywhere.
Icycle Tricyclescargo trikeSells new and used tricycles out of Portland, Oregon.
Lightfoot Cyclesbox trike makes trikes that can be built with a variety of custom platforms - flatbeds and boxes - for carrying cargo.
Madsen Cycleslong-tailA US company that makes long-tail cargo bikes with a large bucket in the back to provide more space for stuff and children.
Metrofietslong john, box bikemakes cargo bikes out of Portland, Oregon. They currently focus on the "long john" cargo bike. It looks pretty stylish and has a nice wooden box similar to the Bakfiets (starting at $3700 USD).
Workcyclesbox bike, sturdy city bikeAll bikes--GR8, FR8, KR8--designed in-house to be very robust with some smart additions to make them easier to service. Workcycles ships individual bikes to Canadian customers. Packing/shipping: standard format bike: €295, cargobike: €800. Import duties are additional. Another option is to purchase from an US Importers of Workcycles.
Worksman Cyclescycle truckA classic made-in-USA bike manufacturer of sturdy, basic industrial bicycles, including their Low Gravity cycletrucks.
Boxer Cyclesbox bikes, box trikesMake some interesting and stylish cargo bikes and trikes in the UK, including the unique Rocket. They ship to Canada.
Tern Cyclesfoldable cargo bikeCargo Node foldable cargo bike, a seemingly contradiction but useful for those who need carrying capacity but don't have much storage for a regular sized cargo bike.
Yuba Mundolong-tailNow being carried by distributor OGC. You can search their site to find stores carrying Yuba. As of 2014 there are 3 stores in Montreal, 1 in Ottawa, 3 in Toronto, 1 in Edmonton, 1 in Calgary, 3 in Vancouver, and 2 in Victoria.

Cargo Trailers

BusinessTypesDescription
Surlycargo trailerThe Bill Trailer is really robust trailer. Any store that carries Surly bikes might be able to order this trailer.
Bikes at Workcargo trailerTrailer comes in different lengths and is made to carry the large Rubbermaid containers. Made in US so no tarrif fees when ordered directly.
Wikechild trailer, flatbed trailer, landscaping trailer, DIYBased in Ontario and will ship directly unassembled trailers. Carries flatbed, landscaping trailer with walls and a DIY kit. Also builds child trailers, including ones specific for children with special needs.
Tony's Trailerschild trailer, flatbed trailer, custom trailer, special needs, DIYBased on Vancouver Island, will sell directly, custom buld and ship to anywhere. Sells a wide variety of trailers for almost any purpose.

Definitions

cargo bike
Any robustly built bike that can carry a substantial amount of stuff, children or adults.
long john
A quite popular cargo bike with a flat bed in the front that first appearing in the 1920s in Denmark, Sweden, and The Netherlands. It's a long wheelbase bike with two wheels that can carry a lot of weight and can be quite easy to drive once you get used the feel. See more: "long john"
box bikes
Originally "bakfiets" in Dutch, literally "box bike" in English (pronounced "BUCK-FEETS"), this bike is structurally similar to the long john but has a wooden or plastic container on the flat bed on the front. This variety is popular for schlepping children and often comes equipped with seats, seat belts, rain covers and other things to increase the comfort of children.
box trikes
Basically a three-wheeled version of the box bike. Some people prefer the trike because of their stability but usually there's a trade-off with making it harder to make turns and more difficult to negotiate tighter spaces and avoid potholes.
long-tail
Made popular first by the Xtracycle add-on for mountain bikes, but now has companies making dedicated bikes, this is a bike with an extra long extension behind the seat so that a much longer rack can be installed allowing for a lot more cargo and seats for children or adults. There a variety of long-tails and accessories for different kinds of cargo.
cycle trucks
Are of similar length of regular bikes, a large front cargo rack attached to the frame and not the fork, and with a smaller front wheel to allow stability in carrying large loads. Cycletruck designs have been around for almost a hundred years in Europe and North America.
cargo trailers
A trailer with a flat bed, a box or special attachments to carry a variety of cargo. Some are really robust and long so that large, awkward cargo can be carried although with some effort if going uphill.
child trailer
A bike trailer that is outfitted to carry children securely, often with a cover, padding. Some varieties cater to children with special needs
tandem
A bicycle that can carry two+ people--adults or children. Some varieties cater to children or adults with special needs that need more support.
electric assist
An electric motor when outfitted on a bike, the bike becomes an "e-bike" or a "pedal-assist" to provide oomph on hills, into the wind, and with large loads.

Background to the cargo bike

Read up more on the Dutch CargoBike on this article in Velo Vision Magazine where the author, Jonathan Ward, explains why he chose the CargoBike. Bakfiets and Workcycle are the best known Dutch cargo bike makers.

If anybody comes across an interesting new cargo bike company, let me know.

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