Category Archives: What a Bike Can Do

Holidays by Bike Photo Contest

Everybody knows how awesome it is to do the holidays by bike – everything is just easier. From bringing home the tree by bike to going to view light displays, the holidays are so much better on a bike.

To enhance your enjoyment of this holiday season, we’ve partnered with Timbuk2 for an exclusive holiday contest to WIN the NEW Timbuk2 Basket Case bag (valued at $129, and not available until 2013) and a Yuba Bread Basket ($129 value)!

To enter, simply submit a photo of you OR your bike getting festive…by bike. This could be anything:
  • wassailing,
  • picking up a tree,
  • holiday shopping,
  • wrapping up a bike as a present,
  • holiday-themed bike decorations,
  • Santa group ride,
  • taking food to the food bank,
  • stocking up on eggnog
  • and whatnot….

To Enter post your photo to the Yuba Bicycles Facebook Page, send it to us on Twitter (tag: #holidaysbybike) or send it directly to info@yubabikes.com (subject line: Holidays By Bike). Entries will be collected an published here in the blog. Contest runs until December 31, 2012, noon PST. Entries limited to residents of the United States and Canada.

P.S. If you’re feeling extra festive, roll on over to the Timbuk2 fan page and check out their Good Gifts Sweepstake with $1000 in prizes to be won (only until December 10, 2012)
Update: The entries are already coming in. Here they are!
@tacomabikeranch_3 @tacomabikeranch2 fb_emmanuel_cervantes @tinepgh@missgeorgieo elle_b6 elle_b5 fb_simon_searlefb_sam_moody
1/2/2013 Update: And the winner is…
Kate B. with the lovely picture above of her  four boys on her bike. She will be receiving a Timbuk2 Basket Case Bag, and a Bread Basket. Congratulations Kate!
Thank you to everyone for participating. We loved seeing all the photos of your holiday cheer, and wish you a happy new year.

KGW.com: Bikes can be key part of response in Portland disaster

PORTLAND — When Hurricane Sandy turned out the lights on the city that never sleeps, Jonathon Maus knew he had just the way to navigate Manhattan — his bicycle.

“There’s no subways, there’s no buses and the car gridlock was just terrible so getting around by bike was just a fantastic way,” said the founder of the popular bikeportland.org blog. “It was the most reliable transportation.”

Maus in New York for a convention and learned what many Japanese learned during their devastating earthquake 18 months ago. When roads are wiped out, supplies scarce, bikes might be your only lifeline. More: Maus writes about the 1st day New Yorkers go back to work

The bad news, Portland is set for the same size quake as Japan.

The good news, without knowing it, Portland might be one of the most prepared cities for such a disaster, especially with the abundance of cargo bikes that everyday haul kids and groceries.

Cargo bike enthusiasts have formed a disaster response group called Neighborhood Emergency Teams, or NET.

Ethan Jewett, a NET member, showed KGW how a cargo bike can be set up.

“We’ve rigged this bike up as a first response bike. You have the stretcher on it and the first aid in the back.”

Jewett will be on the front lines of a Portland disaster in a city that has quickly devolved into one that lacks basic amenities.

“Water mains will be broken, the fuel supplies will not come in, folks will essentially be camping out,” Jewett said.

The city of Portland is encouraging more NET teams, with more cargo bikes, and more volunteers to get the training and disaster supplies. A basic cargo bike runs about $1000, and the emergency gear several hundred more.

“It will translate into a more resilient community, one that can essentially take the shock of having our everyday luxuries interrupted,” said Jewett.

Read full article here….

Yuba Bicycles Halloween Contest

Do you plan to decorate your bike for Halloween? If you do, snap a picture it and get it to us by November 5th (5pm PST), and you could win a Yuba Bicycles Bag of your choice.

To enter, get the photo to us one of these ways:
Facebook: facebook.com/yubabicycles
Twitter: @YubaBicycles
Email: info@yubabikes.com
Or just reply to this post with a link!

Update: The entries have been coming in, and they are pretty amazing. One family even sent us this video of their maiden voyage of their “Boata Boata”:

Pimp my Ride, iCargo Bike! (Part Deux)

The fine folks at iCargoBike in San Clemente sent in a bunch of pictures of custom builds they have completed recently. They’re so sweet, that we thought we’d share them one by one. Today’s bike is their shop bike; for those of you who don’t work in the bike industry, that means the bike that every employee in the shop can use to run errands, or barrow when their ride is broken down. And what a sweet shop bike it is…..especially the surfboard rack (clearly just for work purposes, eh?)

Shop Yuba v3 with avid bb7 disc brakes and Swalbe Fat Frank tires, with 36 volt li-on amped front drive geared kit.

 

 

 

Two years at the beach and the spokes are rusty but amped motor and battery still working strong, nice iCargoBike custom surfboard rack.

Stay tuned! More of their awesome builds coming your way. If you see anything that sparks your interest, please contact the fine folks at iCargoBike.

 

Pimp my ride, iCargo Bike

iCargoBike just sent in some photos they’ve taken of custom electric builds they have made for their customers. They thought the builds were pretty cool, and we think you will too!

Stock Mundo with Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes, 48 volt 13 amp All Cell li-on battery and amped rear drive geared hub motor

Notice the stealthy rear motor:

iCargo bike custom battery case.

Tune in later for more drool-worthy builds from iCargoBike.