To build environmentally-friendly, hand crafted, affordable Dutch style cargo bicycles for the masses made in Oak Cliff, TX
The desire to own a custom built Dutch bakfiet is the reason I’m now a co-owner of a small, but growing cargo bicycle manufacturer in of all places, Dallas, TX, specifically the neighborhood of Oak Cliff.
I had the idea to bring down a local Portland guy by the name of Tom LaBonty to conduct a two day cargo bicycle building workshop. Tom is now a local, cargo bicycle making legend in the city that owns the right to say they’re the center of what’s happening in cargo bicycles in America. Tom had been featured in a small documentary that I had seen, when I first learned about these amazing bicycles. He has a DIY approach to things, and that spoke volumes to us. After the workshop, in which Brennen attended both days, he had already built his own from an old wheel barrel and spare bicycles parts by the end of the week. Two weeks later, he’d built his second. That was when I saw him out at a local community event trying to sell it with a little itty, bitty sign that no one could see. I thought, “This guy is talented, but maybe I can help him sell these things!” We then both proceeded to work on a business plan for building them right here in our DIY, bootstrap community of Oak Cliff. It wasn’t long until we got a couple of locals to buy into the concept and they placed our first orders. Ever since those early days in late 2012, we’ve been putting everything back into our business to watch it steadily grow. We have further to go, but we stand by our product, the benefits of cargo bicycles, and how much impact we think they can have on transportation and lifestyle issues.
Cargo Bicycles Built Green
It’s not often that companies go to such painstaking measures to reuse and re-purpose parts and materials in their manufacturing production like we do. Our industry is a glutton for producing too much product, and there remains too much bicycle material heading straight to our landfills. We are doing something about it by creating custom cargo bicycles from renewable steel frames, new steel, and the highest quality new and used bicycle components. The relationship we have with our environment is a key component to producing these versatile and reliable bicycles.