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Posted on 26 January 2022

GO WITH THE FLOW:
8 REASONS TO RIDE A
BABBOE FLOW

A mother fastens her child's helmet as they stand beside a Babboe Flow cargo bike.

If you were to take a trip to Denmark and Holland you’d be sure to notice something (if you are constantly observing cyclists, which we do!): the Danes all seem to ride three-wheeled cargo bikes, while the Dutch mostly ride two-wheelers. This is strange, because the Danes invented the two-wheeled cargo bike and the Dutch invented the three-wheeled cargo trike! As the cargo bike market has evolved, this has started to change. The Babboe Flow Mountain is one such example. There’s little doubt that Babboe was peeking into Nihola’s workshop, because the Babboe Flow Mountain is the first Dutch cargo trike to feature independent steering. Nihola bikes have had independent steering since the 80’s.


What is independent steering? It’s important. The great virtue of a trike is that it’s more stable than a bike; but the typical problem with most trikes is that the entire box steers (not just the wheels), so a lot of safety is lost when it comes to accident-free handling due to shifting all that weight when you steer. Independent steering means just the wheels steer, kind of like a car. This makes bikes like the Nihola and Babboe Flow Mountain some of the safest trikes on the road for both stability and handling. So, why not buy a Nihola? After all, a Nihola is quite a bit lighter due to its Lexan plastic box. The answer comes down to electric assist. The Niholas come with Bafang electric assists, which are good, but not great. The Babboe Flow Mountain uses a Yamaha motor. Here quality is superb, after-sales support exemplary, and diagnostics an absolute cinch. It’s more money, but it’s also more bike.

1. KIDS ARE UP FRONT!

Close-up shot of the Babboe Flow's marine-grade plywood box.

WATCHFUL EYE - One of the most beautiful things about watching people use their Babboe Flow Mountain is seeing how parents can talk to their kids and enjoy the ride together. The whole journey becomes a great conversation! Take it out on the weekend and let the good times roll with the bike. Go exploring!

2. NOT JUST STORAGE - SAFETY TOO

Two young boys sit in the cargo box of a Babboe Flow Cargo bike while their mother interacts with them standing alongside.

SAFETY FIRST - We’re seeing a bunch of newer and inexperienced cargo brands make cargo bikes with lots of storage in the box, but no box safety. The Babboe Flow Mountain takes safety seriously with a rigorously-tested marine-grade wooden box designed to sustain impacts up to 40km/hr. The Babboe Flow Mountain doesn’t just focus on how much the box can store, it’s about how much safety the box packs in. That’s an important distinction!

3. INDEPENDENT STEERING

A dad rides a residential street with his two sons in the front box of a Babboe Flow cargo bike.

INNOVATIVE CARGO TRIKE - The weird thing about most cargo trikes is that they all seem to steer by swinging the box left and right. You read that right: the wheels are bolted to the box and you need to push the weight of both box and cargo to turn. On the Babboe Flow Mountain, the box stays put while the wheels steer, just like a car! That means extra safety, whether in the park or on the streets.

4. LOTS OF ROOM!

A young family of 2 parents and 2 young children stand laughing alongside  a Babboe Flow cargo bike, preparing to buckle in for the ride.

HAUL EVERYTHING - The box on the Babboe Flow Mountain is huge - like, huge! And it can grow with your family too! If you have an infant, we can install the Maxi Cosi Adaptor in the front of the box so you can use your existing Maxi Cosi car seat. And there’s still space for two kids to still sit on the bench! If you prefer, we can install the Babboe Baby Seat on the bench and you can reserve the front of the box for Fido or groceries. As babies become toddlers, you can add the Babboe Toddler Seat, which is made of shock absorbing material that smooths out the ride. Got an even bigger family? We can install an extra bench, putting up to four kids in the box! It’s like your minivan becomes a bicycle, except better!

5. UPRIGHT SEATING POSITION

A baby and a toddler are seated in a Babboe Flow cargo bike. The baby is riding in a Maxi Cosi car seat using the Maxi Cosi car seat adapter.

SEE AND BE SEEN - One very strange thing about bikes sold in North America is that they all seem to hunch the rider over the handlebars, which is super uncomfortable. The Dutch don’t understand this at all. In Holland they like to say that the Dutch riding position is “sit up and beg” - which we suppose is the Dutch making fun of themselves. But, it’s true! On a Babboe cargo bike the position is gloriously upright. Your back is straight up. You can see and be seen. You’re not reaching at all for the handlebars - your shoulders are squared. It may not be sporty, but why should dropping off the kids at daycare be a sport?

6. YAMAHA MOTORS

Close up photo of a Yamaha mid-drive motor.

ZOOM ZOOM - A cargo bike is very different from regular bikes because it carries cargo. That means the overall weight of the bike is constantly changing. The heavier the bike gets, the more you have to work! That’s why the Babboe Flow Mountain is such a popular bike. Featuring a Yamaha motor, the Babboe Flow Mountain can assist with heavier weight whether it’s over long distances or headed up hills.

7. LOW MAINTENANCE

Studio photo of a Babboe Flow cargo bike.

RIDE MORE - We started bringing Babboe into Canada back in 2009, and that means we’ve had lots of time to see how they handle a salty and snowy Northeast winter. And boy, do they ever hold up. Let’s start with the frame. The Babboe Flow Mountain is made of steel, which is stronger than aluminum, but requires good finishes in order not to rust. Each Babboe Flow Mountain is coated with a layer of rust-resistant undercoat and then a tough-as-nails powder coat finish to ensure chip resistance. Ok, but how about the parts? The Babboe Flow Mountain uses an internal gear hub, which means the gears are sealed inside the rear hub from the weather. This also means lower maintenance and less trips to the bike shop! Finally, the Babboe Flow Mountain comes with three powerful hydraulic disc brakes that ensure safe stopping in all weather. Now, add the marine grade wood box and you have a bike that can weather all weather!

8. LOTS OF GREAT EXTRAS

A mother fastens her child's helmet as they stand beside a Babboe Flow cargo bike.

EVERYTHING COMES STANDARD - The cool thing about buying a Babboe is that it pretty much comes with everything already. There are fenders to keep you dry, the wheels are bolted down to prevent theft, all bikes already come with high quality lights, and there is even a bell! But look a bit closer and you’ll see some other cool stuff. For instance, the tires all have a puncture-resistant lining inside of them, because no one likes flats! And, if you look at the rear wheel you might notice a built-in lock that is terrific when you’re dropping kids off (so you can ensure the bike won’t ride away on its own). Finally, all Babboe bikes come with a chainguard. In North America you people always think you have to change into Lycra to ride a bike. But, in Holland people dress up to ride their bikes! The chainguard keeps grease and grime away from clothing. That means white dresses and picnics in the park!

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