Chukudu Cargo Bikes in the Congo

What looks like Picasso’s rendering of a bull is actually a Chukudu. These cargo bicycles are ingeniously built from wood from eucalyptus trees and spare parts of old disused cars. They characterize the street scenes of Goma in the Congo.

Chukudu bikes can transport loads of several hundred kilograms. The wooden wheels are often wrapped with rubber. Uphill, a sole man cannot push the heavy bike alone. Downhill towards Goma at Lake Kivu, they go at breakneck speed. The brake is a piece of rubber pressed against the back wheel.

In neighboring Rwanda, you hardly see any Chukudu; instead, cargo bicycles predominate.

Two men push a heavily loaded Chukudu uphill on the road from Goma to the North in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Chukudu transport bicycles are built from wood and spare parts of old disused cars. They are used for the transportation of loads of several hundred kilograms.
Two men push a heavily loaded Chukudu uphill on the road from Goma to the North in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Chukudu transport bicycles are built from wood and spare parts of old disused cars. They are used for the transportation of loads of several hundred kilograms.