Author Archives: Benjamin Sarrazin

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…