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Fort Collins Keg Trike

One of our readers (and one of the owners of Panda Bicycles) in Fort Collins CO sent in some CAD drawings of a keg trike he’s working on with a local brewery. No shortage of microbrew and bike friendly folks out in Fort Collins, so why not have a specific cargo trike for local deliveries? That’s a 36″ wheel in the back and dual disc brake equipped 26″ wheels in the front, capable of handling 200lbs of cargo along with rider weight. The first version will likely be a low geared single speed, but future models may sport an internally geared hub is testing and riding shows it’s up to it. If it makes it to production they’re going to try to keep the complete bike cost under $3500—time will tell if either makes it to reality.

7 Comments

  1. FixXxedJune 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Where do I put my down payment and can mine have braces to hold the tap tube up the frame to the rider?

  2. Marty B.June 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    This is hilarious!… However unnecessary. I did this without CAD: http://vimeo.com/11925621 but I can just hear the “oohs” and “aaahs” when this bike rounds the corners at this event: http://vimeo.com/15015968

    I give this two thumbs up for its unabashed attention to frivolity!

  3. Luke WilsonJune 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Do you mean plus rider weight, because a half keg usually weighs about 158-162 pounds, last time I filled them any way.

  4. dougJune 18, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    What is the advantage of the 36″ wheel? Wouldn’t a standard 26″ be stronger and use easily replaceable rims and tires? Is the 36″ intended simply to look more bad-ass?

    Also, there are off the shelf cargo bikes that can handle 200lb loads, come equipped with standard multispeed drive trains, and use just two normal sized wheels. One that I am thinking of costs less than $2000 complete.

  5. The Bootlegger Keg Trike « Urban VeloAugust 4, 2011 at 8:15 am

    [...] does exist! We first reported on this keg trike cargo bike design about a month ago, and as of the last few weeks Zach Yendra of Yendra Built [...]

  6. The Velo "world's smallest bikeshop"August 6, 2011 at 12:07 am

    We build a pedicab trailer that holds 1000 lbs. We are building a custom keg trailer complete with bar, based on the pedicab base. BUT…. I want one of these bikes, too!

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