We are currently witnessing a surge in Cargo Cycle use, many new products coming to market. The inspirations in this development process are many, from historic cycles that are nearly forgotten, butchers bikes, the rickshaws of the east and the sturdy Buk Fiets of Holland – the box bike. Current technology is transferring from sources including Mountain Bike technology; the BMX, e-bikes e-motorbikes, electric vehicles, even software and the web are becoming vital components.
Since 1997, one of the key R&D centres and manufacturer in this market is Cycles Maximus. A trailblazer in the market, before their time for years and still designing and manufacturing in the UK, an established brand In the Cargo Bike community specialising in high capacity trikes. Underlying these trikes is the CM concept of modularity. Currently offering 4 chassis types, 3 drive types, and 11 distinct application modules including the CabTrike™ or the VanTrike™, creating a wide range of customisable transport solutions that are inherently sustainable.
Cycles Maximus is a continuous developer, with clients from individuals to corporations and across the globe, 20 years experience has been captured and reinvested in the design cycle. CM found that the components needed were not available in the cycle market, all standard bike parts were just not intended for the abuse that is normal in Cargo Cycling, so they design and manufacture components from scratch, hubs, wheels, gears, axles, braking systems and much more. Today a totally redesigned MK 2 range is being produced making CM a net exporter and UK clean-tech success story.
Co Founder of Cycles Maximus, Tom Nesbitt sees the next few years as critical as this market develops; “I hope the market keeps its integrity, lets not forget the bottom line reason why were doing this, to leave a world behind for our children’s children that is a clean vibrant world, full of smart technology that is truly sustainable. Our systems and structures need to evolve where possible to adapt to the vital themes of local and low-impact. Local goods, local economy and local solutions. Within this framework Cargo Cycles are intrinsically part of the future, having slowed and eventually halted the mass consumption of fossil energy. Without such dramatic evolution in the wider world the problems will persist, the environmental targets that keep being set will be missed and the negative effects of the things we know are bad for our world will escalate.”