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Alternative Practical Uses of Cargo Bikes

Alternative Practical Uses of Cargo Bikes

At Madsen Cycles, we’re proud to provide the best cargo bike options out there for families. Our bicycle options put a unique spin on the cargo bike theme, and we have numerous accessories to improve both safety and aesthetics for your cycling options. 

Did you realize, though, that cargo bikes have numerous other practical uses beyond family enjoyment? This is their most commonly used area, of course, but certain industries or eco-conscious individuals have found unique spaces where they can provide other benefits. Let’s look at a few examples of how cargo bikes can be repurposed intelligently. 

Delivery System

For many small business owners in industries that involve delivery of any products, particularly those with clients concentrated in a relatively small metropolitan area, the cargo bike can be a fantastic outlet for delivery. It saves plenty of money on renting trucks or using a delivery service, and cargo bikes offer fantastic storage that allows you to carry many kinds of items. Even big, bulky deliveries can be accomplished using a cargo bike and a bit of effort. 

This same theme can be applied a bit closer to home and the cargo bike’s normal application, as well. Do your children participate in school magazine drives or similar fundraisers? Suggest that they use the cargo bike to drop off products around the neighborhood when the time comes. 

Home Remodel

Are you remodeling your home? Live relatively close to Home Depot or your nearest home improvement store? Well instead of renting a van or truck to haul your materials back and forth, why not consider a cargo bike? 

This can save you huge sums of money that would otherwise go to expensive rentals, and also gets you some good exercise in the process. A well-built cargo bike can easily carry tools, cleaners, furniture or even bulky items like ladders. Be sure to observe all rules of the road as a biker if you do use this format, even if you have big materials in your cargo bin – vehicle drivers are not required to treat you any differently just because you’re hauling materials. 

Factory and Warehouse Work

Many companies, even some larger ones, have begun to realize the use of cargo bikes within their factories or warehouses. These are often large facilities where getting around from sector to sector can take some real time, especially while hauling products back and forth. The cargo bike allows for easy transportation, including moving tools or items as needed. It cuts down on work time wasted simply getting from one place to another, and is far cheaper than electric or gas carts that are often used for similar purposes. 

For more on the additional applications of cargo bikes, or to learn about any of our family bicycle options, speak to the staff at Madsen Cycles today.

The Benefits of Children Cycling, Part 2

The Benefits of Children Cycling, Part 2

As a top cargo bike company, we at Madsen Cycles are always looking for ways to introduce children to the joys of cycling. Our family bike options offer many ways to get kids involved, even before they’re necessarily old enough to ride a bike themselves – and this will often lead to them being more interested in riding on their own once they can.

In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the benefits of cycling for children. The list is so long, though, that we had to extend it here – here are a few more major positives behind riding a bike for children.

Time-Saver

For many busy parents, a child learning to ride a bike consistently becomes a time-saver. Instead of having to drive your child that short distance to a friend’s house or to an after-school program, they can bike there on their own if the location is close enough. This also helps them get more exercise and stay active, an excellent tangential benefit.

Benefits for Brain Development

Did you realize that there’s a specific link between cycling at a young age and positive brain health? One study in particular found that cycling increases blood flow to the brain by up to 70 percent – many of the areas of the brain remained elevated by up to 40 percent even once the cycling was finished. In addition, research has shown that kids who ride their bikes to school have higher levels of alertness than those who are driven in cars.

Improves Spatial Awareness and Navigation

Cycling offers several challenges to the developing brain, including dodging obstacles and learning how to change directions at high rates of speed. These kinds of things often improve spatial awareness and body control for your child, and the navigational nature of biking can also help in this area of development.

For more on why cycling is an excellent outlet for kinds, or to learn about any of our bucket bike options, speak to the staff at Madsen Cycles today.