Cargo and transport bikes -- designed to haul everything from kids to shopping bags to furniture -- are the next big trend in cycling, thanks to crowded city living and urbanites opting for greener lifestyles over gas-guzzling vehicles, say organizers of ISPO, one of the biggest events in the world for sports goods manufacturers and suppliers.
This year, ISPO is hosting ISPO Bike in Munich July 25-28. While e-bikes are once again a major trend, this year will also put the spotlight on cargo bikes, with a special exhibit dubbed CargoVille celebrating the joys of "urban mobility."
"Having the option to conveniently transport groceries on the front or rear luggage racks or take care of errands within distances of less than six kilometers in urban areas will become of interest," said Jens Haug, marketing director of Europe Cannondale, on the cargo trend. "The increasing size of the transport racks improves the flexibility of use as well as the product convenience."
At the show, visitors will be able to view the latest cargo bike models and also see an exhibit on how cargo bikes are used around the world.
ISPO Bike will host some 200 exhibitors of bikes and bike-related gear, including fashions and apps, from around the globe, including brands Kettler, Bergamont, My Stromer, Cooper, BH Bikes, Utopia, TranzX, Flyer, Derby Cycle, Cannondale, KTM, Radon, as well as newcomers Riese & Müller, Christiania Bikes, Urban Arrow, and Bicicapace.