Tested: Tern Cargo Node Folding Bike

As a longtime bike tester, I am often asked the same two questions, in this order: “What bike should I buy?” and “What’s your favorite bike?” Almost everyone expects me to answer the latter with some kind of carbon race bike or superlight, long-travel mountain rager. So they’re all surprised when I tell them that it’s my long-tail cargo bike.

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Other than the first bicycle I had as a kid—a Schwinn Scrambler—no other bike has changed my life like the cargo bike has. I use it to run every errand around town and even to transport construction supplies. (I’ll never forget the look on the faces of the hardware store employees as I rode off with two 60-pound bags of cement on the back.) Unless the weather is really bad, my car stays parked most of the week.