The Box Bike Collective

When our CETMA Cargo Bike was stolen, we found ourselves in a dark place. Those who have had their bike stolen know the feeling all too well. For us, it was amplified by the fact that this bike provided for our business, and thus, our way of life.

Fortunately, Alex Yasbek of the Box Bike Collective came to our aid.

I'm so sorry your bike was stolen. I hope it’s recovered soon. The [Box Bike] demo bike is available tomorrow and Friday. Just let me know if you could use it.

Cain had visited The Box Bike Collective in Santa Cruz after Alex had reached out to our company asking for feedback. The two of them spent the day together testing out Alex’s personal Box Bike, talking about bike shenanigans, and getting to know each other. They met as strangers and parted as friends, wishing nothing but success for the other and their respective companies.

Even with this new-found friendship, we never would have dreamed that Alex would allow us to use his prototype Box Bike for the next month. Asking nothing in return, Alex sorted out the planning and delivery of his prototype to Downtown San Jose. We joked that we may not be able to return the bike in one piece. Alex laughed and encouraged the behavior.

We may have gone a bit overboard with our enthusiasm.

We may have gone a bit overboard with our enthusiasm.

By the time we finished with the Box Bike Prototype, it was unrideable. We had destroyed the rear wheel, broken and replaced a few drivetrain components, and even cracked the frame. For four weeks straight, we rode the bike in excess of 60 miles per day, with loads ranging from 5 to 50 pounds, rain or shine. We had pushed the prototype far beyond its intended limits, and it showed.

Feeling like deadbeats, we realized that we’d be returning the bike in a worse condition than we had received it. Upon the bike reaching the point of no return, Cain reached out to Alex with feedback on the Box Bike, as well as an apology for destroying such a beautiful bicycle.

Alex called no more than 20 minutes after the e-mail had gone out.

I am so happy. I’ve lent out my prototype to countless people, asking for feedback, asking for them to abuse it and treat it as their own as opposed to as if it were a toy.

You were the first ones to give me the feedback I’d been seeking.

Alex and Cain got together that weekend for to return the Box Bike, as well as talk shop about improvements to be made. Thicker tubing. Stronger wheels. More efficient components. Alex took everything to heart, and in some cases, had already made the improvements that we were suggesting.

It has been a pleasure for us to work with Alex Yasbek, and we are forever indebted to the generosity and selflessness he showed us in our time of need. Our beloved CETMA has since been repaired and has continued to undertake its daily duties. That being said, during the time we were without our main cargo bike, Alex and The Box Bike Collective came through in the clutch, and allowed us to continue our day-to-day functions without a hitch.

If you’ve ever been interested in owning your own cargo bike, or just like supporting local business, The Box Bike Collective is currently running a Kickstarter campaign through February to help kick off their business into the next stage. We are delighted to have been a part of the research and development for the Box Bike Collective, and we wish Alex and his team all the fortune in the world. When the Box Bike Collective comes to bring cargo bikes to the masses, we’ll be on the frontline with Alex and his team.

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