The Bike Of The Future | GCN's Day With An E Cargo Bike

The Bike Of The Future | GCN's Day With An E Cargo Bike

E-Bikes are a contentious topic in cycling, but e-cargo bikes could be the future of urban mobility. With their ability to carry heavy loads by bike, they offer an eco alternative to utility vehicles and are even capable of transporting children safely. James joined FoodCycle in Bristol for the day with a Ca Go e cargo bike to check one out.

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Readers Comments (50)

  1. "are you sure your not gonna need a trailer?" **Pans to the cargo e-bike that’s standing right in front of them**

  2. Global Cycling Network February 2, 2021 @ 8:09 pm

    Would you get a cargo bike?

  3. Loads more power 250watts? Neat…….

  4. Ser Garlan Tyrell February 2, 2021 @ 8:12 pm

    The 15.5 mph speed limit is so slow though. And at 42kg that thing is so heavy!

  5. Me: I think I’ve watched every GCN video ever!
    YouTube Algorithm: NO

  6. lol the guys with the trailers have a setup that’s like 15 times cheaper

  7. Сергей Луцкий February 2, 2021 @ 8:14 pm

    Why don’t they make it with Bafang M620? (-!

  8. The ultimate long distance, high tech wheelbarrow

  9. i want to get one of these and sell LPs from it. like an ice cream truck, but for records.

  10. what happened to the lamp in the front? 4:58 to 5:11 it’s gone

  11. Nice looking bike, Gates and IGH with the Bosch motor.

  12. for 1000USD max, it’s a bargain, but anymore expensive, it might be not as economical as it sounds.

  13. Tristan Bodding-Long February 2, 2021 @ 8:17 pm

    This is a motorcycle. Call it what it is.

  14. SenselessUsername February 2, 2021 @ 8:18 pm

    2Y ago in Ghent (B) they had even larger-sized buckets. Students were doing their flat moves with them. Because it’s a bike-prioritizing city, Amazon-like deliveries of small relatively large boxes go ideally with that — fill this 250kg capacity with average Amazon deliveries and you have what, 30kg tops? They really need more volume! In Bristol however, I’m not sure about the business case.

  15. ”All the shop owners seem to be super friendly” show a muslim, hmm not sure about that one

  16. Waarom een helm? In Nederland graagt niemand een helm.

  17. Does it have any anti theft measures like requiring a key?

  18. cargo bike not big enough? goto fb/BALLERQUEST and order a bike that can haul over 1000 pounds! (700kg) get two for the price of one! (vs "leading brand")

  19. Harald Sømnes Hanssen February 2, 2021 @ 8:26 pm

    Nothing to do with the content in your video, rather the auto subs were a bit jarring: ‘You guessed it the latest in facist cargo line motor ..’

  20. The bike is fine and having so much space is often usefull but where can I park it? A little bit bulky for the actual european cities.

  21. Brian Chamberlin February 2, 2021 @ 8:28 pm

    Only £6,000 "s price of a van.

  22. Should have gone up the slab on it

  23. Oh damn. Cago literally means "I shit" in Portuguese.

  24. Also would it be difficult to dismount the bike when it has like 80 kilos of cargo without it falling?

  25. A far cheaper and more practical and flexible option would be to get an ebike with heavy duty trailer.

  26. They wouldn’t sell in Latin America or North America…. Their name Cago.. Means… I shi+ in Spanish.

  27. kudos on the food effort, that is one of my pet peeves in america

  28. I’m confused, the charity does it with human powered bikes, but it would be an ecologic alternative to use batteries and a motor? Besides the market for people who will refrain from buying a car in favour of this is near to zero. So its just going to be an another energy consuming means of transportation on the driveway.

  29. E-cargo bikes are the most utilitarian urban vehicle I can think of. Been riding mine for more than six years. Kids to school, shopping, giving adults lifts and transporting drones, water barrels and my ride to work in all weathers.

  30. The Adventure of Ryan February 2, 2021 @ 8:38 pm

    in my opinion it would be much better to have the cargo behind the rider rather than in front of him…

  31. double thumbs up! Great video, thanks for what you do!

  32. what gives?
    => check 5:59 against,7.6279833,3a,75y,148.35h,90t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipMABuVszJuMF7THxhVubL_z9i5WNmuiAVCmCa4!2e10!3e11!!7i6912!8i3456
    …but sweet how, in 5:52 you drive on the left side to keep up appearances. Only nobody else does, since that’s actually my hometown in Germany 🙂
    Nice video anyway!

  33. I’d love a cargo bike but we have so many of these "forward-reverse" cycle gates to go through on so many cycle lanes that they’re actually preventing me from using them.

  34. You really need a hi-vis vest

  35. Imagine wearing a helmet on a cargo bike

  36. 3:04 “Put some trailers on the bikes” – one sentence, defeated the entire purpose of that specialized bike. And he can then use the bike for other purposes

  37. It’s worth noting that the 85 Nm of torque is peak torque. You will only get that at the very beginning of your torque curve, i.e. starting from a standstill. At full speed it will be something more like 10-20, which is fine on flats, but might be a problem on hills. I’ve had issues with my Bosch CX on the grades of San Francisco when hauling more than 200 lbs. I highly doubt you would be able to haul 250 kg up a hill. I have essentially the same motor, on a much lighter bike, and it struggles with 90 kg on grades over 5%. Note also that a chain is capable of far more torque than a belt drive. I really don’t understand all of these cargo bike manufacturers putting belt drives on their bikes lately. Sure, it’s quiet and oil free, but you want maximum torque and strength for cargo applications.

  38. Now this is a brilliant use of Ebike tech, would be great to do a few days work on one for this charity. Your collecting your own lunch 😀. Bike trailer thing of course would be cool as well. 👍

  39. When I rode a bike in Bristol as a child I dreamed of a button I could press just to get me up the hills. Now it’s here!

  40. No facemasks?
    Is Britain Covid free already?

  41. WHY does Hank need a helmet to ride a cargo bike???? Is he going to be riding a high speed cargo bike race here?

  42. He went round the roundabout wrong

  43. Michael Crumpton February 2, 2021 @ 8:57 pm

    You could buy about 10 bikes with trailers for the cost of that behemoth.

  44. You shouldn’t be riding fully loaded. 😜

  45. Colin Richardson February 2, 2021 @ 8:59 pm

    Just wondering if a traditional ebike and a ‘better’ trailer may be better here?
    You had to travel on the cargo bike to a different town empty, then you start filling it up, and empty the bike, and then travel with that empty bike home.
    Or, you travel with a normal size bike, get the trailer, and start filling up, empty the bike, drop off the trailer, and then travel home on a normal size bike.
    I guess it depends if the shape of the bike is easier to handle than a bike with trailer.
    Or if the bike is a nuisance, when you don’t need the cargo part.

  46. No mention of price, €6500!!!!

  47. A lot of people use a cargo bike in The Netherlands, mostly in inner cities and town centers. The postal service, parcel deliverers like DHL, Cool Blue (a sort of Amazon), brewers like Heineken use them to deliver beer kegs and crates to bars and cafes and my local supermarket delivers my groceries to my home by cargo bike. All meal deliverers have e-bikes for deliveries in town (no cargo bike, just normal e-bike with an insulated box at the front and on the back). I work at a construction company and we use cargo bikes for the maintenance crew at a large industrial estate. But most people use it for bringing their children to school or daycare and transporting their groceries from the shop to their home.

  48. next week they’ll take a top of the line landrover around skid row to test out how well you can sleep in it.

  49. in NYC cargo by bike is kinda having a moment, there’s almost not a time when i go over it myself when i don’t see an amazon cyclist, ours have large trailers behind them, and they are much more annoying to pass in the bike lanes, it wouldn’t be bad if i thought they made a living wage.

  50. Yağız Efe Demirel February 2, 2021 @ 9:08 pm

    So sad this type of bikes are banned in my country because the cargo is infront of the driver instead of the back..

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