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Child Bike Seat, Bike Trailer, or Cargo Bike Part Three — Rider Profiles

In our early discussions planning this series, our curiosity was inspired. We live and breathe Cargo Biking, and we know why we make certain design choices and offer the bikes we do. Being so close to our own thinking, we wondered why people choose the style and model of cargo bikes that they do. So to learn insights from other cargo cyclists, we took to the Twittersphere to ask what people looked for when selecting a cargo bike to carry kids, as well as some reflection about their experience. We got many great responses by email and have included some of them in this post.  We hope you find it as informative as we did!

From Cargo Bike Conversion Kit to a Complete Longtail

Eunice Martel had this to say about his entry to, and evolution of, cargo biking with children:

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Child Bike Seat, Bike Trailer, or Cargo Bike? – Part Two

Bike Trailer or Kids Bike seat or Cargo Bike? In Part One of this series, we explored a general overview of traveling with children by bike, some general considerations that will help you select a suitable bike for the job, and the benefits and challenges of choosing the bike over the car. In this post (Part Two) of this series, we will examine some of the different types of bikes available to carry kids, such as a child bike seat, bike trailer, and cargo bikes.  We conclude this series in Part Three with some rider profiles and other resources to help you decide how to travel with children by bike.

(Note: While we are endeavoring to give a comprehensive overview, we can not possibly discuss all available options here. We hope to give you a good amount of information to make an informed decision, or a good starting point should you decide to do more research. Please send us feedback to info at yubabikes dot com.)

What are the options for traveling by bicycle with children? 

There are various types of bicycles and accessories that are suited to carrying your kids and gear by bike. The best solution for you will be a decision based on your individual riding needs, personal preference, and available budget (as discussed in Part One of this series). This post (Part Two) will give an overview of the various types of bikes available, some of the pros and cons of each style, and then explore some of the brands and products in each type.

The New Family Van

The New Family Van

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Child Bike Seat, Bike Trailer, or Cargo Bike? – Part One

There are many options for traveling by bicycle with your children.  Should you choose a child bike seat, bike trailer, or a cargo bike?  Making the best choice for your needs can be a bit confusing.  We have created this primer series to help you choose the best set-up for your needs when traveling with children by bicycle.  

(This part is intended as an overview of some general considerations that will help you to select a suitable bike for the job, and examines some of the benefits and challenges of choosing the bike over the car.  Part Two examines the various choices available for meeting your needs, including different bike styles and accessory options such as a child bike seat, bike trailer, cargo bikes, and gear carriers.  Your best choice will be influenced by your needs, which you will better understand by reading (this) Part One.)

A Child Bike Seat Alternative: Monkey Bars for the Yuba Mundo make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!

Child Bike Seat Alternative: Yuba Mundo with Monkey Bars make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!

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Join us in SF at Supermarket Street Sweep 8 on Dec. 7th 2013!

Supermarket Street Sweep 8 is coming, and TEAM YUBA will once again be there!  

SMSW8 by jkoshi, on Flickr

Join us on Dec. 7th as we once again participate in a fun event for a worthy cause.

WHAT: The Supermarket Street Sweep is an annual bike race that benefits the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks! For the past 7 years, hundreds of participants have zipped around the city to local supermarkets and brought back thousands of pounds of food to donate to this wonderful charity.

WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2013. High Noon.

WHERE: Cupid’s Span (Bow & Arrow) at Folsom and Embarcadero.

The Yuba Team has so much fun at this event, collecting food, raising money and awareness for a worthy cause, while hanging out with other Cargo Bicycle riders and showing “What a Bicycle Can Do!”

We’d love to see YOU, our Bay Area family at the event.  Let us know if you plan to be there!

Carry Kids by Bike with the NEW Monkey Bars for the Yuba Mundo!

Are you looking for a way to carry kids by bike?  Many of our riders use the Yuba Mundo to transport kids to and from school and other outings.  The Monkey Bars have been designed with these families in mind, offering a bit more structure for the passengers, and peace of mind for the rider.

A Child Bike Seat Alternative: Monkey Bars for the Yuba Mundo make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!

Child Bike Seat Alternative: Yuba Mundo with Monkey Bars make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!

The Monkey Bars will accommodate multiple children with or without the Peanut Shell baby seat.  Have a look at the video below, and learn more about the Monkey Bars here.

‘A Bike That Will Replace Your Family Car.’ GearJunkie Tests Out The Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike

“I tested the Mundo model from Yuba this summer and early fall. It is a capable hauler, and with big pannier bags hooked onto the frame a rider can roll home with a full grocery cart of food.

“For kids, the bike is an excellent alternative to a car on short trips. My young boys, aged 4 and 6, jump onto the Yuba with smiles. They howl for more as we rocket down hills.”

See the entire review here.

The GearJunkie Test Riders give smiles of approval!

“Forget the MiniVan” says Outside Magazine. Family Life with the Yuba el Mundo.

Wondering what it is like to trade in the car for an Electric Cargo Bike? Michael Roberts shares his experience with his family on an el Mundo at Outside Magazine Online.

Outside Minivan

Ready to ditch the MiniVan!? Get your el Mundo here.

Carry a SUP board by Bike

One of our favorite way to use the Boda Boda or the Mundo here at Yuba is to carry a SUP (stand-up paddleboard). We have carried wave boards (8.5″ long) and race boards  (14″ long). We have also hauled whitewater kayaks, and even sea kayaks. It is easy and simple to use the Boda Boda and the Mundo to transport long loads. Both bikes feature side loading platform. The board or craft is positioned lengthwise on the bike. In general it is best to position the board on the right side of the bicycle. A couple of pieces of high-density foam positioned along side the rack create the necessary clearance for the biker’s feet. With some crafts such as a whitewater kayaks it doesn’t even require to use a block of foam. Yuba Bicycles will be releasing a SUP/ Surf/ Kayak pad system during the summer. In the meantime below are some instructions to help you make your own.

To carry your board on Yuba Bicycle you will need:
A block of high density foam.
Pipe insulation foam.
A pair of Yuba Utility Straps.

1) Select and cut the high-density foam.
• We do recommend using high-density foam. Such foam can be found at a kayak or surf shop. You will need a piece the size of about 16″x7″.
• Cut one piece of about 16″ tall and 5″ thick. This is the piece that will push the board away from the carrier.
• Cut a second piece of about 16″ tall and 1″ thick. This piece will be positioned towards the end of the carrier, it gives the board a bit of cushioning.

2) Install on the bike.
• To secure the foam on the bike, duck tape, zip-ties or small short straps like rok straps can be used.

3) How to load the SUP on the Boda Boda or Mundo.
Once the foam blocks are installed it is time to load the the board. We would recommend that you follow these steps:
• loop the Utility Straps around the sideloader bars first!
• postion the board on the bicycle, with the board/craft between you and the bicycle. This way you will be able to control the board, the straps.
• pull both strap ends towards the top of the rack and loop around a solid anchor point on the bicycle rack. Tighten one side then the other.
• once the board is securely on, loosen the strap and insert the paddle so it sits on the top  edge of the board. Cinch straps again.
• wiggle cargo (the board and paddle) to make sure it is attached properly.
• take a test ride on an empty parking lot or quiet street.
• test the safety of the load one more time.
• ride and have fun at the beach, river, lake….

The Future Has Arrived. And it’s Electrifying!

We have reached an important juncture here at Yuba Bikes.  And as I said, it’s electrifying…  I refer here to the new Yuba/eZee elMundo hybrid-electric cargo bicycle, and my joining the Yuba team to lead the charge, so to speak.

Better than FedEx!

We are very excited with this evolution of the Mundo and what it represents for our transportation choices.  We all recognize the situation we find ourselves in as a Civilization, and one of the most profound choices we can make is around our modes of transport.  The elMundo is a key component to our collective realignment toward thriving, efficient communities.  Choosing to use a bicycle, perhaps with a hybrid drive system, is a very real vote for the Future.  Please join us in casting this vote…

The elMundo, with its purpose built electric ready frame, is our latest effort at realizing a long term goal of providing the most robust, useful, and fun-to-ride cargo bicycles on the planet (yes, the whole thing!).  The Mundo is a marvel of utility and laughter-inducing joy; so naturally, adding the phenomenal capabilities of the hybrid-electric drive system has made it nothing short of miraculous!  And really, we could all use a few more Miracles in our lives…

As we move forward with the development of the Electric Division, look for an expanding resource library, complete with videos and an extensive how-to section.  We want to demystify this simple-to-use and life-changing technology, making it easier for you to enjoy it and love it!  Specifically, these resources will include technical support and data; instructions on how properly use and maintain the electrical components, with a very important section on battery care; techniques for riding safely with maximum enjoyment and efficiency; load dynamics and different options for expanding the utility of your elMundo; as well as real-world use data to help you understand the true capabilities of this marvelous machine…

I’m happy to be a part of the Yuba family, and look forward to working with the crew to further revolutionize personal transportation.  Exciting times…  And we may as well have fun while we change the world!  Here’s to a future that includes healthy and resilient communities, with abundant bicycles and smiling neighbors…

Bike On…