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Old 11-10-18, 04:14 PM
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Help me choose a SUV bike for my family

We are buying a cargo bike this Spring, it is decided, but we haven't decided which. We live in Canada, and there aren't many cargo bikes around here yet. So we have to buy based on online information, mostly.

We live in Canada. I am a year around commuter, and run most of my errands with a commuter bike, including groceries. My wife does have a car, but she also likes to ride bikes. We have a newborn at home, and I want a bike to be able to take him to daycare and other places starting next year. The cycling infrastructure here is ok, but not perfect. And drivers are mostly polite and safe, but there are some ********. So, we decided that we will feel much safer with a front-load cargo tricycle. It is more stable and conspicuous than other alternatives, and we can use a cover to protect our little one from the elements. We are in good shape and the town is pretty flat. So, we don't need pedal-assist, but we would get it if it was cheap.

Our two top candidates are:They are both carried by our local LBS. Other models we are considering are:Any input on the Nihola or Babboe is more than welcome. Other suggestions are welcome too, but they have to be things that we can buy in Ontario.

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3 wheel Trikes eh? box and wheels turn together?
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3 wheel Trikes eh? box and wheels turn together?
They do on the Babboe, Like and Taga. The Nihola has a system for the wheels to turn independently of the cargo box. Some online reviews say this is why it has better handling.
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No experience with any of them. However I would go with one of the first two, mainly because of their reputation and the fact they have been in business for many years and have a good track record. Just an FYI, they are both well known in the Netherlands and while not as common as the the two wheeled cargo bikes are well respected. Also parts can be ordered direct from the Netherlands if needed. I have done it several times for hubs that I needed for my city bikes that were not sold in NA.

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not many around here, but one i see fairly often if i'm in that part of town (highlands in louisville.ky) is a family with a madsen bucket bike.
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I think the babboe is the best choice, for your situation. Nihola is probably heavier, but perhaps more repairable.
I had a friend in Denmark who was using one with 3 kids. seems undestructible.

As for electrification if you're mainly on flat roads it's not that useful. I use a Riese&muller "Load" and there's almost no need for pedal assist on flat.

And anyway prefer something your LBS knows...
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Originally Posted by salcedo View Post
We are buying a cargo bike this Spring, it is decided, but we haven't decided which. We live in Canada, and there aren't many cargo bikes around here yet. So we have to buy based on online information, mostly.

We live in Canada. I am a year around commuter, and run most of my errands with a commuter bike, including groceries. My wife does have a car, but she also likes to ride bikes. We have a newborn at home, and I want a bike to be able to take him to daycare and other places starting next year. The cycling infrastructure here is ok, but not perfect. And drivers are mostly polite and safe, but there are some ********. So, we decided that we will feel much safer with a front-load cargo tricycle. It is more stable and conspicuous than other alternatives, and we can use a cover to protect our little one from the elements. We are in good shape and the town is pretty flat. So, we don't need pedal-assist, but we would get it if it was cheap.

Our two top candidates are:They are both carried by our local LBS. Other models we are considering are:Any input on the Nihola or Babboe is more than welcome. Other suggestions are welcome too, but they have to be things that we can buy in Ontario.

Thanks!
I'm in Ontario and looking for a cargo trike, and those are the ones I'm considering as well. Did you buy one yet? I'm leaning towards the Nihola for its lighter weight and lexan box, but a few things bug me about it: it seems small for two kids, and I'm nervous about drum brakes. I'd have preferred just about any other kind of brake. If you did buy one, I'm curious which you ended up choosing and why...
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