CycleCouture and Cargo vs Car

For those who know me know I am no longer 100% car free. I move constantly between the edges and centre of the city and with the addition of a 5 year old boy and a 9 month old girl I have had slight need for the use of a car.

However now that Princess Lia is nearing her 1st anniversary I have started to look for a chariot for her to replace the Prius with.

I've been eyeing the NIHOLA and Christiania Boxcycle and come April when CycleCouture opens its doors to Toronto, the Velorbis line up with its Scrap deluxe and Mobii Trike will be available.

Cycle Couture was recently featured on Postcity.com which with their exclusive lineup of wares hits a specific demographic that could be a catalyst of change. I cant wait to test ride them all and choose one.

I've had my eye on Velorbis as it is one of the recommended rides by Mr Copenhagen Cycle Chic. I also have a thing for big bouncy tires which the Scrap Deluxe has an abundance of.
Recently on Copenhagen Cycle Chic and on the Blogosphere there has been an influx of posts regarding the use of the cargo bike. As a family man I fall into the "precious cargo"demographic and now lean towards the Mobii Trike.

In specific neighbourhoods of Toronto the cargo bike could be the missing puzzle piece to spark their own complete street strategy. Parents already fork out thousands of dollars on highend strollers and carbon covered eyecandy.
Those who don't cycle would no longer view the bicycle as only a tool for rebellious hipsters, adventurous vagrants and speed hungry roadies, the family cargo bike could become the mini-mini van that slows down and shows up at soccer practice or for practical reasons picks up the beer and milk.

Good things come in a box.

Some boxes have 2 or 3 wheels.

For other ideas that have wheels visit CycleCouture and other retailers at this weeks Toronto Bicycle Show.


  1. Love your musings here. I really felt like there was no good 100% Albertan legal way of transporting a kid under 1 year. It made me angry.

    We'll be having lots of Madsen good times this summer, but I don't look forward to when I have a newborn again, with Dexter at the same time. Will cross that bridge when I get to it.

    Happy family riding!

  2. Hey Miss Sarah.

    It's a bit disappointing that the helmet laws here in Ontario prevent me taking Princess Lia for a ride before her head can fit into a bucket. I'm happy that Mr. Dia can ride all by himself, especially now that things are warming we are already biking to school. Our house turns into a daycare after 8am so a nice cargo bike to pack the kids into would be perfect for Grandma. I'm lucky that my neighbourhood is enclosed by bike lanes and quiet side streets. however not all of the neighbourhoods in Toronto are that lucky.

    Can't wait to hear your adventures when there are two little ones. Music to your ears.

  3. When I began reading this post I thought you meant that cycle couture (as a concept) *and* cargo cycling could both be a catalyst for change, which I wholeheartedly agree with, even if it's not what you meant. It's great to hear that such a shop is opening up in Toronto. If I had family needs I would certainly consider a cargo bike, so I look forward to hearing what you choose and how you enjoy it!


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