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We're excited to be opening a new chapter in American cargo bikes, and can't imagine what the next 15 years hold. Thanks for your patience, and thanks for riding an Xtracycle.
When Ross Evans hatched the concept for the FreeRadical more than 15 years ago, who would have thought that that design would have enough tenacity, strength, and flexibility to set the standard for cargo bikes for 15 years! Thousands have taken an existing bike and turned it into a cargo bike - fulfilling on the vision Ross, Kipchoge, and many others shared all those years ago.
Before the FreeRadical, it was downright hard to get a cargo bike in the US and the FreeRadical was our way to change that quickly. But times have changed. There are dozens of cargo bike companies, hundreds of cargo bike shops, and thousands of people riding cargo bikes - the FreeRadical has succeeded!
That success has been the FreeRadical's downfall: over the last 15 years, cargo bikes have gotten better and better. When Xtracycle launched the EdgeRunner in 2012, we took everything we learned from years of riding FreeRads to make the EdgeRunner smarter and more fun to ride. The EdgeRunner has been a big hit for our company, and the time has now come to re-invent a classic. So, on this the eve of the FreeRadical's reign as the pioneer and prototype for North American cargo bikes, a new chapter is beginning to take form.
The promise of the FreeRadical was to take any bike, or almost any bike, and transform it with a few hours labor (and often a few beers) into a cargo bike. This remains our challenge. We own the patent on this technology and we have the experience to make a cargo bike conversion kit amazing.
So, when can I get one you ask? To be honest, we don't know. It takes time to work through the compatibility and safety features needed to fulfill our vision. It took Ross fours years to design the first FreeRadical, and we're two years into the process of re-invention now. Want to be the first to know what's coming? Sign up for updates by clicking below.
We developed the FreeRadical concept as an economic opportunity for rural subsistence farmers to get goods to market, or for bicycle taxi drivers to easily add more capacity to their bike to increase their income.
Who would have thought such a product was so needed in the developed world? Responsible for hundreds of thousands fewer car-trips globally, the FreeRadical is perhaps the most practical, affordable and high impact of ecological solutions you can buy. But it won't just make you feel better, it will make you smile - and it will take you places you never imagined you would go.
We developed the FreeRadical concept 15 years ago when we were young, rich in bikes, and low on cash. FreeRadical will work with most 26" and 700c bikes. It has undergone numerous updates since the early days, but remains a classic design that has converted tens of thousands of bikes worldwide.
FreeRadical X1 adds a scant 12.5 pounds to any bike and increases carrying capacity exponentially. That said, at only 12.5 pounds, FreeRad does not inhibit low earth orbit, as shown.
We developed FreeRadical as a practical solution to a gripping global problem. That said, FreeRadical remains one of the most romantic products ever. Whether you are seeking greater picnic potential, a platform to regale your neighborhood with your favorite iTunes playlist, or simply a second seat to taxi a friend (with or without priveledges), FreeRadical is the accessible, responsible solution for the fast-paced and mechanized world of gadgets and gizmos.
The FreeRadical was the brainchild of inventor Ross Evans and co-founder Kipchoge Spencer. Inspired by cultural change and sustainability, Evans and Spencer spent nearly 10 years popularizing cargo bikes inside a culture of cars and convenience.
"The irony is that now our culture and our economy are so integrated that one of the best ways to create cultural change and social change is by using economic mechanisms...that's why we wanted to start a company"
-Kipchoge Spencer, Xtracycle co-founder