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!
Bike Trailer or Kids Bike seat or Cargo Bike? 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!
Recently, many of our customers have been asking how the Peanut Shell compares to other bicycle child seat options, such as the Yepp Maxi.
Upon inspecting both child seat options, it was clear that the designers were focused on the child’s safety. Both seats fit children up to 48 lbs (22kg) and featured a five point harness system to secure the wee one to the bike, as well as foot straps to hold the child’s feet in. In my opinion as a Dad I like that the Peanut Shell is a much safer seat. The following are the reasons why I consider the Peanut Shell a safer and more comfortable seat for the little ones:
• More of a protective shell. Which means more head support when the child falls asleep (the head stays up-right). And very importantly complete shoulder protection. If the bike were to tip over the child is much more protected in the Peanut Shell.
• The cross-bar, kids like holding on to it and it is also an added safety feature.
• More padding in the seat.
• A lower of center of gravity, which means riding the bike is easier and safer.
The manufacturers of both child seats claim they are a breeze to install. Watching the installation videos for each seat, neither seems particularly daunting, but the Yepp install does seem like it would require a bit more dexterity.
Ease of Use
The Yepp Maxi has a neat feature where with the press of a button the seat can be removed, leaving behind the mounting clamp. Apparently it is designed this way to facilitate swapping the seat between bikes. I understand that it can be easy to remove from the structure, but then what can one carry on the metal structure when the seat is removed. Passengers can’t seat on top of the rack nor it is really possible to carry cargo.
The Peanut Shell requires about one minute of time and a 10mm torque wrench to completely remove it from the bike. There is no mounting plate or bracket left behind, meaning the entire utility deck is left clear for other cargo or passengers. It takes only about two minutes to reinstall. With practice and the right tool it is extremely easy.
Peanut Shell Child Seat
Yepp Maxi Child Seat
$180 for seat + $40 for mounting bracket
up to 48 lbs (22kg)
up to 48 lbs (22kg)
5 point harness
5 point harness
~15 min (first install)
In a nutshell
offers more protection to the child.
can fit two seats on a Mundo.
comes in five fun colors.
has modern aesthetics.
can be swapped between two compatible bikes.
looks very utilitarian.
requires tools to remove from bike after initial install.
child rides extremely close to rider.
not as much shoulder and head protection in the event of a fall.
The Mundo Cargo Bike can accommodate one or two Peanut Shell child seats. Depending on the location of the foremost Peanut Shell on the rack, it can sometimes create a little conflict, between the rider’s heel and the Peanut Shell Child Seat. A simple little trick to prevent this, is to zip-tie the corner of the seat to the seat stays. It requires a drill and one zip-tie, a simple 5-minute operation.
The Yuba “Peanut Shell” child seat is made from molded plastic that wraps around your child. Built for children from 19 to 48 pounds, the Peanut Shell is made to fit the Mundo’s substantial rear rack. Loading and unloading your precious cargo is easier because the Mundo’s rack is lower than most bicycle racks.
Grab your Goober and Go Get some Groceries
Peanut shell & Go-Getter
Yuba’s 20 gallon “Go-Getter” panniers have been upgraded with improved straps and safety features. They can carry two full bags of groceries without removing them from the grocery bag. No need to pack items individually into your panniers; just slip the whole grocery bag right in. The Go-Getter is conveniently organized into halves by the included divider. But unlike other bikes, the Mundo allows you to take your child grocery shopping and have plenty of room to carry groceries. That’s because both the go-getter bags and the Peanut Shell can be installed and used at the same time.
Room to Grow on the Mundo
Two Peanut Shells
Only the Mundo offers two child seats that can be installed behind the rider for a safer, more comfortable ride. When one child gets a little older, a seat can be removed and the taller child (over 48”) can ride on the “Soft-Spot” padded seat and feel confident grabbing the “Hold-On” Stoker bars. Their feet rest securely on the Mundo’s “Side Load” bars. Later, when your child wants their own ride, you won’t need to worry about Jr. Birdman getting tired riding their own bike because when they do you can easily strap their bike to the Mundo with the Yuba Cargo Straps and let the little guy ride behind you.
Yuba Bicycles’ expanding line of accessories continue to make the Yuba Mundo the ultimate fun machine for carrying friends, kids, groceries or anything! The Mundo is the “true” green bicycle because it can be used for real-life tasks that would normally require a car to accomplish. Have fun while doing everyday errands and expand your utility, community, mobility!
Designed for environmentally conscious individuals who want to lower their auto expenses, shrink their carbon footprint, have fun and get healthy, the Yuba Mundo allows bicyclists to accomplish tasks that previously required a car or truck. Shop for groceries, pedal your children to school, carry a surfboard to the beach, haul tools to the job site or take a picnic to the beach. Like a minivan or pickup truck on two wheels, the Mundo makes errands fun—minus the pollution and high cost.
The Yuba Mundo: “Challenging the perception of What a Bicycle Can Do”