The Boston area has been sorely lacking a true cargo and family bike shop. Ferris Wheels in Jamaica Plain has been stocking Yubas for a long time (which is great!), but that was the only style of cargo bike (at least one suitable for carrying kids) that was reliably available for test ride in a retail shop in the entire Boston metro area. Anyone shopping in earnest for a cargo or family bike was stuck trying to network to arrange test rides with other bike owners behind the scenes. We provided very many of those test rides, sometimes so frequently I felt like it was my second job (only no one paid me for it — though we did once get a half-dozen delicious eggs from a friend’s backyard chickens for our trouble!). After all that work, you were then stuck taking a road trip or paying a big shipping fee to get the bike into town (sometimes several hundred dollars).
But our time has finally come!
A couple months ago, Bicycle Belle* opened near Porter Square in Somerville, at the intersection of Beacon and Oxford (368 Beacon St, Somerville).
Longtime blogger at Biking in Heels has opened a shop filled with beautiful city bikes, clever accessories and CARGO BIKES.
For family biking, the shop is currently stocking Workcycles Bakfiets (short and long), the Fr8 and the Gr8, Xtracycle (including Radish and Edgerunner, the Edgerunner isn’t on the floor yet, it will be soon). As of my last visit, they also had a Kinn mid-tail on the floor. The shop is also stocking the kind of bike accessories family bikers need, like yepp maxi and mini seats, the burley piccolo trailer bike (this is what we have behind our bakfiets), bern helmets including kid sizes, the lazer bob helmet (one of the few helmets that actually fits small toddlers), and handlebar coffee cup holders (that last one is important).
I’ve also been really impressed by how much the shop owner, Carice, has reached out to the local family and cargo bike community. She’s really listening to what we want and need, and is stocking her shop based on hard-won knowledge about what actually works from those of us on the front lines. Several friends have also been working with her to find bikes that will work for their families, and from what I hear, Carice has been working to make sure they get bikes that will really work for them.
We couldn’t be happier to have a shop like this in the neighborhood…and to pass some of the local cargo bike test ride traffic her way. If you are in the market, or just want to try out one of these great bikes, then pay Bicycle Belle a visit.
*Other than some snacks at the grand opening party, we’ve received no compensation for this post, and weren’t asked to write it. We just think this shop is awesome and really want it to succeed.