Hurray for pedal assistance
Camilla had her third child in mid-December. Little Boet is the perfect little brother for his big sister Asta (7 years old) and big brother Mauck (5 years old). He’s a brother so of course he’ll go on the road with them as the newest family member. Camilla doesn’t have a driving license, so she uses the bike a lot. For her, a cargo bike – the Babboe Curve Mountain in this case – is the perfect solution. Read about her first experiences with the cargo bike.
My mother was a little sceptical about our cargo bike. Not because we were going to try it again – she definitely understood the added value with three children – but because it was an electric one. She didn’t say it exactly like that, but her body language clearly said ‘well, that’s not necessary in the Netherlands, right? (she herself grew up in Brazil and lived on a hill. A real hill, where it definitely would have been handy!) And, admittedly, I also had my doubts… In the dunes, it would have been very practical, but during ‘normal’ bike rides? Did I really need that?
The answer is wholeheartedly YES! Because wow, that pedal assistance is amazing! With the handlebar operation, you can select the assistance that you need at that moment: High Performance (powerful, for when you have loaded your box with children or groceries and have to take off at a traffic light), Standard (normal, our default setting with which you can ride easily and don’t have the feeling that you have to work super hard), Eco (low-energy, for when you want to have the feeling that you’re pedalling the bike yourself) and Off (off, for hard core bikers or for when you’ve forgotten to charge the battery and you’re suddenly riding home from school without pedal assistance. True story…).
In the beginning, it took some time to find the right pedal assistance at the right moment. That’s how I ended up literally ‘launched’ at a traffic light a few times. Oops. When I finally started to ‘make friends’ with our Babboe Curve Mountain and started to understand the interaction between the pedal assistance and the accelerations, I looked like much more of a professional. The kids were also sitting on their bench/in the Maxi-Cosi much more quietly.
Now I switch without even thinking: I automatically switch it up a notch when it is getting too difficult or down a little when it’s going too easily. The moment the kids in the box start cheering ‘because we are going so fast, mom!’ and Boet is laughing hard, it’s usually a sign that I need to switch from ‘Standard’ to ‘Eco’.
I think it’s about time that grandma takes the kids on the road in the cargo bike. Then she can experience for herself how great the pedal assistance is. Also how fast you can get to the ice cream parlour, which is very important when two little monkeys would like to have that ice cream right NOW…