There are several physical, philosophical, environmental, and logistical reasons why riding a bike is preferable to driving a car. Automobiles are pricey. They demand upkeep, impede roads, and injure family pets. They poison the atmosphere. But none of this matters when you've been trying to leave for the playground for four hours and have yet to wrestle clothing off your crying baby.
If you're still trying to reconcile your carefree bicycle days of yesterday with your current job as a family driver, an electric cargo bike could be a suitable fit. Cargo bikes incorporate the excitement, fun, and health benefits of cycling with the utility of a minivan. Do you need to transport groceries, run errands, transport children to school, or transport your paddleboard to the beach? Enter the cargo bike, a type of electric bike that is popular in European cities and is swiftly gaining traction in the United States.
What Exactly Is a Cargo Bike?
Cargo bikes are sturdy bikes designed to transport huge items and, in many cases, two or more people. The bikes come in a variety of sizes and shapes, may have two or three wheels, and typically have a longer wheelbase than a standard bicycle, with cargo space in the front or back. Electric cargo bikes provide pedal assist, which makes transporting large loads more comfortable and climbing hills simpler. Cargo bikes may be customized to meet your individual needs, such as adding kid bike seats, panniers, crates, rain coverings, footrests, or racks to handle a surfboard or paddleboard.
Why should you buy a cargo ebike?
Cargo bikes allow you to accomplish everything a bike allows you to do, but their sturdiness allows you to transport more items without throwing everything and everyone off balance. The heaviest motorcycles can carry up to a few hundred pounds of baggage. (Confirm the maximum carrying capacity of your bike with the manufacturer.) Families use them to take kids (and all their things) to schools, parks as well as other places in the vicinity; they’re adaptable since you can carry a smaller child and a larger one at the same time. Cyclists are opting for them as a convenient, ecologically friendly method to get around town without having to deal with the headache of finding parking.
Different Types of Cargo Bikes
There are three popular types of cargo bikes:
Longtail bikes: Longtail commuter bikes allow you to transport children and other luggage on an extended rear rack that sits over the back wheel. They are common among families with more than one child. Children can ride in kid seats installed on that rack or sit on a bench mounted on the rear rack.
Mid-tail bikes: These compact utility bikes are smaller than longtails. Some are roughly the same length as a conventional bike but have greater hauling capacity. They're easy to store, carry, and maneuver, and some of them fold up. They may not be able to handle multiple children and thus may not be as adaptable for larger families.
Front-loading cargo bikes (also known as baskets, Dutch for "box bike") allow you to carry your stuff in a box or container that fits low in the gap between the handlebars and the front wheel. Families like these bikes because they can transport children and dogs in the front where they can keep an eye on them and have simpler discussions. Riding them requires some experience, but they're surprisingly simple to control.
Cargo Bikes: Should They Have Electric-Assist?
The advent of electric assists has made cargo bikes more feasible and reachable for many riders, particularly those riding in mountainous terrain or who aren't used to carrying huge loads. Electric cargo bikes, on the other hand, allow bikers to pedal farther and quicker. Some cyclists find that they ride more frequently as a result of it and that it is just as easy to hop on an e-cargo bike as it is to leap into a car for a quick trip around town. Parents are also discovering that riding an electric cargo bike is less difficult and time-consuming than towing children in a trailer or carrying them in a bike seat.
Depending on where you reside, you may need a license to ride an e-bike, and the class you select will determine where you may ride. Most e-bikes in the United States are classified into three classes—1, 2, and 3—based on their peak assisted speed and whether or not they have a throttle.
The disadvantage of most e-bikes is that they are expensive. Some are roughly double the price of a regular cargo bike, with prices ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. They're also heavier, which makes hauling them up a flight of stairs, fitting them on buses, or transporting them in a vehicle difficult.
This is why KBO is bringing to you the Electric Cargo Bike KBO Ranger that is affordable (it comes with a price tag of a very reasonable $1699) and is also portable with an average weight of 77lbs (approximately 35kg).
Some Key Features of Electric Cargo Bike KBO Ranger
Let’s take a look at some of the features of the Electric Cargo Bike KBO Ranger.
In Frame and Removable 48V 17.5Ah Lithium-ion Battery with Samsung/LG Cells
A KBO Bike battery life is one of its most significant advantages, rated for 900 complete charge cycles. With an 840Wh battery capacity, you can ride up to 60 miles on a single charge.
Powerful Sustained 750W Brushless Geared Hub Motor
Powered with a continuous 750W brushless geared hub motor, you won't have to worry about carrying heavy loads and climbing steep uphills.
48V 3 Amp Quick & Smart Charger
It takes just 5 hours to fully charge the battery, reducing the time between rides and keeping up with the quick pace of your riding needs.
48V LED Headlight
To turn on the light, press and hold the "UP" button for 3 seconds. This function makes cycling at night safer and allows vehicles to notice you.
Integrated Brake Rear Light
The rear light is an integrated LED light that is powered by the battery pack. When you apply the brakes during a ride, the rear brake light illuminates immediately.
The Shimano 7-speed Shifter
It's designed for your riding experience and allows you to change the gears for adapting to different terrains on-demand.
Mechanical Disc Brakes
The front and rear 180 mm disc rotors give sufficient braking force even in the roughest of conditions.
Extra-large, Adaptable Rear Rack
The sturdy aluminum rear rack can support loads of up to 120 pounds. You can take a ride with your loved ones, transport your children from school, or transfer some heavy equipment.
Ergonomic Half Twist Throttle
When tired of pedaling, take a break and cruise. Gently twist the throttle on your right to accelerate.
This bike seat is a durable and comfortable saddle that decreases the impact of road bumps. You may adjust your posture by moving the saddle up and down as well as back and forth.
20"*3.0" CST Tires
To prevent punctures, the tires are manufactured with high-quality materials that resist punctures caused by sharp objects. Wider than typical commuter tires, it provides a more stable and smooth ride on your commute.
Intelligent Installation Points
Fitted with an intelligent mounting bracket that can support up to 50 pounds. You can load it in any way you choose.
LCD Backlight Display
The display provides you with a range of information to help you keep track of your riding conditions. A charge indicator, a speedometer, an odometer, a trip odometer, a pedal assist level, and more features.
Fenders on both the front and rear are complete with all of the necessary hardware. They're incredibly resilient and keep you dry and clean from water and mud.
Built with rust-resistant, sturdy, and durable aluminum alloy.
Tips for Cargo Bike Maintenance: Cargo bikes, in general, need to be maintained more frequently, even if you just make short excursions every day. They're heavier bikes with longer chains that should be checked for wear on a regular basis and replaced as needed. With bigger bikes carrying baggage (or children) , you're putting extra strain on your brakes, so check them more regularly. Maintain your cargo bike according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Cargo bikes are becoming popular among families as a novel and exciting way to explore on two wheels with many youngsters. The bikes are strong enough to transport more than one youngster at a time; some can carry numerous children. Depending on the bike, children can be carried in a variety of ways: Older children can sit on a rear rack bench or shelf, or in a front bucket, box, or container; smaller children should be strapped into a bike seat. Let the Electric Cargo Bike KBO Ranger be what holds and transports those most precious to you.