E539 – Tom’s Cargo Bikes E058 REDUX



This week’s episode combines an interview from 2011 with bike builder Tom, who used to run Tom’s Cargo Bikes, and a few conversations with EJ & Eric, previous owners of his craftsmanship from 2020.  Producer Brock currently owns and rides #53 (lamplighter tall) & #95 (EJ’s bakfiets).  Eric’s cargo swingbike is currently in the custody of the Corvidae Bicycle Club.
We’re looking forward to bringing you another new studio show soon!

Tom’s Cargo Bikes built all kinds of conveyances from repurposed bicycle frames in style and with finesse.  Tom gave us the rundown on how he got into this pastime, how he cut his chops on the skills necessary, and what he’s done with the bikes he builds. His website is no longer active, but you can follow the hashtag #tomscargobikes to see some of the bikes out in the world, and view many of his creations on his Flickr page.

We discussed individual builds, growing up in Montana and fixing up muscle cars, moving to the city and getting out of regular car use, massive snowstorms, cargo bikes at Alaska Air, learning the terminology, 50 bikes built, Spin Art Bike, Yolo Colorhouse, blender bike, the Xtracycle,Multnomah County Bike FairBikes for Humanitybake feets, proprietary steering systems, “it’s all in beta,” marshmallow roasting, bass player uses cargo bike, Dutch sperm cargo bike, an unwitting bidding war, Tom’s Portland hotel bike serves beer & coffee, and environmental pragmatism.

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featuring excerpts from “Heaven Sent” by Cush from their 2000 LP “The New Sound. Find this excellent record at www.northernrecords.com; Published by Songs of Media Creature (BMI) a/c Northern Records Music (BMI) and Media Creature Music (ASCAP) a/c Northern Rock N Roll (ASCAP); Courtesy of Northern Records by exclusive arrangement with Media Creature.


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