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Community Cargo

By Leonard Bonarek

Two winters ago, my friend Ricky implored me to buy into a group purchase.

“Why do I need to spend $60 on bike tubes?” I asked.

“So you can build a cargo bike,” Ricky replied as if he was uttering the simplest of logics,

I didn’t know what that meant, but it sounded interesting. I still needed some convincing.

“I already have a trailer.”

“Listen, trailers ain’t shit. You need a cargo bike, you just don’t know it yet.”

Eventually I ponied up, using the logic that even if I didn’t want a “cargo bike,” I could sell the frame for a healthy profit and it would be a fun project in the meantime. Ricky had talked a half dozen others into the same thing.

Not long after I caved, two 8’ long bundles of 4130 steel arrived.