Cargo Bikes

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Due to ongoing supply chain issues within both the cycling and steel industries I am not taking on new orders at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Why a cargobike?

Portland Cargobike cargo bike handmade fietsofstrengthOwning 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.

Why should i buy a cargo bike conversion?

People come to me for a variety of reasons.  Some folks like the idea of breathing new life into an old bicycle ( I’d call it “upcycling”). Others like the idea of choosing their own cargo dimensions to suit their needs. Still others enjoying supporting a local craftsperson. But the number one reason: it’s affordable!

I’m not out to make a killing by selling expensive imported bakfiets, or high-end cargo bikes.  When you commission your own handmade 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. I make strong, custom cargobikes right here in Portland, Oregon.

Cargo Bike Conversion Pricing

If you supply a complete, steel, bike that fits you I charge $1900 to convert it. 

You’ll have a ready-to-ride complete cargo bike, with custom-size cargo platform!

This includes:

  • The original frame, handlebars, stem, seat and seatpost drivetrain, back brake, and rear wheel and all used on the finished cargobike. It saves you the expense of buying all new components!
  • Cargo area dimensions are 17″ wide, and 29″ long. (cargo boxes are extra, see below)
  • A new 20″ fork with a Sturmey Archer drum brake front wheel/tire
  • Steering linkage
  • Second headset
  • And you get back the parts I don’t use. Make of them what you will!

Additional Add-Ons:

Cargo boxes: Made to order. Pricing starts at $375 for a basic box. Child-carrying boxes start at $500 and include a bench seat and one safety harness (with attachment points for two harnesses). Want to haul groceries? You dog? Cats? Birds?! Children?!?! I can help make that happen.

cargobike portland cargo bike pdx freakbikeCustom Powder Coat Colors: Custom powder coating is $180 for a base color. Most folks find they’re happy with one of the base powder coat colors, but custom colors are available. I can order in high gloss, metallic flake, and all kinds of quirky colors. This starts at an additional $75 and goes up from there.

Upgraded components: I can source all kinds up upgraded parts for your finished bike. The sky’s the limit. Just ask and we can get a price list together for you. Or just run the parts your donor bike had originally and upgrade it down the road.


I’m based in Portland as are most of my customers, but I have built bikes for folks out of the area.   I do make a cargobike frame that unbolts in several places for easier shipping (it’s more expensive than the standard conversion fee). If you live in the Great Northwest, we can always discuss pricing for a personal delivery of your cargobike. I’m flexible.

Don’t have a used steel bike to donate?

Or maybe shipping me a bike isn’t the most cost-effective way to start your project. I can always source a donor bike locally that we’re reasonably confident will fit you, and add the cost of that bike to the overall cost of the conversion. Easy!

Custom Portland Cargobikes