Please select your region


Please accept our guidelines on the use of cookies and Google Maps in order to use this function: When visiting this website, cookies are put on your computer, enabling us to provide you with information as quickly and easily as possible. We also work with third-party cookies, in particular those of Google (Services: Google Maps, Google Analytics). For more information on this, we recommend you to read our data protection declaration. In addition, we work with Google Maps in order to show you which dealers are located near you and in order to provide you with better search functions. For this, your location and IP address will be transmitted to Google Maps. Please accept the use of cookies and the use of Google Maps API so that you can take full advantage of all services and functions of our website.

Not at the cutting edge of technology?

Your browser version does not support all of the functions on our website.
Please update your browser.

We need your consent.

We use cookies on this website so that we can provide you with information as quickly and easily as possible. Details on cookies can be found in our data privacy policy. Please agree to the use of cookies and Google Maps so that you can use our website to its fullest extent. If you do not give your consent, only essential and security cookies will be used. These are required to use this website.

Cookie settings

Individually define your cookie settings on our website here. Further information on the individual cookies is available below and in our Privacy Statement.

  • Required cookies.

    Wir verwenden auf unserer Webseite erforderliche und sicherheitsrelevante Cookies. Dies sind Cookies, die dazu dienen, die Nutzung der Webseite und die Navigation auf der Webseite schneller oder sicherer zu machen und die zum normalen Besuch der Webseite und zur Navigation auf der Webseite unbedingt erforderlichen besonderen Funktionen zu gewährleisten. Solche Cookies ermöglichen beispielsweise den sicheren Versand von Formularen über unsere Webseite, um zu verhindern, dass gefälschten Anfragen in unseren Systemen eingehen, sie speichern die von Ihnen abgerufene Art der Anzeige oder Version der Webseite, oder sie gewährleisten die Zuordnung eines Nutzers zu seinen gebuchten Services, seiner Bestellhistorie oder seinem digitalen Warenkorb. Die Datenverarbeitung erfolgt dabei aufgrund von Art. 6 Abs. 1 b) DSGVO. Die Nutzung dieser Cookies ist technisch erforderlich, um Ihnen in funktionaler und rechtskonformer Art und Weise die Webseite zur Verfügung zu stellen und einen Kauf oder die Inanspruchnahme der sonstigen Angebote auf unserer Webseite zu ermöglichen. Speicherdauer: Die meisten der erforderlichen und Sicherheits-Cookies werden nach Ablauf der Session, d.h. beim Schließen des Browsers, automatisch gelöscht. Einige dieser Cookies werden jedoch bis zu 2 Jahre gespeichert.

  • For an optimum user experience.

    Mit Ihrer Einwilligung verwenden wir verschiedene Cookies, um die Nutzererfahrung auf unserer Webseite zu optimieren. Im Einzelnen speichern wir über Cookies Informationen darüber, welche Produkte Sie zuvor aufgerufen oder mit anderen Produkten verglichen haben. Wir können Ihnen damit das zuletzt angesehene Produkt bei dem nächsten Seitenaufruf anzeigen. Speicherdauer: Die meisten der zur Optimierung der Nutzererfahrung gesetzten Cookies werden nach Ablauf der Session, d.h. beim Schließen des Browsers, automatisch gelöscht. Einige dieser Cookies werden jedoch bis zu 2 Jahre gespeichert. Die Rechtsgrundlage für das Setzen von Cookies für eine optimale Nutzererfahrung ist Ihre Einwilligung gemäß Art. 6 Abs. 1 a) DSGVO.

  • For our statistics and further development.

    Diese Kategorie wird auch als Analytics bezeichnet. In diese Kategorie fallen Aktivitäten wie das Zählen von Seitenbesuchen, die Geschwindigkeit beim Laden von Seiten, die Absprungrate und die für den Zugriff auf unsere Website verwendeten Technologien.

  • For marketing and advertising.

    Diese Cookies können von Drittunternehmen verwendet werden, um ein Grundprofil Ihrer Interessen zu erstellen und relevante Anzeigen auf anderen Websites zu schalten. Sie identifizieren Ihren Browser und Ihr Gerät. Wenn Sie diese Cookies ablehnen, werden Sie von unserer gezielten Werbung auf anderen Websites nicht erfasst.

The chimney sweep: “Climate protection is a question of mind over matter.”

Chimney sweep Norbert Skrobek always turns heads along the roadside when he rides his Load 75 around the streets of Berlin-Kreuzberg. And it is not just children that are wide-eyed when the “Good Luck-mobile” rides past them. We spoke to the committed activist about how Cargo Bikes have developed in recent years and why he has now completely transitioned his carbon-neutral business over to Cargo Bikes.

You have been using Cargo Bikes since the early 1990s. What do you like about them so much?
I have been using Cargo Bikes since 1993, when I went self-employed. What has always impressed me is the possibility of carrying a lot of equipment over short distances. Of course, there are many other benefits in the city.

Norbert Skrobek's first Cargo Bike dating from 1993.

What do you regard as being the advantages of Cargo Bikes over cars?
Without a shadow of a doubt: you are simply much faster and more flexible around town! You don’t have any parking problems and can ride right up to the customer’s property. And the subsequent maintenance costs of a Cargo Bike are much lower than with a car.

Could you describe the first Cargo Bike you had back in 1993? What was it like to ride?
I think that today you might describe its riding comfort as a real pain in the behind (laughs). The bike had only one brake, a lever you pulled on the seat. It really wasn't very convenient or comfortable. Nonetheless, I used it for several years until I sold it to a magician.

In your view, how have bikes developed since then?
Riding comfort has improved massively. And the riding behaviour has also improved hugely with new gear shifts, electric assistance and improved seat comfort. It is kind of like comparing an old Ford F-1 to one of today's cars (laughs). There has really been massive growth particularly in the last five years, with the Cargo Bike scene now really taking off.

Today you ride a Load 75. What do you like about the Cargo Bike?
Definitely its riding comfort! The suspension is 100% better than other Cargo Bikes! The seat position is more comfortable, and the suspension means that there is less strain on your body. You have a much more ergonomic sitting position on the Load than on other Cargo Bikes and it is also much easier to ride. The low step-through is also very comfortable. You can still get onto the bike really easily, even if you are a little older and can no longer lift your legs as well. My employees and I need to transport bulky and heavy equipment in our day-to-day work – the Load also carries plenty of weight and yet is still easy to ride.


Around 30 years ago, you were probably still relatively alone on the streets in Berlin with your Load bike. What is your take on the current rising popularity of Cargo Bikes?
(Laughing) Yes, it was still a sensation back then. People saw me as a real oddball! There was hardly anyone with a Cargo Bike in the Prenzlauer Berg district, or at least I don’t remember having seen anyone. I got a lot of looks. Nowadays there are literally hundreds of Cargo Bikes there: parents with children, tradespeople ...
I see it as a very positive development. We don’t get in each other’s way in traffic – we just go with the flow. And if you see another Cargo Bike or find yourself standing next to one at traffic lights, you usually smile and exchange a few words. But then I’m actually always rather proud to be riding a Load.


In a TV interview, you explained how it took some convincing to get your employees on board with the Cargo Bikes. Have they now changed their minds?
Yes, all my employees are now also using Cargo Bikes. We have four Cargo Bikes in total. Of course, the comfort aspect was an issue with many of them at first. But I simply said: “No, from today, the car stays at home, we’re now riding bikes!”

After experiencing the benefits of the Cargo Bikes themselves, including the fact that they can park directly at the customer’s, they get around faster and it can also be fun, it was no longer an issue. Now my employees are actually more a bit jealous of my Load – our other bikes are from another manufacturer and can't really keep up with the Load.


How do customers and people on the road react to your Cargo Bike, your “Good Luck-mobile”?
People have a very positive opinion, after all I also work in a “green” corner of Berlin. Many people here are happy to do without a car and, of course, see it as being very positive that we run the business carbon-neutrally. After all, becoming carbon-neutral was also the reason for switching to Cargo Bikes in my company.



What other measures do you take to reduce your company's carbon emissions?
We have switched the gas supply for our condensing boiler to carbon-neutral biogas. Our electricity supply is also totally CO2-neutral. Of course, there are still carbon emissions that we cannot yet fully avoid, like those caused by our food. But we support MoorFutures to compensate for them. The project lets us buy carbon certificates and thus contribute to a specific local climate protection project. I can virtually see the moors on the outskirts of the city of Berlin, which are protected and renaturalised, among other things, thanks to our certificates. It allows large volumes of carbon to remain bound in the peat and preserves the unique flora and fauna. I always say: climate protection is a question of mind over matter! Many businesses could do more, but they don’t have the courage.


And have you ever managed to convince someone to buy a Cargo Bike through riding your Load?
Yes, my neighbour has now also bought a Load 75. She always saw me riding around with my dog Qualle in the cargo space and said to me: “That's just what I need, too!” She borrowed my Load, rode around the square once and the decision was made. Since then, she and her dog have also been riding a Load. She now rides to work each day and we always compare who has put more kilometres on the clock. (Laughs) Since April 2021, I have ridden around 3700 km, without any problems or repairs.

Who prefers riding the Load – you or Qualle?
Qualle thinks it is just ‘top dog’! (Laughs) She hops in and loves riding with me. It means that she can always come along when I am riding to work or am out and about, and so gets a lot of exercise. So I would have to say that Qualle enjoys riding the Load even more than I do.