WorkCycles Fr8 fits on the CTA’s bus-bike rack!

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If you ride a bike more than you use other transportation modes, and you visit online forums, then you probably know that the correct number of bikes is n+1. I got a new bike this year, but it was partly to replace the cargo carrying capabilities I lacked after selling my Yuba Mundo in the spring.

Two weekends ago I passed by the Chicago Transit Authority headquarters to test if my WorkCycles Fr8 could fit in the Sportworks VeloPorter 2 bus-bike rack the CTA uses on most buses (it’ll eventually replace the red ones). I don’t know if Pace buses have the same model.

It fits! (I feel like saying “It blends!”)

I already knew that the WorkCycles Transportfiets would fit, having made a video of it last year. But they seemed to be of different dimensions (they probably aren’t) and I wanted to check ahead of time lest I embarrass myself and delay a bus if I tested it in the field.

Actually, I wasn’t worried that the Fr8 wouldn’t fit, I was worried that it wouldn’t fit securely under the spring-tensioned arm with the yellow grip. I have a burly front rack and metal fenders that wouldn’t be able to budge. See how that worked out for me in the photo below. Additionally, my bike weighs 50 pounds unloaded (and without the red basket) – the Sportworks specifications note that each bike tray holds 55 pounds. Phew!

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Last weekend I took the Fr8 on its first ever train journey, from the Clinton Pink/Green Line station to the California Pink Line station. The Pink Line uses the 5000-series cars, which are brand new from Bombardier’s factory in New York. They have the distinction of providing two wheelchair-accessible spaces in every car instead of one. This means there are two fewer “modesty panels” in the vestibule. It offers more room to position and park your bike – it works out great; see photo below. It still doesn’t provide enough room for a passenger to bring a bike aboard, stay put, and let other passengers in and out of the door. Passengers with bikes will still need to pay attention to the announcements to know which door will open at the next station and move their bike accordingly.

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Looking for a WorkCycles of your own? You can contact them directly in Amsterdam. Shipping is €200, which is a really good deal now. You can also contact J.C. Lind Bike Co. who will become a dealer soon.

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About Steven Vance

Enthusiast for urbanism, bicycling as transportation, and open data. Building a bicycle culture in Chicago.
  • http://twitter.com/malexreed Alex Reed

    Can you give some insight into your decision to sell the Yuba Mundo in favor of a Fr8? I am in the market for a cargobike and a low-maintenance-ified Mundo and a Workcycles Fr8 are my two top choices. I currently have a Workcycles Swan and love it (though I curse its weight at times) but consistently overload it. Even a sentence or two would be much appreciated. Thanks!

    • http://www.stevevance.net/ Steven Vance

      I rode the Fr8 a while before I bought the Mundo. I bought the Mundo in an attempt to replicate the Fr8′s cargo capacity and comfort. The Mundo cannot replicate the comfort because it doesn’t have the same relaxed seat tube angle as the Fr8. One can still probably configure the Mundo to be comfortable, but I couldn’t achieve the kind of comfort I really wanted, that only Dutch bikes provide.

  • Eric Saathoff

    I have a Fr8 for sale in the Twin Cities area if anyone is interested:

    http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ram/bik/3736163730.html

    • http://www.stevevance.net Steven Vance

      Why?!

  • John Elliott

    Thanks Steven, this is a photo I was looking for. DC has the same racks.

    • http://www.stevevance.net/ Steven Vance

      Do you have a Fr8? I still haven’t tested this on a moving bus. I’m too afraid because of the weight limit of the bike rack.