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Prototype carrier turns a bike into a cargo trike

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The S-cargo is a prototype carrier that converts a conventional bicycle into a cargo tricycle
The S-cargo is a prototype carrier that converts a conventional bicycle into a cargo tricycle
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The S-cargo is a prototype carrier that converts a conventional bicycle into a cargo tricycle
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The S-cargo is a prototype carrier that converts a conventional bicycle into a cargo tricycle
When you get to your destination, the carrier can be quickly removed from the bike, and pulled along by its handle like a cargo dolly
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When you get to your destination, the carrier can be quickly removed from the bike, and pulled along by its handle like a cargo dolly
The S-cargo is a prototype carrier that converts a conventional bicycle into a cargo tricycle
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The S-cargo is a prototype carrier that converts a conventional bicycle into a cargo tricycle

If you want to haul gear on your bicycle, but you don’t want to buy a whole dedicated cargo bike, then you might like Israeli industrial designer Ofir Yadan’s S-cargo carrier. The two-wheeled device replaces a conventional bike’s front wheel, temporarily converting it into a stuff-haulin’ tricycle.

The S-cargo (not to be confused with the Nissan van of the same name) was designed as Yadan’s graduation project at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

In its current prototype form, it features a custom backpack-style compartment that can be stuffed with things like groceries. That pack, however, could be interchanged with other planned “add-ons” such as racks, boxes or even a child seat. Yadan has also suggested that a motor and battery could be swapped in, thus turning the bike into an ebike.

The S-cargo is a prototype carrier that converts a conventional bicycle into a cargo tricycle
The S-cargo is a prototype carrier that converts a conventional bicycle into a cargo tricycle

To put the S-cargo on the bike, you just remove the bicycle’s front wheel, install the carrier’s mounting system in the drop-outs, then slide in the carrier and lock it in place. You then just ride your bike more or less as per normal, although presumably without the benefit of a front brake.

When you get to your destination, the carrier can be quickly removed from the bike, and pulled along by its handle like a cargo dolly. Should you wish to set it aside, a spring-mounted kickstand can be used to prop it up. The parked bike remains upright, meanwhile, as a bar that's part of the mounting system swings down to act as a stand.

There’s no word on when or if we’ll ever see a commercial version of the S-cargo, although Ofir states that he is continuing to develop it. The prototype can be seen in use in the video below.

Source: Coroflot via Bicycle Design

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20 comments
Gary Bonney
Picture 2 clearly shows it has twin disc brakes on the front.
hiredassassin
It does show twin disks on the front, but what happens to your original disks? It's not easy to swap over brake lines, whether they're cable or hydro. Smart idea if he can work out the details.
The Skud
Neat! A sort of upmarket - and modernised, thankfully - version of the old unstable bike shopkeepers used to send off with the delivery boy. Make it motorised from the start, the decreased groceries payload would be a good trade-off.
Slowburn
You are going to kill a lot of rear rims riding that.
Chris__
Gary - there are brake discs attached to the hubs, but no working brakes. It is missing calipers, cables and levers. He has obviously used wheels from a recumbent and left the discs on either for looks or in hopes of one day integrating a braking system. I don't think it would be too hard to do really, maybe have a brake lever attach to the handlebar with a quick-release mechanism. I think on the whole is it a very clever bit of design though.
Racqia Dvorak
I really like the thought that went into this.... I'd buy it.
leanonme
This could make a nice child carrier too.
Freyr Gunnar
+1. Looks like a very good idea for when we occasionally need to carry bulky stuff instead of renting a car.
Rt1583
What are the cetrifugal effects of having that much extra weight forward of the steering centerline?
James Greig
This is over-engineered — with that size of rucksack it would be much easier (and cheaper) just to keep it on your back where it belongs, or investing in a nice big courier bag...