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March 13, 2023
Hey everyone, I'm Dustin. I have nearly 20 years of experience in the bike and e-bike industry today. I'm going to answer the question, "What's the best type of e-bike to transport kids?" Stick around.
All right, so today I'm going to answer the question, "What's the best type of e-bike to transport kids?" But before I do, hit the subscribe button below. Stay in touch with us here at sixthreezero. Be the first to know about all the new content we're doing, giveaways, and of course new product releases. So hit subscribe. All right, seeing a lot of parents now bringing kids on e-bikes for school pickups, driving around communities, around town, you name it. There are a lot of e-bikes that have back areas right here. Kids are sitting in the middle holding onto the bars, and I'm seeing up to three children in the back here. And it's great actually. It's been a great way to decrease car trips. It's simplified a lot of school pickups, because a lot of parents that you know would still be crowding the lots with cars have opted for e-bikes, and I think kids love it as well.
As long as you practice safe procedures and wear helmets. A great, great thing that's popping up. Now on the flip side, at sixthreezero, we've developed this electric bike, a rickshaw with an actual passenger seat on the back. And I'm going to tell you why I believe transporting kids, is actually your safest option and in my opinion, the best if you're going to put your young children on your e-bike and ride around with them. Now, this has been one of the most common setups you're seeing with these bars back here, and your kids, either you grab them or put them in here, or if your kids are old enough, they can step up and get into here. Now, I will say, I love these bikes. I personally have used it. I do still use it. This is a sixthreezero prototype that we're thinking about bringing out, and I think it's a great type of bike.
Now, there are a couple of precautions that I've learned as I've been developing both of these products and why ultimately, we're going to put more emphasis on the electric bike rickshaw, for the time being. Number one, what I've found, I have a seven-year-old, a four-year-old, and a two-year-old. Both can fit in here. It's a little squished. And on top of that, if they're climbing in here, my seven-year-old can climb up on her own. You got to make sure you're holding the bike. Once she's in, I cannot let her sit up here without somebody else placing the other children in with me holding the e-bike up. So the loading process and the unloading process can at times be a little bit complicated because you can't let the bike on its own. I can't have somebody climbing up here and not holding the bike.
Now, some other models have different kickstands that are in the middle. For me personally, though, I need to make sure that I'm monitoring that. In addition to that, my two-year-old and my four-year-old cannot get on this bike by themselves. I have to get them over the bars and into the seat and make sure they're properly secure in there before I'm riding. So again, when you stop and park the bike, it becomes a little cumbersome, make sure you're bracing it and get all the children off. Now the thing that is the most nerve-wracking I would say, is when you're riding. Now you are adding, let's say, up to a hundred pounds plus in the rear here, which the stability of these frames is never really an issue. You can see we've got lots of welding and support going on here, and for one child, it's not as big of a deal, but it's something that takes a little bit of getting used to because you've got the weight on the back and the bike's going to move and the whip in the back here a little bit differently.
Also, when you stop, you need to make sure that you get your feet down because if not, the bike can more easily tip over. So you just have to be prepared to manage that weight up here. I'm a very experienced rider. For me, it's not that big of a deal, but it does take some getting used to, and I don't think it's for everyone if I'm being completely honest. So the weight can contend to be an issue. And that's true actually even if you have a lot of weight in a basket or you have a load back here, if something's in the front or the center, throwing the weight off that drastically, it can be alarming. The other thing is if the kids are moving around, I've had my daughter back here, she starts playing games or waving to people and moving her arms around.
You're going to feel that as the driver of the bike. Just something to be aware of. And unfortunately, there's no training required to ride an e-bike with a passenger. I believe there actually should be. It's kind of like motorcycles. One of the things when you get a motorcycle permit you're not allowed to do is carry passengers while you're learning to ride and you also can't ride at night. There's no reason that an e-bike actually less dangerous than a motorcycle. There's just no required training as of now. I love e-bikes, and I want there to be more of them, but I think there are specific situations where it would be helpful for everybody to just get a little more training, especially on how to deal with the weight transfer of a passenger. I actually do have a motorcycle license. So I went through that training and I will say it's something you have to get used to and learn.
And with e-bikes going 20 miles an hour, in a lot of sense, it's really no different than a motorcycle, especially because you can use a throttle and not pedal at all. So mounting and dismounting is a little cumbersome. The riding can be a little bit cumbersome. The stopping can be cumbersome because you have all of the weight back here. Now, flipping over to the electric bike rickshaw, and what we've done here at sixthreezero is we've taken an electric trike, barely adding anything to the length here at all. This is basically like a typical trike. And, if I measure these two products, which we'll do here in a minute, we're going to see, and I'll bet you the length isn't that much different. Now the huge benefit here obviously, is three wheels. So this thing's never going to be unbalanced, even if you can feel the weight in the back, which when you drive this course you can feel that weight.
And you have to just get used to turning, but there's going to be no fear of your kids falling out. Now, some people say with tricycles, there's a tipping risk, but with the way we've engineered this, we've nearly eliminated that. You have a 20-inch-high, 4-inch fat tire in the rear, and 24-inch in the front. Sorry, 20 inches in the rear, and 24 inches in the front. So it's going to be set lower to the ground in the back, which means it's going to be more stable. And you also have the 4-inch tires to create more stability. Your kids, even my two-year-old, can get onto here, climb in and out, and you have a seatbelt, something to strap them in. If worst case something happens, they're going to be strapped in back here. Again on some of these with the bars, now, if you add the seats, you can add the child's seats to attach those [inaudible 00:07:15] going to make that a little safer versus just having them sit with the bars like that.
But your bigger kids aren't going to fit in the child's seats. The child's seats are usually only good for about 2 years old. And I see a lot of kids over 2. So if you can put them in the child's seat on that model, it's going to be much safer. If your child's too big, you can put them on this bench seat. Now, this is going to fit up to three children safely. I can have my three kids sitting in here side by side, all with a seatbelt. And again, when I mount and dismount, there's no risk that it's tipping.
There's no risk of anybody falling out. And when I stop, I just stop. And if I need to help them, I can get out. So personally, if you're looking for something to transport your kids, I much prefer the electric bike rickshaw, it's a safer way of doing it. And it's easier for the children than the cargo set up with the bars in the back. So I'm going to grab a tape measure and we'll measure the lengths and we'll see how they compare. Okay, so let's just do a quick measurement and I'll show you. So this is just for storage purposes. The length of this is 68. And the tricycle with the seat is 73.
So it's only 5 inches longer than this cargo bike. Now, it looks a lot like a bike because you have the seat back here, but it's not, which is cool. And in my opinion, a safer mode of transportation for your children. So if you have any other questions at all about transporting your kids on e-bikes, comment below or email the team at sixthreezero.com or call us at (310) 982-2877. And this electric rickshaw is available on our website right now, sixthreezero.com. Check it out, our cargo kids on the back are still in development, but check back. This is something maybe we're hoping to bring out later in 2023 or 2024. And if you're in the market for an e-bike, and don't know what you want, take our proprietary body fit quiz, answer a few questions about your body and your life, and we'll recommend the perfect e-bike or bike for you.
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