Mountain Bike Night Riding – get Ready

Mountain Bike Night Riding – get Ready

Mountain bike night riding – could this be for YOU?  Would this be a fun way to extend your riding season?  Find out what you need to stay safe on a dawn/dusk or night time mountain bike ride.  This is a simple guide for first time night riders so you can gain the confidence to get out there and give it a go.

Lighting up the trail - lights for mountain bike night riding

LIGHTS

A really important part of your whole night riding experience is having the right type of lights.  The more powerful the light the more expensive it will be.  A good starting set up of lights for night riding would be

  • front handlebar 2000+ lumens wide beam to illuminate the trail
  • along with a front helmet  800+ lumens to illuminate corners, changes in terrain – this light will track where your eyes look to

You want easy, flexible attachment options so you can get the lights on/off, move them when or if you need to.

Having a variety of modes so you can adjust the light according to whats happening e.g. less light to climb up hills, less light to ride through town, to the tracks.  This will increase your overall ride time.  When lights are used at full strength – as you will probably do when heading down the hill – it uses the battery power up.

Following on from this point… you need to have a fairly good idea of how long you will have light so you can plan a ride that matches to your light time.  Planning ahead if your battery needs to be charged, carrying spare batteries if this is how your light is powered.

You will also need a rear light preferably set on a steady mode so your friends can judge how far in front of them you are (flashing lights attract attention but can be hard for distance estimating).

For more on LIGHTS see The ‘Right’ Lights for Mountain Biking at Night
Enduro Mountain Bike Lights - 5000lumen.goRide

Small compact lights are a good option

Olympia helmet mount gemini bike light goRide

Helmet lights should be lightweight & easy to attach

night riding photo.goRide

Rear light on steady beam

CONTROLLING YOUR TEMPERATURE

Go easy on layers when heading up – try not to sweat too much.  Avoid wearing a bag that will trap moisture if possible – basically try not to make your clothing damp or wet as this will make you cold when you head into the fun downhill part of your ride.

Try to add warmth to places that suffer in colder conditions  – fingers/toes/neck/head.  These additions are a great way for you to feel protected and we would recommend thermal fabrics or merino.

Take or wear a jacket that will block cold airflow.  The air around you will not be warm, in winter at night time, in New Zealand.

winter warm combo

Add warmth to your extremities

Lightweight packable bike jacket. front orange. goRide

MTB jackets block air flow to keep you warm

SAFETY

Tell someone where you are going

Know what the weather is supposed to be doing – you can’t see any changes in the weather at night time or in limited visibility.

Keep to tracks you know – now is not the time to try something new.  If you are nervous about night riding for the first time it can be a good idea to start in some light/twilight.  This helps with your confidence and you can progress to darkness.

Get warm as soon as you get home – out of any damp or wet clothes, into a shower

get Ready and goRide –  Mountain Bike Night Riding

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Winter Riding Tips – Outwit the Weather

Winter Riding Tips – Outwit the Weather

Welcome to winter riding tips.  It is easy to enjoy this season on your bike or as we like to say ‘Outwit the Weather’.  You just need to be aware of what conditions you are potentially riding in and have solutions to any challenges.

To enjoy winter on your bike you need to get ready with some extra gear or bike accessories.  Some additions are for safety, others to help with your temperature management.  There is nothing worse than being cold when riding.  Add cold too wet and this can quickly lead to issues.  Not so bad if you’re riding in town and can get home quickly…  It can be a disaster if you have decided to ride in an isolated environment.

For more on hyperthermia head to the end of this story where there is a detailed description of mild hyperthermia and what to do if someone in your bike group has it.

Everyone will have a slightly different list of requirements to keep them smiling while winter riding.  Just pick out the tips you think apply to you, in terms of how you would like to ride in winter.  If your bike of choice is an E-Bike all this stuff applies – perhaps more – as you can go further and the weather may change on you.  You can also move faster with less effort so wind chill/warmth on the bike might be a bigger issue.

Drier Ride

Jackets are key – waterproof to water resistant.  Whatever you think matches the type of riding you are about to do.  Just make sure you have it on or with you.  It’s no good hanging in the wardrobe at home.  Jackets designed for wearing on a bike will work better.  Bike jackets are usually what are called lightweight shells – they have little to no insulating layers to allow for the fact you are exercising in them.  Be aware of length, a lot of bike jackets are short in design to not interfere with the seat when you dismount.  Also they are fitted so you don’t create a parachute when moving.

Try mud guards to reduce the spray.  These are great for commute riding to reduce the debris/grit/water from the road.  Also great for mountain bike riders to reduce the mud.

Maybe waterproof over trousers would keep you riding all year, this type of pant is a great idea for commute riders committed to riding in all weather conditions.

Know the weather you are heading into especially if its a big day ride, anywhere isolated or back country multi day riding.  What is the weather forecast and how quickly could the weather change?  If you are riding somewhere new or anywhere isolated always be over prepared, weather can be very unpredictable in New Zealand.  It is your responsibility to carry and use gear that will keep you safe.  Waterproof jackets with high breathability ratings are best matched to this type of riding.

HELPFUL LINKS:

Waterproof or Breathable? Bike Jackets Explained

Waterproof Lightweight Jacket - Madison - on rider. goRide

Performance waterproof jacket for top quality protection

waterproof town jacket. Yellow goRide

Waterproof Poncho for great coverage when riding in town

Winter riding tips - waterproof jacket. goRide

Waterproof Shell with good length & bold colouring

Warmer Ride

Layer up base, mid & outer layers.  This gives you flexibility as you warm up on the bike you can remove clothing or as you feel chilled or cold you can add protection.  Thermal jackets are designed to block wind flow and keep you snug.  All jackets will help with this, even a vest to protect your core is helpful.

Know about fabric, especially what you choose to wear close to your skin.  As you ride a bike and perhaps begin to sweat, base layers need to be pulling this moisture away this is called wicking.  Merino is great at this, cotton is not.  For more information see the link below about fabric choice.

Add length in gloves to full fingers options.  Add length in 3/4 or long pants.  Waterproof over trousers are generous in sizing & shape so layers for warmth can be worn underneath.

Protect extremities – merino socks for toes, a headband or beanie under your helmet for your ears, neck warmers or scarfs for around the neck/upper chest and fleece lined gloves for fingers.  Extremities can be a real challenge to keep warm while riding in the cold (any temperatures under 10 degrees), especially if you already have circulation issues.  Again layer up and try to keep moving them, readjusting position, wiggling fingers or toes all helps.

HELPFUL LINKS

Riding Clothing – Fabric Choice

Be Warm on a Bike

winter glove fluoro

Winter Fleece Glove in HiVis colour

Headband and Neckband goRide 600w

Headband & Neck Warmer – merino lined

Thermal Jacket - reflective banding. goRide

Thermal Bike Jacket for warmth

Be Seen When You Ride – Be Safe

Visibility is often an issue in adverse weather which winter often brings.  Heavy rain and low light levels can make it difficult for drivers to see bikes.  Winter also means shorter days so you are much more likely to be riding at night time.  It is NZ law to ride with one front & one rear light 30 minutes before sunset to 30 minutes after sunrise.

To help, even during daylight, we recommend

  • using lights.  If possible two on the rear, one positioned high, one attached lower e.g. on your helmet/high on a backpack and on your seat post/rear carrier.  One flashing to attract attention, one constant to help the driver judge distance
  • wearing bright outer layers, a bright helmet or a bright coloured back pack all helps
  • reflective strips or covers work really well in low/poor light or night riding situations.  On jackets, trousers, bags or bands that you wrap around your upper arm or leg
HELPFUL LINKS

Be Visible Product Page

The Right Bike Lights for Commuting

Bike Light Features

Visibility Cover over bag

Bag Cover & Safety Vests are easy solutions to visibility on a bike

Signs of Hypothermia

If you are bike touring in conditions with a significant Cold Challenge – Temperature, Wetness, Wind combined with fatigue, poor food intake and/or dehydration you need to be aware of the risk of mild hypothermia

  • Watch for the “Umbles” – stumbles, mumbles, fumbles, and grumbles which show changes in motor coordination and levels of consciousness
  • Shivering – not under voluntary control, not easily stopped
  • Can’t do complex motor functions (single track riding) can still walk & talk
  • Numbness in periphery (hands, feet)

Heat Retention + Heat Production less than Cold Challenge = Hypothermia

What can you do for mild hypothermia?
  1. Reduce heat loss by adding layers of clothing, getting dry clothing on, increasing physical activity or providing shelter.  Use a survival blanket
  2. Add fuel & fluids. It is essential to keep a hypothermic person adequately hydrated and fuelled
  3. Add heat, fire or other external heat source.  Body to body contact. Get into a sleeping bag, in dry clothing with a normo-thermic person in lightweight dry clothing

(Source: Outdoor Action Guide to Hypothermia & Cold Weather Injuries.  By Rick Curtis)

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The Best Mens Bike Saddle for Tour/Long Commute Riding

The Best Mens Bike Saddle for Tour/Long Commute Riding

A bike saddle that is specific to your shape and supports the type of riding that you do is a great addition to any bike.   Saddles can be very different in shape, width & length so you need to understand a few things about their design to find a saddle you can consider the best mens bike saddle for tour or long commute style riding.

Different types of saddles suit different riding environments so it is important you get the right bike saddle for the type of riding YOU do.

How do you know if a tour/commute bike saddle is the perfect match to the type of rider you are? 

To match to a male tour long commute saddle your rider profile would be

  • male (gender)
  • a changing body position on the bike – because you are on the bike for a long period and riding over varied terrain (riding position)
  • riding on varied surfaces/trails on a touring or commuting bike over multiple successive days
  • discomfort or pressure on a saddle with little padding and no genital cut-out

 

The Terry Mens Liberator Saddle is the best mens bike saddle for tour & long commute riding.  Launched in 1998, Terry sold over 50,000 units in America in this first year.  It was Terry Bicycles best selling product for years and changed the way saddles were designed.  The Liberator was one of the very first saddles to be designed with comfort as the number one priority.

Tow Rope Rimutaka Cycle Trail goRide
mens touring saddle
KEY DESIGN FEATURES that support your COMFORT

A typical ride on a touring or long commute saddle will have you seated for a reasonable length of time over varying terrain so your saddle will need…

 

Saddle Shape – mid to wide

You will need a good level of support through the rear to mid region without the shape interfering with pedalling. Multi-day saddles need to be in the “middle” in terms of width and length.  As you are on the bike for a reasonable length of time riding up hill, down hill and on the flat your body position will change over the length of your ride so your saddle needs to accommodate this.  A good touring saddle should be comfortable for long periods of time and this is what makes touring saddles the ultimate choice for long (30min+) regular commute riders.

Padding – designed with multi day/regular use in mind

Perfect placement that allows for good protection from vibrating uneven surfaces but does not interfere with long periods of sustained pedalling.  Also offering you the option of changing your body position without compromising the level of support. The density of the foam changes from the rear of the seat to the front allowing for this.  A cut out is essential to avoid any issues with numbness or compression.  A gel layer will add to comfort especially when riding without a chamois as is often the case when commute riding.

Materials – durable, sturdy, able to tolerate repeated use.

Look for these qualities in the fabric that covers the saddle and the rails – where the saddle attaches to your bike.

goRide’s Solution for Touring/Long Commute Saddle for Men…
The Terry Liberator Gel Saddle for Men
A touring saddle for men that builds on Terry’s established reputation for comfort with an extra layer of gel, the Terry Liberator Gel saddle takes the edge off longer distance rides
be Comfortable and goRide –  The Best Mens Bike Saddle

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Kids Bike Seats & Electric Bikes

Kids Bike Seats & Electric Bikes

Choosing an Electric Bike to use to carry or tow kids/grandkids is a great idea and there are a lot of bikes on the market that will work really well for this job.  So kids bike seats & electric bikes will work but you have to know what you are looking for because Kids Bike Seats do not work with all bikes.  This warning applies to Electric or E-Bikes as well.  There are attachment points, frame sizes and weight considerations to be aware of.

For information on options for Towing Kids/Grandkids behind your bike see this story called Towing Kids & Electric Bikes

What comes first the bike or the seats? 

This may not be a decision you have to make because you may already have one or the other.  If not, the bike should be your first purchase.  This purchase needs to be really focused on a bike that makes you feel comfortable and safe.  Once you have this feeling of confidence about riding an E-Bike you can then look at the options of where you would position your child/children/grandchildren – now and in years to come.

Get some great buying advice at Buying an E-Bike to Transport Kids OR Grandkids.

FRONT SEATS also known as a ‘Mini’

Best introduction to riding on a bike, best interaction as they are between your arms.  Good traffic, commuting option for young kids, fits 1-3 yr olds

What the E-Bike needs!

Ideally 21-35mm of space to mount an adaptor onto your handlebar stem.  Upright riding position is best to create space especially for short parents/caregivers.  If not in an upright position medium or larger frame size is best.  Watch out for batteries placed high in the front of the frame

Will a Mini Fit on My Bike?

BoBike Mini One. Child in seat.goRide
Yepp Mini being adjusted

MID SEATS, examples are the Do Little or Shotgun

No harness securing your child but good interaction as they are between your arms, fun on easy off road trails.  Good single kid option, common match to trail, mountain bike styles (Shotgun is designed for mountain bikes). Age range is generally 2-6 yr olds.

The combination of E-Bike speed, an unharnessed child and on road, traffic riding is not recommended

What the E-Bike needs!

Mid mount seats attach to top tubes although the Do Little can be attached to step through frames (no top tube) with an adaptor.  Upright riding position is best to create space especially for short parents/caregivers.  If not in an upright position medium or larger frame size is best.  Batteries in the frame will make attaching these mid mount seats difficult because of the width the battery creates – the Shotgun seat does have width adjustment

Will a DoLittle Fit on my bike?     Will a Shotgun fit on my bike?

women riding with shotgun seat
dad & child on Shotgun kids mountain bike seat. goRide

REAR SEATS also known as a Maxi or a Junior

Best long term investment, popular choice for riding in traffic/commute riding.  Carrier must be rated to carry up to 25kg.  Maxi 1-6 yr old.  Junior 4-10 yr old

What the E-Bike needs!

Two types of attachments are available.  The most common is direct attachment onto a rear carrier.  The second option is via a clamp onto the seat post tube on your bike frame.  Battery placement is important with this one – rear carrier batteries are not always a good match depending on the style of bike.  Utility bikes are an exception to this rule – small wheels allow lower placement of the seat.  Batteries in the frame of the seat post tube will also create problems for seat post attachment.

Will a Rear Mount Seat fit on my bike?

Elliot and Hud Thule Maxi goRide
Yepp Maxi Frame Mounted kids bike seat. goRide
BoBike Junior on bike.goRide

Multiple Kids

Electric bikes are a great idea if you are considering riding with more than one child on your bike.  Whether they are both attached in seats or you chose to tow an older child having an electric assist will make riding a bike so much more pleasant.

You will need to be aware of the multiple attachment points of the set up you are thinking of riding with.  We recommend spreading the weight as soon as possible one child on the bike, one child being towed.  There are a great range of possiblities to choose from.  Depending on your budget and where you like to ride, there are definitely solutions for everyone in the market.

Let us know if you are struggling with this at all, we are here to help. Call 0800 44 33 77 to speak to Annette… or fill out our Kids Bike Seat Solution Finder to get a personalised recommendation for kids bike seat & electric bikes use.

 Receive goRide’s personalised Kids Bike Seat recommendation for your family

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Towing Kids & Electric Bikes

Towing Kids & Electric Bikes

Choosing an Electric Bike to use to tow kids/grandkids is a great idea and there are a lot of bikes on the market that will work really well for this job.  So yes, towing kids & electric bikes will work but you just have to know what you are looking for.  There are attachment points, battery placement and wheel sizes to be aware of.

For information on attached to the bike, kids bike seats see this story Kids Bike Seats & Electric Bikes.

What comes first the bike or the towing device? 

This may not be a decision you have to make because you may already have one or the other.  If not, the bike should be your first purchase.  This purchase needs to be really focused on a bike that makes you feel comfortable and safe.  Once you have this feeling of confidence about riding an E-Bike you can then look at the options of where you would position your child/children/grandchildren – now and in years to come.

Get some great buying advice at Buying an E-Bike to Transport Kids or Grandkids.

TOWING OPTIONS – KIDS ON THEIR OWN BIKE 

These tow options connect an adult bike to a child’s bike.  This gives you the ability to have your kid ride their own bike during parts of the journey.  They are often short term assistance options – through traffic, over a hill, over distance.  Tow Rope 4 yr+ (not recommended for on road/in traffic), Tow Bar 4-9 yrs, Tow Frame 3-9 yrs

What the E-Bike needs!!

Tow Ropes will work with any E-bike.  Tow Bars need a clear pathway to the seat post.  Batteries mounted over the rear carrier may interfere with this.  Tow Frames attach to rear wheel hubs – you may need a hub adaptor which are sold separately to the tow frames

If you are considering any of the towing kids and electric bike options here, read the details about attachment at the links that follow;  How to attach a Tow Rope,     How to attach a Tow Bar,    How to attach a Tow Frame

Tow Rope in Mountain Bike setting. goRide
Bike tow Bar in use. goRide
follow me tandem and rear bike seat

TOWING OPTIONS – KIDS ON A TRAILING 1/2 BIKE 

Great for kids who are less confident about riding.  Also good match to tour riding as a family.  Ideal when you do not need your child’s own bike.  Standard Seat 4-9 yrs or Reclined Seat 2-9 yrs

What the E-Bike needs!

Half bikes have arms that attach to your seat post.  These arms need a clear pathway and some exposed seat post (@10cm).  If you are short you may not have every much of this… so have a look when your seat is in the ideal position for your height

Batteries positioned over the rear carrier may interfere with the pathway for attachment. If you are considering any of the towing kids and electric bike options here, read the details about attachment at the link below;

Will a Trailing 1/2 bike work on your bike?

Rocket Trailing half bike.goRide
Weehoo with kid riding
WeeHoo Turbo. Morning commute. goRide

TOWING OPTIONS – KIDS IN A BIKE TRAILER 

Good way to transport multiple young kids with a bike.   The storage ability is a bonus.  Single Seat Trailer 1-6 yr old, Double seat Trailer 1-4 yr old

What the E-Bike needs!

The arm on bike trailers attach to the rear wheel hub (middle of your wheel).  You may need a rear wheel hub adaptor for attachment if you have rear wheel hub gears.

Compatible with most bikes

Yepp bike trailer. Towed by the bike.goRide

Multiple Kids

Electric bikes are a great idea if you are considering riding with more than one child on your bike.  Whether they are both attached in seats or you chose to tow an older child having an electric assist will make riding a bike so much more pleasant.

You will need to be aware of the multiple attachment points of the set up you are thinking of riding with.  We recommend spreading the weight as soon as possible with one child on the bike & one child being towed.  There are a great range of possibilities to choose from.  Depending on your budget and where you like to ride, there are definitely solutions for everyone in the market.

Let us know if you are struggling with this at all, we are here to help. Call 0800 44 33 77 to speak to Annette… or fill out our Kids Bike Seat Solution Finder to get a personalised recommendation for towing kids & electric bikes

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Buying an E-Bike to Transport Kids or Grandkids

Buying an E-Bike to Transport Kids or Grandkids

Electric bikes are the newest development and easily the biggest growing market in the world of biking.  E-Bikes are popping up all over the country and all sorts of people are choosing to ride one.  We want to look at a couple of questions and help you answer them… Why would you mix electric bikes and riding with kids/grandkids?  What should you look for when buying an E-Bike to transport kids or grandkids?

An electric bike will take away any barrier or negative thoughts you may have about taking a bike from one point to another.  It deals with hills, distance, weight, fitness levels.  Basically all the things that may make biking difficult in general, but especially so when you add children or grand children to your bike.  Once these types of barriers are removed you will choose to ride more places, more often.

WHAT IS AN E-BIKE?

A battery powered bike that allows you to put in as much or as little effort as you want while riding it.  As you get bike fit you will use less motor power and be able to go further with less battery assistance.

WHAT IS THE COST?  UPFRONT & ON GOING?

Along with the huge variety in types of E-Bikes comes the huge price range.  Most people will be able to find something within their budget that will get the job done.  But as with most things that require an initial investment… the more you are prepared to pay the better quality bike you will get.  In terms of bikes that are suitable for riding with kids your starting point will be around $3000.  See the list below of recommendations as there are a few things like power and brakes that make entry level E-Bikes unsuitable for riding with the added weight of kids.

After the upfront bill the cost to run an E-Bike is so minimal!!  Charging is super cheap 20-30cents for every 100 kilometres you ride.  Batteries do have a life span and will need replaced every 2-3 years.

To follow are some images of E-Bikes supplied by Electrify NZ to give you an idea of what to begin to look at.

Magnum Navigator. Riding with Kids attached:towed.goRide

Magnum Navigator $2,999

A city or commute type of bike with good options for attaching or towing kids.

Black ATB. Riding with Kids attached:towed.goRide

Black ATB $3,599

A leisure or trail bike good for both on & off road.  Good options for attaching or towing kids.

Gepida Berig. Riding with Kids attached:towed.goRide

Gepida Berig $4,999

Great leisure trail bike.  Awesome over distance & for hills.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN E-BIKE to transport kids or grandkids:

When buying an E-Bike to transport kids or grandkids it is a good idea to have some knowledge around the features on the bike that will help you to enjoy your riding.

To follow are some recommendations around what to look for in an E-Bike that is capable of attaching kids to or towing them.  You need to know about BRAKES, POWER & GEARS…

    • step-through frames make handling the bike so much easier – getting on/off around kids seats, easier to straddle while stopping/starting. Just easier to manage.  This is especially true if you want to ride with 2 kids on one bike
    • hydraulic brakes are a must. As you add the weight of kids to your bike you will need more stopping power (stopping safely is more important than going!)  This requirement will largely eliminate entry-level E-Bikes, but you can always ask your bike shop if they can do a hydraulic brake upgrade on your chosen bike if it has mechanical brakes as standard. But add up the cost and work out whether spending just a few hundred more would get you a better solution on multiple levels
    • this point about brakes is really key if you live on or need to bike over hills with your kids attached or being towed
    • if a battery upgrade is available, get it. More weight on the bike means less range (time before the battery power runs out), so spending on an upgrade is worthwhile
    • go for power, i.e. bikes with more torque will be better for you for carrying/towing, especially when climbing hills. What you want is a bike with a high torque rating
    • most E-Bikes will have capable gearing for this sort of use; remember, you have a motor to assist you. But if you live in a very hilly place then you may want to ensure you have something more capable, with a big rear sprocket (bigger is better, for hill climbing)

 

MAKE SURE YOU TEST RIDE

Test ride the bike over a decent distance with variations in road surface and hills, etc. At least a 30min test ride, and longer if your bike shop will provide it. You have to be very comfortable and confident on the bike in order for you to carry/tow your most precious cargo. And compare different models, by riding them.  You should not have to pay or commit to buying the bike before test riding it.

What to look for during the test ride.  Mainly your comfort and safety on the bike.  You must feel confident in the way it handles and steers.  This is especially important for any downhill decent with the added weight of a child.  When you have found a bike or two that you feel good about riding…(exciting!) now consider the kids or grandkids…where could they go…what will work??

Quick Comparison of Child Position Options for E-Bikes:

Front seats (Minis) are an awesome introduction for young toddlers and give great interaction between the child & the rider.

Mid Mount seats are unharnessed – we don’t recommend the combination of E-Bike speed and an unharnessed young child, especially in traffic!  So only a consideration for off road riding.

Rear seats are a great investment over time 1-6years in a Maxi or a Junior seat will take them from 4-10years.  These seats are a popular commuting option.

Towing kids is a great way to distribute the weight and to take kids places they struggle to ride by themselves. The biggest decision to make is whether you want your child/grandchild towed on their own bike (they can then detach and ride independently) or riding a trailing 1/2 bike.  This decision will be influenced by age and the child’s capability.

Front Seat for kids. 1 to 3 yrs. goRide

Front – BoBike Mini & Windscreen – good wind protection option

handlebar accessory kids bike seat shotgun goRide

Mid – Shotgun Kids MTB Seat offers a kids handlebar for better stability

Thule rear seat & toddler helmet combo.goRide

Rear – Thule Yepp Nexxt – lightweight, easily detached seat

follow me tandem and rear bike seat

Towing – Follow Me Tandem – Tow Frame – incredibly stable, best in traffic option

Attachment points and limitations;

When buying an E-Bike it is also useful to have some idea of where you want to carry or tow your kids/grandkids.  Particularly attachment points for seats or towing.  Keep in mind that weight will be your biggest issue so spread weight out and choose lightweight seats like those made by Thule, Yepp or BoBike.  The combination of this knowledge along with the type of terrain and places you want to ride to/from, will get you a good E-Bike match.

For detailed information see our stories… Towing Kids & Electric Bikes… and Kids Bike Seats (On the Bike) & Electric Bikes.  

CARGO BIKES…

Another type of bike to consider is a cargo bike.  These bikes are designed for transporting weight so are perfect for adding kids.  Depending on how far you want to travel or whether you have hills to negotiate you could consider an Electric Cargo Bike.  This type of electric bike is a considerable investment expect to pay over $5,000 for a simple model and closer to $10,000 for great quality.  Cargo bikes best match with flat, urban riding. They are a good match to car replacement, 2-3 kids, older kids.  Photo is of a Yuba Supermarche.

For more information read Using a Cargo Bike to Transport Your Family

get Ready and goRide –  Buying an E-Bike to Transport Kids

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