When I first started reviewing electric cargo bikes, they were expensive, niche vehicles for a specific subset of eccentric people. There are electric bikes everywhere. There is an electric bike that is especially useful for parents.

Moms travel a lot. I also have a full-time job and two children. On any given day, I drop them off at school and run back to my house to get on the computer, playdates, or volunteer. Without a motor on my bike, I wouldn't have the strength to carry my kids and stuff. I need a car.

Everything changed when I got an ebike. It gave me a chance to work out, take my kids on a joyride, and chat with our neighbors. I like my electric cargo bike a lot. If you are considering taking the plunge, here are a few tips and tricks I have learned along the way.

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Pick a ride.


Bikes are very personal. The terrain and traffic around your house are a number of factors that can affect which bike is best for you.

There are two flavors of cargo bikes. A mid- or longtail has an extended rear rack that can be used to attach seats or panniers, while a bakfiets or a Long John suspends a cargo box between the rider and the front wheel. The Tern GSD S00 is a mid-tail bike. It has a maximum weight capacity of 450 pounds and is not very long, but it is lighter and more maneuverable. Most people just throw garden tools and children into the box if they live in a flat area with good roads.