- Location: Chicago, IL
- Website: defietsfabriek-usa.com
While not exactly what we’re looking for with our current needs, we think these bikes are amazing. Motivated by families looking for car alternatives, Yalçin Cihangir and Dave Deutsch decided to revive ‘bakfiets’ —Dutch cargo bikes— and modernized them for today’s needs when they opened De Fietsfabriek. After living two years in Amsterdam, Jon Lind was inspired by this revitalized Dutch bicycle culture and Cihangir and Deutsch, and proceeded to open the first US-based shop, De Fietsfabriek USA.
The Bakfiets are classic Dutch cargo bikes that ride on either two or three wheels. They come with a large box on the front for carting things (or people) around the city. Some styles, like the PackMax Due, even come with two extra children’s seats.
De Fietsfabriek also makes smaller scale City Bikes. Their design is inspired by vintage cruiser style bikes, but with classic front cargo storage. They’re also equipped with fenders, skirt/jacket guards, LED lights and offer extra panniers, a rain canopy and name personalization for an additional charge.
Yes, we agree that the bikes are pricey, but we think for most people these high quality, stylish bikes could truly replace the need for a car, are probably more fun to use, and in the end would save you money.