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A detachable trolley that turns a normal bike into a cargo bike (or more accurately a cargo trike) has almost reached its $80,000 funding goal on Kickstarter in just one week.

BikeBiz reports that the load-carrying trolley started out as an academic project at Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy but designer Yadan Ofir is now looking to start mass production.

TreGo’s big selling point is that it turns an ordinary bike into a cargo bike in seconds. No tools are needed and no permanent modifications need to be made to your bike.

You either pop out the front wheel and replace it with TreGo, or it can be combined with a towing cart kit and used as a trailer. It can also be used as a standalone trolley to take with you on foot.

TreGo’s wheels tilt, allowing you to lean into turns and there are two hydraulic disc brakes, one on each wheel. The brakes are part of the trolley and are controlled by a separate brake lever.

You can carry up to 25kg on the rack or 40kg if you’re towing it.

Brace yourself though. Backers will need to stump up $700 (about £550) to secure themselves a TreGo trolley and the Kickstarter page suggests an eventual retail price of $1,260 (£980).

It does come in a choice of colours though, so that’s something.

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