Wondering what it is like to trade in the car for an Electric Cargo Bike? Michael Roberts shares his experience with his family on an el Mundo at Outside Magazine Online.
Ready to ditch the MiniVan!? Get your el Mundo here.
We’re pleased to have the Boda Boda featured in the October print edition of SELF.
Check out the feature below, and enjoy the weekend!
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!”
We were tickled pink to be featured in Edible Manhattan’s video about chef’s who use cargo bikes to do the shopping for their Manhattan eateries. We hope more businesses catch on; to quote Christophe Hille “I can’t imagine why every business doesn’t have their own cargo bike.” Fast forward to 1:44 to see Christophe in action on his Mundo.
We were so (literally) moved by writer Nancy Matsumoto’s recent story about chefs who have ditched their delivery trucks for two and three-wheeled clean-energy modes of transport, that we asked videographer Elizabeth Leitzell to go along for the ride.
While most restaurants get deliveries by truck, and even Greenmarket-minded chefs typically hail cabs at Union Square or schlep by van, a few instead transport their farmy bounty using not fossil fuels but their own blood, sweat and quads.
Sure, these are short distance: Back Forty West (nee Savoy) is a mere mile from Union Square, so skipping that cab saves very little gas. But that’s the final trip this produce takes, and pedaling that mile is in completely in keeping with why Peter Hoffman shops at the Greenmarket in the first place, rather than just order produce from distant time zones. For him and those like him, getting food from market to restaurant without gas is just the final link in a low-carbon food chain.
“We have the ability to make better choices,” says chef Hoffman. “Let’s solve the problem in a different way. That’s what this bike is for.” As a sticker on his custom tricycle reads: “the revolution will not be motorized.”
(Editor’s aside: I freaking love the beginning when the sign in the background reads “LIVE YOUR LIFE.” If you know Peter Hoffman, you’ll find that sentiment entirely appropriate.)
Hit play above to see and hear more. And don’t forget your bike helmet.
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….
Many thanks to Allyson Rickard for letting us use here photos. Her artwork can be seen at http://www.allysonrickard.com/
Periodically we repost a tutorial or other useful content from Yuba riders. This tutorial, from Gray Harrison of the Me and the Mundo blog has some great ideas about how to transport multiple bikes by Mundo. Enjoy!
There has been a lot of interest in the posting about carrying bikes on the back of my Mundo, so I’ve decided to put up some more details and a “how to” on the process.
The original inspiration for trying this out was that the Fort Collins Bike Library needed to move about 65 bikes from their storage location to the downtown library kiosk. New Belgium Brewery was hosting a meeting of folks from around the country to plan this summers’ Tour de Fat festivities, and all the visitors needed bikes. The plan was to ride the bikes from storage to the library, and then walk back to the storage to pick up another bike. Repeat until done. I volunteered to help move the bikes, but not being a fan of walking I figured there had to be a better method, and thus the Mundo Multiple Bike Loading System was born.
|Carrying 2 bikes at a time.|
The basic idea was pretty easy: get a couple of v-shaped bike trays, such as those made by Thule/ Yakima/ Rocky Mounts, mount them to the Mundo’s outriggers, and start moving bikes! Sounds easy, and as it turned out, it really was. A few technical details needed to be worked out, as I will show you, but it didn’t take long to figure out.
Here are the things you’ll need:
(2) full length bike trays
(4) 1″ hex-head stainless steel machine screws with the same diameter and thread pitch as the ones that come mounted in the Mundo’s outriggers. (The stock screws might not be long enough to go through the bike tray into the fitting).
A measuring tape (to measure exactly where to drill the holes in the trays).
Some old carpet or other material to protect the frames where they contact the Mundo in transit.
(2) Yuba 3 meter Cargo Straps (or similar).
(1) hour of time to do the first installation. (Note: once everything is measured and drilled, the process of removing or installing the racks takes less than 5 minutes).
|Here’s what the final installation looked like. The trays are different styles only because they were the only 2 available at the time.|
The most expensive part of this project were the 4 stainless steel machine screws, as the used bike trays were donated by the Fort Collins Bike Co-op. Getting a tray or 2 for a project like this could be a bit of a stumbling block, but if you keep your eyes open you can probably find one on craigslist, your local community bike shop, or even at a metal recycling center.
Although the original inspiration for the project was a short-term job, my long-term objective was to have a way to easily carry one or more bikes with the Mundo. I have tried towing bikes, and it is not an ideal way to transport more than one bike, or even one bike over longer distances. This setup with the trays allows me to, for instance, carry my mountain bike to the trailhead (about 10 miles) using the Mundo instead of a car. It’s a great way to get to and from the trails without having to ride my mountain bike on the street for a fairly long distance. The Mundo’s electric assist makes it super-easy to get up to the foothills quickly where I can then enjoy the amazing Colorado singletrack.
|carrying the mountain bike to the mountains.|
Here are some more detailed pictures of the installation process for the trays, and for those of you who might need to transport 3 bikes, I think there is a way of mounting a 3rd, short tray on the top of the cargo rack. You’d have to have the kind where you remove the front wheel, otherwise the bike would stick out too far and you might have a problem with too much weight hanging off the back of the rack.
|The outrigger with one screw removed in the front and rear to allow the rack to be installed.|
|Detail showing the extra-long machine screw needed due to the extra thickness of the rack.|
|Lining up the hole drilled in the rack with the outriggers’ screw hole. Note the slot in my wood deck for the Go-Getter bags’ strap to go through.|
|Here is the tray on the other side showing the holes drilled to match up with the existing screw holes in the outrigger.|
|A view from the top, the rear screw is in, the front has not been attached yet. Also note the piece of old carpet around the top rack to protect the bike being carried from rubbing against the steel of the Mundo.|
|As long as the tray is mounted at the correct angle you should have plenty of room to pedal. The exact placement of the tray, and where to drill the holes was the most critical measurement during the installation.|
|Here’s the mountain bike mounted on the Mundo for transport to the trailhead.|
|Here’s a closeup of how to strap the upper part of the bike to the rack of the Mundo.|
|Another view of the strap holding the bike up.|
|Using the wheel straps that come with the bike tray to hold the wheels in place.|
|And hey, I’m off to the mountains!|
Thanks for taking a look, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions about carrying bikes on your Mundo. Once the system is in place it’s easy to put on or take off as needed, and as you might expect, it gets a lot of comments as you ride through town. And if you want to see a short video of the bike carrying a bike, go to my vine page. If you need to carry even more bikes, you could always build a custom trailer such as this one I recently saw at the Bike Library, built to carry 5 bikes!
South Lake Tahoe is moving up the urban ladder. No, the city is not getting rail cars. But one business is bringing a new kind of delivery to town.
Justin Gresh of Vinny’s Pizzeria is putting the pedal to the pizza. The new business owner is delivering his fresh baked pies via bicycle.
“It’s a true replacement for your car or truck,” Gresh said outside his shop Wednesday. “For delivering pizzas it’s the perfect thing.”
Gresh has enjoyed riding bikes most of his life. Incorporating them into his business just seemed like the natural next step, he said.
After spending an afternoon in the heat of the kitchen, the bike provides a reprieve from the bustle.
“I like the idea of using the bike for business,” he said. “It’s fun for me to be able to get out of the place for a minute.”
Gresh specially built his ultimate delivery bike on the frame of a Yuba Cargo Bike. With a large pizza carrier on the back and the load capacity of more than 400 pounds, he can carry enough pizza for a decent-size party.
“This thing is great if you wanted to load up a couple kegs and throw a pizza on the back,” he laughed.
So far, he and his wife have delivered to Lakeside Beach and most often the Stateline casinos, not far from his location at Highway 50 and Pioneer. Bike delivery has been well received by his customers, Gresh said.
“Everybody has been super stoked,” he said.
With good weather and most flat surroundings, the business owner can cover a radius of about 1 mile without any problems. But before he lets his employees go riding all over town with hot pizza, he has to think about safety and training.
“From a business perspective, it’s a little more complex,” he said.
Nonetheless, he hopes to keep riding fresh food to hungry customers.
“In the summer, when the weather is nice, everybody is on a bike,” he said. “Doing deliveries isn’t something you really think about, but it’s so accessible.”
Though he does have studded tires, the bike delivery will probably have to go on hold when it gets cold.
“In the winter, it’ll have to go into hibernation,” he said.
WHEN: Saturday, October 12, 2013 11 am – 6 pm
WHERE: FAIRFAX, CA – Birthplace of the mountain bike!
FairAnselm Plaza 765 Center Blvd. Fairfax, CA 94930 (next to Iron Springs Pub and Java Hut)
BEER TASTING: $25 advance, $30 day of event.
2012 (last year) Highlights…..
The 4th Safe Routes to School National Conference is making its way to California’s state capital this Summer. The first state to enact SRTS legislation in 1999, California has played a key role in the birth of the Safe Routes to School movement and remains a national leader in SRTS strategies. The Sacramento region — home to many innovative SRTS programs and land use and transportation policies, as well as its extensive trail system and many recreational opportunities — provides the perfect venue for this event.
Join us on the West Coast this summer for this not-to-be-missed national conference focused on providing safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to bike and walk to school!
The Safe Routes to School movement has come a long way in a very short time and is resulting in healthier schools and communities throughout the nation. I see that growth reflected in the Safe Routes to School conference too, both in the number of participants and in the breadth of sectors and champions that are represented. The Safe Routes to School conference is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to learn, network, get inspired and then go back home and strengthen their Safe Routes to School efforts.
– Deb Hubsmith, Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
To register for the conference, please click here.