Prototype carrier turns a bike into a cargo trike
By Ben Coxworth
May 28, 2013
If you want to haul gear on your bicycle, but you don’t want to buy a whole dedicated cargo bike, then you might like Israeli industrial designer Ofir Yadan’s S-cargo carrier. The two-wheeled device replaces a conventional bike’s front wheel, temporarily converting it into a stuff-haulin’ tricycle.
The S-cargo (not to be confused with the Nissan van of the same name) was designed as Yadan’s graduation project at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
In its current prototype form, it features a custom backpack-style compartment that can be stuffed with things like groceries. That pack, however, could be interchanged with other planned “add-ons” such as racks, boxes or even a child seat. Yadan has also suggested that a motor and battery could be swapped in, thus turning the bike into an ebike.
To put the S-cargo on the bike, you just remove the bicycle’s front wheel, install the carrier’s mounting system in the drop-outs, then slide in the carrier and lock it in place. You then just ride your bike more or less as per normal, although presumably without the benefit of a front brake.
When you get to your destination, the carrier can be quickly removed from the bike, and pulled along by its handle like a cargo dolly. Should you wish to set it aside, a spring-mounted kickstand can be used to prop it up. The parked bike remains upright, meanwhile, as a bar that's part of the mounting system swings down to act as a stand.
There’s no word on when or if we’ll ever see a commercial version of the S-cargo, although Ofir states that he is continuing to develop it. The prototype can be seen in use in the video below.
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