The Cascade Flyer
Designed by Portland, Oregon-based bike builder Alistair Williamson, the Cascade Flyer is part of the emerging trend of midtail rides. "I see it taking the place of a city bike you might have and a cargo bike you would not have bought," Williamson says. "Or, this is as much for a person buying a cool city commuter bike as someone looking for a bike to carry their kid." (Read Mary Catherine O'Connor's complete review of the Cascade Flyer.)
The rack includes a wood top that is divided into two sections: One swivels out to accommodate wide loads and the other covers a locking storage container that Williamson calls a burrito box.
Erin Berzel in Transit
The back rack is built to accommodate a Yepp child carrier, but other brands can be mounted using adapters, says Williamson. For bigger kids and adults, the bike has a small handlebar behind the seat post and height-adjustable footpegs.
Kinn Bikes is manufacturing the Cascade Flyer in Portland. "We’re doing a first run of 30 bikes, which is a way to get the bikes out there and learn more about how people are using them," says Williamson. "Then we'll do a larger run this winter."
The Cascade Flyer is available as a nine-speed (and you can upgrade up to a 27-speed) with a Shimano Alivio derailleur for $1,950, or with an eight-speed internal gear hub, the Alfine 8, for $2,000. The latter version is handy for changing gears at, say, a stoplight as you face an incline with a heavy load.
If you need to haul cargo that is wider than the rack, this swiveling platform provides additional support.