Babboe Cargo Bike: How it all started!
Babboe Cargo Bikes was founded in 2006 as an initiative by parents, for parents. At that time there were many young parents looking in vain for a good, affordable family cargo bike. Because we were (and still are) young parents ourselves, we decided to do something about it. But what makes a good cargo bike? And what can people afford? We posed these questions to many parents, and then we got to work with the answers.
Within two years we had developed our first cargo bike together with an engineering company. It was a period of trials and errors. In 2007 the first Babboe cargo bike was ready: the Babboe Big, a robust three-wheel cargo bike that met all of our requirements. Was this the beginning of a flourishing business?
Babboe cargo bikes take over the Netherlands
The first Babboe cargo bike quickly took over the Netherlands. With the Babboe Big, affordable quality got a ‘face’ in every city. Thanks to the many Babboe-pioneers, we were able to rapidly improve our original model. Meanwhile the Babboe Big grew up, which you can see in the comprehensive guarantee and service package as well as the growing number of accessories. But could we sit back and take it easy? Obviously not.
Electric cargo bike revolution
In 2008 we received the first requests from parents for an electric cargo bike. Imagine this: a constant tailwind, much larger range, feather-light cycling even with heavy cargo, grandparents effortlessly riding your children around, and so on. Was this feasible and affordable for young parents? We sought direct collaboration with a number of top suppliers. They quickly saw it as the ‘green alternative to cars’. In 2009 we introduced the electric cargo bike: the Babboe Big-E, a revolution in the cargo bike world! Since then, all of our cargo bikes have also been available with electric pedal assistance.
First two-wheeled cargo bike: Babboe City
Every family has its own needs, requirements and housing situations. We got an insight into our customers’ needs by talking to many parents, such as the need for an affordable sporty two-wheeled cargo bike. These are slimmer, lighter and more nimble. Perfect for cities. In 2010, after nine months of research, testing and development, we were very proud to present our first two-wheeled cargo bike: the Babboe City. The Babboe City was an immediate success and they can be seen riding around everywhere.
Trendy cargo bike upgrade: Babboe Curve
Our original model – the three-wheeled cargo bike – has also been given a trendy upgrade with the Babboe Curve. This brand-new model comprises all of the ‘user’s wisdom’ gained from parents over the last few years. This is reflected in the design, choice of materials and the well-known Babboe safety components such as luxury steering dampers, tilt top, extra thick spokes, three-point belts, drum brakes, parking brake, dual lighting and easy footholds. In short, the real Babboe cargo bike: beautiful, solid, complete and affordable.
Babboe Bakfiets taking over the world
Meanwhile, Babboe Bakfiets is also active internationally. But do cargo bikes work in other countries? In the Netherlands, we learn how to ride a bike as soon as we can walk. But over the border it’s a different story. Even so, the bike is being (re-)discovered worldwide as a sustainable alternative to polluting motorised transport. With the famous Dutch trading spirit, we are now active in more and more countries within Europe and beyond. To us, every young family deserves a chance to have a good, affordable cargo bike.
It is young families who inspire us to create new products and improve upon our current cargo bikes and accompanying accessories. Babboe Bakfiets remains a brand by parents, for parents. How can we transport your most precious cargo – your children – in a way that is more fun, safer and more convenient? That is what we work on, day and night. We hope to be able to keep surprising you with new, innovative and affordable cargo bikes in the future. If you have any tips or comments about your cargo bike, then we would love to hear from you.