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.
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!
Bike dimensions: 70x210cm
Bed dimensions: 18x80cm
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.
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.
Replace a pickup truck with a cargo bike? Not a problem for Kirk Dillon — even in the Sierra Nevada mountains:
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.
Lake Tahoe, CA.
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!
— Yuba Cargo Bicycles (@YubaBicycles) December 11, 2013
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:
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.)
Supermarket Street Sweep 8 is coming, and TEAM YUBA will once again be there!
Join us on Dec. 7th as we once again participate in a fun event for a worthy cause.
WHAT: The Supermarket Street Sweep is an annual bike race that benefits the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks! For the past 7 years, hundreds of participants have zipped around the city to local supermarkets and brought back thousands of pounds of food to donate to this wonderful charity.
WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2013. High Noon.
WHERE: Cupid’s Span (Bow & Arrow) at Folsom and Embarcadero.
The Yuba Team has so much fun at this event, collecting food, raising money and awareness for a worthy cause, while hanging out with other Cargo Bicycle riders and showing “What a Bicycle Can Do!”
We’d love to see YOU, our Bay Area family at the event. Let us know if you plan to be there!
Are you looking for a way to carry kids by bike? Many of our riders use the Yuba Mundo to transport kids to and from school and other outings. The Monkey Bars have been designed with these families in mind, offering a bit more structure for the passengers, and peace of mind for the rider.
The Monkey Bars will accommodate multiple children with or without the Peanut Shell baby seat. Have a look at the video below, and learn more about the Monkey Bars here.
“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.