We recently stumbled across Boxcycles, a small company offering the Danish Christiania bikes in the United States. It is the typical story of American boy meets bike, meets danish girl, moves to Denmark, moves back, and starts selling cool cargo bikes, though we’re not certain of the precise sequence of these events. Boxcycles offers the Christiania box bikes through a handful of specialty bike shops in the United States. The price for a Christiania cargo bike is reported to cost about $2,700 in the United States, and we saw one listed at $2,599 at Flying Pigeon (a Los Angeles based bike shop). We’re not sure quite how many bikes are being sold at this price, but it is reported to be about 100-200 annually–not much for all of the United States. The mainstreaming of cargo bikes in the United States has been much reported, and we hope to see more and more on the streets. With a range of price points, from the $3,500 Nihola (also at Flying Pigeon) to the more economically priced Zigo Leader (starting at $$1,399), and the Christiania model somewhere in between, we hope that there is a Bakfiets out there for everyone.
We have just seen on the internet a new Dutch electric bakfiets called the Urban Arrow. The first Urban Arrow electric transport bike is designed for families with young kids looking for green, affordable, time-saving alternatives to cars. Of course, all Bakfietsen are after the same market.
The Urban Arrow web site claims that they have “reinvented the transport bike” with a fresh design that utilizes “light, safe and comfortable materials”. It comes equipped with a German made electric pedal assist.
Of interest, they note that the modular frame makes it possible to change the front frame to make a transport e-bike or 3-wheeled cargo e-bike.
There are not many pictures on the Urban Arrow website or much information, but it looks slick from what we can see (the picture above was best we could download). We look forward to seeing more of the Urban arrow and learning more about its specifications.
With the proliferation of products such as the Zigo Leader Carrier Bike and the Taga Carrier, there has been an equal proliferation of terminology to describe these products. In Europe, the conventional term Bakfiets would cover it, or if you are in Denmark, Ladcykel. But in the U.S. the situation becomes more complex. The terminology ranges from Carrier Bike, which is favored by Zigo, to Stroller Bike, Bike Stroller, Strollercycle, and other even more cumbersome monikers. Sometimes Dutch Cargo Bike is used in the U.S. as equivalent to Bakfiets, but this does not seem widely adopted. In the United Kingdom, we must also take into account the usage of pushchair instead of stroller.
So here is the question: in the United States (and United Kingdom and English speaking world everywhere) what should we call these products?
Bakfiets.nl versus Babboe.nl versus de Fietsfabriek versus Other
We are actually looking for some feedback here. We have seen quite a few Bakfiets (Bakfietsen, I suppose) in the Netherlands, and Amsterdam in particular, and would like to know which one is actually the market leader. We would also like to hear about the differences among them–both real and perceived. Bakfiets.nl seems to be the 1000 pound gorilla in the Dutch cargo bike market. Bakfiets.nl makes the CarboBike Lang, CargoBike Corte, and CargoBike Premium, which range in price from 1465 Euros to 1829 Euros, and vary by type of hub, brakes an level of trim. Bakfiets.nl also makes a Cargo Trike and a Cargo Trike L (L is for Large).
Babboe on the other hand, offers the Babboe City for just 849 Euros, and the Babboe Big 3-Wheel for 749 Euros. The Babboe city comes with a Shimano Nexus 7 speed gear. They also make a model called the Rabobank – Babboe City and According to Mamma – Babboe City.
de Fietsfabriek is another classic Ducth Bakfiets brand. They make quote a few models, including the Troy for 1995 Euro, the 994 for 1495 Euro, the 995 for 1495 Euro, the 995 for 1595 Euro.the FF16 tricycle for 1995 Euro, and the FF22 tricycle for 3750 Euro.
There are of course other sellers of Bakfietsen, but these brands one see a lot of around the city. Please help us understand the large price difference between Bakfiets.nl, Babboe.nl, and de Fietsfabriek Please send us your comments about the differences between these Bakfietsen, as well as your ideas about what the “perfect Bakfiets” should be.