I’ve had a Babboe cargo bike in Toronto for a year now, this is a review of that time.
I’ve ridden the Babboe every day for a year. Its terrific on the ice and works well in deep snow. Its amazingly useful, and gets my daughter to daycare and back each day. It holds about $200 in groceries plus a child. Its easy to peddle and only takes a few minutes to learn to ride (if you can already ride a bicycle).
- Cargo bikes in general are amazingly useful.
- Weathered the Canadian winters well even being stored outdoors under a cover.
- The wooden box is beautiful, solid and durible.
- Fenders and chainguard keep you clean and comfortable even in bad weather.
- Rainhood keeps passengers dry and warm even in the winter.
- The tires are nice but I switched to thinner(35mm) after they wore out which I prefer.
- Although it costs over $3000 the components it uses are low end. A Bullitt is much nicer but at a higher price point.
- It uses drum brakes which are low maintenence but perform poorly (replaced with higher end ones with minimal improvement).
- The peddles are plastic and get slippery in bad weather (replaced).
- My brake cables developed rust and had to be replaced with better quality ones.
- Rain hood attachment is a bit slow to put on but is great if you can leave it on.
I bought my Babboe from Curbside which is a great shop.