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What is the best option to attach a trail a bike to a Yuba Mundo or Boda Boda?

The quick answer is: IT’S COMPLICATED.

Parents love the trail-a-bike systems because they make a lot of sense as to help kids transition between riding on the rear rack of a Mundo or Boda Boda and riding their own bikes independently. They also are easy to lock up and leave at school when you drop off the child.

Unfortunately, these systems are not made equal, and each hitch attachment presents its own challenges to connect with the Mundo.



LA Father and Grandfather Delivers Food to the Homeless by Cargo Bike


Yuba Bicycles donates a Mundo to Jose Barrera to help him on his quest to help the needy

LOS ANGELES – Several days per week, Aurelio Jose Barrera rises at 5 a.m. to load up his cargo bike with food that he delivers to homeless people in East LA. Pedaling the streets at dawn while much of the city sleeps, he drops off donated fruit, vegetables, nuts, granola bars, water and other foods that require no cooking to needy men, women and children.

I ride though dark alleys looking for people who are sleeping in doorways, beside trash bins and behind buildings,” says Barrera, a 54-year-old father, grandfather and lifelong Los Angeles resident. “I am happy to help the hungry people who appear to be increasing in numbers on our streets.”

He collects food from friends, neighbors and local businesses, and gathers fresh fruit from trees that would otherwise go uneaten. Last winter he collected blankets to provide homeless people with warmth from the cold. Businesses and individuals who wish to donate food are urged to contact him at his website.

Food for homeless in East Los Angeles

LA’s KNX radio named Barrera its Hero of the Week in February, and he has also been featured in other media coverage.

Barrera began riding a bike for health reasons after suffering a heart attack and after being laid off from his job in 2009. As he explored new areas of LA by bike, he became aware of the large numbers of homeless people. “One morning while riding a man offered me some fruit and vegetables. I happily took them but as I rode past a homeless encampment I handed out the food and dropped off the rest at a community center that feeds seniors.” He now delivers food two to three days per week when he has received enough donations.

Yuba Bicycles recently donated a Mundo cargo bike to Barrera to help him carry his large loads of food and water. “Jose is an honorable, kind and humble man whose generous spirit and desire to help others is an example for all of us,” says Benjamin Sarrazin, founder and owner of Yuba Bicycles. Yuba is proud to help Jose by providing a cargo bike that will hopefully enable him to more easily carry out his mission. He is truly a hero.”

© Aurelio Jose Barrera

© Aurelio Jose Barrera

Yuba Bicycles and Currie Technologies Partner to Launch Electric Cargo Bike

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PETALUMA, CA – Yuba Bicycles and Currie Technologies have teamed up to launch the Spicy Curry, a powerful electric cargo bike designed to spice up American mobility—and enable car-free living.

The Spicy Curry unites Yuba, America’s best-selling cargo bike brand, with Currie, North America’s top eBike drive system. Yuba and Currie will officially launch it at the Sea Otter Classic bike show (April 16-19), where a fleet of Spicy Curry eBikes will be available for test rides. The Spicy Curry will be ready for delivery early June.

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“The Spicy Curry is a smart transportation solution for families, tradesmen, entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to ride more, drive less, live healthier and lower their carbon footprint,” says Benjamin Sarrazin, founder and owner of Yuba Bicycles. “Shop for a week’s worth of groceries. Pedal kids to school. Lug your tools to the jobsite. Deliver pizzas. We designed the Spicy Curry to be the most practical, safe and powerful cargo bike on the market for the widest range of people.”

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The strong rear rack is like the deck of a minivan or pickup truck that allows you to carry children, groceries, tools, packages or any large object that normally requires a car. The high-torque mid-drive motor from Currie provides more power than other eBike drives on the market. Glide up hills and safely navigate city streets at 20-plus miles per hour without breaking a sweat. That’s spicy!

The Spicy Curry frame comes with a lifetime warranty and features a low-rider cargo rack and a 20-inch rear wheel that lowers the bike’s center of gravity, providing a stable and safe platform for your payload. Child seats mount securely to the rear rack, allowing moms and dads to pedal kids to the park or school while getting some fresh air and exercise. Older passengers can sit on the rear by adding a Yuba Soft-Spot seat pad and hold-on Ring.


In 2014, Larry Pizzi President of Currie Technologies and Sarrazin began collaborating to develop the Spicy Curry. It uses Currie Technologies’ Centerdrive™, an integrated mid-drive 350-watt electric motor featuring the best torque on the market, paired with their 48-volt, 8.8 Amp-hour battery allowing users to power up hills when fully loaded . Power is managed with an easy-to-reach switch on the left grip, allowing riders to choose between four levels of pedal-assist or throttle. Plug it in at night and the Spicy Curry is juiced up and ready for your adventures in the morning.

An integrated locking mechanism on the rear wheel deters theft. With best-in-class pricing, the Spicy Curry offers more value than any other electric cargo bike on the market. And the Avocado color makes this green machine a smart solution for a greener, healthier and more fun lifestyle. The name evokes the spicy personality of this eBike and the partnership with Currie Technologies. A spicy curry dish is savory, colorful and exotic. Yuba is a brand with a global ethic whose bike names (Mundo, Boda Boda) reflect the sentiment that bikes are an economical transportation solution for people around the planet.

Spicy-Curry-logo_595             Spicy-Curry-motor_595  The Bike:

  • 20 inch rear wheel for better balance.
  • Plug-in cargo system with optional Truck Bed Add-On that creates a four-foot-square cargo area.
  • Integrated adapter to easily install or remove Yepp child seats. -Two seats fit on the rear rack.
  • Secure your bike in seconds with a lock that inserts through the rear wheel and stows easily on the frame when riding.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes for stopping power.
  • Big Apple Schwalbe tires for grip, fenders and LED lights for all-weather riding.
  • Chromoly fork, sturdy 1.5 inch steerer tube for dissipating the forces of acceleration and deceleration.
  • Low battery placement for better balance.
  • Lifetime frame warranty, two year warranty on electric components.
  • Optional Add-Ons include the Roots hand lever activated double kickstand.


“Yuba wants people to experience the cargo bike lifestyle as a joyful, adventurous and fun experience,” Sarrazin says. “The Spicy Curry is a hot bike for a cool planet.”

Yuba Launches Limited-Edition PeopleForBikes Branded Cargo Bike

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Sales of the PeopleForBikes-colored Boda Boda will support bicycle infrastructure

BOULDER, COPeopleForBikes and Yuba Bicycles have partnered to launch a limited edition Boda Boda cargo bike to raise money for bicycling infrastructure. 

The 50 Boda Bodas will feature PeopleForBikes colors and branding so that bicyclists can show their support for improving bicycling in the United States. One hundred dollars from the purchase of each $999 bike will go to the PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program. 

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The Community Grant Program provides funding for projects that leverage federal dollars and build bike paths and rail trails, mountain bike trails, bike parks, BMX facilities, and large-scale bicycle advocacy initiatives. The program has awarded 272 grants to non-profit organizations and local governments in 49 states and the District of Columbia, investing nearly $2.5 million and leveraging $650 million in public and private funding. 


“PeopleForBikes does incredible work and it is essential to the development of bicycling in the United States,” says Benjamin Sarrazin, founder and owner of Yuba Bicycles. “This special edition PeopleForBikes Boda Boda is a great way for bike shops to engage their customers in a conversation about PeopleForBikes and their work on behalf of the bicycling movement.”

“Bicycle businesses like Yuba who go above and beyond their commitment to improving bicycling are key to the movement’s success,” said Charlie Cooper, vice president of membership and development at PeopleForBikes. “Cargo bikes like the PeopleForBikes Boda Boda help improve the everyday bicycling experience for riders.”

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Yuba and PeopleForBikes will officially launch the bike at the Sea Otter Classic in April, where people can enter to win one. The bikes are available for preorders now and on sale May 1 at Yuba dealers and at



About PeopleForBikes:

PeopleForBikes is making riding better for everyone by uniting millions of individuals, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities. Join us at

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New Yuba Launch Party!


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Come Party with us at Sea Otter!

When: Saturday April 18th, 2015 @5pm -6pm

Where: Sea Otter Expo in the ANA/ IZIP Booth #502

Why:  We will be unveiling a new Yuba Cargo Bike. Come get some FREE grub and beer!

The Power-Up Bike Tour

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Come see “What a Bicycle Can Do” at the Yuba Bicycles Power-up Bike Tour

Yuba Bicycles is coming to your town!

Join Yuba Bicycles and your local Cargo Bike Dealer for a ride around the neighborhood and discover the joy of riding with your kids on the first name in Cargo Bikes.

Yuba Bicycles make carrying kids fun, safe and easy because they are purpose-built for doing just that. Thousands of parents have discovered what an enjoyable and bonding experience riding with their children can be. Now with electric assist, everyone can join in the fun because hills and distances are no concern.

Yuba will have electric and non-electric versions of their popular Boda Boda and Mundo cargo bikes available for test rides. In addition to its electric bikes, kids can test ride the Yuba Flip Flop – the world first balance cargo bike.

See the Yuba Bicycles Facebook page for more information on meet-up locations and a map of the tour’s route.

Click HERE to see the full map

Screenshot 2015-01-08 at 1.29.23 PM San Luis Obispo  at Cambria Bicycle Outfitter– January 17, 2015 @ 10 am to 3 pm

Santa Barbara at Ebikezzz– January 18, 2015 @ 10 am to 3pm

San Diego at Metro Cyclery– January 22, 2015 @ 10 am to 3 pm

Phoenix at Sunday Cycles– January 24,2015 @ 10am to 3 pm

Tucson at Arizona Bicycle Experts– January 25, 2015 @ 10 am to 3 pm

San Antonio– January 28, 2015

Austin at Cycleast– January 29, 2015 @ 10 am to 3 pm

Houston at Revolution E– January 31, 2015 @ 10 am to 3 pm

New Orleans– February 2, 2015

Mobile– February 3, 2015

Pensacola at Big Daddy’s– February 3, 2015 @ 1 pm to 3 pm

St. Pete’s at the Bike Room– February 4, 2015 @ 10 am to 3 pm

Sarasota at Ryder Bikes– February 5, 2015 @ 10 am to 3 pm

Fort Myers at The Bike Bistro – February 6, 2015 @10 am to 1 pm

Miami– February 8, 2015

Jacksonville– February 11, 2015

Savannah– February 12, 2015

Atlanta at Haute Bicycle– February 13, 2015 @ 9 am to 11 pm

Chattanooga– February 15, 2015

Nashville– February 16, 2015

Memphis– February 17, 2015

Little Rock– February 18, 205

Little Rock  at Chainwheel Bike Shop– February  20, 2015 @ 11 am to 3 pm

Albuquerque– February 21, 2015

Flagstaff– March 3, 2015

Prescott– March 5, 2015

Los Angeles at Hi-Power Cycles– March 6, 2015 @12 pm

Los Angeles At Electric Bikes LA – March 7, 2015 @10 am to 4 pm

Fresno– March 11, 2015

Man Pedals Across America with his Dog on a Cargo Bike

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.BixbyWheres Bixby





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 California, more than 8,000 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.”

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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. From Seattle they pedaled down the coast through Portland and stopping in Petaluma to visit with Yuba, before heading southward to Los Angeles.  

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Minnick has no plans to stop pedaling. After some rest time in southern California this winter, Minnick and Bixby will turn back eastward on Route 66. “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 and track his journey at

Email to arrange an interview with Minnick.