View Full Version : What is the Flying Dutchman Cargo Bike?

08-17-2010, 10:37 PM

The Flying Dutchman Cargo bike brings an entirely new dimension to the Dutch style load carrying bicycle. With dual suspension, a recumbent seating position, and the ability to carry hundreds of pounds, the Flying Dutchman is the king of load carrying two wheelers, able to move practically anything you can fit into the cargo bay. The cargo bay is completely adaptable to just about any type of load you may need to move.


The entire building process is designed to allow anyone with a Do-It-Yourself desire to finish the Flying Dutchman Cargo Bike without requiring previous bike building experience or specialized tools and skills. The plan is laid out in a format that makes customization or alternate parts usage possible, so you can create your very own unique load carrying two wheeler from the parts you have on hand.

The Flying Dutchman weighs less than a truck spare tire and uses no fuel, yet can move a load as heavy as a refrigerator with very little effort. The bottom bracket is also adjustable to accommodate riders of varying heights and leg lengths. The smooth rolling recumbent design is comfortable for the long haul, stable at most speeds, and allows a good vantage point for busy city usage. Leave that gas guzzler at home and move your cargo under human power alone!

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08-18-2010, 11:21 AM
Nice design, Love the handlebar kickstand! Finally a use for all those kids bmx leftovers!


08-18-2010, 04:06 PM
Hi Brad and Kat.

Hope all is well.

I love this bike. I can see myself riding off into the sunset with some camping gear and leaving the world behind, and seeing where life takes me on this bike. Bliss! Superb design as always. After the recycled chopper I am near finishing for charity rides, this is my next build for sure. The idea of this bike gives me that Buzz Lightyear feeling. To infinity and beyond! Great work. it has a real sense of practicality and exploration and looks great to.

All the very best.


Radical Brad
08-18-2010, 09:44 PM


08-22-2010, 10:05 AM
That is pretty cool... I like that one. I can see somone peddaling Ice-creams from a chest in the front of that one along the beach

Radical Brad
08-22-2010, 11:46 AM
Also easily holds 4 24 packs, or a huge cooler!


09-01-2010, 03:45 PM
I like this, except for two things, which I will probably modify if/when I make one or have one made.

1. The open sides to the cargo box. They probably make it lighter, but I don't like the idea of having things vulnerable to falling out. I'll probably put up something resembling a trellis or a picket fence or the sides of a crib which will protect the cargo without adding as much weight to the machine.

2. I'd prefer to have the steering rods go under the box. That way I can add a fold-down seat and have the option of carrying passengers.

I'd also like to add fenders and a chainguard.

Otherwise, it is great.

Odd Man Out
09-01-2010, 07:42 PM
I like this, except for two things, which I will probably modify if/when I make one or have one made.

2. I'd prefer to have the steering rods go under the box.

Otherwise, it is great.

I look forward to seeing how you will do that -- be sure and post pix, fer sher!

09-02-2010, 08:47 AM
I look forward to seeing how you will do that -- be sure and post pix, fer sher!It has been done here (http://bicycledesign.net/2010/08/urban-arrow-a-new-bakfiets-design/).

Odd Man Out
09-02-2010, 08:56 AM
It has been done here (http://bicycledesign.net/2010/08/urban-arrow-a-new-bakfiets-design/).

Seems like it has but the design is unclear to me so I say again...

I look forward to seeing how you will do that -- be sure and post pix, fer sher!

ken will
09-02-2010, 01:46 PM
Here is a sneak peak at my imitation. (put on hold to prepare for hurricane Earl!)
I used recycled spirals as side rails.


The steering connecting rod is just outside the cargo area when riding in a straight line.
When turning all the way to the right it is at the edge of the cargo area.

http://p1zopw.blu.livefilestore.com/y1pkva44nERPTzsA6qsrUZgwJGuwplimh3PttSOJGx8JK7KY1Q nuzj9sNOe8CVWArFilMkNFuxX5pwz2DzaayBsqxBr5byrGeB-/allthewayright.JPG?psid=1

When turning all the way to the left it is over the center of the cargo area, but much higher.


http://p1zopw.blu.livefilestore.com/y1pmeBkiYvPHBvkQrTlkonA68WBpW7c9kT1XmRPuIEtL6lINKR oLgYIRyQKWRdjGklU7n-ns0MPATvFPP2PIP6e5Sw7BQHB34Wr/alltehwayleftside.JPG?psid=1

09-02-2010, 01:53 PM
For examples of steering going under the box:


Cetma Cargo. (http://cetmacargo.com/10%20CETMA%20cargo%20bike%20index.htm)

Do these pictures give you an idea of how it would be done?

Odd Man Out
09-02-2010, 07:55 PM
Ideas, yup -- not specifics that's why I await your detailed photo essay...

09-03-2010, 10:09 AM
Tom's Cargo Bikes (http://tomscargobikes.com/)

Metrofiets (http://www.metrofiets.com/)

For those who don't know, 'fiets' is Dutch for 'bicycle'. 'Bak' means a box. This kind of machine is called a 'bakfiets', a 'boxbike.'

Radical Brad
09-03-2010, 01:07 PM
It can certainly be done, but you will need some extra linkage hardware, possibly 2 more head tubes and 4 spherical bearings.

The load carrying capacity will also drop without the top bar, but will still be in the 200+ pound range.


09-24-2010, 04:34 PM
That looks like 2" steel tubing for the main boom. What does that bike weight? I'm guessing that would be in the neighborhood of 80-90 lbs. am I close?

BTW I have Bicycle Builder's Bonanza. While I didn't build anything specific out of the book it did give me the confidence and guidance to start hacking away at some designs myself. I have used many of the skills set forward in that book. Thank you for creating this volume I have gotten alot out of it.