If you’re looking to invest in a cargo bike to help transport you and your kids you’ve come to the right place. We’ve listed what we think are some of the best cargo bikes for families on the market, along with key information that were important to us when researching for our own family. This article is focused on cargo bikes for families (carrying your kids, rather than deliveries). So let’s find you the cargo bike that ticks all your boxes.

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Before we get going, it’s worth understanding, that there are 3 main types of cargo bike: bakfiets, cargo trikes and longtails.

Try before you buy 

Cargo bikes can bring a life changing difference to your family, but they’re a significant investment. There are places where you can hire cargo bikes for a test-ride to get a better understanding and to see if this works for you. It is strongly advisable to try as many models as possible as the handling of a cargo bike is very personal. It isn’t uncommon to see people set on one model only to go for another one after a test ride. Find your nearest cargo bike retailer

CycleFox Membership

At CycleFox we’ve partnered up with Carry Me Bikes and London Green Cycles, both are retailers offering cargo bike rental. Offers are available for CycleFox members from these retailers. Find out how you too can become a member. In East London, the community organisation Hackney Family Cycling Library runs free sessions in local parks to allow families to test ride some cargo bikes and offer the opportunity to talk with other users – this could help you get the right cargo bike for your family. London Recumbents  also rent them out to try out in the Battersea and Dulwich Park.

So here we go, some great cargo bikes for families….

Nihola (cargo trikes)

Cargo bikes for families | Nihola Family | CycleFox

Overview: Of all the cargo trikes the Nihola models are the closest to the handling of a regular bicycle. Both models, the Family and the 4.0 have a low centre of gravity so the steering feels familiar and intuitive and provides an added sense of stability. They come in 8 colours and you can mix and match the panels with the colour of the hood.

Excellent built quality, durability and compact. Smaller box.

Number of kids: Family (up to 2) & 4.0 (up to 4)

Power: Available in e-assist and non-assist as well as possibility to retrofit. 

Dimensions: Family – 89 (W), 200 (L) 110 (H), 32Kg | 4.0 – 89 (W), 230 (L) and 110 (H) 

Cost: Family: Prices range from £2,360 to £3,800 (with e-assist). 4.0: £2,699 to £4,199 (with e-assist)

More information: You can find out more by visiting the Nihola website. 

Where to buy: Support your local cargo bike retailer. In the UK you can buy these at Carry Me Bikes and London Green Cycles (London), School Run Centre (Cambridge), Kids and Family Cycles (Dorset), Avon Valley Cyclery (Bath), Get Cycling CiC (York) and SYEBC (Rotherham). 


Christiania bikes (cargo trikes)

Cargo bikes for families | Christiania Classic | CycleFox

Overview: Classic and iconic design with the handle bar running across the width. Handling is distinctive (the box turns) and you either love it or hate it. For the many who love it, you will steer with one finger in no time. Christinia cargo bikes are the narrowest of the three wheelers so something to keep in mind with regards to storage and gate access.  The main family models are the Classic (pictured) and the Straight Box. Choice of accessories with a range of colours.

Excellent built quality, durability, narrow and tightest turning range for a three wheels. Distinctive steering.

Number of kids: Classic (up to 2) & Straight Box (up to 4)

Power: Available in e-assist and non-assist as well as possibility to retrofit.

Dimensions: Classic 85 (W), 208 (L), 114 (H) | Straight Box –  85 (W), 208 (L), 114 (H)

Cost: Classic £1,865 (£3,230 with e-assist)  | Straight Box £2,150 (£3,515 with e-assist).

More information: You can find out more by visiting the  Christiania UK website.

Where to buy: Support your local cargo bike retailer. In the UK you can buy these at London Green Cycles and Crown Cycles (London), Practical Cycles (Lancashire), Warlands Cycles (Oxford), Kids and Family Cycles (Dorset) and Soul Cycles (Scotland).


Winther Kangaroo (cargo trike)

Cargo bikes for families | Kangaroo Luxe | CycleFox

Overview: Another quality cargo bike from Denmark, nicknamed the ‘volvo’ of cargo bikes. The Kangaroo is versatile thanks to its multitude of individual seating configuration.  The box, made of impact resistant polyethylene, is quite low, easing the process of getting the children in and out. The handlebar is adjustable to suit different riders. The models within that range are the Kangaroo Lite and Luxe. Choice of five colours for the frame and three for the box.

Excellent built quality, durability, lot of head room under the hood. Doesn’t look like a cargobike.

Number of kids: up to 4

Power: Available in e-assist (BionX) and non-assist.

Dimensions: Lite 89 (W), 207 (L), 114 (H) | Luxe  90 (W), 218 (L), 120 (H)

Cost: Prices starts at £2,240 (+£1590 with e-assist)

More information: You can find out more by visiting the Winther website.

Where to buy: Support your local cargo bike retailer. In the UK you can buy these at Power to the Pedal (Cambridge and Fulham), Kids and Family Cycles (Dorset), Electric Bikes Scotland (Dundee), Electric Cycle Company (Edinburgh) and Get Cycling CiC (York).


Babboe (cargo trikes & bakfiets)Cargo bikes for families | Top cargo bikes | CycleFox

Overview: Babboe’s tag line has always been “designed by parents for parents” and they are very attentive to their customers’ feedback. As a result, they have an ever expanding line of accessories and built-in features. These are affordable robust cargo bikes that do the job. They do two wheelers as well and have recently launched the Mini, a smaller version of their City model. Perfect for two children. Other models like the Curve (pictured), Carve and Big can sit up to four children.

Good quality with a lower entry price point. Wide (trikes) and heavy.

Number of kids: City, Mini & Carve (up to 2) & Curve & Big (up to 4)

Power: Available in e-assist (Mountain range is powerful) and non-assist.

Dimensions: Curve: 88.4 (W), 215 (L) and 110 (H) | Carve: 85 x 216 x 110 | City: 65 x 255 x 110 | Mini: 65 x 235 x 110

Cost: From £1,549 (Mini) to £4,299 (Carve Mountain)

More information: You can find out more by visiting the Babboe UK website.

Where to buy: Support your local cargo bike retailer. In the UK you can buy these in London Green Cycles and Bikeworks (London), Kids and Family Cycles (Dorset), Practical Cycles (Lancashire), Warlands Cycles (Oxford), Townsends Light Blue (Cambridge), Bikespace (Plymouth), E-Bike Centre School (Chichester).


Triobike Mono (cargo trike)

Cargo bikes for families | Triobike Mono | CycleFox

Overview: The Triobike Mono has a very distinctive aesthetically pleasing design with a curved box and 648 colours combinations to choose from. The hood is easily folded back away when not in use. This is a company who constantly improves on the design and takes on board feedback. The other family model, the Boxter can sit up to four children.

Lightweight and compact. Smaller box.

Number of kids: £2,500 (£4,500 with eassist)

Power: Available in e-assist (Promovec or BionX) and non-assist.

Dimensions: 91 (W), 225 (L) and 117 (H)

Cost: From £2,500 (£4,500 with eassist)

More information: You can find out more by visiting the Triobike website or see the full range in our roundup.

Where to buy: Kids and Family Cycles (Dorset), Power to the Pedal (Cambridge & Fulham)

 


Bakfiets.nl (bakfiets)

Bakfiets Short Turquoise CycleFox

Overview: The Bakfiets.nl are the closest to the original box bikes (bakfietsen in Dutch) with their wooden coloured box and upright riding. They ride incredibly smoothly and feel as comfortable as sitting. These bikes embody everything cycling should be: easy, safe, comfortable. They are fitted with powerful dynamo light, mudguard and chainguard. Various colour available for the frame, box and rain tent. The Shimano Steps e-assist version has electric gear shifting.

Excellent quality and durability, rides like a regular bicycle. The raintent is a bit cumbersome.

Number of kids: Short (up to 2) & Long (up to 4)

Power: Non electric and electric assist versions are available. Retrofitting possible.

Dimensions: Short:63 (W), 225 (L) and 115 (H) | Long: 63 (W), 255 (L)  and 115 (H)

Cost: Prices range from £1,845 to £3,700 (with electric) with a range of accessories/configuration, available at extra cost.

More information: You can find out more by visiting the Bakfiets website.

Where to buy: Support your local bike shop, in the UK you can buy these at Carry Me Bikes, Flying Dutchman Bikes, London Green Cycles, (London), Dutch Bikes (Cambridge), Kids and Family Cycles (Dorset).


Dolly (bakfiets)

Dolly Bike | CycleFox

Overview: Dolly bikes wheeled into the cargo bike market recently, adding a splash of colours to the more traditional brands. The box is made of double-walled plastic which reduces the overall weight of the bike whilst still ensuring durability. It’s an cargo bike with low maintenance thanks to the chain, gears and brakes being enclosed. Between the colours available for the frame and the box, you have 72 combinations available to choose from!

Good quality and colourful. Less versatile than other models.

Number of kids: Up to 2

Power: Non electric and electric assist versions are available.

Dimensions: 65 (W) and 255 (L) 

Cost: Prices range from £1,800 to £3,110 (with electric) with a range of accessories/configuration, available at extra cost.

More information: You can find out more by visiting the Dolly website.

Where to buy: Support your local bike shop, in the UK you can buy these at Flying Dutchman Bikes, (London), Power to the Pedal (Cambridge & Fulham) and Get Cycling CiC (York).


Urban Arrow Family (bakfiets)

Urban Arrow Family | CycleFox

Another modern take on the traditional cargo bikes with a box made of expanded polypropylene. Urban Arrow often refer to the rider as ‘driver’ because it really feels like a second car bar all the inconveniences and running costs. Passengers sit lower than in more traditional box bikes. There is one bench with the option to have a second one for an extra child or baby carrier, all made it even easier are holes are pre-drilled.

Great quality, manoeuvrability & powerful motor. Electric only. 

Number of kids: Up to 3

Power: Electric assist only (Bosch)

Dimensions: 69 (W) and 260 (L) and 100 (H)

Cost: Prices range from £3,600 to £4,450 with a range of accessories/configuration, available at extra cost.

More information: You can find out more by visiting the Urban Arrow website.

Where to buy: Support your local bike shop, in the UK you can buy these at Flying Dutchman Bikes, 50Cycles Electric Bikes, Cycling Made Easy, Compton Cycles,Fully Charged (London), Velospeed Electric Bikes (Berkshire), Amsterdammers (Brighton), School Run Centre (Cambridge), Planet Bike (Barnstaple), Bikespace (Plymouth), Practical Cycles (Lancashire), Laid Back Bikes (Scotland).


Douze (bakfiets)

Douze Family | CycleFox

The Douze is unique thanks to its innovative frame quick release and cable steering system.  The first feature allows the separation of the front and rear frame in minutes, making it possible for the family to take it on holidays, by car or train or store it easily when space is tight. The carrier part comes in three sizes so the bike can grow with your family. Cable steering makes a U-turn a doddle. The design is modern and practical.

Excellent quality, splitable frame and cable stirring. The sitting area is not as wide as other models.

Number of kids: Up to 2

Power: Non electric and electric assist versions are available

Dimensions: 67 (W) and 223.5/243.5/263.5 (L) and 104.5 (H)

Cost: Prices range from £3,245 to £5,540 with a range of accessories/configuration, available at extra cost.

More information: You can find out more by visiting the Douze website.

Where to buy: London Green Cycles (London)


Gazelle Cabby (bakfiets)

Gazelle Cabby | CycleFox

cargo bikes for families

Overview: Another great Dutch cargo bike for families, with all the features expected from such a cycling nation. This cargo bike comes with a hub dynamo front light, chain case and sturdy rear carrier for the extra panniers. Thanks to special adaptors, it’s very easy to use with a maxi cosi baby carrier. At 38 kg, this is one of the lightest cargo bikes on the market. Its unique feature relates to the ‘box’ which is made of PVC and can be removed and fold away in minutes.

Lightweight and foldable box. The ‘box’ may not age as gracefully as wooden ones.

Number of kids: Up to 3

Power: Non electric with possibility to retrofit e-assist.

Dimensions: 67 (W) and 230 (L) and 105 (H)

Cost: Prices range from £1,499  with a range of accessories/configuration, available at extra cost.

More information: You can find out more by visiting the Gazelle website.

Where to buy: Flying Dutchman Bikes (London), Really Useful Bikes (Bristol), Cycles Heaven (York), Hart’s Cyclery (Edinburgh), Electric Bikes Scotland (Dundee), Really Useful Bikes (Bristol), Kids and Family Cycles (Dorset).


Bicicapace Just Long (longtail)

Bicicapace Justlong | CycleFox

Overview: The JustLong is a great cargo bike for families and is the latest longtail introduced to the market. It has a beautiful design and rides like a regular cycle. Thanks to the various setups available,  this versatile cargo bike will serve your family needs as it grows, from baby seats to flatbed with with foot rest and safety guard. Beautiful frame and bag colours offering 20 combination to choose from. Has a sturdy kickstand that makes loading and unloading the children an easy task. Gigantic bag in the front for all the essentials.

Excellent quality, highly versatile. No protection from the elements.

Number of kids: Up to 3

Power: Non electric with possibility to retrofit e-assist.

Dimensions: 42 (W) and 199 (L)

Cost: Prices range from £1,360 to £2,550 (electric)  with a range of accessories/configuration, available at extra cost.

More information: You can find out more by visiting the Bicicapace website.

Where to buy: London Green Cycles (London), Power To The Pedal (Cambridge), Recharge Cargo (Brighton), Really Useful Bikes (Bristol), Practical Cycles (Lancashire), BikeSpace (Plymouth)


Tern Cargo Node (longtail)

Cargo bikes for families | Cargo Node | CycleFox

Overview: The Tern Node is a folding cargo bike with a huge payload allowance of 160kg, including the rider. This is the product of two companies driven by passion and quality, Tern and Xtracycle. The bike can be folded in seconds and stored away or taken along in a lift or on public transport. Can be fitted with the family accessories from the XtraCycles range, regular children bike seats or sizeable bags. Nice touch: the seat post doubles up as pump!

Excellent quality and exceptional folding mechanism. No protection from the elements.

Number of kids: Up to 3

Power: Non electric with possibility to retrofit e-assist.

Dimensions: Folded: 52 (W) and 132 (L) and 83 (H)

Cost: Prices from £1,900 with a range of accessories available at extra cost.

More information: You can find out more by visiting the Tern Cargo Node website.

Where to buy: Support your local bike shop, in the UK you can buy these at more than a hundred dealers, including our partner Carry Me Bikes.


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