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Electric Trike Bike Free DIY Plans. Children Tricycle 3 Wheel Ebike Retro Electric Bike

Electric Trike Bike Plans DIY Children Tricycle 3 Wheel Ebike Retro Electric Bike.

Electric Trike Bike DIY Plans.

3 Wheel Electric Bike Plans.

These free DIY plans will show you how to build your own Electric Trike Bike.

What are Electric Trikes?

An electric trike is an electric bicycle that is powered by electricity. These machines can be used for transportation purposes and are very quiet, making them ideal for urban areas. However, electric bikes have certain disadvantages. They can easily sneak up on pedestrians and other riders, so it is important to use a warning device like a bell or a whistle to warn other users. Also, it is important to use these bikes on designated bike lanes and trails.

Virbius Electric Trike

The Virbius Electric Trike is an attractive, affordable electric bicycle that is designed with a beginner in mind. This trike has a single-speed motor and is a good choice for people who want to learn how to ride a bike. While the single-speed motor is not ideal for navigating rough terrain, it’s not the worst option either. The trike comes with a fold-down basket and a large storage compartment. However, it’s not ideal for carrying children.

The Virbius Electric Trike comes with a brushless motor that is powerful enough to reach a top speed of 13 miles per hour. Assembly of the front wheel is fairly easy, and the bike comes with a headlight and LED lights for nighttime use. It has an average range of 36-90 miles per charge.

The Virbius Electric Trike also features fat tires and a padded backrest for a comfortable ride. The vehicle also has a dual cargo basket and a covered rear cargo basket. It is one of the most comfortable e-trikes on the market and is easy to ride.

Addmotor Motan Electric Trike

Originally known as the Motan M-340 Electric Trike, the Addmotor Motan has been updated with the latest EB 2.0 System, a 48V 20Ah UL recognized battery, a multi-functional headlight, and a reliable motor controller. It is strong enough to carry up to 450 lbs, is ideal for hill climbing, and offers a comfortable ride for long trips.

The Addmotor Motan is one of the best electric trikes available for sale. Its battery lasts for up to 55 miles, and the powerful 750-watt motor is powerful enough to keep riders rolling at an impressive 22mph. It also features a rear rack that can handle up to 100 lbs, making it a great option for storing gear.

The Addmotor MOTAN M-350 features an exclusive design and an upright riding position. The bike’s seat post suspension gives you extra comfort and more riding time. It runs on a 48-volt system with a 20-AH battery and an estimated range of 55 miles with pedal assist. The M-360’s headlight is powered by the main battery pack. It features a display that allows you to control it.

MotoTec Electric Trike

The MotoTec Folding Mobility Electric Trike is an electric trike that folds into a compact package. It has three wheels for stability, and is suitable for seniors and adults with limited mobility. The trike is lightweight, yet very durable. It has a sturdy tubular metal frame, a padded seat, and a maximum weight capacity of 286 pounds.

The 48v 1200w electric motors in the MotoTec 48v Electric Trike produce tremendous torque and can tackle any terrain. The rider can ride while sitting or standing, and travel up to 20 miles on one charge. The MotoTec 48v Electric Trike is equipped with a rear hydraulic brake system, and a seat that can be removed when not in use.

The MotoTec Electric Trike comes standard with a key, a battery meter, and a front LED headlight. It also comes with a carrying basket.

eDrift UH-ES395

The eDrift UH-ES3 95 electric trike is a three-wheeled scooter with two seats. It measures 69 x 31 x 43 inches and weighs around 100 pounds. This electric trike has a stylish design, Y-shaped handlebars, and steel frame. It has an optimum performance rating and optimum range for its price.

This eDrift trike is a 3 wheeled electric moped with side tires. The side tires help the trike stay glued to the road. It has a 440 lb load capacity, which makes it ideal for carrying extra passengers without compromising performance. As a plus, you won’t have to worry about gas or insurance costs. Lastly, this e-bike has advanced features, including a super load alarm, a wheel lock, and a remote start.

The eDrift UH-ES3 95 Electric Trike has a large deck, a comfortable seat, and front hydraulic disc brakes. It can go up to 52 miles on a single charge. This trike is also street legal without a license, so you won’t need to worry about driving on the road without it.

All DIY plans are designed or reviewed by Ben Stone. Ben is a retired Engineer in Canada. Ben also drafts these himself using the latest AutoCAD software to ensure accuracy. He studied Engineering back in the early 1980’s. After over 30 years in the Construction industry he developed a passion for building cool items around his farm and cabin. These are great DIY projects. With a little skill anybody can Do It Yourself. Ben is always a email away if you have any questions while building one of his projects. He is adding new plans all the time.

Modular Cargo Cycles

Modular cargo cycles are cheap to build and easy to customize.

Picture: The modular XYZ Cargo Trike by N55.

Following more than two years of research and development, the Danish art collective N55 has presented its modular cargo cycles: the two-wheeled XYZ Cargo Bike (90 kg loading capacity) and the three-wheeled XYZ Cargo Trike (150 kg loading capacity). The assembled versions sell online for about half the price of similar cargo cycles on the market. Because their design is open and modular, the XYZ Cargo Cycles are even cheaper to build yourself, and easy to customize.

XYZ Cargo brings together two technologies that have been praised at Low-tech Magazine: open modular hardware and cargo cycles. Modular consumer products, whose parts and components could be re-used for the design of other products, would bring important benefits in terms of sustainability, while they would also save consumers money, speed up innovation, and take manufacturing out of the hands of multinationals.

Cargo cycles, on the other hand, could handle an important part of cargo traffic in cities, paving the way towards sustainable and free-flowing traffic, while at the same time offering important economic advantages to tradesmen, artisans and service providers. The open modular cargo cycles built by N55 in collaboration with designer/artist Till Wolfer combine all those benefits.

Innovation

The market for cargo bikes is booming. This was the overall feeling at the International Cargo Bike Festival in Nijmegen (the Netherlands) and at the Berliner Fahrradschau in Germany this spring. The sales figures are skyrocketing and there is plenty of innovation going on.

A growing number of vehicles features an auxiliary electric motor, while many cargo trikes are now available with tilting mechanisms for fast cornering. Another innovation concerns the steering mechanism; several manufacturers have presented systems that obviate the need for a conventional fork, allowing for better control and increased cargo space.

Unfortunately, these innovative vehicles often come with a hefty price tag. The prettiest cargo cycles such as the Elian Cargo Bike (a racing version of a cargo bike with steering in the front hub), or the electrically assisted Butchers Bicycles MK1 (with tilting mechanism) set you back at least four or five thousand euro ( 5000. 7000), without any options.

These cycles are well worth the money, but they are obviously not within reach of everybody. Less fancy cargo cycles still have minimum of around 2,500 euro ( 3,500).

Modular Cargo Cycles

This is why the affordable XYZ Cargo Cycles deserve our special attention. The assembled versions of the XYZ Cargo Bike and XYZ Cargo Trike sell online for 1,350 euro and 1,600 euro, respectively ( 1900. 2,220), which is about half the price of similar cargo cycles on the market. However, the cycles are not less interesting or innovative, on the contrary. For example, they feature a revolutionary steering mechanism inspired by motorcycles, which increases the cargo space considerably.

The low price is largely due to the modular nature of the vehicles. The XYZ Cargo Cycles are not built in a traditional way. Unlike the singular load-bearing tube seen in conventional bike structures, the main structure is an orthogonal spaceframe of standard aluminum square tubes of varying lengths in which holes are drilled.

The spaceframe is based on XYZ Nodes, which is a modular construction system developed by N55. It builds upon an old, well-known principle of joining timber or steel struts together. Structurally, the connection system shares similarities with lashed joints used for example in the traditional wooden frames seen in inuit kayaks, or with rivet constructions such as airplane hulls or old ship hulls.

It’s a simple method of building light-weight things from durable materials in a low-cost way. XYZ Nodes forms rigid corners that become flexible when exposed to forces that would break other joining methods like a welded joint. The consequence is that it allows for rigid frames relying on corner connections that are not necessarily triangulated for greater strength, hereby leaving a free open space inside the frame. This made it possible to place gear wheels and chains within the frame, away from the users.

Easy to Build and Customize

The cargo cycles are open source concepts which you can modify yourself. The designs—including any new construction principle used in the system—and the XYZ construction and connection principle are open source provided under the rules of Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. Users are free to use available designs, as long as it is for non-commercial purposes and any use of the work includes proper credits.

This means that you can obtain the cycles even cheaper if you buy standard aluminium tubes and cycle parts, available all over the world, and build the cycle yourself. The frame is assembled using stainless steel bolts, washers and nuts. The assembling requires only simple hand-held, non-specialized tools, like a drill and a metal saw. No welding process is required.

Like all modular systems, XYZ nodes enable people to build things based on the principle of a few different parts repeatedly used to create an overall structure, similar to construction sets like Lego, Meccano and Erector. Because of the open and modular design, the XYZ Cargo Cycles are easy to customize and to rebuild. For example, a cover or a body to improve wind resistance and protect from the weather can be applied—turning the cargo cycle into a velomobile.

The modular XYZ Cargo Trike.

Several modules have been developed that can be put on top of the XYZ Cargo Trike to transform its functionality: a roof and table module, a passenger seat module, a kitchen module with table, roof and sink, and a platform module. The latter transforms the cargo cycle into a 1.5 x 3 m large movable space, while from a legal point of view remaining a bicycle. The platform module was used to create a ParkCycle Swarm, which empowers people to build an instant public park whenever and wherever they want to.

N55 is not a commercial enterprise, but a non-profit organization that aims to restore local production in a socially just and environmentally sustainable way. This is another reason for the modest prices. All the money earned with the sale of cycles will be invested in the further development of the technology. N55 gives away the building plans and offers the assembled bikes for a low price because they want to see as many of them on the road.

Available Models and Free Plans

The freshly opened webshop of XYZ Cargo offers two models for sale. The XYZ Cargo Bike weighs 26 kg and measures 245 x 56 x 105 cm (LxWxH), while the XYZ Cargo Trike weighs 34 kg and measures 208 x 94 x 105 cm (LxWxH). The cargo box of the Trike measures 55 x 80 cm and the plating is made of transparant Polycarbonate sheets. Both cargo models can be equipped with electric hub motors and batteries.

Two other vehicles have been produced, the XYZ One Seater (20 kg) and the XYZ Two Seater (34 kg). These pedal powered vehicles (with or without electric assist motor) are recumbent tricycles with one or two seats. The Two Seater can also be equipped with a cargo platform instead of a second seat. These cycles are not for sale, but the open designs are online at N55’s website. The XYZ One Seater’s construction drawings are available for download here and those for the XYZ Two Seater are here.

See and read more: XYZ Cargo / XYZ Spaceframe Vehicles / N55. And don’t miss the Eight-Wheeler Cargo Cycle, which got most of the attention at the Cargo Bike events.

Kris De Decker Jo van Bostraeten

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Roland Smith

The biggest cost will probably be labor. There is a lot of assembly on these bikes.

Gear hub and shifter will be in the order of € 200. A single disk brake set will be € 60-100. 20 rims are around € 10-15 a piece. 20 tires € 12-20, inner tubes around € 5.

Something doesn’t seem ‘right’ about the pricing of these; I use similar aluminum and stainless steel bolts to construct solar panel racks and I find it hard to believe these runs over a few hundred; UNLESS theres some serious coin in the gearing/wheels; I’d like to see a price breakdown of parts in a parts list, X# Bolts, X# Lengths of aluminum, then the seat,etc. etc.

I rode the recumbent cargo trike model about two years ago. I thought the idea is great but the trike is really awfull. Handling is downright scary even unloaded and I’m not scared very easy and rode only at 15-18km/h.

Since I own a recumbent trike (ICE Sprint) and use it for my daily commute (20.000km so far) I know quite well how a recumbent trike should handle even at 50-60km/h.

kris de decker

Since they presented the cycles “after more than two years of research and development”, I guess you were riding an early prototype.

salloignon thibaut

I’m also working on my own modular bike concept build from aluminium profils.

The frame is 100% mecanicly assembled without any drilling, that means you can reuse the tubes and connectors.

Bicycle frames take a lot of stresses, hence the welded frame. You don’t see a lot that varies much from the classic double triangle for good reason. I’m wondering about the robustness of this. That’s a lot of bolts to have to tighten. Every bolt on every bicycle needs to be tightened periodically.

The bike is stiff, a little bit heavier than a regular bike (16kg). Diamond frame is great for sport bikes but we don’t need that mutch stiffness for utilitary bicycles. The bolts are “vibrarion ready”, the connectors are made for industrial machines with a lot of vibration. The first goal of this bike is to make a quickly and cheaply adjustable prototype.

It’s really great to add or remove pieces of frame or connect two bike together, make it long or short,… And every one can do it, so I hope to help people to be creative with bikes with this concept.

Mike Nomad

Sleeves of a different material to isolate the bolt from the tubing would address stress at the join of different tensile materials, people over-tightening fasteners during the build, and perhaps the corrosion issues mentioned.

The only questions are: Which material for the sleeves (and) drill bigger holes or use smaller diameter bolts?

And, locking nuts w/ nylon inserts would keep things snug.

BTW, I don’t see any mention of torque settings…

this is a terrible idea for a bike, but a great idea for prototyping.

there are companies that make these types of struts that let people build mecano style construction at full scale.

there are MANY DEDICATED BLOGS TO TRIKES AND CARGO BICYCLES IN EUROPE AND AMERICA——and they look at the practical aspects of making these machines

unfortunately, because these cargo style hpv’s are not yet popular. they remain fairly expensive compared to ordinary bikes,but the are coming down radically.

the TRIKE is far more practical for hauling cargo than the bike because it does not have balance issues with windage and at slow speeds and acceleration breaking.

cargo bikes are not made for high speed cornering. so the only ‘high speed’ issues that a cargo vehicle has are breaking issues. the more weight you add the harder breaking is, especially downhill or in an urban setting where Rapid breaking may be required.

there are substantial debates both in the bike world over the ’long john’ versus ’long tail’ design. but one thing is clear, the Single big wheel combined with load bearing small wheel has become the standard go to setup for both.

in the trike world, it has long been accepted that the 2 wheel in back ( delta) design is ideal for urban cargo whereas the 2 wheel in front with center of gravity VERY low to the ground is optimized for sport riding and speed riding ( with electric hotrodding trikes proving that a 4kilowatt small motor can easily propel a small unfaired trike to 90 miles and hour on a drag strip.

there are a few new innovators building fully double wishbone suspension systems for cargo/dual rider style urban trikes. these new styles allow the rider to sit high, with or without extra weight (as passenger and cargo) while retaining the benefits of 2 front wheel breaking and steering.

in the trike world ( motorized and nonmotorized) many years of experience have shown that the benefits and simplicity of the delta design which result from single wheel steering separated from leaf spring simple rear suspension) come directly at the cost of trading off better front steering with two wheel—and the simplicity of power transmission to one back wheel WITHOUT having to use an axle or differential that is the benefit inherent in the tadpole design)

furthermore the suspension of the front and back wheels are fare more complex in a tadpole design As well as the possibility of dual wheel transmission being very difficult to impossible.

many designers have tried innovating their way around the essential tradeoffs between delta and tadpole designs by implementing such designs as ‘rear wheel steering’ in tadpole designs. These efforts are generically failures and yet they are attempted AGAIN AND AGAIN. other exotic modification ‘solutions’ include the ’tilting’ back axis delta designs that have been tried many many times to find a way to improve the tipping tendency of delta designs at high speed. other have tried experimenting with very low center of gravity ‘delta’ designs and other even attempting to use tilting mechanisms for the back two wheel.

the problem of complexity is ever present in all of these pseudo solutions.

essentially —-the delta versus tadpole design tradeoffs are ‘mature’ in the engineering sense, and most all attempts at solving the problem leave much to be desired.

the modular cargo cycle above dispenses with any attempts at solving the problem with utilizing the tadpole design for cargo. and simply copies the designs of the past and existing front loading cargo trikes (see worksman cycles for existing front loader cargo style trikes)

in this way, they have chosen an inferior design. inherently limited to far slower speeds than a delta style urban cargo carrier—and have chosen to use expensive modular technology to bring down the cost of labor ordinarily priced into the bike’s retail price at delivery.

this is an exercise in helping people build their own devices, not in helping people who need cargo solutions find a highly superior solution as found in copying or even improving upon the modern high quality designs that already exist.

furthermore, the 800 pound gorrilla in the cargo bike and trike world is ELECTRIFICATION, which is already hitting new york city as pedicabs illegally add electric kits to their trikes, increasingly using the ‘direct’ drive clamp on motors which are concealed below the undercarraige, as opposed to the hub motors which are exposed in the front wheel of a delta pedicab—available for police to see them.

if modular design is a good thing, the question is for what is it good for? generically it is used for buildings and static objects.

modular toy and electronic kits are sold on the market for designing electronics education kits for children teens and adults for learning and experimenting with electronics. they allow you to make a multitude of objects and bring SKILLS directly to human beings for cheap, even helping people to learn how to fix things instead of throw them out and make them disposable.

with a modular bike kit, i’m not sure you are learning these skills on how to fix, design or otherwise ‘work’ on bicycles. this almost looks more like an attempt at ‘pre-fab’ bicycles that can be easily ‘put together’ by the user. i don’t see a big advantage in this when the parts themselves are not only more expensive but inferior in quality to less expensive standardized bicycle/tricycle components per pound of metal per unit of stiffness. bicycle tubing is generically the best design. modular I and T beam types components just don’t measure up in this basic performance metric for carrying a cargo load.

I agree with many of the above Комментарии и мнения владельцев.

When carrying serious loads, especially for custom purposes like street stalls etc, a stronger frame is necessary, requiring decent engineering. A modular frame like this would have to be heavily over build due to less optimal tube joining, load distribution etc.

Cost of the frame does not have to be a big issue. Most of the high retail are due to bouquet brands charging high just because they can. You can get frames mass produced in China like everyone else and have those (currently) 2000-5000 bikes retail for 1000. At least you could, if there was enough of a market to build and sell them at sufficient volumes.

Note to authors, your reference to plans for the two open source bikes refer to the same set of plans.

Regarding salt water and aluminum: You can D.I.Y. anneal the aluminum… or apply paste wax meant for cars… or apply baby oil. Regarding screws versus welded: Washers made of rubber will absorb the vibrations, and also enable the screws a tighter fit.

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I have tried to find 20 front wheels with disk brakes and a open axle of 12mm without any success. Such wheels are used in the cargo trike project.

Have anyone found such wheels?

Lehel Matyus

Why is the cargo area in the front and not in the back? just makes it harder to steer in my opinion. why not just have a normal bike pull a little wagon?

This might be a fantastic way to provide transportation to those with physical challenges. Each bike can be easily customized adjusted as the user has changes in what they need. A welded frame is more efficient for some things and modular is good for others.

Bitex makes hubs for the front wheels but they did not return my email.

Sherwood Botsford

There is something wrong when any kind of bike costs a significant fraction of the cost of a car.

Assuming building out of steel, the price should be roughly proportional to their weight. A semi standard (not performance) car is about the same price per pound as hamburger. (Performance cars come in at comparable to good steak)

Since a bike has a smaller fraction of highly machined parts (not much in a bike requires sub thousandth of an inch tolerances) it should be cheaper per pound.

The pricing reflects that they are for all practical purposes hand made. To be viable, they need to become as cheap as a run of the mill bike.

That said, it may make more sense to make trailers instead of special purpose bikes. I see families here pulling around a 2 kid trailer when going out. Now they aren’t cheap either, but I think a cargo trailer would be a matter of a pair of sturdy wheels, a plywood box, and a pivoting hitch.

Pascal De Wilde

Well, well… yes, this thread is years old, but if I came here, some others probably will, so why not revive it?

First, Sherwood, I understand your reasoning, but I also dare assume you haven’t hauled a trailer with a bicycle very often, or you didn’t really load it.

I’ve had the opportunity to compare trailers, two-wheeled front-loading and back-loading cargobikes (a very old original Danish Long John, a Mike Burroughs-built Eight Freight and a basic version Bullitt) and old school three-wheelers (triporteur, pivot under the load platform), and in my experience a trailer is just as hard to pull as an old-school threewheeler is hard to push. The Eight Freight and the Bullitt on the other hand were a pleasure to ride, even heavily loaded, despite the balance problems and the strenght required at very low speeds when heavily loaded (in the starting and stopping phases, and in urban manoeuvring). Even the Long John was fun, although I never really loaded it, because that old frame was seriously rusty. which didn’t stop me from sitting in it while my mate drove it, big fun in the big city 🙂

The only humane bicycle trailer to pull is the one-wheeled type that attaches to the rear heel axle of the bike (Bob Yak or similar), two-wheelers are torture. And when you say plywood, I assume with even more certainty that you’re a car driver. or you’ve never or rarely carried anything weighty with pedal power. Plywood is much heavier than steel,if you want similar strength. Let alone aluminium.

I’m not sure what you mean by “pivoting hitch”, but anything else from the Bob Yak system feels like driving your bicycle with the handbrake on.

It may be tolerable at low weight on flat runs without too much stopping and starting, but as soon as it goes up and down or stop and start, it’s a good means to convince you to buy a car instead. Unless you’re super-young, super-healthy, and of the masochistic super-sports type 😉

over, your comparison with car and meat gives me the idea we’re not exactly on the same wavelenght…

The production volumes and scale economies in the automobile industry are not comparable to the small scale production of cargo bicycles, so please do not compare apples and oranges.

I’ve worked on bicycles for more than forty years, I’ve been a bicycle mechanics teacher for about twenty, and I’ve built a few recumbent frames and done loads of custom modifications to ‘standard’ diamond frames. I know how much work it is to build a custom frame without automation, mass production or far eastern ultralow-wage slavery. You can’t do that cheaply.

(Mind you, the leaders in the cargo-bike segment most certainly have their frames built in Asia, as it’s the only place you can find competent welders working for ridiculously low salaries. and still they can’t benefit from mass production scale economies).

I am, right now, in the process of deciding wether I’m going into business building cargobikes in Belgium on a non-industrial scale, and that’s how I got here (but I’ve been a fan of LowtechMagazine for years!). I don’t think I can compete with all those outsourcers who get their frames built in Asia and use machine built wheels, even though I know my product quality will be equal or better. Handmade frames and wheels are expensive. Most customers don’t see the difference in quality before they’ve been able to extensively test and compare the bikes(let’s be frank and call them ‘mechanically stupid’. they’re not educated to see the difference in the marketing media, they need physical experience and comparison to feel the difference, and that calls for more than a few miles of test ride). So you need to reach the very small ’niche’ that appreciates and can afford paying for your product. Not easy.

Getting back to the original topic, I have enough experience building and repairing (bent or broken) frames to say that this kind of bolted assembly will never be as stiff as a well-designed and correctly welded one. And the reason a bicycle frame needs to be stiff is this: you waste less pedal energy in warping. You can feel the difference on a ‘standard’ bike, when you go cargo the problem is much, much bigger.

What’s worse, I don’t see any form of triangulation in that frame. So it can’t be stiff in any way. Must be awfully floppy.

I’d like to try that thing for a laugh, but I doubt I’d appreciate it very much. An unloaded test ride will be enough 😉

But, as said above, for experimental purposes, the system can be very useful. Only flaw is, it’s probably so floppy you can’t draw any conclusions from it.

The 6 Best E-Bike Conversion Kits of 2023

Heidi Wachter was a senior editor at Experience Life magazine for 10 years. She has written for publications like Experience Life, Shondaland, and betterpet.

E-bikes are easier on the environment than cars. They’re also easier to pedal than a standard person-powered two-wheeler. You get as much exercise riding an E-bike as you do a traditional bike. Thanks to improved technology and more people interested in alternative transit methods, E-bikes are also becoming more available—and more affordable.

But no electric bike is as cheap as the bike you already own. If you’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint, live in a small space, or practicing minimalism, repurposing what you already have can be a win-win-win decision. So, if you love your current ride but want to add some juice for getting uphill or for powering your cargo bike when you’re carrying a heavy load, you can, thanks to electric bike converter kits. To electrify your bike, you need a battery, sensors, controls, and a motorized wheel or a drive unit.

Here are the best options for upgrading your bike with an e-bike conversion kit.

Best Overall

BAFANG BBS02B 48V 500W Ebike Conversion Kit

Since 2003, Bafang has been a leader in manufacturing e-mobility components and complete e-drive systems. Its products offer outstanding performance and reliability, and the BBS02B conversion kit is no exception, making it our top overall choice.

This mid-drive motor kit is versatile and compatible with road, commuter, and mountain bicycles. All you need is a bike with a 68-73 millimeter bottom bracket and the battery of your choice. Installation is relatively easy, and the battery is included. Once the kit is installed, you’ll be ready to tackle any hill.

Although several different conversion kits are available online from Bafang, those with more than 750 watts of power will be considered motorcycles in the United States.

Price at time of publish: 466

Best Budget

BAFANG E-bike Front Hub Motor 48V 500W Bafang Brushless Gear 20/26/27.5/700C inch Electric Bicycle Conversion Kits

This front-wheel E-bike conversion kit is easy to set up and easy on your wallet. Electrify your bike in one hour by following the installation video and manual. Don’t forget to choose the correct wheel size!

After setup is complete, ride around the town with pedal assist or switch to E-bike mode for longer trips. Commuters, long-distance trekkers, and mountain bikers can cruise up to 24 miles per hour. The battery is not included.

Price at time of publish: 579

Best for Commuting

Swytch Universal eBike Conversion Kit

Daily riders will love this easy-to-install, lightweight e-bike conversion kit. It is compatible with most mountain, road, hybrid, and step-through bikes, and disc brakes.

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It’s as easy to install as swapping out your front tire. The controller and battery are combined into a 34.2-Volt power pack, which is included in the kit and mounts to the handlebars. That makes it easy to remove and keeps thieves at bay, but our tester did miss having the use of a handle bar basket. The battery pack is fitted with indicator lights that tell you how much juice remains and what assist mode you’re in. Once the system is set up correctly, you’ll be able to top out at 15-25 mph.

In general, I love it. It makes my ride easier without feeling like I’m riding a giant bulky e-bike. It’s got a phenomenal amount of power for such a little machine and seems like it has a good battery life too. ~ Treehugger Tester

Best Premium

Ebikeling Waterproof Ebike Conversion Kit 36V 500W 700C Geared Electric Bike Kit

Do you want to go farther or faster? You can do both with this setup from Ebikeling, with its 500-watt motor. Ebikeling makes it easy to buy different compatible batteries and other accessories in an a-la-cart way. There are seven different batteries that come in different shapes (bottle, triangle, rectangular), so that you can pick the one that suits your bike and needs best.

The double-walled rim and motor are ready to install right out of the box—just swap them out for your original bike tire. An LCD screen is included to help you stay within your town’s speed limit. You can choose between a front or rear mount, as well as a thumb or half-twist throttle.

Price at time of publish: 390

Most Powerful

AW 26×1.75 Rear Wheel 48V 1000W Electric Bicycle Motor Kit

Thanks to a 48-volt, 1000-watt battery, the AW wheel E-bike conversion kit satisfies anyone with the need for speed. A thumb throttle makes speed control simple. This kit is available as either a front wheel or back wheel conversion option. It fits any 26-inch bike frame with a 3.9 inch front dropout spacing (for a front wheel conversion) or 5.3 inch rear dropout spacing (for a back wheel conversion). The rear wheel kit weighs 24.7 pounds, the front wheel kit weighs 23.5 pounds.

The aluminum frame offers durability and stability, which is essential when you’re rolling at top speeds of 28 miles per hour. Hand brakes turn the motor off automatically to both improve safety and conserve battery power.

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Price at time of publish: 300

Easiest to Install

Rubbee X Conversion Kit

If you want the fastest conversion possible, and even the option to take a motor off your bike quickly, the Rubbee X makes it a snap. The Rubbee X gives you a boost by resting against the rear tire, and has a special release that lets you remove the motor without un-mounting the entire system. You control the power just by pedaling, as a wireless cadence sensor that gets mounted to the pedal crank sends information to the motor, which shifts automatically without any additional user interface.

This conversion kit has some other nice features. It has tail lights on the back of the motor, to give you some additional visibility when riding at night. The base model comes with one battery, which weight 6.1 pounds, gives you 250 watts of power and has a top speed of 16 mph. Upgraded models have two or three additional batteries, each offering more speed and power, but also adding more weight. It’s compatible with any frame type, and with tires that are between 0.5 and 2.5 inches in width and between 16 and 29 inches in diameter.

There are a few things to keep in mind before you buy. First, the product ships from the European Union, so there may be an additional import tax. Second, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of room on your seat post to connect the motor.

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Whenever you’re buying a newer technology, sticking with a known brand makes sense. That makes Bafang’s E-bike conversion kits a sound choice—in terms of quality and price. If speed is what you’re after, the kits from Ebikeling.

What to Consider When Shopping for an E-Bike Conversion Kit

Battery

Is the battery included? You’ll need something to power and charge your e-bike conversion kit. Many kits include a battery. Cheaper kits may not, though, which means you’ll need to source a compatible battery separately.

Power

You’ll also want to think about your power needs. The higher the motor wattage, the more power you’ll get. A 250-watt motor is typically plenty of power to make the daily commute less sweaty. If you want to take your converted bike out on tougher mountain trails, you’ll want more power.

Keep in mind that according to U.S. federal regulations, e-bikes with more than 750 watts of power are considered motor vehicles and require a motorcycle license.

Local Laws

You’ll want to check your state and local laws as some cities and towns have banned e-bikes from bicycle paths, so if that’s where you want to ride, you’ll want to make sure your town allows your upgraded bike to cruise around on them.

E-bikes come in three classes:

  • Class 1 E-bikes that assist you while you pedal and top out about 20 mph.
  • Class 2 E-bikes have a throttle that assists you regardless of whether you pedal and have a top speed of 20 mph.
  • Class 3 E-bikes assist you while you pedal and top out about 28 mph.

Drive Type and Installation

There are several kinds of e-bike conversion kits, and the ease of set-up and installation varies.

  • Friction Drive Conversion is a simple strategy. A roller pushes against the tire on the wheel. When the roller turns, the wheel turns. It’s a reasonably easy system to set up but sometimes isn’t the most effective.
  • Mid-Drive Conversion is the technology that the best e-bikes tend to use. A weight sits at a low point on the bike frame, and the power is applied to the crank. These can be more expensive, but the technology is typically better. There’s no standardization, however, which can make figuring out exactly what you need to make your bike work a little more challenging. Adding the parts is also a bit more complex than friction drive conversion.
  • Electric Bike Wheel Conversion swaps out a non-electrified front or rear wheel with an electrified one. The process is simple depending on where and how the battery mounts—such as on a rear rack. Once installed, weight distribution can feel natural. However, powering the front wheel may impact your bike’s handling.

The difficulty of installation depends of the type of conversion kit, as well as your comfort with the tools required. But generally speaking, converting your bike is a DIY project. Many manufacturers offer how-to videos that show what’s involved, so you can see ahead of time what you’ll need to do.

You’ll need a bike tool, crank arm tool, adjustable wrenches, and a screwdriver along with your electric bike conversion kit. These demos can show you how to install your e-bike conversion kit.

A visit to your local bike shop mechanic is a helpful step in the decision-making process. They can help you determine if your bike is a good candidate for electric technology. Your old bike may not be able to be converted because adding a motor can increase torque. You’ll want to make sure your bike’s drivetrain can handle it. The extra weight from adding an electric motor also impacts your brakes, so you’ll want to make sure they are effective for stopping at a higher speed. E-bikes tend to have disk brakes for this reason. If your current bike is in disrepair, has old parts, or needs other improvements, it may be more cost-effective to sell your trusty old ten speed and buy an e-bike. Also, consider that a quality electric bike conversion kit can be nearly the cost of an electric bike. Do some comparison shopping between the price of a conversion kit and a fully-loaded e-bike before you decide which way you want to roll. Our picks for the best e-bikes may help guide your decision.

Why Trust Treehugger?

Treehugger has reported on dozens of e-bikes and e-bike conversion options over the past decade. To make this list, we deeply researched the market by reading other third-party reviews, user Комментарии и мнения владельцев, and enthusiasts blogs. We also considered the product’s value and the manufacturer’s reputation.

Author Heidi Wachter has been writing about travel and adventure for over a decade. When she’s not writing, you’ll likely find her riding one of her six bicycles—even in the winter.

The Best Electric Cargo Bikes of 2022

Haul kids, dogs, gear, and groceries with our favorite electric cargo bikes. With options ranging from front-load trikes to smooth-riding longtails, we’ll have you ready to pedal in no time.

For more than a year, our neighborhood has been testing a multitude of amazing electric cargo bikes. We’ve hauled everything from babies, kids, dogs, wood, inflatable SUPs, and even huge Costco and farmer’s market hauls. If our destination is within 15 miles, we go on cargo bikes.

Below, we highlight, categorize, and review the best bikes we tested. They were all standouts in their own unique way. But before we dive in, check out the lingo below, which helps explain the different styles of electric cargo bikes on the market today.

Electric Cargo Bike Styles

Long-john bike: These have the cargo box up front with the front wheel stretched out in front of you. Some also have the capacity for another passenger to ride on the back. This style takes a bit of practice when you first get on, as it handles a little differently than a traditional bike.

Longtail bike: These ride more like traditional bikes and can fit up to three small passengers (kids) riding on the tail. Most can also fit a clip-on seat for younger kids (9 months and up).

Front-load trike: These have two wheels and the cargo box in front. This stable style can fit as many as four kids in the box and sometimes an extra kid or panniers on the back.

Scroll through to see all of our recommendations for the best electric cargo bikes or jump to the category you’re looking for. At the end of our list, be sure to check out our comprehensive buyer’s guide.

The Best Electric Cargo Bikes of 2022

Best Overall Family Bike: Yuba Spicy Curry

Yuba’s mission is to make bikes that can easily haul kids, gear, and groceries, all while putting a big smile on everyone’s face (bystanders included). Other than its awesome name, we love the Spicy Curry (5,199) for its sturdy, tank-like feel. Even when it’s loaded down and our son is waving side to side on the back, we barely notice.

For some extra money, you can choose different add-ons for the bike depending on your lifestyle. We wanted to make this bike our main one for taking our son to preschool, so we opted to get the adjustable Monkey Bars (200) as well as a Yepp Maxi Easy Fit kid seat (259).

Our son loves the combination of the seat and the Monkey Bars. He gets to ride up high so he can see Mom or Dad and can hold on whenever he feels like it. Later, we added the 2-Go Cargo Bags (199) and the Bread Basket (200). This more than doubled our carrying capacity.

The frame looked big at first sight. But after adjusting the cockpit and seat to my 5’1″ height, I was pleasantly surprised at how natural and comfortable it felt. It has easily been the neighborhood’s most widely used bike. It’s simple to adjust the size of the bike, and it fits a wide variety of heights.

The components consist of a Shimano Deore 10-speed adjuster and Shimano Disc Brakes. And although I was wary at first of the non-internal hub, I grew to really like how much it felt like all my other bikes. The large front wheel helps smooth out bumps; it’s smooth enough that my son regularly falls asleep on the way home from school.

The motor is a very powerful and smooth Bosch Performance CX mid-drive with a 36V 500Wh battery. It has four levels of assist: Eco, Tour, eMTB, and Turbo. All of these are easy to click through on the control panel, which also displays the mileage, range, and speed.

On a single charge, I can get up to 55 miles on Eco mode or about 25 on full Turbo mode. The eMTB setting switches between all the modes depending on how it senses I’m riding, and I average between 30 and 40 miles.

Again, this bike has been the most used in our neighborhood of four families. It is easy to adjust, feels most like a regular bike, and can haul up to 300 pounds. At 60 pounds and 6 feet in length, it’s not the easiest of the bunch to store. But for carrying capacity, length, and price, this is easily one of the best electric cargo bikes money can buy.

Specs:

  • Weight: 60 lbs. (without any of the add-ons)
  • Length: 6′
  • Carrying capacity: 300 lbs.
  • Range: 25-55 miles depending on mode and capacity
  • Best for: Around town errands, kid pickups and dropoffs, dogs, big grocery or hardware store buys

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Best Budget Cargo E-Bike: Rad Power Bikes RadWagon 4

While this cargo e-bike (1,999) is still a major investment, it’s one of the most affordable options we’ve found. And although it may lack some of the capacity and extras of other higher-end bikes on this list, we’ve found it’s a solid contender and a great ride for most people.

The 750 W geared hub motor provides plenty of power, even when loaded up to the max 350-pound payload. It has five pedal assist levels, and we found it very easy to change between modes.

Weighing in at nearly 77 pounds, our smaller riders were worried it would feel unmanageable. For riders of all sizes, however, it rode smoothly and never felt overly heavy. The double-leg kickstand is sturdy and provided enough stability to load and unload wiggly children.

The 22X3 inch tires gave a very smooth ride while keeping the ride low and stable. It’s worth noting that these unusual tire sizes can be hard to find in local bike shops. It’s not a bad idea to have a spare on hand just in case.

Like other electric cargo bikes, the RadWagon 4 has integrated lights, so you won’t have to worry about forgetting your bike light at home.

The battery for this bike charged quickly, and we easily got 30-45 miles of travel, even when loaded down and traveling along hilly terrain.

All in all, this is a quality electric cargo bike at an unbeatable price.

Specs:

  • Weight: 76.7 lbs.
  • Length: 6.5′
  • Carrying capacity: 350 lbs.
  • Range: 25-45 miles depending on mode and capacity
  • Best for: Around town errands, kid pickups, and dropoffs

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Best Compact, Daily Commuter: Tern GSD S00 Folding Bike

The Tern GSD (4,999-5,799) is simply a remarkable all-around bike. Many of the complaints about cargo bikes are that they are big, heavy, impossible to transport, and hard to store. All of that (except weight) gets turned upside down with the Tern GSD, which aptly stands for “Get Stuff Done.”

Tern Bikes is known for its ingenuity in creating folding bikes. So when the brand came out with a cargo bike that was the length of a regular commuter bike and could fold down to fit easily in most midsize SUVs or minivans, many bike commuters (including us) took notice.

The bike is even made to stand vertically on its back rack so that it takes up minimal space when stored inside. For the urban family who lives in an apartment building, people with limited garage space, or anyone who just doesn’t want to deal with a big classic cargo bike, the Tern is the answer.

Other specs that set the GSD apart are its carrying capacity of 440 pounds and the ability to fit two high-powered Bosch batteries on it. This gives it an impressive range of up to 155 miles. From the Green Guard non-puncture tires to the infinite-adjust internal geared hub, this bike is clearly made to last.

Like the other bikes, you can customize it however you like. We opted to try the Clubhouse basket (200), the Cargo Hold Panniers (175), and a Thule Yepp Maxi child’s seat (220). We were pleased to find out that the Cargo panniers were still usable with the Yepp Maxi seat over top of them. And with the batteries, panniers, and rack all sitting lower than your average bike, the handling and riding experience for both the driver and passenger is very smooth and comfortable.

Like all the other cargo bikes on this list, it fits a range of riders from 5′ to 6’5″. The unique handlebar, seatpost, and stem adjustment make it even quicker and easier to truly find a perfect cockpit for riders of various sizes. We used this bike exclusively for an entire week to see how quickly we would need to charge it. It lasted the entire week. We clocked 90 miles, using a mix of tour and eMTB mods, and it still showed two of five battery bars.

At 4,999 with a single battery and 5,799 with a dual battery, this one comes in at the middle of the pack price-wise. But it has our vote for being one of the most versatile, longest-lasting, and smoothest rides out of all of them.

Specs:

  • Weight: 70 lbs. (with one battery)
  • Length: 6′
  • Folded length: 71″ x 16″ x 33″
  • Carrying capacity: 440 lbs.
  • Range: Up to 200 km
  • Best for: Ultimate one-size-fits-all family utility bike

Pros:

  • Stem/handlebars/seatpost can fold down in 5 seconds, allowing it to fit in many vehicles
  • Can carry a ton of gear and people
  • Compact for e-bikes
  • Attention to total detail seems highest of all bikes
  • Just an outstanding design overall

Cons:

Best Kid-Hauler: Bunch Original Family Cargo Bike

This crowd-stopping, front-loading trike (4,285) gets high points for its lower price range (compared to other e-cargo bikes) and ease of assembly. It literally showed up at my house fully assembled via a semi-truck. All we had to do was take off the packaging, adjust the seat, and it was ready to go.

The big cargo box fits up to four kids and comes with comfortable cushions and easy-to-use shoulder straps. In the span of a few weeks, we took it out with all combinations of cargo: a dog and two kids, three kids and a cooler full of snacks, and even a week’s worth of groceries. Our 2-year-old loved it because he was up high and could chat with his friend across from him.

The bike has additional add-ons like a rain cover and a sunshade, which the kiddos and dog all appreciated when the elements became too much. Unlike other cargo bikes where it’s hard to secure your stuff, the cargo box has a lockable under-storage box that can easily fit a purse, computer, and other smaller valuables.

The components aren’t of the highest quality possible, but the combination of the Shimano Tourney SL-TX50 and the 500W 48V Dapu Hub motor created a smooth shifting and pedaling experience. And the easy-to-charge battery kept us motoring around town for almost 25 miles before we had to charge it up again.

The standover design and easy-to-adjust seat make it fit a wide range of sizes. I’m barely 5’1″, and I can ride it just as well as my 6′ stepdad. The control panel is also very intuitive, making it easy to turn on your headlight and see speed and battery life.

For the family who wants something to replace their car for short, local trips, this bike is the perfect ride. However, it’s not for the person who wants to get to where they’re going fast. While the motor will assist up to 20 mph, it comes with a factory set max of 15 mph (this is easily changed via the settings).

And because it’s a trike, the bike’s handling is a bit unstable at higher speeds, especially in corners where you can’t lean like a normal bike. So we’d recommend keeping that 15mph limit for a while until you learn the limitations. Think of this bike as more of a “take it easy and enjoy the sights” bike. It’s a super fun experience to share with your kids.

Specs:

  • Weight: 148 lbs.
  • Length: 6′
  • Carrying capacity: 220 lbs.; four kids, a mixture of one medium dog and one kid, or two kids and a big grocery buy
  • Range: 20-30 miles depending on load and speed
  • Best for: Taking multiple kids to the local park, dogs, and big grocery buys

Pros:

  • Comes fully assembled
  • Has a secure lockbox
  • Thick, durable, flat-proof tires
  • Can fit up to five kids (with one on the back)

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Harder to back up and turn around than other more bike-like models
  • Can take up a lot of space in the garage

Smoothest Ride for Big Loads: Yuba Electric Supermarché

For hauling a big grocery buy, transporting your SUP to the local surf wave, or taking your dog and kiddo to the river for a hike, this bike (5,999) is the ticket. With a Bosch Performance CX mid-drive motor and PowerPack 500 battery, the ride is fast and smooth.

For ease of use, there is a range of gears and four levels of pedal-based electric assist. Like all the others, it only can get up to only 20 mph, but it feels like you’re going much faster. And at stoplights, it was the easiest of the bikes to start due to the internal hub that allows you to switch gears while stopped.

It takes a bit to get used to the longer and heavier front end, but after a few practice runs, it felt very natural. The hard part is recalibrating your turns on your conventional bike!

The control panel is the fanciest of all of the interfaces. It lets the user see how much power they’re using, how long the trip is, total milage so far, and how many miles you have left on your charge. The Magura MT5 Next Hydraulic Disc brakes and the always-charged LED lights keep the parents happy and the kiddos safe.

The range on the Supermarché lasts anywhere between 20 and 40 miles. For our family, we used it three to four times a day with an average of 7-mile outings carrying 200 pounds. We drained the battery down to one bar almost daily. Luckily, it’s very easy to park it in the garage and charge for another round. The step-through frame and easy-to-adjust cockpit fit the entire neighborhood, with heights ranging from 4’9″ to 6’5″.

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Although 5,999 sounds like a pretty high price, when we compared this to other premium-brand long-john bikes, it was actually one of the lowest prices. And if you know you’re going to use it daily (and save some money on gas), it may just be worth the cost. The Supermarché is also available in a non-electric option for 2,999.

Specs:

  • Weight: 78 lbs.
  • Length: 8’5″
  • Carrying capacity: 300 lbs.
  • Range: 20-55 miles depending on load and power-assist mode
  • Best for: Big Costco buys, giving the kids a ride to school, food or paper deliveries

Pros:

Cons:

  • The passenger can feel the bumps more than if they’re on the back of the bike, as it lacks shocks
  • It’s long and on the heavy side

A Great Value: Radio Flyer L885

While the new L885 cargo e-bike (1,999) from Radio Flyer is still a big investment, it’s one of the more affordable options at the moment. Other bikes in this price range arrive without any carrying capacity included. Radio Flyer adds in the kid/cargo carrier which is a major bonus for many families. And although it does not have the higher range like some of the other bikes listed here, we’ve found it a very solid choice for many families out there.

The 500W brushless hub motor coupled with the five-level pedal assist and a half-twist throttle provide plenty of power to ride up any hill or pick up speed at the start of an intersection. We found that even when loaded down at its full capacity of 400 pounds, we could get a full 40 to 45 miles out of it before charging it again. And if more battery power is needed, there is an option to buy another battery for 499. For our daily use, however, we have yet to feel like we need this.

The bike weighs in at 73 pounds but feels surprisingly light and nimble, especially when compared to the Tern GSD. The 26-inch front wheel and the 20-inch back wheel are both standard tire sizes, which is nice for changing out the tubes and tires if needed. So far, after about 200 miles of riding — some on dirt and sharp rocks as well as over some glass (on accident) — I have yet to have a flat thanks to their 3” puncture-resistant liner.

The L885, like many electric bikes these days, has integrated lights, which adds to its carefree nature. The dual leg kickstand is also great for stabilizing the bike while unloading wiggly kids.

The battery charges on par with the other bikes listed here. As long as I remembered to plug it in at night every two to three days, we were good to go for another couple of days of riding.

All in all, this is an amazing electric cargo bike at a very affordable price.

Specs:

  • Weight: 73 lbs.
  • Length: 83.78″
  • Carrying Capacity: 400 lbs.
  • Range: 45-50 miles
  • Best for: errands around town, picking up and dropping kids off, nearby adventures

Pros:

Cons:

  • Front basket and rear basket are a little small for carrying large amounts of groceries.
  • One bike does not fit all sizes

Lightest Weight Ecargo Bike: Tern HSD P9

The new Tern P9 HSD (3,699) is the younger sibling to the older dual-battery GSD model. Where the GSD is longer and heavier, the HSD is more compact, much lighter, and has less carrying capacity. The P9 HSD can fit into many different categories.

With one wheel in the commuting realm and one in the cargo category, this bike can wear many hats, depending on the user. For our purposes, we turned it into the ultimate kid, gear, and grocery hauler. However, Tern has many different configuration options on its site for carrying cargo. With a 115 cm wheelbase, 170 cm in length, and coming in at just under 57 pounds in weight, this bike is the lightest and most compact e-cargo bike we have tested yet.

Tern is known for their unique bikes that can be easily stored and have the ability to fit many different riders on one single frame. The HSD can fit me, at 5′ 1″, and my stepfather, who is 6′ 1″, thanks to an easy-to-adjust cockpit and seat.

Unlike other cargo bikes, this bike was amazingly nimble and easy to maneuver. With a custom Suntour suspension fork, it made the bumpy roads a bit more enjoyable for both me and my passenger. The battery, a Bosch Powerpack 400, and the motor, a Bosch active line, both helped power myself, my five-year-old son, and a ton of farmer’s market goodies around town with no problem thanks to its 375-pound carrying capacity. With a range of 69 miles, I have yet to worry about running out of battery even after a full day of back and forth commuting.

The HSD features integrated lights and a double-sided kickstand for easy on and off for cargo and passengers.

Overall, this little bike packs a powerful punch. It’s easy to store (as with all Terns, it can be stored vertically), can haul everything from gear to dogs to one kid, and is surprisingly very light when compared to other e-cargo bikes. It’s also fun to ride!

While it is not the most expensive bike, it does still dent the wallet. For those looking for more bells and whistles, the HSD comes in 5 different models with the P9 being the most affordable of them all.

Specs:

  • Weight: 57 lbs.
  • Length: 170 cm
  • Carrying Capacity: 375 lbs.
  • Range: 69 miles
  • Best for: Daily commuting, grocery trips, single kid drop off and pick up, and can fit every adult in the family

Pros:

  • Very light
  • Can still carry a large load even though it is so small
  • Can fold and fit into small areas

Cons:

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose an Electric Cargo Bike

What Kind of Family/Rider Are You?

Before starting your search, first ask yourself what you will be using the bike for most. Grocery shopping? Kid pickups and dropoffs? Delivering pizzas? Taking your dog to the dog park? Hauling the boards to the local surf wave? All of the above? When you narrow your search down in this way before you start looking at the options, it makes it less overwhelming.

What Is Your Budget?

New electric cargo bikes can range from as low as 1,800 to as high as 8,000. Cargo boxes, panniers, front boxes, kickstands, and kid seats all cost extra and can add up quickly. However, after doing a quick search on my local Craigslist and online market groups, I have seen some pretty good options out there that are much cheaper than buying them brand new.

How Long Is Your Average Commute?

Identifying how long your longest average commute is will give you a good idea of what kind of range you’re looking for. There are a lot of options as far as battery and motor power are concerned. And more and more bikes are coming out with the option of attaching another battery to the frame.

How Much Space Do You Have to Store It?

Making sure you have enough space to store it is very important. Other than the GSD, many take up a substantial amount of space in your garage. Some, like the Bunch Bikes, have an outdoor cover that protects them if you are storing them outside.

What About Bad Weather?

Cyclists and commuters know that the weather makes no guarantees. What starts as a dry ride can quickly turn into a downpour. Aside from packing a good rain jacket, there are a couple of accessories we’ve found particularly useful.

For the colder months and mornings, Yuba bikes came out with the only rain cover to fit over a long tail bike. We have been using ours for the past couple of months and our kids love to be cocooned up in it. While it doesn’t cover their legs, it does keep the cold wind and rain off their faces and upper body.

The setup is super easy. It attaches to the monkey bars and can either be left on or taken on and off. We have kept ours on all winter long. On warm days we can roll up the sides for more airflow and on super cold days, we just zip it all up.

And if you’re looking for a cargo basket cover, check out Argo’s rain canopy. It takes a few minutes to set up for the first time, but after everything is installed, it takes just two minutes to put up or take down or stow away. Our boys absolutely love the cover. They call the Argo their “spaceship” and love being all cozy underneath their “magic” cover.

FAQ

What is an electric cargo bike?

An electric cargo bike, or cargo e-bike, combines the best of both two-wheeled worlds. It’s a larger, gear-hauling bike with a motor. So, you can load it up with kids or groceries, and still be able to pedal uphill on the way home.

Cargo bikes are very popular in bike-friendly countries like Denmark, but their popularity is growing rapidly in the United States.

What is a pedal assist bike?

Pedal-assist is a common mode or design for many electric bikes. As opposed to running the motor with a throttle, the power is integrated with the pedaling.

Generally, you can choose from assist levels ranging from Eco to Turbo. The higher the level, the more assist you’ll get (and the faster you’ll drain the battery).

What is the best electric bike for the price?

This varies widely depending on your use and needs. For the ultimate family and gear hauler, the Yuba Spicy Curry is hard to beat.

If you’re looking to get a budget-friendly cargo e-bike, the RadWagon 4 is reliable, durable, and among the lowest-priced electric cargo bikes around.

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