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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Need a Lift, San Francisco? Try a Cargo Trike.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 2:59 PM

click to enlarge Getting things done by bike, one load at a time. - ANNA MCCARTHY
  • Anna McCarthy
  • Getting things done by bike, one load at a time.
This rare cargo trike was spotted parked on 18th Street  between Mission and Capp today. We thought it looked like a pretty sweet ride -- even compared to the Beamer parked next to it.

You don't see a cargo trike every day -- Adam May of Mike's Bikes told SF Weekly he only knows of three in all of San Francisco. Yet when it comes to hauling loads on a bike, the Xtracycle trailer is a mildly ubiquitous attachment seen frequently around

the city.

Such decked-out rides are a little more streamlined for a city-goer who

doesn't want to take up half the road with a tricycle. But freight

attachments can be expensive since they're often custom-made. So many

San Francisco denizens opt for the generic version: A milk crate lashed

to the back of the bike via a bungee cord. It's a little less snazzy

but it gets the job done.

If you don't feel like hauling the weight yourself, you can still support cargo trike technology by hiring someone else to do the pedaling for you.

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