Where’s Bixby Ride!

 

 

Where’s Bixby and Yuba Bicycles to Visit Petaluma Animal Services on Dec. 10

Event will feature a family bike ride, balloons and pets, plus Mike Minnick and his shelter dog Bixby. 10 am Weds., Dec 10.

Minnick and Bixby have pedaled from Maine to California in support of animal shelters

PETALUMA, Calif. (For immediate release) – A man who has pedaled more than 7,500 miles across America with his dog on a cargo bike will visit Petaluma Animal Services on Wednesday, Dec. 10, to continue his nationwide mission to support local animal shelters and pet adoptions.

Yuba Bicycles (www.yubabikes.com) will host a family bike ride from its headquarters to the Petaluma shelter with Mike Minnick and his adopted shelter dog, Bixby, who have visited more than 75 animal shelters across the country.

The Petaluma shelter, renowned for its no-kill policy, will have dogs, puppies, cats and other animals on hand for visitors to see and consider adopting. Petaluma Animal Services made headlines in October when it ran out of dogs for adoption—an indication of the group’s success in placing dogs with new owners. Minnick is outspoken in opposition to for-profit “puppy mills.”

“There are so many beautiful dogs desperately in need of a home and friendship,” says Minnick, who adopted Bixby from a shelter in his former hometown of Austin, Texas. “If you love animals, donate to your local shelter. Puppies should not be a for-profit commodity.”

Minnick’s pedal-powered journey across America on his Yuba Mundo cargo bike has a secondary goal: to inspire Americans to bicycle for fun and fitness. The former smoker took up cycling as a way to lose weight and kick his cigarette habit. Minnick, Bixby and their cargo bike loaded with more than 100 pounds of gear and a dog bed mounted to the rack attract crowds wherever they stop. Learn more about Minnick at

http://wheresbixby.com/

“We are excited to have Mike and Bixby and the Yuba Bicycles crew visit us and help our animals in need of a home,” says Valerie Fausone. “Mike and Bixby are shining examples of the loving bond and adventures that someone can have with their adopted pet.”

Event Details:

10 am, Dec. 10: Family ride from Yuba headquarters (409 Petaluma Blvd South) to Petaluma Animal Services (840 Hopper St.). Balloons, beverages, snacks and lots of animals to play with.

Shelter Contact: Valerie Fausone, 707 778-7387, http://www.petalumaanimalshelter.org

 

Man Pedals Across America with his Dog on a Mundo

A Texas man is pedaling his bike across the United States with his dog in a grassroots campaign to support nonprofit animal shelters and urge pet seekers to avoid so-called puppy mills.
Mike Minnick, 38, and his five-year-old border collie mix Bixby have visited more than 50 animal shelters during their yearlong adventure that has brought them from easternmost Maine to Washington State—7,300 miles and counting. “There are so many beautiful dogs desperately in need of a home and friendship,” says Minnick, who adopted Bixby from a shelter in his former hometown of Austin, Texas. “If you love animals, donate to your local shelter. Puppies should not be a for-profit commodity.”
Minnick’s journey across America on two wheels with Bixby has a secondary goal: to inspire Americans to bicycle for fun and fitness. The former smoker took up cycling as a way to lose weight and kick his cigarette habit. “I used to get in my car to drive two blocks to buy cigarettes,” he says. “Now I’m in the best shape of my life and happier than ever.” Minnick, Bixby and their cargo bike loaded with more than 100 pounds of camping gear, dog food and a dog bed mounted to the rear rack attract crowds wherever they stop. Most long-distance bicyclists choose lightweight bicycles and carry minimal gear. That wasn’t an option for Minnick, who rides a Mundo cargo bike from Yuba Bicycles. “I won’t set any speed records. We go slow and steady and enjoy the views.” Minnick’s journey began in September 2013 in Lubec, Maine. From there they pedaled the East Coast to Key West, Fla., before heading to New Orleans and Texas. From Texas they headed northward through Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana to Washington. They are now heading down the West Coast in advance of winter.
Minnick will be in California’s Bay Area in early November. Minnick and Bixby will visit Yuba Bicycles headquarters in Petaluma, Calif., where Yuba will hold a public party and family friendly bike ride to the Petaluma animal shelter, followed by free food and beer for supporters of the Petaluma shelter. The party’s date will be announced in early November. Minnick has no plans to stop pedaling. “When I walked away from my life in Austin I had a nice home and great friends but I was in a rut. My life was flashing before my eyes. Now I wake up everyday excited. This is the most fun, challenging, rewarding and adventurous thing I've ever done. We live in one of the most geographically amazing and scenically beautiful countries in the world. Bixby and I get to see it, meet its people and pedal it under my power, using no gasoline and living like kings for next to nothing.” View and download photographs of Mike and Bixby and their Yuba Mundo cargo bike at the link below. Follow Minnick and donate to his cause at wheresbixby.com and track his journey at facebook.com/wheresbixby.

Boda Boda Monkey Bars

Have you been wondering how to convert Monkey bars into Boda Boda Compatible Monkey bars? Here are a couple quick easy steps explaining how to make Boda Boda Monkey bars from the Mundo monkey bars. Hope it helps!

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What you will need:

  1. Monkey Bars
  2. 2 sets of bar tape
  3. Pipe Cutter or Bandsaw
  4. 9/16 diameter Aluminum(2-20″ sections and 2-15 inch sections)
  5. 6mm or 1/4″ drill bit

Outside Support Rods

  1. Cut to size

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-Remove 365mm from the center of both inside support rods (this is the rod with a hole in the center)

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-Discard the middle section

2. Join together using custom connection rods

-Cut two 510mm rod using 9/16” diameter structurally sound steel or aluminum4

-Insert connection rods into outside support rods5

-Mark hole location of support rods onto both side of inside rods7

-Remove connection rods from outside support rods

-Drill 6mm or ¼” holes at each marked location

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Inside Support Rods

1. Cut to size2

-Remove 365mm from the center of both inside support rods (this is the rod with a hole in the center)

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-Discard the middle section

2. Join together using custom connection rods

-Mark the distance from the end of the inside to the edge10

-Add distance together and cut an inside support rod of that size11

-Repeat for second side13

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Assembly

  1. Assemble monkey bars using standard monkey bar instructions, but ensure bolt passes through connecting rod holes to pin the assembly
  2. Wrap monkey bars with bike tape  to protect against sharp edges16

Thank you Sellwood Cycle of Portland for the great idea!

**Warning cutting bars does void warranty on monkey bars

Just a few great reasons to Bike to School this year!

Biking to School is great for your health, the environment, and your wallet. Now you have the facts, so make the change and bike instead of driving! Pick up a new Yuba Cargo Bike at your local Yuba Dealer or at yubabikes.com and receive free Bike to School Supplies: 1 Hold On & 1 Soft Spot -or- 1 Ring & 1 Soft Spot. Use Yuba Dealer Code: BIKE2SCHOOL
*Offer valid until 10/31/14, Continental U.S. only.

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Build Your Own Custom Mundo!

So you want to build up your own Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike?  

Here’s a post to help you cover the basics.  

Sweet Custom Tangerine Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike

Sweet Custom Tangerine Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike. (With Monkey Bars, Bread Basket, Stand Alone, etc.)

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The foundation of your dream ride!

A custom Yuba Mundo is a great way to show off your personal riding style, from the look to the ride.  Here are some basic components to consider when building your Mundo:

Yuba Mundo Frameset 

 - Rear Wheel - The Mundo’s rear drop-outs are 14mm, not 3/8″ (10mm).  So, you’ve got some options here:

  • Purchase a Yuba Mundo Rear cargo bike wheel.  This is the easiest and likely the cheapest way to go unless you already have a rear wheel.
  • Purchase a set of Yuba Axle Adapters.  These fit over the round axle and space a 3/8″ wheel in a Mundo dropout.
  • Find/Build your own wheel based on a BMX-style 14mm axle.  (You’re on your own here.)

    14mm to 10mm Axle Adapters

    14mm to 10mm Axle Adapters

-Yuba Seat post (it’s an unusual size at 31.8mm x 500mm, so its easiest to get it from us)

You can purchase a seatpost from Yuba. Our seatposts are 500mm.  This is needed if you are over 6-feet tall.  Otherwise, you can purchase a 31.8 x 350-400mm from most bike shops.

-Wheelskirts (if you ever are going to have children ride on the back, they’re required.)

We also strongly recommend these accessories:

Utility deck  — You can make your own, but in case you’d rather not…

Stand-Alone Kickstand – Nobody makes a stand like the “Stand-Alone”.  This kickstand ROCKS!

Deflopilator – Keeps the front wheel straight when the bike is on the Stand Alone

And one more thing:
-Mundo Chain (156 links!)

(Of course, there’s always the full line of Add-ons to trick out your new custom Mundo, such as the Bread Basket and the Go-Getter Bag.)

Custom Mundo FAQs

Rear Hub Spacing: 135 mm

Maximum Tire Clearance: 2.15 in (with standard drive train).

 

When you’re done, we’d love to see a picture of your Custom Mundo, either by email, @YubaBicycles on Twitter and Instagram, or Facebook.

Make a Real Difference – How Do You Cargo Bike?

If you want to make a difference for cyclists everywhere, here’s your chance.

Please, take the Cargo Bike Transportation Survey – for all of us.

Bike-blog--Cartoon-from-t-002Dr. William Riggs is a professor of Transportation Studies at the California Polytechnical School in San Luis Obispo, California (Cal Poly).  Riggs has asked Yuba Bicycles to help him get the word out about his Cargo Bike Survey that will tell him how cargo bikes are being used in real life and how bicycles impact traffic patterns. The information from this survey will help urban planners to design new streets and roads that better incorporate bicycles as everyday traffic.

Please help.  Take the survey.  Forward the survey to your friends that have cargo bikes. Post the survey on your facebook page so others will take the survey.  The more people who tell us about how they ride, the more impact it will have.

This survey takes only about 5 minutes to complete and you might find out something interesting about yourself, too.  All responses are confidential.