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Big Boda load-carrying bicycle

The Big Boda is able to carry hundreds of pounds of cargo or two additional passengers easily, at a substantially lower cost than other forms of human-powered utility vehicles. It was designed to transport goods to and from market for entrepreneurs and consumers in developing countries. WorldBike originally designed a low-cost frame extension called the Longtail to be compatible with the low-cost Chinese-made single-speeds ubiquitous in East Africa. In 2005, it was redesigned to be more suitable with the Western Kenyan Boda Boda bicycle-taxi operators and for easier manufacturing in small workshops.

  1. Designers: WorldBike, Adam French (first phase), Ed Lucero with contributions from Paul Freedman, Matt Snyder, Ross Evans, Moses Odhiambo, and Jacob [last name?] (second phase)
  2. Manufacturer: WorldBike and Moses Odhiambo’s workshop
  3. Kenya, 2002–05
  4. Mild steel, woven papyrus passenger cushion
  5. Dimensions: 84” h x 48” w x 24” d
  6. In use in: Kenya, Uganda
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