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Detachable cargo dolly replaces your bike's front wheel

Detachable cargo dolly replace...
The TReGo reportedly detaches from the bike in seconds, yet remains securely in place while riding
The TReGo reportedly detaches from the bike in seconds, yet remains securely in place while riding
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The TReGo reportedly detaches from the bike in seconds, yet remains securely in place while riding
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The TReGo reportedly detaches from the bike in seconds, yet remains securely in place while riding
The TReGo's two 16-inch wheels tilt into turns
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The TReGo's two 16-inch wheels tilt into turns
The TReGo in action
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The TReGo in action

If you've got a lot of stuff to haul around, then cargo bikes are great. If you're just commuting, however, they're pretty heavy and cumbersome. Does this mean that if you do both things, then you need two bikes? Well, not necessarily. The TReGo turns your existing bike into a stuff-hauler.

Originally designed as a graduation project by Israeli industrial designer Ofir Yadan in 2012, the TReGo is now hopefully headed for production, as it's the subject of a just-launched Kickstarter campaign.

In a nutshell, it's an aluminum hand truck that temporarily replaces a regular bike's existing front wheel. Its two 16-inch wheels tilt into turns, and are each equipped with a separate hydraulic disc brake – the brakes are both activated by a single lever that's slipped onto a handlebar-mounted receptacle, located above the existing front brake lever.

The TReGo's two 16-inch wheels tilt into turns
The TReGo's two 16-inch wheels tilt into turns

Up to 25 kg (55 lb) of cargo can be loaded directly onto the truck, or carried in an optional 40-liter bag that gets fastened to it. The truck itself quickly clicks on and off of an included connector, which is in turn non-permanently attached to the bike's front fork once the wheel has been taken off.

When you reach your destination, you can just release the truck from the connector, and push it along as you would a regular hand truck. In the meantime, the connector flips down to act as a sort of "front kickstand."

Should you wish to carry heavier and/or larger loads, plans call for an optional kit that will allow the truck to be pulled behind the bike horizontally, like a trailer.

If you're interested in getting a TReGo, a pledge of US$635 is required. Delivery is estimated for December, assuming it reaches production. The planned retail price is $1,260.

It can be seen in use, in the following video. And for another take on the whole regular-bike-to-cargo-bike conversion thing, check out The Lift.

Sources: TReGo, Kickstarter

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8 comments
Teaser-Trailer.com
Smart idea but it's way too expensive for what it is... It's more expensive than the actual bicycle!
JoelTaylor
That is actually a really nice idea...but that price... The Early bird price is about what I would expect it to retail for ($700'ish) as it's on the same level as the Lift or the Xtracycle Leap (which is $700 for the basic kit).
Michael Lau
There was Noomad conversion kit, same terrible idea, I bought it, and it was terrible, it is not smooth ride as a bicycle and not stable as a tricycle. A good tadpole trike has the front wheel at a fixed pivot point when turning, a tilting tadpole has the tilting mechanic only move up and down form the centre line, the wheels position stay at the same triangle, a conversion kit have front wheels swing from the centre line of the bike, the triangle change as the bike turn, this creates two problems, first, when rolling resistance of either of the fronts wheels is higher or braking force is uneven (due to uneven surface) the bike would turn sharply to the side with more resistance. Second, when turn in sharp the front wheels swing and move closer to the centre line, the bike would be easily fall even more so then bicycle.
Shohreh
After Noomad from Spain, Kiffy and AddBike from France, The Lift from USA… now comes TReGo from Israel. They look like useful products, but for some reason, I've never actually seen any of those on the road.
nehopsa
16" wheels will have trouble negotiating the potholes. You get the "features" of a small-wheeled folding bike that is good for a mile or two but not so much for longer treks. 20" wheels would be probably better in this regard but then in turn the trolley would feel much more like some sort of a wheelchair. As other commentators already noted, the price is too steep. Definitely no go for me. I even doubt they will make the kickstarter at this price point.
ljaques
And by the time you rolled it back to your bike, it would be gone. I guess these would be useful on campus or around town for grocery delivery boys 'n girls. As others said, rough terrain would be hard to negotiate with those smaller wheels, the price is steep, and I'll add that it would be a lot harder to get into the house at night. Good luck! It may be a great fit for a few people.
MichaelCrumpton
Or you could get a kid trailer for $150, and have 3 times the capacity and not have to disassemble your bike every time you go shopping.
Chris Coan
You're right! This is a really expensive toy! As an owner of one, I now feel particularly aware of just how silly it is! The idea is very good, but the execution is just not ready for prime-time. These guys have an uphill battle on their hands. Their competition is stiff, and less expensive.