From folder to ultimate grocery getter: An extraordinary bike conversion

From this…

to this.
(Photos: David Mahan/Fixed Gear Gallery)

A few weeks ago, a reader emailed a link to one of the most amazing bike conversion projects I have ever come across. David Mahan from Ojai, California converted an old folding bike to a front loading cargo bike with extra-special grocery-getter functionality.

Mahan uploaded 44 detailed photographs of the project as part of a contest on Fixed Gear Gallery.

Portland is home to many, very talented and creative bike building artisans. But this project is right up there with the best I’ve seen. Let it serve as inspiration to bike conversionists everywhere.

Check out all the photos of Mahan’s grocery getter conversion project on Fixed Gear Gallery.

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Ruben
14 years ago

A few other stunning submissions: Carl w/ epic fenders and Brad’s backyard of bikes. A true fixed gear grocery bike should be loaded with cartons of camel lights, pbr, and hummus though…

Dabby
Dabby
14 years ago

I couldn’t get past the fact that the pic shows the bike in a grocery store.

I guess the ADA act means nothing to some people.

Might as well just roll your Segway on in there with it…

Eric
Eric
14 years ago

I don’t get what the advantage is to bringing the bike in the store versus leaving it outside; you don’t have to use a cart?

steve
14 years ago

Beautiful build, what an awesome shop he has. Thanks for sharing Jonathan.

SkidMark
SkidMark
14 years ago

Dabby: actually he locked the “bike” part in front of the store, and the Cargo part is intended to be used as a shopping cart.

Dabby
Dabby
14 years ago

Skidmark,

I totally get that. It took a few moments at first looking at the photo to figure out how he rode it, then I saw a third of it was missing. Thanks though.

I just also noticed that a large percentage of the bike is inside.

I have just never agreed with taking things like bikes, segways, scooters, etc, when you are not reliant upon them.

I mean, you might as well just park the rest of the bike in a handicapped spot.
And it isn’t that hard to transfer your food from the carts already provided.

I do, however think it is a clever conversion, now that my trauma has subsided from the photo shock.

bikejuju
14 years ago

I agree that this is cool. So cool I also posted about it when it came out. http://www.bikejuju.com/2009/awesome-grocery-getter-homebuilt-cargo-bike/

Ruben has a good point, though.

Ethan
Ethan
14 years ago

clever as hell. I always love seeing these home-brew bakfietsen

SkidMark
SkidMark
14 years ago

So you forego the shopping cart when you go to the store? I guess if all you’re picking up is a 12-pack of PBR that works fine…

TC
TC
14 years ago

Simply an awesome bike! Great work!!

Seager
14 years ago

An easier way is to just build a trailer around a removable blue bin, and then transfer that bin to a shopping cart, and then finally carry it into your house.

http://www.duckfloater.com/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=kbutt

SkidMark
SkidMark
14 years ago

The best thing about it is that you can switch it back to being just a folding bike.

Mike
Mike
14 years ago

Neat-o.

Perry
Perry
14 years ago

Dabby,

I’m not getting your point re: “I guess the ADA act means nothing to some people.”

Care to enlighten us (not a challenge, I really do want to understand) on why this bike configuration seems to be a bad thing when used for this purpose?

david
david
14 years ago

So it looks great. In California.. no lid for groceries, way to far to lean over and pick up tub or the groceries in it. But its a great concept. Loved it!

Toby
Toby
14 years ago

– I agree that it can be rude for folks to bring sizable chunks of personal property inside while shopping (how hard is it to lock your bike outside, for example). But in this case, it doesn’t appear that the detachable cargo section is larger than a normal shopping cart. So I don’t see the problem, really.

amanda
amanda
14 years ago

Very creative!

Paul Tay
14 years ago

Yet ‘nuther folder impressive enough to repost.

Ondie
Ondie
14 years ago

That is so cool! It’s amazing what some people can do with their hands. Beautiful.