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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 One

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.)

A Child Bike Seat Alternative: Monkey Bars for the Yuba Mundo make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!

Child Bike Seat Alternative: Yuba Mundo with Monkey Bars make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!

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Build Your Own Custom Mundo!

So you want to build up your own Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike?  

Here’s a post to help you cover the basics.  

Sweet Custom Tangerine Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike

Sweet Custom Tangerine Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike. (With Monkey Bars, Bread Basket, Stand Alone, etc.)

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The foundation of your dream ride!

A custom Yuba Mundo is a great way to show off your personal riding style, from the look to the ride.  Here are some basic components to consider when building your Mundo:

Yuba Mundo Frameset 

 - Rear Wheel - The Mundo’s rear drop-outs are 14mm, not 3/8″ (10mm).  So, you’ve got some options here:

  • Purchase a Yuba Mundo Rear cargo bike wheel.  This is the easiest and likely the cheapest way to go unless you already have a rear wheel.
  • Purchase a set of Yuba Axle Adapters.  These fit over the round axle and space a 3/8″ wheel in a Mundo dropout.
  • Find/Build your own wheel based on a BMX-style 14mm axle.  (You’re on your own here.)

    14mm to 10mm Axle Adapters

    14mm to 10mm Axle Adapters

-Yuba Seat post (it’s an unusual size at 31.8mm x 500mm, so its easiest to get it from us)

You can purchase a seatpost from Yuba. Our seatposts are 500mm.  This is needed if you are over 6-feet tall.  Otherwise, you can purchase a 31.8 x 350-400mm from most bike shops.

-Wheelskirts (if you ever are going to have children ride on the back, they’re required.)

We also strongly recommend these accessories:

Utility deck  — You can make your own, but in case you’d rather not…

Stand-Alone Kickstand – Nobody makes a stand like the “Stand-Alone”.  This kickstand ROCKS!

Deflopilator – Keeps the front wheel straight when the bike is on the Stand Alone

And one more thing:
-Mundo Chain (156 links!)

(Of course, there’s always the full line of Add-ons to trick out your new custom Mundo, such as the Bread Basket and the Go-Getter Bag.)

Custom Mundo FAQs

Rear Hub Spacing: 135 mm

Maximum Tire Clearance: 2.15 in (with standard drive train).

 

When you’re done, we’d love to see a picture of your Custom Mundo, either by email, @YubaBicycles on Twitter and Instagram, or Facebook.

Carry Kids by Bike with the NEW Monkey Bars for the Yuba Mundo!

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.

A Child Bike Seat Alternative: Monkey Bars for the Yuba Mundo make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!

Child Bike Seat Alternative: Yuba Mundo with Monkey Bars make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!

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.

‘A Bike That Will Replace Your Family Car.’ GearJunkie Tests Out The Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike

“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.

The GearJunkie Test Riders give smiles of approval!

Bay Middle School Bike-To-School Challenge

Do you sometimes lament that not nearly enough kids ride to school these days?  Damn, that makes me sound old.  Kids nowdays!!…  Well, take heart.  The Bicycle Revolution is coming at us big as the tsumanis and hurricanes!  Kids still love to ride bikes.  And with the energy of bike advocates all across the country raising the call of programs like safe routes to school and other bike-to-school challenges, kids are turning to bikes for their everyday transportation in droves.

Need proof, you say?  Thought you’d never ask.  Be prepared to be inspired by Bay Middle School near Cleveland, Ohio.  Propelled by the school’s Bike-to-School Challenge, 63% of the students of Bay Middle School rode to school this week.  Driven on by advocates like Lawrence Kuh, a fifth grade teacher at Bay Middle school and major advocate for biking, the students of this school pulled 28,641 pounds of carbon emissions out of the atmosphere and saved $3,857 in gasoline costs by having an average of 58% of the students ride to school instead of being taken to school by fossil-fuel vehicles.  Dig the numbers?  How about this: last year, the students tallied up enough bicycling miles to circle the globe 3 times!.  Impressive.

This school blew me away when I went to visit as part of the Yuba Bicycles “Change Your Mobility” Tour during Bike to Work Week.  I had the privilege to introduce their students to “What a Bicycle Can Do”.  I sure hope that Bay Middle School will inspire other schools to support bike to school programs.  Keep it up!

-Steve

Enjoy, Matt!

Matthew, a happy new Mundo owner

I sold my bike today.  Well, it’s wasn’t really my bike.  It belonged to Yuba.  But in my mind, it was my bike.  If you’ve been cruising our web site or seen our ads, chances are you’ve seen this bike.  Funny thing is I didn’t think I was attached to it until I saw it roll away and suddenly it hit me.  Damn.  That baby and I have been through some real adventures together over the last year.  It was my daily commuter to Yuba HQ in Sausalito.  But it was also the Yuba demo bike that went with me to nearly every sales call and new town that Yuba visited over the last year.  Some people put hundreds of miles on their bikes and never leave their community.  My bike and I have covered hundreds of miles through dozens of different towns and cities all over the country.  Each ride was a wonderful adventure of exploration and discovery and really good memories – from Portland to Los Angeles, from Santa Cruz to Madison.

She and I parted ways in Flower Mound, Texas of all places.  That’s near Dallas where the dawn is really starting to break on utility bicycling.  Matthew is her new owner.  He’s from Plano, Texas.  Matthew is committed to reducing his carbon footprint by commuting to work exclusively via Mundo.  Those of you up north know the commitment it is to commute by bike all winter. Down here it’s the summers that’ll get ya.  We’re all behind you, Matt.  He’s also thinking of adding electric drive to make his new Mundo.  I hope we hear more from him on this blog and facebook.  Well, have fun, Matthew.  I wish you both many fun adventures.  Don’t forget to post!

Hmm, there’s still enough daylight left for me to pull a new Mundo out of the box and get her ready for tomorrow’s adventure in…um…Oak Cliff!  Let’s see.  Orange.  How perfect!

-Steve

The Season of “Go-Getter” Giving

The season of giving is here.  Bicyclists feel a strong sense of community and so they are particulary active this time of year — despite the cold.  There are two events in the Bay Area that need your support.  These events support the Marin County Food Bank and The San Francisco Food Bank.  These organizations collect and distribute food to thousands of people throughout the Bay Area who would otherwise go hungry.

In Marin County on November 27th, the Marin County Bicycle coalition will be sponsoring the 2nd annual “Cranksgiving” event in Fairfax, CA.  See the MCBC website for more information.   In San Francisco, there is the The 5th annual Supermarket Street Sweep on Saturday, Dec 4th.   Please come and bring your Mundo or any ride and help those less fortunate this holiday season.

The Total Toddler Toter!

Yuba Bicycles, Makers of the Mundo cargo bike has introduced a complete line of accessories that make the Mundo the cool, fun and practical way to take the little tikes with you on all your errands.  Best of all, the Mundo can be configured as your tiny ones become not so tiny.  Turns out, the ultimate cargo bike is also the fun and practical way to ferry your family!
Treehugger.com recently reviewed the Mundo and proclaimed it a “Fab Kid and Cargo Carrying Bicycle”

The Volvotm of Bicycles

Lovin' The Ride

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

Beauty and the Bike: Filmed with a Mundo

British filmmakers have released a beautiful new film, Beauty and the Bike, about the experiences of British and Dutch women riding bikes and feeling the empowerment and freedom that bicycles bring to all our lives. Yuba Bicycles is proud to announce that a Mundo was used in the filming. You can see a clip of the Mundo being used to carry a photographer, who sits on the back and shoots photos of the beauties as they pedal behind him. We urge all Mundo fans to check out the film. This project shows the ability of the Mundo to get work done. Here’s a short clip of the Mundo used on Beauty and the Bike

If there are other filmmakers out there who have used a Mundo to make a movie, please contact us. Even if you’re not a moviemaker, send us your photos and film clips that show how you’re using your Mundo to accomplish tasks that previously required a car or truck.

Lights, Camera, Action! photo credit Phil Dixon

Lights, Camera, Action! photo credit Phil Dixon