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‘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!

Car Bike Rack for an elMundo

People frequently write in to ask us what bike rack we recommend for the the car to transport an elMundo (or Mundo) long distances, say between a winter residence and a summer residence.

Over the years, we have recommended several products,  but each had their drawbacks. The roof racks designed for tandems or recumbents weren’t ideal for elMundos because it is difficult for many Yuba riders to lift 50-70 lbs over their heads. The “remove the front wheel” type of rack requires remembering to bring the tools to pull off the wheels, and then lining up those little suckers while lifting the bike up. Then there’s the racks that aren’t designed for bikes over 35 pounds, which we haven’t recommended but people have tried.

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A elMundo and a Mundo NuVinci Lux, ready to go on an adventure!

We finally found a rack that’s easy to use, and can accommodate two (yes two!) elMundos. The Hollywood Racks Sport Rider for Electric Bikes (HR1450E) is an easy-to-use hitch mounted rack that fits standard 2″ trailer hitches. Loading the bikes is easy, because the rack is fairly close to the ground, so you can put the front wheel in the rack first, and then lift the rear wheel (and motor) into the rack.

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We  were concerned that the sideloaders would rub and scratch the paint on the second bike. In our test, this did not happen, because the sideloaders rubbed up against the rubber of the tires on the second bike. If it was a major concern, a user could tape or zip tie some cardboard between the bikes to prevent any contact at all.

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The rack conveniently folds up against the vehicle when not in use.

**Please remember to remove the electric batteries before putting your electric bike on a car rack, because the vibrations of the road can decrease battery life.

Gear Review: TiGr Lock

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The TiGr Lock, billed as “elegant bike security” delivers on its promise of strength combined with lightness. The locks are made out of titanium, so despite their length size and strength, they are lighter than the U-Locks we normally use to secure our bikes. Although, it was designed to fit around the top tube of a road bike, we found the lock easily fits in a Go-Getter. It’s relatively long length made it easy to secure multiple bikes to a Mundo and then to a bike rack, compared to the long shackle U-Locks we normally use. With other locks, the width of the Sideloaders can interfere with aligning more than one bike next to a Mundo for locking up.

The TiGr lock is a a great lock for people who have custom cargo bikes with high end components, or people who are responsible for locking up a pack of bikes at once regularly (lookin’ at you car-free parents!).

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Here’s the beauty shot of the lock in action.