Bike Friday (the company) has been hand making travel bikes in Oregon since 2001. Initially they focused on bicycles for people to use travelling all over the world. In 2008 they began to focus on the urban market with a model called the "tikit" and it wasn't too long before the Haul-A-Day was born out of a super successful Kickstarter campaign.
We bought into that Kickstarter campaign (a frameset/wheels) thinking and hoping that this bike could be an answer to one of our biggest challenges which was: Where is the one-size-fits-all cargobike demanded by the market? In our shop, one of our challenges was fitting the wildly different heights of many couples who want a cargobike. We bought the bike hoping it could answer this puzzle and we are delighted to report it has.
|Ikea run to pick up display cabinets for the shop.|
With the purchase of the bare frameset/wheels we set about assembling our bike with a mostly SRAM Via 2x10 group with mechanical disc brakes. We added the front rack/basket but I neglected to purchase a set of bags for the back so I rigged up a set of OG Xtracycle slings from my "tall cargobike" with some creative zip-tying and an extra polo mallet shaft.
VOILA! We're rolling!
|Fits little cargonistas so perfectly you only need one hand to ride it.|
What makes the Haul-A-Day so unique is its ability to fit anyone from 4'0" to 6'7" (1.2m - 2.0m) tall with a maximum rider weight of 220lbs (100kgs). The way this is done is through an innovative telescoping mainframe, super adjustable seatpost, and stem/handlepost.
Also unique is its weight. Weighing in around 35lbs it is one of the lightest cargobikes on the market, making it east to carry up a few flights of stairs or move around. Its lightweight also makes it feel really zippy and maneuverable, super fun to ride, and it goes uphill better then most cargobikes on the road today.
Braking is handled by dual disc brakes and gearing options are as varied as your imagination - the sky really is the limit.
|The front basket can handle an additional 50lbs.|
Need to transport your Haul-a-Day on a vehicle? No problem! It can fit on most standard rear racks, roof racks, and bus racks too! You may simply need to adjust the frame to its smallest setting and spin the front wheel around (have a look at the photo link above).
|6 bundles of firewood isn't a problem at all.|
|Our 24D demo bike, complete with floorboards, seat pad, and security ring.|
One of the truly unique features of the Haul-a-Day is it's ability to be stored standing up, essentially taking up the same amount of space as a loaded coat rack and making it possible to take it into smaller elevators.
|Modern day coat rack.|
Our demo is available for you to try for a day, a weekend, or even a week - making it easy to find your own way into your cargobike lifestyle.
Every bike is custom ordered, in the configuration that works best for you and your needs. We also have an option available for custom cargo bags through a California company called Carsick Designs.
Thanks for reading.