Cargo Tricycles Homemade

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Cargo Tricycles Homemade
Cargo tricycles can be adapted to suit your needs. (Fred Morley/Valueline/Getty Images)

Cargo tricycles have gained popularity recently, especially in bike-friendly cities. Used by businesses and individuals, they are both practical and attractive. Some European mail carriers even use cargo tricycles. They are expensive to buy. However, you can cut costs by building your own or extending an existing tricycle.

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Definition

A homemade cargo tricycle is a three-wheeled cycle with some type of carrier for hauling small or mid-sized cargo. The two wheels can be in the front or back. If you're an ambitious hobbyist, you can build a cargo tricycle from scratch. You can also opt to buy a kit that extends the frame of an existing tricycle. The longer frame allows space for adding the cargo carrier of your choice.

Functions

You can use a cargo tricycle to haul groceries, briefcases and other work-related items. Parents can even safely transport their children in specially designed seats. Some enterprising companies use cargo tricycles and bicycles to haul beer kegs, construction supplies, auto parts and other items needed to run a business. Building your own cargo tricycle gives you the satisfaction of a job well done.

Benefits

Riding a cargo tricycle helps you become more fit and get fresh air at the same time. Children are likely to see physical exercise in a positive light, since they're bound to enjoy riding at the front or back of a giant tricycle. Businesses and individuals alike can save money on gas and other car expenses while reducing carbon emissions.

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