Win Fabulous Yuba Apparel!
Any photo of you doing summertime activities on your Yuba is eligible, from hauling a BBQ, to taking your SUP to the lake, to taking a bunch of kidlets and their swim things to the pool.
1st Prize is a Yuba Apron and a Yuba Hat.
2nd Prize is a Yuba Hat.
3rd Prize is a Yuba Apron.
Entries must be received before July 8, 2013, 9am PST. Submissions are welcome from all over the globe, but prizes will only be given to residents of North America. Judging will be performed by Yuba Staff.
Update: The Entries So Far
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….
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — On the final day of the Dealer Tour, our group made its way into Chicago’s South Side and Lower West Side, working-class neighborhoods where two modest but friendly shops are satisfying a growing demand for bicycle repairs and low-cost transportation. They fix big-box bikes with a smile—all in the name of putting more people on bikes.
We also dropped in at a business that opened less than a month ago but offers up a model for retail merchandising done right, and we finished our 13-store tour at a high-volume shop that sells as many bikes and accessories out of a single location as many multi-store operations.
After two sunny and warm days, the weatherman forecasted afternoon showers. But luckily our group pedaled through 29 flat and dry miles.
A special thanks to our ride guides from Active Transportation Alliance and SRAM. Below is a recap of stores visited on Day 3. Additional coverage and photos will be featured in our upcoming June 15 print edition.
The StandAlone kickstand can be a life saver when loading kids and cargo. The photo below shows a StandAlone doing the job on a fully loaded Mundo on a moving ferry with no guardrail! That’s a dependable center stand.
But the performance of this stand relies on 4 bolts being correctly tightened. Due to the forces involved when parking your Mundo with a heavy load, these bolts can loosen over time. If the bolts are loose and you continue to ride and use the kickstand, they will continue to loosen and one or more can even fall out. Once a kickstand bolts falls out, the stand continues to work, but you may feel that the kickstand is ‘mushy’ or ‘sloppy,’ or that it can barely keep the bike upright, especially on a slope. A telltale sign is that the bike may feel fine when loaded heavily on one side but not the other.
First off: Get down and look!
Now check the two pivot bolts on the sides. The image above shows the most obvious example, when a bolt has fallen out completely. If you don’t see an empty hole, you also need to look on the inside to make sure there’s a locknut on each bolt.
Gather these tools:
- Flat head screw driver
- Phillips head screwdriver
- 2 open end wrenches of appropriate size for the nuts (probably 12mm or 13mm, cone wrenches are fine)
- Allen key wrenches of appropriate size for the bolt head (probably 5mm or 6mm)
You’ll also need the missing parts for your Center stand. You can get these from us for $0 from our online store: http://yubabikes.com/yubashop/yuba-maintenance/115-center-stand-repair-kit.html
You can also buy this hardware from a local hardware store. Each Stand Alone has two hinges, and each hinge needs the following parts:
- 1x M8 by 25mm long bolt or socket head cap screw
- 2x M8 nuts (using one normal, and one nylon-insert nut gives more resistance to loosening)
- 2x washers
or if you don’t have access to metric hardware, British Imperial fasteners can be used instead:
- 1x 5/16″ by 1″long bolt or socket head cap screw
- 2x 5/16″ nuts
- 2x washers
Step 1: Turn the bike upside-down. If one hinge bolt is being replaced, leave the SA attached to the bike and skip ahead to Step 3.
If both hinge bolts are being replaced, FOR SAFETY, close the stand so it’s in “riding” position on the bike and then remove the two bolts that mount the SA to the bike.
Step 2: Remove the springs
WARNING: THESE ARE STRONG SPRINGS, BE CAREFUL NOT TO GET PINCHED
To remove the springs, place a flat head screw driver into the coils of the spring, and pry up, releasing tension on the spring hook. Insert the philips head screw driver into the spring loop, and work it off the arch. Repeat for second spring.
Step 3: Apply some bike grease to the inside and outside of the hinge plates
Step 4: Insert the bolt(s)
If only one bolt is being replaced, and the springs are still attached, use the legs to manipulate the hinge and align the hinge holes.
Insert a bolt with a washer from the outside.
Put on a washer, and a nut on the inside. Turn the nut closest to the hinge down so it’s finger tight to the hinge and the right and left nuts are roughly equally threaded onto their bolts. Thread on the second nut (the nylon insert nut if you have one), using the alen key and wrench as necessary to snug it up to the first nut.
Step 5: Locking the nuts -
Using two wrenches, turn the bolts against each other firmly (like a threaded headset). The nylon insert nut should have it’s nylon engaged with the bolt threads – if it is not, loosen the two bolts, and turn them a closer to the hinge, then re-lock the nuts.
Step 6: Re-tension springs
Using a ball-end hex key as a lever, pry the spring hook over the arch, and re-seat the spring. Repeat for second spring.
Step 7: Reinstall stand on bike and open and close the SA to check that the motion is unrestricted and solid.
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Boda Boda gets reviewed in the April, 2013 issue of Bicycling Magazine. It’s in the Gear Section.
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From: A Curious Customer
Subject: Boda Boda Wheelbase
I have seen a post on Joe Bike that the Boda Boda will fit on a bus rack if the front wheel/handlebars are rotated 180 degrees. But I’d love the measurements so that I can check that against our local bus racks. What is the wheelbase of the boda boda with the handlebars and wheel rotated 180 degrees?
The Boda Boda Step-Through has a wheelbase of 48″, but when you turn the bars around, it’s 45″.
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