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!
What was/is your criteria for choosing a #CargoBike to carry kids? We're doing a comprehensive overview and would love your input!
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.
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.)
Child Bike Seat Alternative: Yuba Mundo with Monkey Bars make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!
Yuba Bicycles founder Benjamin Sarrazin is not just a cargo biking pioneer: he’s also a champion paddleboarder. Sarrazin recently won the O’Neill Tahoe Cup, a three-race standup paddleboard series held on Lake Tahoe. He took first place in the Tahoe Cup’s elite men’s category following his second-place finish in the 22-mile race across the lake on Sept. 15.
Sarrazin, who can frequently be seen riding in Petaluma with his Boda Boda and Mundo with a Boga brand paddleboard strapped to the side loaders, took up paddleboarding around the time he launched Yuba in 2006. He spent his teens and 20s racing kayaks, so he was no stranger to paddling when he took up this new sport.
Earlier in the summer, Sarrazin took second place in the Jam from the Dam, and third in the Donner Lake Memorial race. His two seconds and one third-place finish were good enough to take the overall series victory–and a nice cash prize.
“In the last few miles my arms were cramping up bad. Twenty-two miles is a long way. But the adrenaline rush kept me going once I knew that I had beaten my closest competitor,” Sarrazin says.
Next spring, expect some big news about a new Yuba accessory that will make it even easier to carry your paddleboard or surfboard on a Mundo or Boda Boda. After all, why drive your board to the beach when you can pedal it there? “Using my cargo bikes to get my boards to the water fits with the true spirit of Yuba, which is to design bikes that allow you to get work done and carry big objects that previously required a car.”
Having held back most of the tour, the Yuba rider Tim Shaefer employs a strategy that nearly wins him the yellow jersey. The “distract ‘em with beer” tactic, last used in the 1928 Tour de France, has never been used in an American Tour. Despite not placing, Tim’s spirit’s are high.
“With just 3 laps to go, the strategy that Max, Lu (my dogs in the basket) & I came up with to win the 2013 USA Pro Challenge Stage 7 in Denver is working out perfectly. Here we are nestled right between the race leader, Tejay van Garderen (yellow jersey) and Peter Sagan (green jersey), my legs were feeling great and the beers in the trailer cooler were icy cold. But alas, it wasn’t to be for 2013. Tejay would take the overall victory, and Peter would win the stage in the last few meters of the final sprint as well as the overall Sprinters Jersey. We’ve got your numbers Tejay & Peter, just wait until next year!”
Here’s a video from KTVU showing all the shenanigans at Pedalfest 2013. Check out the Yuba segment around the 1:00 mark.
We had a fantastic time at the East Bay Bike Coalition’s Pedalfest at beautiful Jack London Square this past weekend. This event was especially special, because we got to hang out with our friends in Cyclecide and Rock the Bike as well as connect with our many customers in the the East Bay.
This guy had the coolest Mundo we saw at Pedalfest with not one, but two drummers on a trailer on the back! They sure looked like they were having a lot of fun! Notice his stylish hat? Impress us at an event, and you could win one too!
The kids loved the all-new Monkey Bars accessory. In many cases, they liked it so much, they didn’t want to get off the bike.
The famed cargo-biking Marleau family stopped by the Yuba booth to say hi and show off the kids’ training-wheel-free bikes.
Oakland’s Mayor Jean Quan stopped by to check out the elBoda. She was very excited to learn about the advances in ebike technology since she bought her first electric bike ten years ago (can we say ebike pioneer?) Maybe we’ll get her on one next year….
Matt the Intern takes a break after things slow down in the late afternoon.