Switching to Cycling with Elsbeth Cool

Elsbeth Cool was car-free for years in Chicago before becoming a cargo bike enthusiast and now owner of Four Star Family Cyclery. In this episode she shares how she went from walking and using public transit to riding all-year round. We have a great conversation about the evolution of her biking set-up, her advice for biking through the winter, and how she handles the curiosity and judgment that comes with biking as a family. Tune back in next time for part two where she shares more about why she started her business, what they do, and what it’s like being a female entrepreneur in a male-dominated industry.

Links and bikes we discussed in this episode:

You can find Elsbeth on Instagram and Twitter.


  1. Josh Traeger | 26th Oct 17

    Thanks for this great interview. We look forward to listening to more of your stories and interviews. I am part of a group in Vermont that is helping families get out of their cars and onto their bikes. If you have a chance come visit: http://www.vbikesolutions.org or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Rebootingthebike/

    • Sarah Kopper | 27th Oct 17

      Thanks so much for listening! I checked our your site and the work you are doing is amazing. Keep up the good work!

  2. Kaitlin | 28th Oct 17

    I loved this episode! The discussion of what it’s like to bike as a parent–but particularly as a mom–with kids really spoke to me. There’s so much judgment and doubt and questions just for any mom going out, and going on a bike opens you up to that more intensely. It’s also so encouraging to hear stories from people who aren’t necessarily biking a lot before kids. Thank you!

    • Sarah Kopper | 30th Oct 17

      Thanks so much for listening to the show. I am so glad Elsbeth’s interview resonated with you! I loved how honest she was about the realities of other people’s judgements without letting the negativity of it overwhelm or deter her.

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