We’re here to help you get rolling.
Cargo bikes are insanely fun and supremely rewarding; they can also be intimidating, overwhelming, and gigantic. That’s why we’re committed to giving each family one-on-one service; we want you to leave our shop feeling excited, empowered, and confident. Our job is to figure out what bike set-up is best for your family (we’ll even happily send you to another shop, if they’ve got a different bike we think you should try), dedicate time to helping you acclimate to riding these big fun bikes, and share what we’ve learned along the way.
Elsbeth Cool, founder
Elsbeth slowly went from reluctant cyclist to year-round bike commuter and certified cargo bike maniac. She loves the freedom, simplicity, and joy riding with her family offers!
She is active in her neighborhood and ward as an advocate for safe streets; has been featured in the Chicago Tribune; co-founded Chicago Family Biking Community, a rapidly growing community for local parent-cyclists; and was a recipient of the QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship.
When she's not helping families find the perfect cargo bike, you can probably find her riding around town in her Urban Arrow, brimming with children, groceries, and library books.
Press and Interviews
Family Pedals Podcast: “Switching to Family Cycling" Listen Here
Family Pedals Podcast: “Talking (Bike) Shop with Elsbeth Cool” Listen Here
Bridging the Gap: A Shift Up Series Sponsored by QBP Podcast, “Building a Bike Shop On Your Own Terms” Listen Here
She Rides Her Bike: “Women Who Inspire: Elsbeth Cool”
Voyage Chicago: “Elsbeth Cool of Four Star Family Cyclery” Interview
Red Tricycle: “Get to Know Four Star Family Cyclery”
Chicago Tribune: “Cargo Bikes Can Do the Job of a Minivan”
Po Campo Blog: “Get Ready for National Bike to School Day”
Sunday, September 8, 4:00-7:00pm – Drummond School Block Party
Friday, September 27, 7:30-10:30pm – MOTHERLOAD Documentary Screening, more information here