WorkCycles review ranks ShuttleBug tops (okay, it’s a tie).

The venerable Amsterdam-based Workcycles blog, Bakfiets en Meer, just published this guest review of cargo bikes by Josh Boisclair, an American mechanic who knows his subject matter. Josh’s conclusion on the best family transport bikes ’round the world? “Carrying multiple children distances under 20 miles is still best with either the van Andel Short Bakfiets or Joebike Shuttlebug.” That’s good company! Along with a lot of other fine bikes that Boisclair discusses, as well.

Here are a few reasons we can think of to agree:

–Lightweight but very durable chromoly construction for an easy, supple ride

–Supercomfortable, open riding position and great stability at low and high speeds

–Stepthrough frame with excellent lateral stiffness

–Lightweight cordura-on-steel cabin with quick-release mounting/dismounting, revealing a tough aluminum -readplate cargo platform

–The potential for two cargo decks, including a four-foot upper deck with quick-release mounts

–Very comfy hammock-style, adjustable seating for kids, along with padded safety restraints and pockets everywhere

–Internally geared, weatherproof 8- or 11-speed (or CVT) hubs; weatherproof, maintenance-free Gates belt drive obviating a chaincase; disc brakes

–Accessories such as AXA wheel lock, dyno hub with standing lights, and a rain canopy that keeps your hands as well as your kids dry

–Designed and handmade in Portland, and built up to the customer’s spec