The thing we especially like about Ward is that he has a nicely balanced and refreshing vision of bikes. He believes that bicycles can not only be great fun, but that they can also be profoundly useful, serious, yet joyful transportation. And so it's time for us to move beyond the bike as only recreational and start looking at replacing as many car trips as possible. Being in the world, engaging our bodies and connecting with the terrain is so much more "Vermont" than confining ourselves as well as our experience of our great state and our blessed communities inside an automobile. That’s the message that VBike has been working to bring to Vermont in introducing new bike designs and technologies to our state. We're changing the landscape of the bike!
So, Ward is now not only designing a cargo bike with a frame mostly composed of wood, but he is going to electrify it. Where he lives in Putney there's a bit of climbing to do to get home from jobs or errands downtown, so Dave Cohen at VBike had the pleasure to sit down with him to discuss e-assist options for the bike. We have to tell you, Ward is on fire about the whole process of designing and making this, but he is not just thinking about this one prototype. He is eyeing the idea that he may even develop this into a small business. With the fast growing popularity of electric cargo bikes on the market, Ward believes he might find a niche here. This is the sort of thing that we at VBike love to see grow in Vermont.
However, from here on we'll leave it to Ward to describe some pics he sent to us. Some of what follows is a bit technical, but we thought you might like to hear from him in his own words.
We can’t wait to see how this will turn out!
In other news, I have decided on the electric drive unit, Bafang BBSHD mid-drive that has pedal assist. It will require a bit of fussing in the BB area, since there are clearance issues, but it shouldn't be too hard to adapt and offers all the power and features I am looking for.
VBike will be keeping tabs on this project and we'll be back with more as Ward's amazing project develops!