Interbike 2010: Civia Debuts New Cycle Truck

Parked in front of Civia’s booth at the Outdoor Demo, was their newest city creation, the Halsted cycle truck. As the popularity of they cycle truck category of bikes grows, it’s not surprising that more bike companies are picking up the trend.

While not a new idea, the concept of carrying heavy loads on a platform over the front wheel which is supported by the frame is starting to catch on, again. This design keeps the wheelbase short for improved steering and handling, and also doesn’t weight the front wheel allowing for easier turning. The 20 inch wheel in the front allows for the cargo to be kept low, also keeping the center of gravity lower.

Check out a few more angles after the jump!

Upfront you can see where the rather large V struts attach to the frame to keep the cargo platform stiff. That cargo platform, by they way is HDPE (high density polyethylene)  but what makes it Civia is that it is Re-HDPE meaning it it made from recycled municipal trash from Civia’s home town. Strong, relatively light, and recycled. Obviously this bike was sporting a cooler, which I’m guessing at Interbike that meant it was carrying, water…. who hasn’t wanted a cooler strapped to their bike at one point or another?

Out back, the Halsted sports a convenient frame lock which should aid in keeping your cycle truck safe while out making deliveries. Actually plan on making deliveries if you buy a Halsted? Civias got you covered with integrated frame tabs in the main triangle to mount your companie’s sign.

The Halsted looks to be primarily a 1×9 drive train, which should be plenty once it is loaded.

Check out the rest of the Civia line, and go by bike!

Comments

sam0000kent - 09/29/10 - 12:38pm

“also doesn’t weight the front wheel allowing for easier turning” – I don’t understand. Looks like it carries all the payload over the front wheel from where I’m sitting

ZachOverholt - 09/29/10 - 2:16pm

The front payload support is attached to the main frame not the fork. This means that the handlebar, stem, fork and front wheel are free to move on their own and the cargo doesn’t turn with the front wheel. Imagine a basket attached to your handlebar filled with a 50 pound weight and think of what that would do to your steering. The cycletruck design separates the load from the steering. Make sense?

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