Carrying kids by eBike is a safe and convenient way to transport your little ones around town. With the help of an electric motor, you can easily tackle hills and headwinds, while still getting a good workout. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when using an eBike with children.
First, it’s important to understand how an electric bike works. An eBike is essentially a bicycle with an electric motor and battery that provides power. There are two ways power can be delivered to the bike: through a throttle, located on the handlebars, or through a technology called “pedal assist.” At Propel, we only sell pedal-assist eBikes, which retain all the principles of riding a traditional bike. You have to pedal to ride it, hence, you’re still getting a good amount of exercise.
When it comes to carrying kids, there are a few options available. A child seat can be mounted on the back of the bike, providing a safe and comfortable spot for your child to sit. Another option is a child trailer, which attaches to the back of the bike and can be used to transport one or two children. However, it’s important to keep in mind the weight limits of your eBike and the child carrier.
It’s also important to consider the laws and regulations regarding eBikes and children. In the U.S., eBike legality depends on which class it falls under, and it’s important to look up the laws where you plan to ride. In addition, helmets may be required for children in some places.
In terms of cost, cargo eBikes can be considerably more expensive due to their complexity and the need for heavy-duty parts like the motor, brakes, wheels, etc. That being said many find that the utility and versatility provide significant value which makes the added cost well worth it. You might want to consider this if you’re on the fence between just adding a child seat or a trailer. There is also the factor of growing up with your family as it’s common for families to carry their kids from one year old even into their teenage years and beyond.
Overall, commuting by eBike with kids is a convenient and fun way to get around town, providing a great workout for the parent and a safe and comfortable ride for the child. With the right equipment, laws, and regulations in mind and a quality eBike, it can be an enjoyable and efficient way of transportation for the whole family.