Monday, October 24, 2016

Where can you buy a cargo bike in Vancouver?

Tandem Bike Cafe, one of a growing number of cargo bike dealers in Vancouver
EDIT: The cargo bike market in Vancouver has shifted a bit, & a few of the players are out of the game, so I've written an updated post on Where you can get a cargo bike in Vancouver here.

If you're looking to buy a cargo bike in Vancouver, there's no one stop shop to test ride different brands. Quite a few brands of cargo bike, like our Bakfiets, aren't even sold here in brick & mortar stores--your only option is buying online. Until we get a great family & cargo biking shop (like Seattle's G&O Cyclery) here in Vancouver, you'll have to pound the pavement a bit.

In the interests of making that easier for you, I've compiled a list of bike shops that sell cargo bikes here in Greater Vancouver.

Cit-E-Cycles 3466 West Broadway Vancouver 604-734-2717
Pedego Stretch, Juiced Riders ODK 
Read about the daily school dropoff run on an electric Pedego Stretch by Lee-Anne Ekland on Mom Pardigm.

Dandy Lion Cargo  1793 West 61st Avenue Vancouver 604-355-1898
Larry vs. Harry Bullitt
Jordon & Amy sell out of their home--you'll need to call to make an appointment to test ride their bike.

Dream Cycle 1010 Commercial Drive Vancouver 604-253-3737
Surly Big Dummy
Dream focuses on custome bikes, but they do sells Surly longtails--they may not have a floor model, so give them a call if you're hoping for a test ride.

Grin Technologies 205-950 Powell Street Vancouver 604-569-0902
Xtracycle Edgerunner, Ezee Expedir, Juiced ODK
Grin specializes in e-assist, so all their cargo bikes are electric assist models.

Mac Talla Cycles 2626 East Hastings Vancouver 604-707-0822
Kona Ute, Yuba?, Babboe?
Mac Talla didn't have any floor models available for test rides last time I was in--call ahead to ask.

Mighty Riders 10 East Broadway Vancouver 604-879-8705
Surly Big Dummy; Xtracycle Edgerunner
Ed generally has Xtracycles on the floor for test rides, Surlys might need to be ordered.

More Bikes 1856 West 4th Avenue Vancouver 778-379-9168
Yuba Boda Boda
More Bikes also has a location in Wesbrook Village at UBC.

Reckless Bike Stores 110 Davie Street Vancouver 604-648-2600
Babboe Big & Babboe City
Reckless has three locations downtown & in Kitsilano, the Davie Street location has Babboe on the floor.

Sidesaddle Bikes 2496 Victoria Drive Vancouver 604-428-2453
Bike Friday Haul A Day 
Andrea & Lucas opened Sidesaddle specifically as a women-friendly shop. They have at least one Haul A Day available for test rides. I posted about the shop not long after they opened.

Tandem 3195 Heather Street Vancouver 604-376-8223
CETMA; Metrofiets; custom longtails
Clint's personal Metrofiets & CETMAs are available for test rides most days--call ahead to be sure they're at the shop. This is where we go for service on our bikes--the mechanics here really know & love cargo bikes. Here's a short review I wrote after borrowing Clint's CETMA for an afternoon.

The Bike Doctor  137 West Broadway Vancouver  604-873-2453
Babboe City Cargo; Wike Cargo Box; Yuba Mundo, Boda Boda, Spicy Curry
Bike Doctor usually has a floor model of most of their cargo bikes available to test ride. We bought our Yuba Mundo there in 2014--you can read much more on that on my cargo bike FAQ page.

That about wraps up my list. Please let me know if you know of other cargo bike selling shops in the city that I've missed!

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