Electric cargo bikes offer a fantastic mode of transportation and are perfect for carrying bulky items and transporting small children. Thanks to essential cargo bike accessories like the Yepp Maxi child seat, my two young daughters have spent countless hours riding lots of electric cargo bikes with me . Cargo ebikes have brought us closer as a family and I’m very proud to be able to share my love of cycling with them.
I’m a big fan of child ebike seats but there are a ton of awesome cargo ebike accessories that can be equally important for rider safety and convenience. You have to equip yourself with the appropriate gear and with so many ebike accessories to choose from it’s sometimes hard to know where to begin. That’s why I’ve put together this list of some of my favorite accessories, most of which I never leave home without!
**Disclaimer. If you’re interested in electric cargo bikes, my top pick is the Aventon Abound. Keep an eye out for my full review of the Aventon Abound in the coming days. For the sake of this article I am recommending some Abound accessories that work best with this ebike. That being said a lot of these cargo bike accessories are interchangeable with other bikes like the RadWagon 4 and Lectric Xpedition.
Cargo Bike Accessories for Families
Costing around $375, the Burley Bee Cargo Trailer is a solid pick. This trailer isn’t just about hauling; it’s a versatile companion for your cargo ebike escapades. Whether you’re transporting your little ones or loading up with camping gear, the Burley Bee has your back. With 20-inch wheels, it’s stable and can hit speeds up to 20 mph. With its construction quality and larger wheels, it’s a go-to for any cargo ebike fan.
For those riding with little ones, the Yepp Maxi child seat is a top-rated choice, accommodating kids from a year and a half to nearly five years old. Priced at around $200, it provides a secure and comfortable ride. This seat has been my go-to for years, earning its top-rated status.
As your kids grow out of the Yepp Maxi, the Qibbel Junior Seat, priced around $70, offers a great alternative for kids aged 6 years and older. Unlike the Yepp, the Qibbel Junior Seat is rated for up to 77 lbs.
Finally we have the Aventon Handrail, which attaches to the rear rack of the Abound and provides your kids with a rock solid surface to comfortably rest their elbows and hands. Pro tip: the Aventon handrail isn’t just for kids; it moonlights as the perfect size for a medium sized YETI cooler, which fits snugly within the confines of the rail. Talk about versatility!
As kids grow up, their preferences often change and there’s usually a point where a child doesnt want to ride in a kids seat. For these more adventurous riders Aventon has developed a great padded seat cushion that also fits perfectly on the Abound’s rear rack. Priced reasonably between $60-$120, these Aventon accessories offer a comfy alternative for both adults and older kids who’ve outgrown the child seat phase.
Essential Cargo Ebike Accessories Great for Any Ebike
The Quadlock phone mount, ranging from $30 to $60 depending on your phone’s model, is the real deal. Sturdy and versatile, Quadlock mounts keep your phone in place, even on bumpy rides. This is not necessarily an Abound accessory, it’s just a great product that is suitable for any bike.
Its standout features include compatibility with various phone models, a unique rotating design, and a quick-clipping mechanism, making it a practical choice for hassle-free navigation and phone use on the road. Its sleek and minimalistic design also seamlessly blends with the bike’s aesthetics, making it a reliable and stylish choice for riders in search of a dependable phone mounting solution.
Priced at $103, the Arclight Pedals by Redshift are one of the accessories Top5ebikes stands the most firmly behind. They are an essential add-on for any night ride. . With LED lights on both sides, these pedals amp up your visibility on the road, turning the backside into a glowing red signal with each pedal stroke. It’s not just about style; it’s a safety boost for your nighttime cycling adventures.
What’s practical about these pedals is their user-friendly design. The removable and USB-rechargeable lights make them convenient for modern cyclists. Charge them up, snap them on, and you’re good to go. The USB charging feature adds sustainability, giving you months of nighttime visibility before a recharge. Riding through the night, these pedals are more than just illuminators; they reflect a commitment to safety and a tech-savvy approach to nighttime biking.
You might be surprised to see that instead of an Aventon branded pump we are recommending one from Juiced Bikes, but we love this pump that much and obviously pumps are interchangeable with any bike. When you’re cruising on your ebike, the last thing you want is a flat tire throwing a wrench into your plans. That’s where an electric pump, like the Juiced electric pump, steps in. No frills, just functionality. Compatible with most ebike brands, this tool, as we’ve mentioned in our insights, simplifies tire maintenance. Say goodbye to the hassle of manual pumping; this electric sidekick keeps your tires in check without breaking a sweat.
Compact and efficient, the Juiced electric pump is a handy companion for riders who prefer practical solutions. Whether you’re on the road and notice your tire needs a bit of air or you just want to do a quick check before heading out, this electric pump takes the fuss out of tire maintenance. It’s the kind of tool that quietly does its job, letting you focus on enjoying your ride without worrying about flat tires ruining the fun.
When it comes to safety, the Unit 1 Faro Mips Smart Helmet takes it up a notch with some nifty tech features. Priced around $150, it’s not the cheapest, but it brings LED lights, a brake light, and turn signals to the party. We highlight its practicality, especially the extra safety layer it gives you with those turn signals, making sure you’re seen and safe on the road.
Beyond the price tag, what makes the Unit 1 Faro Mips Smart Helmet a smart choice is its tech-savvy approach to safety. The LED lights and turn signals add a useful touch, and for riders who prioritize visibility, it’s a solid investment. Sure, it’s a bit of a premium pick, but if safety is your game, this helmet is playing in the big leagues.
Cargo Bike Accessories for Storage
The Ortlieb pannier bags, priced at $9.99, provide a waterproof solution for carrying essentials. Easily attachable to the rear rack, these bags are ideal for camping trips or daily commuting, ensuring your cargo stays dry even in unpredictable weather.
Stay refreshed on your rides with the BiKASE cup holder. Although not Aventon-branded, it’s available on their website as part of their line up of Aventon accessories. Easy to attach to the stem or handlebars, it’s a simple way to bring your drink along.
One of our favorite Aventon accessories to complete your cargo ebike setup is the Aventon Front Basket. Yeah, it’s a two-piece deal, but the design and added liner make it worth it. Toss in an extra net for $9.99 from REI to keep things nice and snug during a potentially bumpy ride or, in a worst case scenario, a minor fall.
To sum it up, these essential cargo bike accessories go beyond merely improving your ride; they’re about curating an entire biking experience. Whether it’s bolstering safety measures or expanding cargo capabilities, each accessory fulfills a vital role. Elevate your cargo ebike game, and without burning a hole in your pocket, embrace the delight of seamless and enhanced rides. Gear up with these Abound accessories and other top picks, hit the streets, and relish the journey in a way you’ve never experienced before.