Your Bastiaen Cargo?

The Bastiaen Cargo is a light an agile Cargobike with an innovative king-pin steering, that provides more cargo capacity and stiffness.

Currently a prototype, the future of the Bastiaen Cargo is open. It can be licensed out to an interested bike company, we might have a go at crowdfunding a limited series or just have a few more built exclusively for family and friends.

Whether you´d just like a cargobike like this or you are a bike manufacturer interested in acquiring tooling, IP and know how, please let me know what you think.

Bastiaen Cargo Concepts

I am convinced, that the forkless cargobike has a great future:

  • Up to 50% more cargo volume
  • With same cargo volume 20% shorter and more agile than conventional cargobikes
  • At just 19 kg lighter than most other cargobikes
  • Brake energy is not transferred via the fork acting as lever
  • Off-center frame allows to tilt the cargo scoop to park the bike e.g. in a narrow
  • Integrated face-to-face childrens bench allows parents and children to visually and verbally communicate with each other
  • Children can be carried in combination with a low handlebar and sporty riding position.
  • The back-rest keeps away about 80% of rain, so a canopy is not needed.
  • Parents: the bike is so light and agile, that you will still use it when your kids have outgrown it.

There is one disadvantage, that should be mentioned: With back-rest folded up wind resistance is equivalent to the proverbial shelf unit. It is not a problem in town but can be a bit annoying on an open field in a strong headwind. In a series it could be minimized by producing a bulbous box-lid/backrest, that acts as a deflector.

 

Bastiaen Cargo story.

A few days before my birth my parents visited a bike exhibition. This caused some sort of prenatal imprinting, for I always liked bikes and in 1990 started building a cargobike by hacking apart some old diamond frames and a folding bike. My father joined the project – I still don´t know if for eagerness or concern – and soon our „Long John“ ran, and it still runs today. (Did anyone say anything against 1970´s bike junk?)

Many years and two professions later we were expecting - to need another cargobike soon. As I suffer from designers disease (inability to simply buy something) the new cargobike had to be homemade, or at least of own design. When building bikes without a proper workshop, bending tubes is out of question, so I was looking for a simple „straightforward“ design. Also - to my eye – forks on cargo bikes of the Long John type always looked wrong. A fork takes up precious cargo room and transfers (brake) energy to a peculiar point of the frame with the fork acting as a lever. So, the first sketches showed a center-hub steering. As this seemed impossible to build, I quickly forgot the idea until it surfaced from subconscience at the sight of an old Italjet scooter. I ordered a front swing arm with wheel and brake from ebay for little money and found it heavy but usable. It was joined to an old Trek MTB by a single tube by a trusted framebuilder and THE SUB was born.

I was completely surprised by the reactions that followed: people on the street were cargobike enthusiastic! 25 years ago I had been practically invisible riding a cargobike and now I was asked eager questions on every red traffic light. About that time the Bullitt came on the market, followed by many others. The first SUB was followed by a second one, this time with a face-to-face childrens seat, which received appraisal particularly from mothers. „Where can I buy that?“ or „You should sell those!“ was heard so often, that I started re-designing the steering to eliminate all the heavy scooter parts, which also had become more expensive at ebay, since I had published the building instructions on werkstatt-lastenrad.de.

The project lingered on my computer for three years pushed aside by life´s more import matters and other cargobike projects like the D30 and THE BOX until in 2014 the SUB placed 2nd in a cargobike design competition hosted by IHK Dortmund – by chance the very city where I had build my first cargobike 25 years earlier. So, I finally had the tooling for my front wheel and the first wheels made and ordered an aluminium frame.

Read all about the Bastiaen Cargo history and it's future in our NEWS BLOG.

Contact

Sven Bastiaen Schulz
Dipl.-Des.

Maarweg 29
D-53123 Bonn
+49 (0)228 96100479

sven(at)customind-id.de

Go to page Top