Torker Cargo-T

The Torker Cargo-T is a Dutch-style cargo bike that will be distributed by Seattle Bike Supply for sale in the U.S. in 2009.

Specs are as follows:

  • Chromoly Frame & Fork
  • HD Front & Rear Racks
  • Centerstand
  • Fenders & Chainguard
  • Headset Lock
  • Sturmey-Archer 3-Speed Hub w/Coaster Brake
  • Front Roller Brake
  • Alex DM350 Rims, SS spokes
  • Price: $639.99

The Cargo-T is reminiscent of the Batavus Delivery Bike. With its Asian frame and lower component spec, it will sell for considerably less than the Dutch-made original.

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Utilitarian Transports

When they’re not working at Calhoun Cycle, Marlin and Jon are busy building Utilitarian Transports Cargo Commuter Bikes, made by recycling old steel MTB frames, extending the head tube and steerer tube, and adding a handmade front rack:

We take the retrofit candidate, inspect it, famesave it, and reinforce it (only if applicable). We then extend the head tube and add a sweet hand made front rack to the new headtube and frame of the bike. This brings the size of the front wheel down to a 20″.  (or 16″ or 26″ etc.) We replace the old fork with a smaller one designed for the new front wheel, extend the steerer tube, and after all that we paint it, build it, and test ride it.

Attaching the rack directly to the frame provides the rider with a few nice things:

  • Having the rack lower creates more carrying capacity and makes for a more stable ride.
  • The 20″ wheel is stronger and can handle loads better.
  • One can keep a close eye on their load while riding.
  • Seeing how the rack doesn’t move when you turn the handlebars, there is no heaving when turning with big loads. (up to 150 pounds)

The rack was designed to hold one of those big rubbermade contaners with the lid, but we’ve used everything from old suitcases to pails, or just piling the stuff on and tying it down with old inner tubes.

Utilitarian Transports

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Here’s a shot from a trip to Mt Ventoux last Spring. —Kelly

Salsa Stem Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC’s Web site at

Name of product: Handlebar Stems Used on Salsa Bicycles

Units: About 8600

Importer: Salsa Bicycles, a subsidiary of Quality Bicycle Products, of Bloomington, Minn.

Hazard: The handlebar stems can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to the consumer.

Incidents/Injuries: Salsa Bicycles has received three reports of handlebar stems breaking. One incident resulted in a rider suffering a broken wrist.

Description: This recall involves all CroMoto S.U.L. stems sold as individual aftermarket units and on these models of complete Salsa bicycles: Ala Carte, El Mariachi, Casseroll Triple, Casseroll Single and La Cruz. The aftermarket stems are black and have the word “Salsa” painted on the extension. The complete bike stems are painted to match the bike model color and have the word “Salsa” painted on the extension. The recalled stems range from 75 through 105-degree rise and extension length from 90 to 120mm. Please visit the firm’s web site at for a complete list of model numbers and names included in this recall.

Sold by: Specialty bicycle retailers nationwide from November 2007 through December 2008 for between $880 and $1870 for complete bikes. The aftermarket stems were sold at specialty bicycle retailers nationwide and via web sites from March 2008 through December 2008 for between $60 and $65.

Manufactured in: Taiwan

Remedy: Consumers should stop riding these bicycles immediately and contact an authorized Salsa Bicycles dealer for a free inspection and replacement stem.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Salsa Bicycles toll-free at (877) 774- 6208 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

A Little Taste of Spring

We have more rain on the way, but you could really feel the approach of spring in the air today.

[For the camera people in the crowd, these shots were made with my spankin’ new Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX lens (just arrived today). Photozone calls it “the best ultra-wide angle zoom lens for Canon EOS APS-C DSLRs.”]

RJ’s Photo Contest Entries

  1. My Jamis Supernova relaxing and enjoying the view.
  2. My best friend looking remarkably cheerful for having just bailed! (She had to bail because I bailed, just to be fair.)
  3. The tail of my Xtracycle sloshing up Scenic Loop Rd.
  4. My Surly LHT/Xtracycle and I playing in the snow.

Visit RJ’s website, An Adventure Called Bicycling

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