Welcome to Cargobike Magazine!
Based in beautiful Oslo, Norway, I have been covering the rise of the modern cargobikes since 2012 through this website. The first five years in Norwegian, from September 2017 in English.
No matter the language, my goal is simple: To show you the smartest bikes, the people who ride them – and the people who make them. If you’re inspired by this, then I’m happy!
Cargobike Magazine started out as an all Norwegian blog, under the name Transportsykkel (no prize for guessing what that word means!). Here I’ve been featuring riders, shops and bikes, besides hosting the annual Cargobike Meetup in Oslo, a super low key happening where people show up with their bikes in a park to share test rides, knowledge and experiences.
After a few years of writing cargobike stories in my almost non-existent spare time, I was surprised and honored with «The Bike Prize 2016».
This is a semi-annual award by the Norwegian Cyclists’ Association, presented to me during the National Bicycle Conference – for the way Transportsykkel promoted cargo bike use and cargo bike culture. Yay! Thanks!
In September 2017, I wanted to expand the audience by switching to a language that most people actually understand and taking on the Cargobike Magazine name.
It’s still a one man operation, though, and this mag is made purely out of passion – beside my daily work as an independent writer and photographer in Oslo.
You can check out some of my daily commercial work at geiranders.com. The Cargobike Magazine is a 100% independent mag – written just because I love it.
So, why cargo bikes? Even though I rode bikes all day as a kid, I ditched the bike as soon as I turned 16 and got my hands on gas-guzzling, motorized alternatives. Doing cycling for sport never interested me at all.
Then, at the age of 21, I discovered the playful mountain bike. I was hooked from the first trail back home in the Gudbrandsdalen mountains. It became a passion, and it still is.
Back then, as a singletrack-minded mountain biker, I refused to have even a simple luggage rack on any of my bikes. Too heavy, too ugly, too slow.
Twenty years, three kids and many bikes later, I finally realized that a big and heavy cargobike should replace my light and fast urban commuter bike. My car was a super useful multivan, why shouldn’t my bike be able to do more? Cue the cargobike, and the result: Less driving, much more fun.
And a whole new kind of bicycle passion. Which made me start this site in 2012.
Today, I ride my electrified Surly Big Dummy loaded with everything from camera and lighting equipment to kids, firewood and guitar amps.
As you will see, the older stories here are still in Norwegian. Sorry, give it a shot at Google Translate and check if anything makes sense. Most of my new content will be written in English – with a Scandinavian accent.
Have any tips or suggestions for stories you want to see or bikes you want to be featured? Do you have a brand that could find the right audience through an ad here? I’m all ears!
You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Geir Anders Rybakken Ørslien