Our Story

We’re not a bike company. Weird, huh? But let us explain.

Our mission is simple: Xtracycle works to empower people with transformational tools that move the body and spirit. We’re here to serve you. All of you, everywhere. We mean it when we say everybody needs an Xtracycle. We want to give the world a transcendent experience, one that brings more joy, health, peace, and multipurpose utility into your life via a simple, humble, beautiful machine: the cargo bike. This has been the dream from day one. And we figured we could have some fun making our dream come true by helping others fulfill dreams of their own.

Xtracycle started with an epiphany: bikes are fun and healthy, but if you add some utility by enabling them to carry the precious cargo that helps make a life, they’re fun and healthy and really useful, too. Cargo bikes can do everything gas-powered vehicles can, just without the same costs: cash costs, environmental costs, health costs… But this isn’t a guilt trip; it’s an invitation to the party. We ride together.

We know what it feels like to be sick and tired of the grind, the traffic jam, the status quo, the stress and the anxiety and the pressure and all that. So we choose to go by cargo bike, making cycling—with family, friends, pets, or just our thoughts—a very central and essential part of our lives. It solves a bunch of our problems in one fell swoop, like magic.

Our customers just get this. They slow down, smell the flowers, and relish the gift of their lives more, moment by moment, rolling along and getting stuff done in a fresh, new way. In fact, they often buy one of our cargo bikes for one thing and then end up using it for everything. They find themselves empowered and transformed. Maybe that’s a fancy way of saying that their lives get better. Because of us. Which is a pretty magical feeling.

The Xtracycle & Worldbike origin story

Xtracycle early prototype in Nicarauga

In 1995, an idealistic Stanford engineering student named Ross Evans landed in war-torn Nicaragua. There, in a tin-and-cinder-block shed, he took a welding torch and built what he didn’t realize at the time was a revolutionary invention: a longtail cargo bike designed to empower farmers to pedal their produce to market.

After returning home to California, Ross founded Xtracycle and the charitable organization Worldbike, sharing his vision for transforming global transportation: give people a powerful, practical tool for vitality and connectivity and watch them grow and thrive. Together with countless early riders, Xtracycle ignited the cargo-bike movement. Around the world, Xtracycle’s message of utility cycling as a smart, sustainable solution for personal and economic development has gained incredible momentum.

You can watch one of the TED Talks that Ross has given on all this:

More than a billion people worldwide lack adequate access to transport. Most live in rural areas cut off from markets, clinics, and schools. Worldbike designs and distributes low-cost bicycles for programs that increase economic opportunity, improve health outcomes, and boost enrollment and gender equity in secondary schools among the rural poor.

Read more about Worldbike’s work at worldbike.org.

Our team

(Posted in alphabetical order.)

Ashley

(she/her)
Marketing Systems Manager
Team member since: 2016
Current city: Tallahassee, Florida
Birth city: Hanford, California
Birthday: April 6th (Aries)
Some things that bring me joy:
– A good day spent out in the woods, riding the trails and forest roads on my bike.
– A sci-fi novel that I just can’t put down.
– Camping road trips with my family.

Christopher

(he/him)
Assembler
Team member since: 2020
Current city: Walnut Creek, California
Birth city: Walnut Creek, California
Birthday: November 22 (Sagittarius/Scorpio cusp)
Some things that bring me joy:
– Good conversations over cold drinks that last longer than the night.
– Neurology text books that illuminate larger neural systems.
– Getting lost in the landscapes of sound creation.

Evan

(he/him)
Operations
Team member since: 2014
Current city: Emeryville, California
Birth city: Berkeley, California
Birthday: May 30th (Gemini)
Some things that bring me joy:
– Climbing trees with my kids
– Being a scavenger ie gleaning fruit from trees or bushes, checking out free boxes, mushroom hunting, visiting free libraries, etc.
– Delicious food: croissants from our favorite bakery, street food in Hanoi, fresh picked strawberries.

Jamie

(he/him)
Social Media & WeRideTogether Community Guide
Team member since: 2019
Current city: Albany, California
Birth city: Oakland, California
Birthday: June 2 (Gemini)
Some things that bring me joy:
– Vibing out to an excellent DJ set.
– Digging into a great sci-fi story.
– A long bike ride with my family culminating with tacos.

Kris

(he/him)
Director of Sales and Marketing
Team member since: 2017
Current city: Chicago, Illinois
Birth city: Chicago, Illinois
Birthday: June 10th (Gemini)
Some things that bring me joy:
– Going on adventures by bike with my partner.
– Skateboarding with friends.
– Reading a good book and relaxing at home.

Marie-Claire

(she/her)
Client Happiness Advocate
Team member since: 2018
Current city: Tallahassee, Florida
Birth city: London, Ontario, Canada
Birthday: July 10 (Cancer)
Some things that bring me joy:
– I love to bake! Bagels, croissants, bread, cookies and cakes.
– Playing board games with my kids.
– I’m passionately devoted to issues of education equity, as well as to cycling as a means towards transportation equity.

Ross

Founder and CEO
Team member since: 1998
Current city: Nevada City, California
Birth city: Tucson, Arizona
Birthday: February 27th (Pisces)
Some things that bring me joy:
– Great books: reading and studying, reflecting and sharing.
– Food: cooking, health, nutrition, sustainability.
– Personal growth: bird-dogging peculiar and authentic ways I can make a lasting contribution to others’ lives.

Steve

(he/him)
Product Manager
Team member since: 2017
Current city: Mill Valley, California
Birth city: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Birthday: July 26 (Leo)
Some things that bring me joy:
– Doing family bike rides.
– Seeing other families doing things by bike.
– Super early morning trail runs.