Frequently asked questions

Definition of Babboe 

Babboe is derived from the Malaysian / Indonesian word “Nanny / Babysitter” and is symbolic for how our cargo bikes can safely transport your most valued possessions, such as your own children or pets.

Origin of Babboe 

The Babboe cargo bike company was founded by Dutch parents, who thought the market needed a safe and affordable cargo bike with high quality parts. As a result, they manufactured the first Babboe Big in March 2007.

Why buy this cargo bike?

Kids transport

It is the ideal way to bring your kids to school, daycare, swimming class or the playground. It’s fun, they love it and above all, it is very safe. The bikes have a bench with special kid belts, so you’re sure they are safely positioned. Because you have the kids in front of you, they are within your sight and you are always sure what they are doing. Talk with them along the way and enjoy the ride!

Dog transport
Take your dog(s) to the park very easily. The urban environment can be less convenient for taking a long nice walk with your dog. Now you can safely and easily drive to the park to take your dog out.

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Grocery shopping

Taking your car into the city is not necessary anymore. A bike is healthier and just as fast, and it takes away your parking worries.

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Transporting goods
Food delivery services and even shipping companies transporters are examples of companies or people who use cargo bikes to transport goods. The cargo bike can take up to 100KG/220 LBS in the box. Virtually anything you want to take with you that fits in the box is possible.

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Everybody is watching you! Since cargo bikes are not that common yet, people will watch you riding your cargo bike down the street. In our experience, we have experienced in the U.S. that people will ask you where you purchased the bike because they want one.

Should I take a two or three wheel cargo bike?

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How to make a fundamental choice between either a two-wheel cargo bike or a three-wheel version?

The two-wheeler: 

  • Our two-wheeler, the Babboe City, feels very similar to riding a normal bike.
  • Most likely this cargo bike is being used for 1 or 2 children.
  • If an extra bench is used, even up to 4 small children can be transported safely. 
  • It is about +/- 70 cm wide.
  • This two-wheeled bicycle has less resistance than a three-wheeler, making it more suitable for longer distances.
  • Can accomodate a Maxi-cosi carrier.

 

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The three wheeler:

  • Can transport up to four children, and there is stil room for your groceries!
  • The three wheels give a lot of support and stability: at traffic lights you can comfortable stay on your saddle and it prevents from falling to one side with heavy load. In addition, getting off the tricycle is very easy as it does not fall over!
  • Width is +/- 88 cm.

What is the size and weight?

Babboe BIG fully assembled (with handle bars in lowest position):

Length 7 ft 1” (217cm) x Width 2 ft 11” (88cm) x Height 3 ft 7” (110cm) 

Weight 132 lbs (60 kg)

Babboe CITY fully assembled

Length: 8 ft 4” (255cm), Width 2 ft 2” (65cm) x Height 3 ft 7” (110cm)

Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)

Babboe CURVE fully assembled

Length: 7 ft 1” (217cm), Width 2 ft 11” (88.4cm) x Height 3 ft 7” (110cm)

Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)

What is the load capacity?

The load capacity of a Babboe City has been tested for 80 kg.
The load capacity of a Babboe Curve, Big and Transporter is 100 kg.

How about shipping costs?

Please add a product to your cart to see the shipping price for a bike or accessory. 

How about customs duty?

The custom tax is included in the price of a bike. For accessoires that are ordered without a bike, customs might fee you a 5-8% tax.

Can we order accessories?

Yes of course! As we ship them separately, there is a separate shipping fee. And every now an then we add new accessories! Please see the Accessories section.

How long does delivery take?

Babboe Cargo Bikes will be delivered at your doorstep partially assembled. Bikes are usually delivered by DHL or UPS. Delivery takes approximately 2 weeks.

How difficult is the assembly?

The bike will be shipped to your doorstep and will be 75% assembled. This means the difficult parts, such as gears and brakes have been assembled for you. The bike has been designed with a manual written to help you complete the assembly on your own, even if your skills are basic. So you will be mainly screwing nuts and bolts!

This is the main reason many customers decide to assemble the bike themselves.

Can the cargo bike be fully assembled for me?

Obviously there is always an option of asking a local bike shop to do it for you. To order a fully assembled bike, please click on the link below the price of a cargo bike, or go directly to the fully assembled Babboe Big, City or Curve.

Are Babboe bikes safe?

The Babboe is developed to be a fun and secure way to transport kids. The models are designed and developed in the Netherlands by an engineering company and Babboe chose to pick only high quality materials to build their cargo bike. Beside the materials, the cargo bike comes with some specific safety features. The cargo bikes are tested by an International testing agency on durability, load capacity and safety.

Do you sell the Babboe E-bike?

Yes, we do sell the E-bike, fully assembled.

Does a MaxiCosi fit in the cargo bike box? 

The Babboe City and Curve

There is a custom made Maxi Cosi Carrier made by Steco for the City and Curve cargo bikes. The seat has great suspensions which is good for the little toddlers. Beside the MaxiCosi there will be still room left for up to two little children on the bench. 

The Babboe Big

In the Babboe Big, the Maxi Cosi fits without carrier. The way it fits differs by what model of MaxiCosi you have. See this page for a clear instruction how to fit the MaxiCosi.

Safety

The Babboe big is developed to be a fun and secure way to transport kids. The models are designed and developed in the Netherlands by an engineering company and Babboe chose to pick only high quality materials to build their cargo bike. Beside the materials, the cargo bike comes with some specific safety features.
The cargo bikes are tested by an International testing agency on durability, load capacity and safety.

Why does the carrier want my Social Security Number? 

When goods enter the United States from overseas, it is considered an importation and must be cleared by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). When an individual or company purchases goods from an overseas supplier, CBP considers them the ultimate importer. If the supplier hires a carrier that provides door to door service, the carrier service usually has brokers in their supply chain to clear the goods on behalf of the ultimate importer. If a formal entry is required, CBP regulations require the broker to put the ultimate importer’s identification number on the Entry Summary CBP Form 7501. The ultimate importer’s identification number is either the EIN/tax identification number assigned by the IRS or the importer’s social security number. A formal entry is usually required for commercial importations valued over $2,500.

If the goods are cleared informally, the Entry Summary CBP Form 7501, bond and identification number are not required. Goods are usually cleared informally when they are for personal use, under $2500 in value, and are not in commercial quantities. However, because there are no guarantees that an entry will be cleared informally, brokers find it helpful to have the ultimate importer’s identification number just in case.

Because many foreign merchants are aware that CBP requires an identification number for the ultimate importer for formal entries, they will often request the purchaser’s social security number to include on export documents that the broker will subsequently rely on to prepare the CBP entry.

More questions?

For less frequently asked questions, please feel free to email us!