The month of love is fast approaching. What and who do you love? We love practical city bikes and cargo bikes and we love all our wonderful, intrepid, and committed customers. Intrepid because riding and owning a bike in Philadelphia can be daunting at times. Cycling is mostly fun but dealing with grumpy drivers and worrying about bike thieves can put many off. Committed because taking that leap of faith, getting rid of one car or THE only car, and making a lifestyle change that will ultimately save money, time, the planet, and make the whole family smiley and happy. We have various brands and styles of cargo bikes for you to test ride, fall in love with, and finally take home.
Yuba has added a new member to their roster of awesome cargo bikes, the Supermarche (pictured above.) While initially focusing on long tail (Yuba Mundo) and mid tail (Yuba Boda Boda) bicycles (both like regular bikes but longer so you can take one, two, three, and even four kids along for the ride) they’ve just come out with their version of the bakfiets (Dutch for box bike.) We love box bikes because the kids sit in the front where you can see and talk with them easily. The Supermarche can carry two children in the box and another child on back in a Yepp Maxi Easyfit seat that fits into the rear rack. Don’t have kids but want a cargo bike for hauling lots of stuff, for business, or to take your dog for a ride? You can buy the Supermarche without the box, or with just the box base, or with the box minus the bench because Rover doesn’t need a bench. Those parts are all sold separately. There are many other bakfiets on the market but what Yuba does differently is it uses cable activated steering versus the long steering arm that most box bikes use. They also have 20″ wheels both in the front and rear. Having small wheels brings your carrying load down low making it easier to handle (for another 20″ wheeled cargo bike see our Shorty.) And Supermarche can come apart for transporting. Not quickly or easily, you might need a bicycle mechanic to help you with that, but nice for people who go away for the summer and want to bring their cargo bike along.
February happenings On Saturday the 10th, Winter Fare returns for a third installment (there’s one tomorrow 1/27) to Bok from 10am to 2pm. This pop up market brings together Philadelphia area food growers and makers. Sip coffee while you shop and meet the people behind artisan products and local businesses including: Primal Supply Meats, Lost Bread Co., Mycopolitan Mushrooms, Ploughman Cider, Riverwards Produce, Brine Street Picklery, Rival Bros. Coffee … and more! Also that day from 12pm to 4pm many Bok residents throughout the building will open their doors for Second Saturday Open Studio. It’s great time to check out what our crafty neighbors are up to. Our Bok shop will be open from 10am to 5pm. Why not drop your bike off for some repairs while you attend the events.
The 2018 NAHBS (North American Handmade Bicycle Show) finds itself in Connecticut this year. In it’s 13th year, NAHBS showcases the creations of many talented frame builders from around the world. A small crew from the shop will head up to see what our bicycle frame building brothers and sisters are up to. Friday, February 16th to Sunday, February 18th.