Please select your region

Note:

Please accept our guidelines on the use of cookies and Google Maps in order to use this function: When visiting this website, cookies are put on your computer, enabling us to provide you with information as quickly and easily as possible. We also work with third-party cookies, in particular those of Google (Services: Google Maps, Google Analytics). For more information on this, we recommend you to read our data protection declaration. In addition, we work with Google Maps in order to show you which dealers are located near you and in order to provide you with better search functions. For this, your location and IP address will be transmitted to Google Maps. Please accept the use of cookies and the use of Google Maps API so that you can take full advantage of all services and functions of our website.

Not at the cutting edge of technology?

Your browser version does not support all of the functions on our website.
Please update your browser.

We need your consent.

We use cookies on this website so that we can provide you with information as quickly and easily as possible. Details on cookies can be found in our data privacy policy. Please agree to the use of cookies and Google Maps so that you can use our website to its fullest extent. If you do not give your consent, only essential and security cookies will be used. These are required to use this website.

Cookie settings

Individually define your cookie settings on our website here. Further information on the individual cookies is available below and in our Privacy Statement.

  • Required cookies.

    Wir verwenden auf unserer Webseite erforderliche und sicherheitsrelevante Cookies. Dies sind Cookies, die dazu dienen, die Nutzung der Webseite und die Navigation auf der Webseite schneller oder sicherer zu machen und die zum normalen Besuch der Webseite und zur Navigation auf der Webseite unbedingt erforderlichen besonderen Funktionen zu gewährleisten. Solche Cookies ermöglichen beispielsweise den sicheren Versand von Formularen über unsere Webseite, um zu verhindern, dass gefälschten Anfragen in unseren Systemen eingehen, sie speichern die von Ihnen abgerufene Art der Anzeige oder Version der Webseite, oder sie gewährleisten die Zuordnung eines Nutzers zu seinen gebuchten Services, seiner Bestellhistorie oder seinem digitalen Warenkorb. Die Datenverarbeitung erfolgt dabei aufgrund von Art. 6 Abs. 1 b) DSGVO. Die Nutzung dieser Cookies ist technisch erforderlich, um Ihnen in funktionaler und rechtskonformer Art und Weise die Webseite zur Verfügung zu stellen und einen Kauf oder die Inanspruchnahme der sonstigen Angebote auf unserer Webseite zu ermöglichen. Speicherdauer: Die meisten der erforderlichen und Sicherheits-Cookies werden nach Ablauf der Session, d.h. beim Schließen des Browsers, automatisch gelöscht. Einige dieser Cookies werden jedoch bis zu 2 Jahre gespeichert.

  • For an optimum user experience.

    Mit Ihrer Einwilligung verwenden wir verschiedene Cookies, um die Nutzererfahrung auf unserer Webseite zu optimieren. Im Einzelnen speichern wir über Cookies Informationen darüber, welche Produkte Sie zuvor aufgerufen oder mit anderen Produkten verglichen haben. Wir können Ihnen damit das zuletzt angesehene Produkt bei dem nächsten Seitenaufruf anzeigen. Speicherdauer: Die meisten der zur Optimierung der Nutzererfahrung gesetzten Cookies werden nach Ablauf der Session, d.h. beim Schließen des Browsers, automatisch gelöscht. Einige dieser Cookies werden jedoch bis zu 2 Jahre gespeichert. Die Rechtsgrundlage für das Setzen von Cookies für eine optimale Nutzererfahrung ist Ihre Einwilligung gemäß Art. 6 Abs. 1 a) DSGVO.

  • For our statistics and further development.

    Diese Kategorie wird auch als Analytics bezeichnet. In diese Kategorie fallen Aktivitäten wie das Zählen von Seitenbesuchen, die Geschwindigkeit beim Laden von Seiten, die Absprungrate und die für den Zugriff auf unsere Website verwendeten Technologien.

  • For marketing and advertising.

    Diese Cookies können von Drittunternehmen verwendet werden, um ein Grundprofil Ihrer Interessen zu erstellen und relevante Anzeigen auf anderen Websites zu schalten. Sie identifizieren Ihren Browser und Ihr Gerät. Wenn Sie diese Cookies ablehnen, werden Sie von unserer gezielten Werbung auf anderen Websites nicht erfasst.

Can an electric cargo bike replace a minivan as the family vehicle?

Tom Babin from Canada wanted to know exactly. In a test lasting several weeks, he examined how a cargo bike compares to a family car in everyday life. What interested him in particular: What is the financial impact of switching from a car to an cargo-bike? Tom documented his findings in two informative and entertaining videos.

© Shifter / Tom Babin

Hi Tom, you just tested the Riese & Müller Load 75. How did you like the cargo bike?
It was probably the nicest, smoothest, highest quality bike I've ever ridden. I was a bit worried that riding a bike of that size would be cumbersome and difficult, but I was surprised how well it rode, how easy it was to pedal, and how much I enjoyed riding it. Plus, the carrying capacity was huge. I got groceries (even at a giant North American Costco!), and my teenage kids took turns riding in it. The whole family loved it.
The thing that really surprised me was how much fun it was to ride the bike. I knew the bike would be great at hauling big loads, but I didn't expect it to be so responsive, smooth and fun. I described the ride as "smooth as butter" so often my wife told me I need to find a different word to describe it! (laughs)

You live in Calgary in Western Canada, a major city with a population of around 1.3 million. But you've also cycled in many other countries. How does cycling in your hometown compare to other cities?
I'd say Calgary is in the early stages of its journey toward bike-friendliness. We have a couple of advantages here that help: we have a great multi-use recreational pathway system that has been built out since the 1970s, and the city does a good job maintaining it during our long winters. We also have the start of a good network of safe, separated bike lanes. What we really need now is to integrate the systems better so there are fewer gaps in the network, and people will be better able to ride to destinations completely on safe routes. We're off to a good start, but we have much work to do to make it safe for everyone to ride.

What would need to be improved for more people to integrate bicycles, e-bikes or cargo bikes into their everyday mobility?
Calgary is a young city. Most of its development came after the 1950s, so it was really built out on a sprawling low-density suburban development pattern, which creates big distances between destinations in many communities. This was a barrier to cycling for a long time, but I really think e-bikes are the solution to this problem because they can enable longer distances faster than regular bikes. What we need now is to improve connections between those suburbs and the more urban areas so that people feel safe riding their ebikes whever they need to go. I would also like to extend a big thank you to Riese & Müller for partnering with me on this project. Riese & Müller's amazing products and its commitment to a future where micro-mobility is a foundational part of our cities made it clear that our values align, so I'm thrilled with how this project worked out.

Thanks for the talk, Tom.

  • About Tom Babin and Shifter

    Shifter is Tom Babin, an award-winning content creator, marketer, author and journalist. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the National Post and he is the author of the book Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling. He regularly appears in the media around issues of cycling, and has spoken to audiences across North America and Europe.

    "Shifter is about urban cycling, bicycle commuting and the ways we get around our cities. That means compelling stories about livable cities, active lives, modern lifestyle cycling, urban design and much more. At its core, we’re on a mission to get more people on bikes more often because it makes our lives, our cities and our planet better." Tom Babin

    Shifter on Youtube
    Learn more: shifter.info

In his first video, Tom rides the Load 75 through three typical suburban bike challenges and examines family finances by comparing a cargo bike and a minivan:

In his second video, Tom investigates whether a cargo bike can be used for regular, everyday cycling and explores whether it can function as your main mode of transport:

Meet Maddy, the "CargoBikeMomma"