Familybike Seattle provides a cargo bike rental fleet so that family-biking-curious parents can try it out and see what they like, and how a cargo bike fits into their life. In addition, visiting families can rent a bike instead of a car! Rentals are sliding scale $25 to $225 per week, and you decide where you fall on the scale. Proceeds go toward maintaining and acquiring the bikes. Fill out the rental inquiry form (above) to arrange for your rental. Pick-up and drop-off is in Rainier Beach, near the Othello light rail station.
Currently, our fleet contains:
Atlas Cargo (e-assist)
(e-assist) Sun Atlas Cargo, with hooptie, Rolling Jackass centerstand, and optional front child seat (iBert, max weight 37 lbs): This is the least expensive of the integrated longtails (bikes that are substantially longer than a regular bike and have passenger and cargo capacity behind the rider). It has been discontinued due to uneven build issues. It retailed with its own (heavy) steel rack and no bags at $550-850. In order to fit that price point, the components are definitely not top-of-the-line. However, the bike is designed well and is fun to ride, and can be upgraded slowly in order to mitigate impact on family finances. The first thing to upgrade would be the brakes and kickstand (which we have done).
Bridgestone Angelino (e-assist)
(e-assist) Bridgestone Angelino Petite Assista (On loan from Japan!): The Angelino is the premier “mamachari” or mamabike, in Tokyo. The electric assist system is one of the most seamless and plug-and-play systems I have ever seen, and works flawlessly. The bike is designed for shorter riders, up to a maximum of 5’7″ or so, and is fun and easy to ride. It features a toddler/preschooler seat between the front handlebars and a seat for an elementary-aged child on the back. Integrated lights (front and rear), fenders, and an excellent kickstand complete the picture. This bike is not speedy, preferring 10-13 mph, but can go a long way on one charge (up to 40 km on one charge).
(e-assist) Madsen bucket bike (Donated by LionTail Cycles!): The Madsen bike is unique, having a 20″ rear wheel (like Xtracycle’s Edgerunner), and a large plastic cargo bucket between the rider and the rear wheel. The bucket’s two bench seats can hold up to four preschoolers (hello bike-pool!), is weather-proof-able, social, and very, very comfortable for the kids. The bike itself is incredibly sturdy and feels bombproof. Not the most nimble of the family biking options, the Madsen is a bike that excels at child-transport. Similar to the Sun Atlas, the components are chosen to fit a lower price point and will need to be upgraded (for instance, the rear wheel and tire should be changed out for better-built and higher pressure in order to handle more than 100 lbs in the bucket).
Regular length bike (e-assist) which can be attached to the Weehoo or an iBert front seat.
Xtracycle Free Radical
Counterpoint Opus I semi-recumbent tandem: The stoker sits in front of the captain, and is in a recumbent position. This is a tremendously fun bike to ride, and is useful from infancy (take off the 2nd set of pedals and gears and strap a carseat into the recumbent seat) through adulthood. The bike is light, versatile, and shorter than a traditional tandem. A trailer or trailing bike can be easily attached, or an Xtracycle FreeRadical. It could also be electrified with a StokeMonkey or hub motor. Cons: it is more complex than many bikes, and therefore is somewhat more costly to maintain. Because of the linkage steering, there is a slight learning curve to riding it.
Regular length bike with front and rear child seats (Seats donated by the Lord family!)
While most longtails can be rolled onto light rail trains in Seattle, none of them can be taken on buses. If your transportation needs/desires include bussing, a midtail or regular bike could be right for you. While tippier than a longer bike, regular bikes are easy to find and inexpensive.
Bike Friday Haul-a-Day midtail (Donated by Bike Friday!)
The first midtail in the fleet (a midtail is just a bit longer than a regular bike, but still has passenger capacity, and usually fits on bus racks). Thank you Bike Friday!
(e-assist) Boda Boda by Yuba
Wonderful midtail named after the bicycle and motorbike transports in many areas of east Africa. This midtail is outfitted to carry an older child on the back (4 yo and up), and can be fitted with a front seat for a younger child.
Double Adams Trail a bike (On loan from the McCauley family!)
Max capacity 125 lbs. These bikes can be fun and useful, though many find them tippy. Attaches to the seatpost of a regular bike.
A Wee-hoo pedal trailer (Donated by Karen Wooten!)
This recumbent pedal trailer has a few advantages over traditional upright pedal trailers (trail-a-bikes). Children as young as three can use them, and they are still safe if they fall asleep, lulled by the gentle forward motion.
Thule RideAlong Mini (Donated by Christina Cox!)
This front child bike seat has a five-point harness and was designed and tested for children from 9 months to 3 years old, up to 33 lbs/15 kg.