Bike Trailers and Business
This might be the most brilliant thing I’ve ever seen, and I’m going to go ahead and call it right now — we’re going to be seeing a lot more of this in the next few years.
I’m talking about cycling for profit, and in particular – moving & delivery business. Imagine you need to do an intra-city move or move that’s less than 10 miles OR just simply have something delivered from Costco or IKEA.
Normally, you have to pay somebody with a truck top dollar (big $$ for reliable service), beg a friend with a truck (not cool + you’ll have to pay for lunch), Â or hire somebody (sketchy) off Craiglist in order to get it done.
With a new breed of industrial strength trailers being manufactured, there’s a whole new world of possibilities for commerce and sustainable service.
The best part is that people operating a moving and delivery business are able to charge less because their overhead is MUCH less than a conventional mover.
You get the satisfaction of supporting a real person, keeping one less truck off the street, and not having to hassle with a bunch of parking issues and other stress that comes with moving something.
What’s not to love?
Right now, the best source for the actual trailer is Bikes at Work. This genius is kicking out cargo trailers that can hold up to 600 pounds!
Here are just a few examples of what people are doing with commercial grade cargo trailers:
This is not your garden variety cargo trailer, but fortunately you don’t have to be a moving and storage pro in order to also enjoy the benefits of a solid cargo bike trailer.
There are a lot of off-the-shelf options that aren’t going to crush your wallet, but may destroy your gut if you use it regularly.
Bravo to the bike movers. I owned a moving a scrapping biz in New York City for 6 years, and I loved it. Go ahead and mark it down — you WILL see a version of this in NYC very soon because it just makes sense.