A bakfiets unlike any other

Todd Fahrner, the man behind Southeast Portland-based Cleverchimp, has just published photos and video of his latest creation. He has outfitted a Dutch “bakfiets” bike with his superlative Stokemonkey Human Electric Hybrid Drive device. Check it out:

[A Stokemonkey-equipped bakfiets (notice the red device near the cranks). A grocery-getter unlike any other.]

This is an exciting development on many levels. Here’s what Todd says:

“Many commenters are quick to point out that these bikes are quite heavy, and dismiss them as unsuitable outside of the flat, dense, flat Netherlands. Enter Stokemonkey.”

Folks, I think it’s safe to say that we are on the cusp of an exciting trend that will have its U.S. epicenter in Portland. Cargo bikes and real, dutch-style city bikes are the “next big thing”.

I’ve reported on a U.S.-based importer of bakfiets and we’ve learned that Dutch bike purveyors Jorg&Olif have a North American shipping operation. Add to that several local developments that are still simmering (I’ll be reporting more them soon) and it seems like a tipping point for interest in these bikes can’t be far away.

For now, go have some fun browsing the photos and watching the video of this stoked bakfiets in action over on Todd’s Cleverchimp blog.

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Todd Boulanger
Todd Boulanger
17 years ago

Yes…now that is a true blue American Bakfiets. It looks like a hot rod ride on film! I wonder if Henry will be adding it as an accessory for the US market?

[Until now had to push it up the Interstate hill to reach North Portland or jump on the MAX, but no more.]

So now there are 3 Bakfiets in the area?

Cate
Cate
17 years ago

It looks great. Lucky kids who get rides.

How much does the bike weigh? How fast was he going in the video?

Richard Wilson
17 years ago

Wow, Todd, that sure looks nice! Let’s stoke mine as soon as you get your latest shipment of stokemonkey parts and we can race to the top of Council Crest some night with passengers 😉

I think there are at least 4 Bakfiets floating around the metro area now…

SKiDmark
SKiDmark
17 years ago

It needs a solar panel, or a generator, so it can be a perpetual motion machine.

ben
ben
17 years ago

stokemonkey?

i thought it was stRokemonkey.
is that something else?

Andre
Andre
17 years ago

I think out geography and the layout of our cities is going to make it tough. I don’t think a dutch style bike is going to be suitable to do some of the riding that a lot of commuters make in this area (imagine going up over the West Hills to intel on a dutch bike).

todd
17 years ago

andre, the assist makes hills easy, any hills. i should hold my tongue until i’ve done it, but i’m pretty sure you could get to the pacific and back in a day with one of these vehicles. it’s sort of perverse to use the cargo space for all the battery packs necessary to pull this off, but you could. i need some extreme climbing video…

Michael Wolfe
17 years ago

i’m pretty sure you could get to the pacific and back in a day with one of these vehicles.

Pffft. You don’t need fancy-pants electric assist to get to the Pacific and back in a day on a bike.

😉

todd
17 years ago

that’s true michael — that’s what i meant about it being perverse. but far less perverse than riding there in a car, i submit.

BAW
BAW
15 years ago

My understanding is that Todd does not endorse the Stokemonkey for Baks, but only for Xtracycles/Big Dummies.