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Man Pedals Across America with his Dog on a Mundo

A Texas man is pedaling his bike across the United States with his dog in a grassroots campaign to support nonprofit animal shelters and urge pet seekers to avoid so-called puppy mills.
Mike Minnick, 38, and his five-year-old border collie mix Bixby have visited more than 50 animal shelters during their yearlong adventure that has brought them from easternmost Maine to Washington State—7,300 miles and counting. “There are so many beautiful dogs desperately in need of a home and friendship,” says Minnick, who adopted Bixby from a shelter in his former hometown of Austin, Texas. “If you love animals, donate to your local shelter. Puppies should not be a for-profit commodity.”
Minnick’s journey across America on two wheels with Bixby has a secondary goal: to inspire Americans to bicycle for fun and fitness. The former smoker took up cycling as a way to lose weight and kick his cigarette habit. “I used to get in my car to drive two blocks to buy cigarettes,” he says. “Now I’m in the best shape of my life and happier than ever.” Minnick, Bixby and their cargo bike loaded with more than 100 pounds of camping gear, dog food and a dog bed mounted to the rear rack attract crowds wherever they stop. Most long-distance bicyclists choose lightweight bicycles and carry minimal gear. That wasn’t an option for Minnick, who rides a Mundo cargo bike from Yuba Bicycles. “I won’t set any speed records. We go slow and steady and enjoy the views.” Minnick’s journey began in September 2013 in Lubec, Maine. From there they pedaled the East Coast to Key West, Fla., before heading to New Orleans and Texas. From Texas they headed northward through Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana to Washington. They are now heading down the West Coast in advance of winter.
Minnick will be in California’s Bay Area in early November. Minnick and Bixby will visit Yuba Bicycles headquarters in Petaluma, Calif., where Yuba will hold a public party and family friendly bike ride to the Petaluma animal shelter, followed by free food and beer for supporters of the Petaluma shelter. The party’s date will be announced in early November. Minnick has no plans to stop pedaling. “When I walked away from my life in Austin I had a nice home and great friends but I was in a rut. My life was flashing before my eyes. Now I wake up everyday excited. This is the most fun, challenging, rewarding and adventurous thing I've ever done. We live in one of the most geographically amazing and scenically beautiful countries in the world. Bixby and I get to see it, meet its people and pedal it under my power, using no gasoline and living like kings for next to nothing.” View and download photographs of Mike and Bixby and their Yuba Mundo cargo bike at the link below. Follow Minnick and donate to his cause at wheresbixby.com and track his journey at facebook.com/wheresbixby.

Boda Boda Monkey Bars

Have you been wondering how to convert Monkey bars into Boda Boda Compatible Monkey bars? Here are a couple quick easy steps explaining how to make Boda Boda Monkey bars from the Mundo monkey bars. Hope it helps!

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What you will need:

  1. Monkey Bars
  2. 2 sets of bar tape
  3. Pipe Cutter or Bandsaw
  4. 9/16 diameter Aluminum(2-20″ sections and 2-15 inch sections)
  5. 6mm or 1/4″ drill bit

Outside Support Rods

  1. Cut to size  19 -Remove 365mm from the center of both inside support rods (this is the rod with a hole in the center)3-Discard the middle section

2. Join together using custom connection rods

-Cut two 510mm rod using 9/16” diameter structurally sound steel or aluminum4

-Insert connection rods into outside support rods5

-Mark hole location of support rods onto both side of inside rods7

-Remove connection rods from outside support rods

-Drill 6mm or ¼” holes at each marked location

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Inside Support Rods

1. Cut to size2

-Remove 365mm from the center of both inside support rods (this is the rod with a hole in the center)

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-Discard the middle section

2. Join together using custom connection rods

-Mark the distance from the end of the inside to the edge10

-Add distance together and cut an inside support rod of that size11

-Repeat for second side13

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Assembly

  1. Assemble monkey bars using standard monkey bar instructions, but ensure bolt passes through connecting rod holes to pin the assembly
  2. Wrap monkey bars with bike tape  to protect against sharp edges16

Thank you Sellwood Cycle of Portland for the great idea!

**Warning cutting bars does void warranty on monkey bars

Just a few great reasons to Bike to School this year!

Biking to School is great for your health, the environment, and your wallet. Now you have the facts, so make the change and bike instead of driving! Pick up a new Yuba Cargo Bike at your local Yuba Dealer or at yubabikes.com and receive free Bike to School Supplies: 1 Hold On & 1 Soft Spot -or- 1 Ring & 1 Soft Spot. Use Yuba Dealer Code: BIKE2SCHOOL
*Offer valid until 10/31/14, Continental U.S. only.

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Make a Real Difference – How Do You Cargo Bike?

If you want to make a difference for cyclists everywhere, here’s your chance.

Please, take the Cargo Bike Transportation Survey – for all of us.

Bike-blog--Cartoon-from-t-002Dr. William Riggs is a professor of Transportation Studies at the California Polytechnical School in San Luis Obispo, California (Cal Poly).  Riggs has asked Yuba Bicycles to help him get the word out about his Cargo Bike Survey that will tell him how cargo bikes are being used in real life and how bicycles impact traffic patterns. The information from this survey will help urban planners to design new streets and roads that better incorporate bicycles as everyday traffic.

Please help.  Take the survey.  Forward the survey to your friends that have cargo bikes. Post the survey on your facebook page so others will take the survey.  The more people who tell us about how they ride, the more impact it will have.

This survey takes only about 5 minutes to complete and you might find out something interesting about yourself, too.  All responses are confidential.

 

Meet Dr. Riggs


Dr. William Riggs teaches bicycle and pedestrian planning and housing and economic development classes at CalPoly, San Luis Obispo.  His research focuses on quantitative community analysis and urban planning policies with a specific interest in streets designed for biking and walking, sustainability and technology.  He is doing a survey on how people use cargo bikes and wants your input.  Take the Cargo Bike Survey.

“Best in Test Cargo Bike” -Danish Cycling Federation

Europe says the Yuba Mundo is #1!

After a thorough five day test, experts at the Danish Cycling Federation voted the Yuba Mundo as the “Best in the Test” based on functionality, price, and design (on behalf of CycleLogistics and the European Cyclists Federation). Check it out!

http://cyclelogistics.eu/docs/115/CYCL-consumer_report_CARGO.pdf

Price: 8200dkr
Weight: 22kg
Capacity: 200kg
Bike dimensions: 70x210cm
Bed dimensions: 18x80cm

General
Yuba Mundo is a long bike. On this bike the cargo is fastened to an extra long bed located behind the saddle.

The model we tested has 24 gears, hand brakes and no back-pedal brakes. Child seats can be purchased and there is room for two of them.

The bed is a very long and very strong luggage rack, which is built into the frame. Large bags can be purchased and extras can be fitted to the steel tube on the side of the bike.

Loading is fine. A good kickstand keeps the bike in place during packing and unpacking. However, the bike does not have a closedboxso everything must be placed in bags or attached in other ways. Yuba Mundo is great for long objects like a surfboard strapped to the side.

Starting and driving position is no different than on a regular bike.

Riding the Yuba Mundo feels just like a normal bike and because of this it is the clear cut winner of the all the bikes we tested. The bike is light and is well suited for longer distances and is also a good entry level models for green cargo bikers.

Conclusion
Yuba Mundo is the test’s lightest and strongest cargo bike. Even with very heavy loads the bike is nice to rideand it is the obvious choice for those riding longer distances.

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The Pickup Truck of Bikes

Replace a pickup truck with a cargo bike? Not a problem for Kirk Dillon — even in the Sierra Nevada mountains:

Kirk Dillion Mundo Tahoe

My Yuba Adventure

I live in Lake Tahoe California. I had a 1998 Chevy S10 pickup truck and a 2000 Ford Ranger pickup, (His and Hers). We drove mostly locally with occasionally trips over the mountains 25 miles away to the big-box stores and to get cheaper gasoline. I was filling up four gas cans of five gallons each every two weeks or so.

Maintenance, insurance, gas, DMV fees, etc. got to be too expensive so I sold my truck (the Chevy) and purchased one of your Yuba Mundo frames. The intention was to use the other truck when weather was bad and use the bike when weather was good. I built up the frame using as many spare parts as I had available and bought the rest. I started using the bike as a fun ride and to get exercise while I added bags and boards to it for hauling more and more things.

I started out saying to myself, “I don’t really need to take the bike, but I’m going to see if I can fit those things on there just for fun.” Then grocery trips became more regular and one day I decided that I wanted to see if I could take “all” the laundry at once to the local laundromat. It was heavy, but it worked just fine. After several of these “let’s see” trips, I realized that I hadn’t even used any of the still full gas cans in over a month.

If I had kept my truck I would still be riding the bike for exercise and I would still have all the expenses associated with it. I am saving money and resources while getting needed exercise and having fun in the process. I am “very” happy with the bike and only see it becoming more integrated into my lifestyle. Thanks for building a super strong, well thought out bike for all of us to use and enjoy.

Kirk Dillon
Lake Tahoe, CA.

Child Bike Seat, Bike Trailer, or Cargo Bike Part Three — Rider Profiles

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!

From Cargo Bike Conversion Kit to a Complete Longtail

Eunice Martel had this to say about his entry to, and evolution of, cargo biking with children:

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Child Bike Seat, Bike Trailer, or Cargo Bike? – Part Two

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.

The New Family Van

The New Family Van

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