In urban landscapes where every inch of space counts and sustainability is paramount, the humble bicycle has undergone a remarkable transformation. Enter the cargo bike – the eco-friendly workhorse of city transportation, designed to haul everything from groceries to children with ease.

But not all cargo bikes are created equal. In fact, there's a spectrum of designs tailored to different needs, each with its own advantages and quirks. At Rothar, we cater for a lot of urban folks living in apartments or houses with little storage space - our main business is now cargo bikes that have an elongated rear section designed to carry cargo, or longtail cargo bikes. There are three main different categories of longtail cargo bikes: short tail, mid tail, and long tail. Let's dive into the different types. 

The Short Tail Cargo Bike: Manoeuvrability Meets Efficiency

Imagine a traditional bicycle stretched out with a sturdy platform or basket mounted over the rear wheel – that's the essence of a short tail cargo bike. These nimble machines excel in urban environments where tight corners and crowded streets demand agility. With a compact footprint, they're a breeze to park and manoeuvre, making them ideal for quick trips to the market or navigating through bustling city centres.

Short tail cargo bikes typically have a payload capacity ranging from 120 to 200kg, allowing for sizeable grocery hauls or transporting small children. However, their smaller size does come with limitations. They might not accommodate larger or bulkier items as effectively as their longer counterparts. 

                                                             The Tern QuickHaul is a short tail cargo bike. 


The Mid Tail Cargo Bike: The Goldilocks of Cargo Hauling

If the short tail cargo bike is the city slicker, then the mid tail is the versatile all-rounder. With a slightly extended wheelbase compared to its shorter sibling, the mid tail strikes a balance between manoeuverability and cargo capacity. This extra length translates to a more stable ride, allowing for heavier loads without compromising on agility.

Mid tail cargo bikes often feature an integrated rear rack or platform positioned between the rider and the rear wheel. This central placement distributes weight more evenly, enhancing stability and handling. They're well-suited for families looking to transport kids or gear comfortably without sacrificing the convenience of a compact footprint.


                   The Veloe multi is a midtail bike - enough space for 2 kids but with the agility of a regular bike


The Long Tail Cargo Bike: Hauling Heavy Loads with Ease

For those with serious cargo-carrying needs, the long tail cargo bike reigns supreme. Picture a standard bicycle elongated to accommodate an extended rear rack capable of supporting substantial payloads. From large grocery runs to transporting multiple children or even gear for camping adventures, long tail cargo bikes can handle it all with ease.

The extended wheelbase of long tail cargo bikes provides exceptional stability, even when carrying heavy loads. While they may not be as manoeuverable in tight spaces as their shorter counterparts, their impressive hauling capacity makes them indispensable for families, small businesses, and anyone else needing to transport bulky items regularly.

The ultimate longtail cargo bike: the Bicicapace JustLong - enough space for kids and gear in the massive front bag


Choosing the Right Cargo Bike for You

When it comes to selecting the perfect cargo bike, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Consider your specific needs, from the types of cargo you'll be hauling to the terrain you'll be traversing. If you are navigating narrow city streets and making frequent stops, a short or mid tail cargo bike might be the ideal choice. However, if you require maximum hauling capacity and stability, a long tail cargo bike could be the perfect fit.

Ultimately, regardless of which type you choose, investing in a cargo bike is not just a transportation decision – it's a lifestyle choice that promotes sustainability, health, and community engagement. Whether you're reducing your carbon footprint, enjoying quality time with loved ones on two wheels, or simply embracing the joy of pedalling, a cargo bike offers endless possibilities for adventure and utility in the modern world.