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Replacing your car with an eco-friendly e-bike sounds good until you remember that you have to go grocery shopping or drive the carpool. That’s where cargo e-bikes swoop into save the day when you have to lug a full week of groceries or a couple of kids. 

  • Cargo bikes are ideal for families because unlike child bike seats, cargo bikes can be used for both babies and “big kids,” so you’ll get a lot more use as your family grows. And then when they’re teenagers you can send them on the bike to pick up groceries. 
  • With pedal assistance, you’ll still get a great workout, but you’ll be able to carry more cargo than you would be able to under your own power. 
  • In many urban areas, cargo e-bikes can get around more quickly than cars, because they can slice through traffic in bike lanes. 
  • Even if you can switch completely to car-free, the more movement by bike we can do, the healthier the planet for everyone. A cargo bike makes it possible to do much of your usual car errands by bike instead.

Just like shopping for any other bike, you’ll want to think about the motor type and placement, and battery size. and range, what kind of riding you’ll do, and, of course, your budget. But a cargo or folding bike brings some new factors into play. Here are some things the FlyRides team thinks you should consider when choosing a bike. 

  • Usefulness: Will this cargo bike being able to be able to carry all the things you need it? 
  • Safety: This is important with any bike, but especially in a cargo bike that might carry kids. Make sure that the brand is reputable and that this is strict quality control. 
  • Power and stability: To carry more weight, a cargo e-bike’s battery should pack an extra punch. Also, make sure the bike still feels stable and rideable even when it is fully loaded down. 
  • Weight and size: Foldable bike brands do astonishing origami with steel and carbon, but none of them are pocket-size. You’ll want to make sure you have space to store the bike and that you can lift it easily when it’s folded.

Folding e-bikes are perfect for commuters. If you’re worried about having to store your bike at work or home or navigate public transport with your bike in tow, a folding bike might be just what you’re looking for. 

  •  A folding e-bike is the best of both worlds: a high-quality electric bicycle riding experience that’s easy to fold up and put away. 
  • That makes a folding e-bike much easier to keep safe. Even if your company or your city doesn’t provide a lot of bike racks, a folding e-bike is easy to bring inside with you and you’ll likely be able to find a safe place to store it in your home or office, even in the smallest cubicle or apartment. 
  • And if you’re commute includes trains or buses, a folding e-bike is much easier to navigate public transport with. Most folding e-bikes fold and unfold in less than 30 seconds. No more feeling like you’re making everyone late for work while you struggle with the bus bike rack. 

Just like shopping for any other bike, you’ll want to think about the motor type and placement, and battery size. and range, what kind of riding you’ll do, and, of course, your budget. But a cargo or folding bike brings some new factors into play. Here are some things the FlyRides team thinks you should consider when choosing a bike. 

  • Usefulness: Will this cargo bike being able to be able to carry all the things you need it? 
  • Safety: This is important with any bike, but especially in a cargo bike that might carry kids. Make sure that the brand is reputable and that this is strict quality control. 
  • Power and stability: To carry more weight, a cargo e-bike’s battery should pack an extra punch. Also, make sure the bike still feels stable and rideable even when it is fully loaded down. 
  • Weight and size: Foldable bike brands do astonishing origami with steel and carbon, but none of them are pocket-size. You’ll want to make sure you have space to store the bike and that you can lift it easily when it’s folded.

Looking for a bike that offers a lot of performance and fun, but doesn't take up much space, or one that can be a true car replacement? Check out these cargo, compact and folding eBikes: Perfect for that last mile on your commute, taking your kids to school, heading to the beach, or going on a trip.