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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!

Edible Manhattan: Peddle to the Nettle

We were tickled pink to be featured in Edible Manhattan’s video about chef’s who use cargo bikes to do the shopping for their Manhattan eateries. We hope more businesses catch on; to quote Christophe Hille “I can’t imagine why every business doesn’t have their own cargo bike.” Fast forward to 1:44 to see Christophe in action on his Mundo.

Pedal to the Nettle – Digital Edition from Edible Manhattan on Vimeo.

We were so (literally) moved by writer Nancy Matsumoto’s recent story about chefs who have ditched their delivery trucks for two and three-wheeled clean-energy modes of transport, that we asked videographer Elizabeth Leitzell to go along for the ride.

While most restaurants get deliveries by truck, and even Greenmarket-minded chefs typically hail cabs at Union Square or schlep by van, a few instead transport their farmy bounty using not fossil fuels but their own blood, sweat and quads.

Sure, these are short distance: Back Forty West (nee Savoy) is a mere mile from Union Square, so skipping that cab saves very little gas. But that’s the final trip this produce takes, and pedaling that mile is in completely in keeping with why Peter Hoffman shops at the Greenmarket in the first place, rather than just order produce from distant time zones. For him and those like him, getting food from market to restaurant without gas is just the final link in a low-carbon food chain.

“We have the ability to make better choices,” says chef Hoffman. “Let’s solve the problem in a different way. That’s what this bike is for.” As a sticker on his custom tricycle reads: “the revolution will not be motorized.”

(Editor’s aside: I freaking love the beginning when the sign in the background reads “LIVE YOUR LIFE.” If you know Peter Hoffman, you’ll find that sentiment entirely appropriate.)

Hit play above to see and hear more. And don’t forget your bike helmet.

Full article can be found here…

Tahoe Daily Tribune: Bicycle pizza delivery pedals on

tahoeSouth Lake Tahoe is moving up the urban ladder. No, the city is not getting rail cars. But one business is bringing a new kind of delivery to town.

Justin Gresh of Vinny’s Pizzeria is putting the pedal to the pizza. The new business owner is delivering his fresh baked pies via bicycle.

“It’s a true replacement for your car or truck,” Gresh said outside his shop Wednesday. “For delivering pizzas it’s the perfect thing.”

Gresh has enjoyed riding bikes most of his life. Incorporating them into his business just seemed like the natural next step, he said.

After spending an afternoon in the heat of the kitchen, the bike provides a reprieve from the bustle.

“I like the idea of using the bike for business,” he said. “It’s fun for me to be able to get out of the place for a minute.”

Gresh specially built his ultimate delivery bike on the frame of a Yuba Cargo Bike. With a large pizza carrier on the back and the load capacity of more than 400 pounds, he can carry enough pizza for a decent-size party.

“This thing is great if you wanted to load up a couple kegs and throw a pizza on the back,” he laughed.

So far, he and his wife have delivered to Lakeside Beach and most often the Stateline casinos, not far from his location at Highway 50 and Pioneer. Bike delivery has been well received by his customers, Gresh said.

“Everybody has been super stoked,” he said.

With good weather and most flat surroundings, the business owner can cover a radius of about 1 mile without any problems. But before he lets his employees go riding all over town with hot pizza, he has to think about safety and training.

“From a business perspective, it’s a little more complex,” he said.

Nonetheless, he hopes to keep riding fresh food to hungry customers.

“In the summer, when the weather is nice, everybody is on a bike,” he said. “Doing deliveries isn’t something you really think about, but it’s so accessible.”

Though he does have studded tires, the bike delivery will probably have to go on hold when it gets cold.

“In the winter, it’ll have to go into hibernation,” he said.

Read more here….

Hi-Consumption: ELMUNDO BIONX ELECTRIC CARGO BIKE BY YUBA

elMundo BionX Electric Cargo Bike
Launched back in 2006 right here in California, Yuba set out with a goal to create cargo bicycles that were practical for getting groceries and running daily errands. Benjamin Sarrazin now introduces us to his latest model in the El Mundo BionX electric cargo bike.

Constructed from a steel frame with an extended wheel base, the 21 speed bicycle features a 455 watt electric motor that will give rider’s a nice boost as they pedal through town. The bike’s rechargeable battery is good for a range of almost 40 miles, and has plenty of room out back for groceries, and even small children. The electric elMundo will set you back about $3,000.

 Read full article here…

The Washington Times: Summer Bike Gear Review

 

HALF MOON BAY, Calif., June 15, 2013 — Summer’s the time to get outside and enjoy plenty of time in the sunshine. It’s a lot easier on a bicycle, whether you’re zooming along city streets or blazing down mountain trails. Here are some key items — from helmet to jersey to that ideal bike that will help you enjoy the best of the season. All are products that have gotten rave reviews from sport-minded women, and on top of that, I’ve wear-tested them myself.

Yuba Boda Boda Bicycle

Yuba Boda Boda Bicycle (Photo: Yuba Bicycles)
Make your bicycle life more of a joy and less of a pain when you haul things around on Yuba’s Boda Boda cargo bike. The lightest and most compact cargo bicycle on the market today, it hauls your groceries, your kids, and even your surfboard. The variety of options allow you to configure the bike for your lifestyle, whether it’s a step-over or step-through frame, running boards, kids’ seat, baguette bag, or straps for that surfboard. The bike even comes in an electric version, which is handy for those windy days or when you’re hauling a lot of gear. Yuba Boda Boda Bicycle, from $1,199.

Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/sportfolio/2013/jun/15/summer-bike-gear-review/#ixzz2WVhmWi4H

North Bay Business Journal: Yuba bikes finds new home in Petaluma

Monday, June 10, 2013, 7:00 am

Yuba bikes finds new home in Petaluma

Small maker of cargo-style bikes moves from Sausalito

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Yuba Bicycles can be outfitted to carry two or three children in securely mounted seats with wheel guards to protect little feet.

PETALUMA – Yuba Bicycles LLC, maker of the Mundo and Boda Boda families of cargo bikes, has moved its headquarters to 409 Petaluma Blvd. South with 5,000 square feet of space – more than five times the capacity of its previous location in Sausalito.

“We chose Petaluma because it is a bike-friendly and very livable community where we could expand our business in an affordable manner,” said company owner Benjamin Sarrazin.

“Petaluma is a great place for our five employees to live and work without long commutes. We want to help make bicycling even more popular and practical than it is today.”

Ben Sarrazin, Owner and founder of Yuba Bicycles LLC, on an elMundo BionX cargo bike with an electric assist motor and battery pack.

Mr. Sarrazin is an adventurer and a world traveler who grew up in bike-friendly Strasbourg, France, before coming to the U.S.  He founded the company in 2006.

His mission is to provide parents and family members (ages 25 to 55) with bikes that can replace cars for doing errands, bringing kids to school, transporting a ladder or when taking a kayak, surfboard, paddle board or inflatable raft to the beach.

“We’re witnessing a two-wheel revolution. It’s a new phenomenon. We want consumers to envision how cargo bikes fit their active lifestyle and realize that they don’t need a car for short trips.”

He said craftsman, such as carpenters and plumbers, are putting their shops on our bikes and carrying the tools and supplies they need to and from a worksite.

Yuba Bicycles, named for the Yuba River where Mr. Sarrazin enjoys kayaking, recently launched several new bike models.

The new elMundo and elBoda Boda models are equipped with BionX electric pedal-assist motors made in Canada as options for customers who want extra power for longer trips, or when carrying bigger loads.

Ben Sarrazin, owner and founder of Yuba Bicycles LLC, is shown on a cargo bike equipped to transport a paddle board.

The BionX regenerative breaking system (which charges the battery when brakes are applied) makes it possible to go up to 37 miles (60 km) per charge with a top-speed of 20 mph (32 kpm).

The firm’s Boda Boda model takes its name from the Boda-Boda taxis that are part of the East African bicycle culture.

Reported to be the world’s lightest and most compact cargo bike, the Boda Boda weighs in at 35 lbs., yet is capable of carrying up to a week’s worth of groceries in a single trip.

The elBoda Bionx has eight speeds and can generate up to 355 Watts of power.  The Boda Lux, built to European specifications, includes fenders, dynamo lights and Big Ben tires.

The Mundo v4 is the 21-speed bike that started it all.  Mr. Sarrazin was a co-designer of this bike as well as other models currently available.

The elMundo BionX, with 21 speeds and 455 Watts of power has enough “umph to get you there,” according to Mr. Sarrazin.  The Mundo NuVinci Lux comes with the NuVinci 360 internal hub, dynamo lights and was also built to European specifications.

All Yuba Bicycle models are made in China and shipped to Yuba Bicycles in the U.S. for assembly and customization.

A complete line of accessories and bike models are kept in inventory at the company’s warehouse and repair facility adjacent to the showroom and administrative offices.

The standard Yuba bike retails from $999 to $1,500. Bicycles with electric assist motors and battery packs are priced from $2,700 to $3,500, depending on the configuration and accessories.

Yuba Bicycles are unique. The wheelbase is 15 inches longer for stability and to accommodate additional passengers (including up to two or three children in secure hard-mounted seats). Wheel covers are also available to protect little feet. For older passengers, rumble strap handles make it easy to hold on.

Sturdy steel racks and heavy-duty aluminum front baskets provide strength to hold packages and/or saddlebags mounted on bamboo decks.

An innovative double-prong bike kickstand is standard allowing for easier loading. There are running-board style feet and cargo supports, as well as special places to attach tie-down straps to secure large cargo.

The Yuba Bicycle business model includes developing the brand label and identity, as well as sales, marketing and distribution.

“We have a network of distributors in place across the U.S. from Maine to Florida, Texas, Washington State, Colorado, California and points in between.

“Our bikes are also distributed in Europe, Australia, Thailand, Canada and Singapore.  The goal is to expand our distributor base and our global reach into other markets, said Mr. Sarrazin. “Cargo biking is really catching on.”

The company has doubled annual sales each year since 2010.

Yuba Bicycles won a Green Dot Award in May 2013 in the Best Sustainable Transportation category given in recognition of outstanding products or services manufactured and delivered in an environmentally friendly manner. (www.greendotawards.com)

For information about Yuba Bicycles LLC, go to www.yubabikes.com.

The Street: The Digital Skeptic: Best Battery-Powered Car May Be a Bike

The Digital Skeptic: Best Battery-Powered Car May Be a Bike

BY Jonathan Blum

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — George Bliss has something, uh, shocking to say to all those fanatics of troubled electric sports car maker Tesla Motors.

“We’re backing the wrong battery-assisted vehicle,” Bliss told me as he assembled handlebars in front of his West Village bike shop, Hudson Urban Bicycles. “When you get people riding around upright, not looking like some angry street racer, batteries that help you ride easily make a difference.”

Bliss had assembled for me as critical a future as any in the world of alternative vehicles: The elBoda Boda electric pedal-assisted cargo bike, made by five-person, Petaluma, Calif.- based Yuba Bicycles (models start at $2,797).

I am as stunned as you are, but even in these fat-butt United States of America, the emerging generation of smart electric bicycles such as the elBoda Boda will be the critical driver in the battery-induced transport market, which includes trendy-with-investor electric vehicles including the Tesla, Chevy Volt, and the Nissan Leaf.

“There were 31 million electric bikes sold in 2012, mostly in China. That’s a $5 billion worldwide market in batteries,” Frank Jamerson explained to me. Jamerson is publisher of Electric Bikes Worldwide Reports, a Harbor Springs, Mich.-based eBike analyst firm. “Compare that market to pure EV vehicle types. There only 60,000 of those sold last year. That’s $630 million in total battery sales.”

Jamison is no eBike front runner. He first rode one back in the 1990s as part of his 35-year General Motors engineering career. He headed the electrochemistry research department, where he became the assistant program manager for GM’s doomed electric vehicle, the EV1.

“I’m a futures guy. I tried out an electric bike in Europe. I figured it would get folks to buy the EV1,” Jamerson said. “I even tried to import them. It was a disaster. But I know a lot about electric bikes.”

Jamerson says that the electric bicycles market is so massive that it moves the commodities market. The otherwise bike-obsessed mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, is expected to ban the things due to overpopularity.

“It’s basically the messengers,” Bliss explained to me. “They ride like maniacs and you can get going really fast. It pissed everyone off.”

If my month riding the elBoda Boda around town and out near my home in suburban Harrison is any indication, it’s easy to easy see why The Man is cracking down. Battery-assisted bikes are the crack cocaine of new-age transportation.

Use one once and you will never want to use anything else again.

Not battery powered. Battery “assisted”

If you’re smart enough to get a ride on a smart bike such as an elBoda Boda, you’ll realize instantly there is no throttle. Instead, this normal, seven-speed, external-geared bicycle carries a hard-drive sized battery that impels an internal hub-mounted motor that helps only as you pedal.

It all takes a bit of tinkering. But once I got comfortable with the handlebar-mounted control system, I found I could zip up all the way from the West Village to The Garden when the Knicks sparred with the Pacers, then head back down to the Lower East Side five miles away for a light Vietnamese dinner and some serious wine. Then back here to the West Village, all in my dress clothes, without breaking much of a sweat.

Or having a designated driver.

“It’s an incredible tool for threading the needle of moving around with a car,” Benjamin Sarrazin, owner of Yuba Bicycles, told me. “For local transport, they perform like cars, but without the weather protection.”

When it rained, I did get wet. And the battery, the bike and the stuff I carried are not light. They easily can add up to more than 200 pounds, which is manageable in traffic with the battery-assist. But it all takes practice. Plus the battery charges lasted just 25 miles or so and takes a full four hours to recharge, so it sucks when the battery is dead. Planning is needed. And then there is the cost — $2,700 is not cheap, even though a legit argument exists that the elBoda is a car replacement for certain users.

Bottom line: Smart folks will demo a smart bike carefully before buying one.

The smart bet on eBikes 

Now let’s make some money with eBikes: Electric bicycles will absolutely, positively not be a big U.S. product anytime soon. Jamerson said it will be big news when even 750,000 are sold in a year here. It’s the 40 million that will move around the globe in 2014 that matter. And battery makers doing that business will be Samsung, Panasonic, Sony (SNE_), Lishen in China andLG Chem.

Far more intriguing is how traditional carmakers are testing eBikes. Daimler and BMW are offering models. German parts maker Bosch (BOSCHLTD) is selling an eBike drive system to other bike makers.There’s even a sexy little start-up here: Canadian firm BionX, which made the elegant battery-assist unit for my test elBoda.

Jamerson thinks this car market interest will be the bellwether for eBikes.

“If the auto guys get in,’ he says, “The whole industry will change.”

Read full article here….

Men’s Journal: Best Bikes to Haul Stuff: Yuba Boda Boda

Shorter and lighter than full-blown cargo bikes, the Boda Boda feels (and looks) more like a casual beach cruiser with its laid-back personality, a stylishly swoopy frame, cushy saddle, and sweptback handlebars that encourage you to take in the scenery.

Tacked on to the back end is a generously sized cargo platform, though, which can be customized with Yuba’s own broad range of accessories, including baby seats, panniers, and a variety of decks. There’s also an available bolt-on front basket that just happens to perfectly fit two cases of beer and, yes, if you’re a little creative, you can even strap a surfboard to the back.

As with the Transport, the Boda Boda’s aluminum frame cuts down on weight but also stiffness. Yuba rates the total cargo capacity at 22 pounds, but doing so will also cause the tail end to wag a bit, so exercise care when loading.

Read more: http://www.mensjournal.com/gear/outdoor/best-cargo-bikes-yuba-boda-boda-20130522#ixzz2U4AnRd2g