Introducing the Civia Halsted
The Civia Halsted is our new cycle truck bike designed around a frame mounted front cargo rack. Civia is bicycle transportation and the Halsted expands what bicycle transportation can be. Today’s post is to introduce you to the Halsted. Hopefully, we’ll get you thinking how you can expand bicycle transportation in your daily travels. I’m going to keep today’s post brief. In later posts I will give more detail on the Halsted’s features and design process.
As a designer at Civia, I think of the Halsted as a contemporary take on the cargo bikes of decades past. Features such as the large front rack deck being mounted to the bike’s frame to provide a stable ride with a heavy load, and a 20 inch wheel in front for a low center of gravity have been time-tested on many work bicycles. The Halsted however is purpose designed for today’s riders, with improvements in geometry, modern materials and part spec. For example, the bike’s geometry is enhanced for ease of stepping over the top tube when the bike is fully loaded. Material selection choices, such as the Halsted’s upcycled HDPE front deck, shows our commitment to sustainable design practices. Lastly, equipment spec features such as the front disk brake improves the bike’s overall performance.
These photos, half of which were taken in my backyard, of the Halsted show prototypes. So, don’t pay too much attention to part spec, okay?
The front deck is made from upcycled high density polyethylene (ReHDPE) sourced from a Minnesota manufacturer. The manufacturer recycles municipal trash dumpsters, among other things, into ReHDPE. The material has excellent strength and all-weather properties making it ideal for urban bicycles. Stay tuned for more ReHDPE accessories from Civia.
This view of the underside of the rack gives you a better idea of how the rack attaches to the frame and not the fork.
The simple attachment of the front rack and deck, along with its beefiness, begs for some DIY modifications. Who hasn’t wanted a cooler mounted to their bike at some point?
The Halsted was designed primarily for individual use, but can also shine as a small business get-it-done bike. The bike includes tabs for mounting your own signage.
Male model Chris Duerkop as the Pizza-Guy-with-creepy/ironic-mustache on a prototype Halsted. Frame color on the production Halsted will be the pearl gray seen in the photos above.
The Halsted is a new take on classic bicycle form that can expand what you can carry on your bike and give you the opportunity to ride your bike more. That’s what bicycle transportation is all about; the opportunity to ride your bike more. The Halsted will be offered as complete bike and as a frameset in March from Civia dealers. For the MSRP of the complete bike we are targeting a $1,000 price point. So, check back next week for more new Civia product offerings. Then later this fall we'll get down to design details.
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