“Retrofiet” is a little bit of wordplay. It’s combination of “retrofit” and “fiets” (the Dutch word for “bike”). I make custom bakfiets-style cargo bikes by retrofitting a newly fabricated cargo area onto an old steel frame bicycle. It’s pretty brilliant, really. This process keeps old bicycles out of the scrap yard, and cuts down on overall fabrication time and keeps the costs low.
Owning a cargo bike is a great way to work towards a car-free future. Imagine riding a bicycle while you run errands rather than being stuck in traffic. You could be going grocery shopping, taking the dog to the park, picking up gardening supplies, or taking a picnic basket to the beach.
There are many great options in Portland for purchasing your own cargo bike and I recommend all of them. Honestly, one can never have too many choices when it comes to finding a new-to-them bicycle, but sometimes budgeting gets in the way. It can be a huge financial commitment to buy a cargobike, and that’s where I come in. I’m not out to make a killing by selling expensive imported bakfiets, or high-end cargo bikes. I make simple, strong, custom handmade cargo bikes right here in Portland, Oregon. When you commission your own Retrofiet cargo bike you’re supporting a local artist, and in exchange getting a new way to engage your city by bicycle, all without breaking your bank account.
Please send me a message to find out how we can start on a Retrofiet of your own.