About this project
And back again... The Lift is a carrier that quickly attaches to the front of the bike you already own. In under a minute, it transforms your bike into a front loading cargo bike.
Our patent-pending solution solves several common problems with traditional cargo bikes. Specifically that they are very expensive, they are difficult to store and they are single purposed.
INEXPENSIVE, NOT CHEAP
Our primary goal was to make The LIFT affordable.
The LIFT will retail for $899. That is less than a third the price of a traditional lower-end front loading cargo bike and about 80% less than the expensive versions. Most front loading cargo bikes start at about $3000 plus shipping.
IT FITS IN YOUR LIFE!
Because The LIFT is about the size and shape of a wheel barrow, it is easy to find a place to store it. You can leave it as a connected unit or take it apart and store your bike and The LIFT separately. When it’s time to go from bike to cargo bike or cargo bike to bike, you’ll find it to be quick and easy.
YOUR BIKE DOES MORE
With The LIFT attached, your bike can handle the payload of a small car. You can use it for trips to the farmer's market, taking kids to school, carrying your dog to the park and countless other adventures. With The LIFT removed, you can use your bike again for light trips. Since it attaches or detaches in under a minute, you can change it back and forth whenever the need arises.
IT'S STILL THE BIKE YOU LOVE
Getting used to a cargo bike takes about 30 seconds for most riders. The bike handles differently, due to weight and wheelbase. But, you will catch on quickly.
After a few moments, you'll recognize your old bike. After all, your handlebars, seat and fit are just like you remember.
Now, you can add some weight. The LIFT with a heavy load is a surprisingly nimble ride. In the hundreds of test rides we've offered, zero people returned unhappy with their first ride.
CONNECTING IT IS EASY
The LIFT has three easy points of contact with your bike. Each one is an uncomplicated, quick and smooth connection. Learning how to properly connect and disconnect your bike to The LIFT will be a snap. Knowing you did it exactly right allows you to smile and enjoy your cargo bike.
More LIFT videos from Bike Shop Girl here.
A TOUGH STEEL FRAME
The frame is constructed of TIG welded steel, primarily because it is tough. After all, it's what airplanes, earth movers and race cars are made of. But, it has other benefits, too. Steel has a natural ability to absorb shock. This means you can take the road less travelled and not feel every tiny bump. The steel will be protected with an extra tough powder coat finish.
EXTREMELY STABLE KICKSTAND
Kickstands have one job: To not let the bike tip over. We found the most stable kickstand on the planet. Feel free to load your groceries, dog, tools or supplies.
THORN RESISTANT TIRES
No one likes flat tires, so we are setting up The LIFT to have as few tire problems as possible. The best way to do this is to get a great, tough tire. We have spec'd a 4 ply tough-as-all-hell tire that can go for many hundreds of loaded miles.
SEALED HEADSET BEARINGS
We are using cargo bike spec'd sealed bearings for long life and ease of service. You'll get years of trouble-free steering, while taking all of your abuse.
Disc brakes are the best way to stop a car, motorcycle and a bicycle. We built The LIFT to utilize a 160mm cable actuated disc brake. Disc brakes make it easy to slow down, stop or slam to a halt. Additionally, they are also less susceptible to weather, fading from heavy use and unplanned wheel problems.
A GREAT BOX FOR CARGO
Material: To make The LIFT's box great, it needed to be tough, safe for all kinds of cargo, responsible to the Earth and great looking. We found our perfect material in Baltic Birch Plywood. The exterior grade Birch will hold up to years of abuse.
Size: We researched cargo bike boxes to ensure that we got the size exactly right. Big enough for a variety of uses and not so big that it feels overwhelming with a load.
Top: Front - 18" Sides - 30" Back - 21.5"
Bottom: Front - 16" Sides - 19" Back - 18"
Scott T. has been working on this idea since 2012. He owned a commuter friendly bicycle shop for 11 years and retired from retail to pursue The LIFT full time. Scott has two kids that love to ride in The LIFT.
Chris S. has been welding for more than a third of his life. He is the head welder at REEB Custom Bikes in Lyons, CO. He dreams in CAD. And he is the proud father of one crazy awesome boy.
Luke G. is a precision woodworker. He is a published professor, a creative problem solver and a dad of two not-scared-of-things-they-should-be-scared-of boys.
We are proudly making The LIFT in Colorado!
Cargo bikes are very popular in The Netherlands and several other countries. They go by several names including bakfiets (box bike in Dutch), box bikes and front loaders.
Part of the reason for their popularity is that in some countries, much of the population doesn't have a car - their bicycle is their car. It is much easier to justify such a large purchase for a traditional (and expensive) cargo bike without having the expenses of a car.
In most developed countries, the reality is that bicycles are supplementary to an automobile, bus or walking. The LIFT team does not have the goal that you will eliminate your car, though you certainly can. We simply want you to use your bike more and have fun doing it.
Articles about Cargo Bikes
Momentum Magazine (a great bicycle commuter magazine) created a guide to Cargo Bikes that you may want to look at here. Please note: the front loading cargo bike price range is $2,500 to $6,000. We hope to get that changed soon.
The Independent (UK) - Parents are going crazy for load-carrying cargo bikes. Article Link
Installation: While installation is simple, it does need to be done with great attention. Proper installation is imperative for the safety of the rider and the cargo. All instructions should be followed exactly. If the end user is uncertain of proper installation, they must take The Lift and the connectable bike to a certified bicycle mechanic for a safety inspection.
Maintenance: The Lift, like a bicycle, needs to be maintained regularly. This includes, but is not limited to: Wheel bearing adjustment and maintenance, headset bearing adjustment and maintenance, tightening bolts, adjusting steering. Due to the nature of the materials used, an inspection for oxidation or wear should be done regularly.
Donor Bike Specifications: The LIFT will work with steel, titanium and aluminum bicycles that meet the following standards: 1) 68mm or 73mm English threaded bottom bracket, 2) cable actuated disk or rim brakes (no drum brakes or hydraulic brakes), 3) Rigid (un-suspended) frames, 4)9mm standard dropout fork with either a)no suspension or b)locked out suspension. If you are uncertain, please see your local bike shop to find out if it meets these specifications. Used bicycles should be inspected for rust and damage prior to installation. Under no circumstances should The LIFT be installed on a damaged bicycle.
Risks and challenges
The Lift's many details are nearly complete. We’re currently vetting our suppliers and putting together logistics for all of the different components.
We’ve worked hard to create a solid and sustainable plan for sourcing, building and shipping The LIFT. If we did miscalculate shipping or sourcing times, we’ll be transparent as the information becomes available.
Supply Chain Challenge
We've mitigated most supply chain challenges by using local sources for custom parts and attempted to create multiple avenues for stock parts. We may, however, have to change specifications in order to fulfill our timeline. We will not sacrifice quality in this instance and we will keep you informed.
Legal Terms and Conditions
Backers with EU shipping addresses will be responsible for paying duties and taxes.
Backers with addresses outside of the United States are responsible for all taxes, duties and import fees.
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