DUTCHMAN CARGO BIKE DIY PLAN
The cargo bay is easily adaptable to many different types of cargo boxes, including the removable open sided box shown in the plans. Your can easily swap out the cargo box from the frame, allowing for easily adaptation to the moving job at hand.
The efficient and comfortable recumbent seating position allows for some serious pedal pushing up those larger hills, so you can tackle any terrain on moving day. Full suspension offers a super smooth ride, even on a rough gravel road the to the mountain bikle roots.
All of the suspension parts can be taken from a single salvaged mountain bike, easily modified for use on your DIY cargo bike. You can also install as many speeds as you like, including a super low range gear for climbing hills with your loaded cargo bike.
This DIY dutch style cargo bike also includes a sliding bottom bracket that allows the easy adjustment of the cranks to support riders of any height. The main frame is made from common square steel tubing, so it is easy to cut and weld.
The entire transmission is built using the salved components from one mountain bike. All gear shifters and brake levers function exactly like they did on the original parts bike, so there is no learning curve required. Your versatile DIY cargo bike will perform like any regular bicycle.
Recumbent seating is far more comfortable than and upright bicycle seat. You can build the foam and plywood seat shown in the plans, or try something completely different like a car or boat seat for extreme comfort. You can always add your own mods.
The retractable center stand holds up your DIY Cargo Bike so you can load up your stuff while the bike is held upright. Swap out your cargo bays, or park your bike for unloading, safely secured by the stable center stand.
As gas and insurance prices continue to rise, human power is becoming a more sensible solution to the car problem, especially in urban areas where parking is next to impossible or cost prohibitive. This easy to build DIY recumbent cargo bike plan will help you move your stuff across town and you will have a good time doing it.