History of Babboe
Past to present
Babboe Cargobike: How it all started!
Babboe Bakfiets was founded in 2006 as an initiative by parents, for parents. At that time there were many young parents looking in vain for a good, affordable family cargo bike. Because we were (and still are) young parents ourselves, we decided to do something about it. But what makes a good cargobike? And what can people afford? We posed these questions to many parents, and then we got to work with the answers.
Within two years we had developed our first cargobike together with an engineering company. It was a period of trials and errors. In 2007 the first Babboe cargobike was ready: the Babboe Big, a robust three-wheel cargobike that met all of our requirements. Was this the beginning of a flourishing business?
Babboe cargobikes take over the Netherlands
The first Babboe cargobike quickly took over the Netherlands. With the Babboe Big, affordable quality got a ‘face’ in every city. Thanks to the many Babboe-pioneers, we were able to rapidly improve our original model. Meanwhile the Babboe Big grew up, which you can see in the comprehensive guarantee and service package as well as the growing number of accessories. But could we sit back and take it easy? Obviously not.
Electric cargobike revolution
In 2008 we received the first requests from parents for an electric cargobike. Imagine this: a constant tailwind, much larger range, feather-light cycling even with heavy cargo, grandparents effortlessly riding your children around, and so on. Was this feasible and affordable for young parents? We sought direct collaboration with a number of top suppliers. They quickly saw it as the ‘green alternative to cars’. In 2009 we introduced the electric cargobike: the Babboe Big-E, a revolution in the cargobike world! Since then, all of our cargobikes have also been available with electric pedal assistance.
First two-wheeled cargobike: Babboe City
Every family has its own needs, requirements and housing situations. We got an insight into our customers’ needs by talking to many parents, such as the need for an affordable sporty two-wheeled cargobike. These are slimmer, lighter and more nimble. Perfect for cities. In 2010, after nine months of research, testing and development, we were very proud to present our first two-wheeled cargobike: the Babboe City. The Babboe City was an immediate success and they can be seen riding around everywhere.
Trendy cargobike upgrade: Babboe Curve
Our original model – the three-wheeled cargobike – has also been given a trendy upgrade with the Babboe Curve. This brand-new model comprises all of the ‘user’s wisdom’ gained from parents over the last few years. This is reflected in the design, choice of materials and the well-known Babboe safety components such as luxury steering dampers, tilt top, extra thick spokes, three-point belts, drum brakes, parking brake, dual lighting and easy footholds. In short, the real Babboe cargobike: beautiful, solid, complete and affordable.
Babboe Cargobikes taking over the world
Meanwhile, Babboe Cargobikes is also active internationally. But do cargobikes work in other countries? In the Netherlands, we learn how to ride a bike as soon as we can walk. But over the border it’s a different story. Even so, the bike is being (re-)discovered worldwide as a sustainable alternative to polluting motorised transport. With the famous Dutch trading spirit, we are now active in more and more countries within Europe and beyond. To us, every young family deserves a chance to have a good, affordable cargobike.
It is young families who inspire us to create new products and improve upon our current cargobikes and accompanying accessories. Babboe Cargobikes remains a brand by parents, for parents. How can we transport your most precious cargo – your children – in a way that is more fun, safer and more convenient? That is what we work on, day and night. We hope to be able to keep surprising you with new, innovative and affordable cargobikes in the future. If you have any tips or comments about your cargobike, then we would love to hear from you.