Mark in Seattle with his CETMA Largo and very happy fake baby.
Having an apprentice these past couple months has been incredibly enlightening. Teaching my business has been a learning experience which has revealed new perspectives and inspired a lot of changes. I’m going to tell you about some significant changes that I will initiate in April. Let me get a beer first.
Beginning April 1st, prices for my bikes will increase. This increase reflects an honest and fair compensation for my input, materials, and certain new equipment changes coming to CETMA Cargo bikes. The price change is based on math formulas which are standard in this business and which only a damn fool would ignore.
My current prices will not change until April 1st, so if you’re considering an order, you’ve got one month to do it. If you’ve already placed an order, your cost will not change. If you already own a CETMA Cargo bike, the value of your bike is about to go up, my friend.
Starting in one month, CETMA framesets will cost $2930, shipping not included. Framesets include everything they’ve always included: frame (duh), fork, steer shaft and mast, steer shaft spacers, kickstand, and platform.
The price for complete CETMA Cargo bikes will be $4395, shipping not included. This increase reflects compensation for my labor and some new standard equipment.
Starting April 1st, all complete CETMA cargo bikes will be equipped with NuVinci internally-“geared” hubs. Their durability and simplicity make them exactly the type of product I want on my bikes. Since most of my customers choose them as an option anyway, it’s sensible to make NuVinci hubs standard.
All CETMA Cargo bikes will come with dynamo hubs and head/tail lights. A no-brainer. The standard hubs shall be SRAM’s I-Lite, paired with Busch & Müller’s Lumotec “Lyt N Plus” headlight and their “Secula Plus” tail light (which can brilliantly mount to the seat stays now). These items are considered good quality and aesthetically compatible with my bikes.
Black Planet Bike fenders will be included with all CETMA bikes from now on.
This new equipment will add significant value to my bikes by making them more user-friendly, finer equipped, and longer-lasting than ever.
So that’s that, everyone. I believe the above price changes are necessary and fair and honest for a hand-built cargo bike completely constructed, welded, finished, assembled, packed, and shipped all under one roof here in L.A.
Please share this, feedback welcome, as always.
Thanks @cetmacargo it came. #racklyfe #messlife
I’m improving the HALFrack to make it more compatible with panniers. Here’s the new design.
There’s a horizontal lower hanger and the gusset tab has been reoriented toward the bottom for bungee hooks. The gusset also has a hole for light mounts if you want them.
I get a lot of requests to make pannier racks. These new design tweaks accommodate those requests and make the rack more versatile than ever.
As always, this rack is compatible with almost all bike geometries, works with all types of brakes, and can be built for axle or eyelet mounting.
I want your opinions about this. Any recommendations? Do you like it? Would you use it?
Beginning the packing process of a CETMA Cargo bike. I build every bike, process it after powder-coating, then assemble it and prepare it for shipping. I also build the shipping crate myself.
Another day is done. In mother Venice Beach the cargo bike cargos you. @cetmacargo @freightbags @farwestcourier
Here’s are a few photos I took while assembling the Margo floor model for Clever Cycles in Portland. This picture demonstrates how easy the frame separates without messing with the cables.
The only cable that needs to be undone is the front brake cable, which disconnects at the lever, no tools necessary. The rear brake cable and shifter cable remain intact since the handlebar stays with the rear during transit.
This is how a seven-foot cargo bike can fit into a small car and then reassemble in minutes. AND: clean hands, minimal tools, no fine tuning of anything.