You're gonna need a bigger boat.

Less than three months into starting Cowgirl Bike Courier, we quickly realized that to meet customer demands, a more robust bicycle would need to be utilized. Though robust backpacks and front racks would help establish Cowgirl, there was only so much that we could accomplish with an orthodox bicycle. 

A typical Saturday at Veggielution Community Farm, pre cargo bike.

A typical Saturday at Veggielution Community Farm, pre cargo bike.

Last January, Cowgirl Bike Courier began talks with Lane Kagay of CETMA Cargo about building a cargo bike suitable for messenger work. What he gave us was beyond our wildest dreams.

Lane Kagay: What brings you to SoCal?  The Cowgirl: I'm here to see a man.  Lane Kagay: Oh yeah? You have a friend living in Venice Beach?  The Cowgirl: Not quite.  Lane Kagay: Not a friend?  The Cowgirl: I've never met him.  Lane Kagay: Never? Who is he, may I ask?  The Cowgirl: Lane Kagay.  Lane Kagay: [Serious] What do you want with Lane Kagay?  The Cowgirl: I need American steel.  Lane Kagay: Why do you need American steel?  The Cowgirl: I have cargo to haul.  Lane Kagay: You must have big cargo if you need Lane Kagay's steel.  The Cowgirl: ...Huge. 


Lane Kagay: What brings you to SoCal? 
The Cowgirl: I'm here to see a man. 

Lane Kagay: Oh yeah? You have a friend living in Venice Beach? 
The Cowgirl: Not quite. 
Lane Kagay: Not a friend? 
The Cowgirl: I've never met him. 
Lane Kagay: Never? Who is he, may I ask? 
The Cowgirl: Lane Kagay. 
Lane Kagay: [Serious] What do you want with Lane Kagay? 
The Cowgirl: I need American steel. 
Lane Kagay: Why do you need American steel? 
The Cowgirl: I have cargo to haul. 
Lane Kagay: You must have big cargo if you need Lane Kagay's steel. 
The Cowgirl: ...Huge

Over the next four months, we would discuss on how to create our cargo bicycle with a wide variety of experts in the field. External vs. internal gearing. Spoke count. Rim width. Crank arm length. Rotor size. No expense was spared in the creation of what would become the flagship bike of Cowgirl Bike Courier.

Beside the frame, wheels are the most important aspect of any bicycle. By teaming up with local legends Phil Wood and Co, we were able to commission a custom 26'/ 20' wheelset utilizing Velocity's latest rim, the Cliffhanger 2.0. Phil Wood's master wheel builder Leroy promised us a "nice set of wheels". We would quickly discover that 1) LeRoy is a truly modest man, and 2) the quality that Phil Wood is so famous for.

The assembly night that shall live in infamy forever.

The assembly night that shall live in infamy forever.

For customization of the drivetrain and cockpit, as well as assembly of the actual bike, we called upon the mechanics of La Dolce Velo. They've kept us running since Day 1, and continue to answer the call whenever we need any sort of repair or replacment.

Coming back to the frame, our CETMA Cargo bike utilizes 100% USA True Temper steel; the same tubing utilized by other master frame builders such as Rock Lobster and Breadwinner Cycles. Both attatchment tabs and tie down attachments have been welded to the frame, allowing us the versatility of running a box or tying cargo directly to the flat bed for oversized deliveries. Placard tabs have also been installed to the main triangle, allowing us to run advertising as needed. We are delighted that this bike has not only met, but exceeded all expectations we had set in mind.
 
And when it comes to hauling cargo, well...let's just say moving things by bicycle has become non-issue for us.

A typical Saturday at Veggielution Community Farm, post cargo bike.

A typical Saturday at Veggielution Community Farm, post cargo bike.

Cowgirl Bike Courier is proud to be considered a member of the #CETMAfamily. Through Lane's amazing work, we have been able to expand our business beyond that of just legal documents; breaking out into catering, wholesale baked good deliveries, newspaper distribution, and even expanding our zero-emission CSA program.
 
With three months to go until our one year anniversary, the future has never looked brighter. 
 
Special thanks to Velocity, Phil Wood, La Dolce Velo, and especially Lane Kagay for making this dream a reality. 

I can tell you with no ego, this is my finest cargo bike. If on your journey, you should encounter God, God will be cargoed.  -Lane Kagay

I can tell you with no ego, this is my finest cargo bike. If on your journey, you should encounter God, God will be cargoed.
 -Lane Kagay

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