Inside: A review of the Babboe Big-E cargo bike
Over the last year, we have been trying to make a conscious effort to reduce the waste we produce as a family. We’ve cut single-use plastic down to almost nothing and have also cut down the amount of beef we consume, as that plays such a big role in the global issue we are facing.
One thing that has played on my mind a lot recently is the amount of petrol we seem to get through. Some journeys can’t be helped but on a day to day basis I definitely use the car more than I should.
Now, you could argue that I could just stop using the car and walk everywhere instead, and of course you’d have a point. But, factor in 3 little people and walking just seems like a big effort. Not to mention walking just takes so much longer and the hours between school-runs are precious.
A couple of months ago I had an email from Babboe, a company based in The Netherlands, asking whether I would like to try out one of their cargo bikes. I’d seen a couple of families around town using them and they looked amazing – definitely something we could use as a family.
A cargo bike is essentially a bike with the front wheel swapped out for a wooden box. You can get different sized boxes depending on your needs and you can also choose between a standard or an electric-assist bike.
We live in quite a hilly area so electric-assist was a must and having 3 kids meant we needed something to fit them all in comfortably.
So, meet the Babboe Big-E.
Isn’t it gorgeous?
The Big seats 4 children and has 2 benches which can be folded away should you needed more storage space for shopping bags.
Each bench has 2 3-point seatbelts which easily click in to secure each child and combined with helmets they are just as safe as on the back of an adult bike in a seat.
Our bike has 2 front wheels due to the size of the box and actually, that is perfect for me as my balance isn’t the best. Some of the smaller cargo bikes only have 2 wheels, but this one is exactly what we need as a family.
This nifty little box here is the battery to power the bike and believe me, you need it if you have any sort of incline. It charges easily using a power cable and lasts about a week if using the bike daily. If you live in a very hilly area then they also have mountain versions, which give you an even bigger assist.
This is the control panel for the assist and is really easy to use. Simply press the plus to increase the assistance or the minus to reduce it on flatter ground. It also has a walking assist mode should you need to walk it along at any point.
Parking the bike is simple as it has a parking brake and comes with a built-in ring lock for the wheel. We’ve also bought a heavy-duty chain system to secure it to fixed items. The battery also has a lock on it so you don’t have to worry about a thing! We have insured it using Laka, a specialist bike insurer and they are great! Sign up using my link and get £25 towards cover.
We have been using it every single day to take the girls back and forth from school and now that the holidays are here we will be using it to go on adventures.
This is going to sound dramatic but I honestly think this bike will change our lives. We have stopped using the car so much, we are out in the fresh air so much more and my fitness levels have improved beyond anything I could have imagined.
And not only does it save the environment by meaning we use our car less, but we travel just as fast (it gets up to a great speed with the assist) and we won’t have to worry about finding a parking space ever again – so it is better than a car anyway!
If you are wanting to reduce your emissions, get fit and have an absolute blast, go check out the Babboe website and see what bike would work for your family. And keep an eye out for our adventures over the next 12 months as I will be sharing how we get on through the seasons. I can’t wait!
We were gifted this cargo bike in return for coverage throughout the next 12 months. All thoughts and words are my own.