It’s been awhile since I mentioned Fast Boy, a local NYC bike builder on the blog. For those of you that have seen my wooden fenders, he made them and I almost love them more than my Surly. Fast Boy bicycles are some of the most beautiful handcrafted bikes. They are a throwback to another century but modern and sleek at the same time.
Fast Boy’s story (or rather Ezra of Fast Boy) is a powerful one that I’ve been following for several years. He has been fighting for his life battling colon cancer and has been documenting that experience on his blog. Ezra recently wrote about about a beautiful new cargo bike that he’s been working on called the Nose Bike.
NYC presents an interesting challenge when it comes to cargo bikes. Theft is bad enough that most people aren’t willing to leave their bikes outside.. And most people don’t have garages! let alone their very own front door. I liked the idea of making something with decent cargo capacity that still rode well, and was small/light enough to be able to carry up to your fifth floor walk up!
About a week ago I decided to assert myself a little and get this idea out of my head and on to the road. It’s not a new idea. Small front wheel. Frame mounted rack. Carrying cargo in the front allows you to keep the wheelbase pretty short since you’re not having to avoid your heels as they pedal. The frame mounted rack all but completely gets rid of the handling problems usually associated with front loads. The small front wheel gets that weight nice and low so that the bike isn’t top heavy and doesn’t want to fall over sideways quite so badly! via [FastBoy]
Ezra is taking orders for the Nose Bike now and his bikes go fast so check it out if you are so inclined! More photos here.