We get so many questions about the cargo bike long vs the cargo bike trike, so below some information handy for everyone in the market for a cargo bike!
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the two-wheeled Cargobike but we also know that it’s not for everybody. Perhaps you’re not confident riding the 2-wheeler, frequently carry four children and large loads, or just plain old prefer trikes. If that’s the case we’ve got the ideal trike for you.
The Bakfiets CargoTrike is a stable riding family three-wheeler with the same features and construction quality as the famous Cargobike (two-wheeler). The kids (up to four of them) love sitting up front, have a great view and can talk with you. Super-tough construction and all the features of a Dutch city bike. These bikes are built to endure many years of daily use and outdoor storage.
The Nihola Trike is the most stable trike on the market. Not just because we say so but it’s been tested by the Danish and Dutch Bicycle organisation. It has a unique “rack & pinion” steering mechanism so that the center of gravity stays fixed and thus keeping the bike stable, unlike some brands that have the tendency to flip over in corners which is obviously very dangerous for the riders and it’s precious cargo!
Bakfiets Cargo Bike 2-wheel
The brilliant child transport & utility bike. Faster and nicer to ride than any 3-wheeler; the low box and perfect geometry makes it light handling and stable. Super-tough construction and all the features of a Dutch city bike. Carries 3 kids or a baby and 2 kids. Actually with a couple small modifications many parents carry 4 kids in this box. There are now a dozen imitations but none can match the versatility, handiness and quality of the Cargobike.
The Cargobike sits rock-solid on its Stabilo parking stand so kids can safely climb in and out themselves. Kids love sitting up front, have a great view and can talk with you. These bikes are built to endure many years of daily use and outdoor storage.
2-Wheel vs Trike
A two wheeled cargo bicycle, long though it may be, handles a lot like any other bike. Riding a big heavy cargo bike is like renting a van when you drive a compact car — it’s different, but not that different. It’s easier to navigate small passages with the Bakfiets.
A trike is clearly a different kind of vehicle. It’s true that you won’t often lose stability when cycling slow or walking speed. But speed up, zoom around a bumpy sharp corner fast enough and the whole trike will tip and try to fall over, more with some models than others. Another big dis-advantage is that the bike becomes very unstable on cambered roads.
As mentioned, the Nihola is the most stable trike on the market. And, though any 3 points make a stable support, your seat follows the contour of the road and lurches from side to side, which it doesn’t with a bike. The seat tube leans right constantly on a road that slopes to the gutter for drainage, more than you’d think. Where a driveway connects to a steeply crowned street it can be like hitting a motorboat wake in a canoe, and you have to steer into the bump slowly just as you would steer into the wave.
On the other hand, if you stop at an intersection you can just wait to go again. No balancing the kids as they move back and forth, no stretching legs to the pavement. Sit and enjoy the view. Carry more weight — you don’t have to balance it.
We learned a couple of important lessons by nearly falling over a few times:
- You can’t easily stand up or go no hands well on a) cargo trike. Since you’re what’s holding the seat and the box in alignment and the handlebar is always pulling you one way or the other, you should really hold on to the seat with your thighs to stay put. This is worse on some trikes.
- Except however on the Nihola you can do it due to it’s unique steering mechanism and fixed center of gravity. It also has normal handlebars.