The Pick-Up Artist (Complete Bicycle)

WIRE Magazine called it "the best-named cargo bike ever", but there is much more going for the Pick-Up Artist than its name.
This is a great option to consider if you are looking for a little more hauling capacity than the Tradesman and you don't want to piece together parts for a frame. The PUA is a complete bike.

- The longer wheelbase and linkage steering makes for a milder steering beast (better than carrying heavy loads). It's longer front platform also takes bulkier loads.
- The platform rack is fixed to the frame - not the fork - so the front load does not affect the steering as much as with a fork mounted pannier or bar mounted basket.
- Super low standover height makes disembarking easier even if you have something on top of the rear rack.


Frame: Steel w/alloy fold-down stem, one size
Handlebars: Ahearne-MAP
Brakes: Avid BB-7 160/180mm
Brake Levers: Avid FR-5
Crank Set: SRAM S200 42-32-22T, 170mm
Cassette: SRAM PG-730 7-speed, 12-32T
Derailleurs: SRAM X.3
Grips: Velo ergonomic
Pedals: Aluminum platform w/boron axle
Saddle: Velo VL-3061
Wheels: 20" front (keeps load at a lower center of gravity), 26" rear (alloy disc hubs and rims, 36h)
Tires: Kenda Kwest 20/26" x 1.75"
Front Platform: Steel, 44x30mm
Extras: Rear rack, fenders and steel double kickstand included

Effective Top Tube: 565mm
Steering column height (to the ground): 1000mm
Saddle to Pedal distance: 780 - 940mm
Wheelbase: 1350mm


The Pick-Up Artist (Complete Bicycle)

  • Can I sit on the bike while the kickstand is down?

    This is not really an frequently asked query, but it is important to address. The answer is "NO". The kickstand is plenty tough, but the chainstay is thinwall tubing and will deform if you sit on your bike while the kickstand is engaged. This will happen too if you 80+ lb. loads in the rear, while the kickstand is engaged and if the rear tire is not touching the ground.

The Pick-Up Artist (Complete Bicycle)

  • Bicycle Times Goes Out With the Pick-Up Artist

    The Pick-Up Artist is a great decal at $1,500. The list of compromises for the price is not long. Less expensive steel makes a heavier overall bike, but what's a few more pounds when you are carrying 50? ... It's a solid design that has the added benefit of being easy to step over. The bike absolutely did ot wiggle side to side, even with a lot of weight up front. The [front rack's] slimness is often an asset as the bike can squeeze between cars and other obstacles easily. Read the complete review in Bicycle Times Issue 29 or click here (Oct. 2013)