Nele’s Cargo Bike

Last week my friend, and Lady Power polo teammate, Nele Dittmar from Halle, Germany sent me a link to an article about a cargo bike she recently designed and helped construct. And it is BEAUTIFUL. (The article is in German, but if you open it in Chrome you can translate it).

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This bike it pretty damn cool, and a totally new design. It’s neither front nor rear loading, but keeps the weight of the cargo between the two wheels. It’s built for a specific types of cargo, and meant for a city environment where storage space is limited. It’s the first cargo bike I’ve seen in a while that I feel like I could keep in a city apartment (the fact that I live on the 3rd floor and have to carry my bikes up and down 3 flights of stairs is the only thing that keeps me from buying a cargo bike – but with this bike it seems manageable).

This frame has all sorts of awesome design features:

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My favorite feature is the steering set-up – a chain connects the two headsets: one at the handlebars, the other at the fork. She says that the steering feels seamless and you don’t notice the weight at all. Ingenius!

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Look how classy the brazing looks!

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It’s all about the details:

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Thanks Nele for sharing this. I am super impressed and can’t wait to see what else you design in the future!

If you’re interested in contacting Nele about her design you can reach her at kleinlaster@designdittmar.de

Rumors are she’s teaming up with Josef Vogeltanz, of polo team Octopussy, for more of this design in the future!

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14 thoughts on “Nele’s Cargo Bike

  1. Beautiful cargo bike. The problem with a technical design is, when cargo is loaded, you can’t turn pedals, it needs a more room for the foot fingers.

  2. The lack of toe clearance is one issue (easily solved by lengthening the bike a bit), but preventing slop in the steering seems like a bigger potential problem. There is no way to tension the steering chain. Replace the chain and cogs with cables and cams like the Frances bikes. Otherwise I love this bike.

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