Three wheeled cargo bikes:A ‘traditional’ cargo bike has 3 wheels. It’s kind of like a reverse tricycle in that it has two wheels in the front and one in the rear. The rear half is pretty much the same as a standard bicycle. A seat, pedals and drive to the rear wheels. The cargo section is situated in between the front two wheels, creating a tripod like stance for the bike. This makes it very stable and able to carry pretty heavy loads. You can also incorporate a lid onto the cargo box, meaning you can transport in all kinds of weather. Steering is done by turning both front wheels of the bike. But it also means that you have to turn the load you’re carrying as well. The main advantages of a three-wheel based cargobike are:
- Very stable. The cargobike cannot suddenly tip over, not even when climbing in or on the tricycle. Riding hands free is also a breeze.
- Children can be safely secured in the box with seat belts.
- You can transport up to four children, PLUS groceries.
- Easy to park.
- Compared to a trailer, you have much more control over rowdy kids in the front
- When combined with an electric motor, the cargo bike can easily get you, your kids and your luggage around.
Two wheeled cargo bike:These bikes are closer to an ordinary bicycle. The main difference being that in between the front and the rear wheels is a large, useful box. To accommodate the cargo carrier the bike frame is stretched. Because the handle bars are not directly connected to the forks/wheels, steering is taken care of by a ‘steering connecting rod’ which translates the riders handlebar movements to the front wheels. Just like a regular bicycle, a two wheeled cargo bike rider maintains balance by forward momentum. When parking the bike or loading kids in, a stand is used to keep the bike from toppling over. The main advantages or a two wheel cargo bike are:
- Speed! – Because the bike handles much more like a regular bike, riding is a quicker and more nimble affair. Letting you swerve around obstacles and through traffic
- Kids are also secured in the cargo box with belts.
- Up to four children can be carried in the cargo box, however an extra bench is needed for more than two.
- Because the cargo box is lower to the ground and has lower sides, kids can climb in themselves.