The TrioBike revisited

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About two years ago, I mentioned the Danish designed TrioBike in a post. I liked it a lot when I first saw it and I still think that the TrioBike, which has an optional convertible front carrier for kids, is a very nice cargo bike/trike design. I noticed recently that the Copenhagen Bike Culture Blog has a very good post about the TrioBike, which features a few great photos of the bike in use on the streets of Copenhagen. The CBCB post also points out the three-in-one nature of the design:

“You can transport your kids to kindergarten or school in the cargo bike incarnation and drop them off. Instead of riding the cargo bike around all day you merely pull out a front wheel from under the cargo bay, detach the front forks from the cargo and pop on the front wheel. Off you go, riding to work on a proper bike. If you fancy going for a walk, you can merely use the cargo part as a stroller.”

If you want to see for yourself how easily it converts, take a look at this video on the company’s website.

Of course, cargo bikes that can carry kids in the front are not new. Check out these much more traditional cargo bike designs on the Dutch Bike Seattle blog. You can even buy a Dutch Bakfiets (translates to box bike in English) from them if you like.

Photo credit: Copenhagen Bike Culture Blog (Cycleliciousness)

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4 Comments

  1. Fritz February 28, 2008 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi James, in the US a similar product is the Zigo, which converts between a regular 2 wheeled bike and a 3 wheeler with a child carrier on the front. I played with it some at Interbike and it’s a good idea and well executed. 8 speeds in a hub, aluminum, articulated front steering when in 3-wheel mode, even a double kickstand!

    For the US market, I think the whole thing folds down to fit in car trunk. They’re marketing more for a recreational market rather than utilitarian; the recreational market is incredibly crowded and I think they could have gotten some more attention if they marketed to the growing “city bikes” market. I suggested a cargo carrier for the front module to the Zigo inventor; he said they had one in the works (or, more likely, a modification of the child carrier suited to cargo use) but I don’t see it on their website. The video explains the whole thing well.

  2. Bicycle Tutor March 13, 2008 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Very clever design. I wish we were more open to this method of transportation in North America.

  3. Meddie September 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    hey I love this design. Do you know if its available anywhere in Canada? Or can I order one from Netherlands?

  4. brendan November 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    Its now available in Canada at this store in montreal called Allo velo

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