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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.

Monkey Bars for the Yuba Mundo make it safe and fun to carry kids by bike!

Monkey Bars for the Yuba Mundo are a safe and fun way to carry multiple 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!

Which is the best child seat for me?

Recently, many of our customers have been asking how the Peanut Shell compares to other bicycle child seat options, such as the Yepp Maxi.

 

Safety
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.

Installation
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.

Quick comparison

Peanut Shell Child Seat Yepp Maxi Child Seat
Price $169 $180 for seat + $40 for mounting bracket
Capacity up to 48 lbs (22kg) up to 48 lbs (22kg)
Colors 1 5
Straps 5 point harness 5 point harness
Install time ~15 min (first install) ~20 min
Requires bracket? No Yes
In a nutshell
Advantages
  • offers more protection to the child.
  • less expensive.
  • can fit two seats on a Mundo.
  • removes cleanly.
  • comes in five fun colors.
  • has modern aesthetics.
  • can be swapped between two compatible bikes.
Disadvantages
  • 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.
  • high-priced.

Yuba Rolls in Yosemite

Travis N. recently sent in this video of his family vacation in Yosemite this fall. He found the Mundo v4 to be the perfect way to get around with kids on the valley floor.

Dear Yuba,
Our adventures with our Yuba Mundo begin in Yosemite in October. But first, I need to go back a few months. In August, our family moved to a new city where we hope to be able to walk and bike to more of our daily activities. For many months, I had been looking at options for transporting 2 kids plus gear by bike (our kids are 6 and 4.5). I decided upon a Yuba Mundo, and I was planning a custom build. But, as the dust settled from our move, and with a trip to Yosemite planned for October, I ran out of time to order parts and assemble a custom bike. I decided it was best to have a bike to bring to Yosemite, and I picked up a stock Yuba Mundo v4 from iCargoBike a week before we left.

I am so glad that I did! Our Yuba Mundo, and bikes in general, proved to be a wonderful way to experience Yosemite Valley. Riding on the bike trails was breathtaking, with beautiful tree canopies and majestic granite walls surrounding us. The convenience of riding a bike to trail heads that had remote or no parking was great. Likewise for the general store in Yosemite Village. We carried sweaters, water, and snacks in a reusable shopping bag attached to the bike. We also managed to carry 2 boxes of firewood back from the market. The best part was we were smiling the entire time.

Thanks,
Travis N.

Cranksgiving Marin – Help the Marin County Food Bank

My favorite part of bicycling is that it makes me feel connected to the community.  When you ride a bike, you don’t ride through a community, you ride in it.  You feel this ethos when you are with other cyclists. It’s a community.  So as thanksgiving approaches, it only makes sense that cyclists would reach out to do something for the community around them.  Yuba Bicycles is proud to be sponsoring this event to benefit the community food bank this year.  Please join us.

Cranksgiving is a charitable event that happens every year all across America.  It has become a new tradition that cyclists can be proud of.  Cranksgiving Marin is our local cycling community coming together to help the less fortunate by collecting food for the Marin County Food Bank.   It’s a fun way to use our bicycles for a great cause.  We’ll ride to different grocery stores to collect all the food on our shopping list on a scenic tour through six marin county communities.

Riders will receive a “manifest” before the ride that they will use as a shopping list to purchase items from various grocery stores along the route.  Bagging rights go to the rider or team that completes first and the rider/team that collects the most.  In the end, the community wins.   All food is donated to the Marin county Food Bank who efficiently redistributes food to those in need.

The event is free, but you need to bring enough money to purchase the items on the manifest.  We recommend asking people you know to help by donating to your cause.  Remember to bring your biggest panniers and strongest bike if you plan to collect a lot of food.  And don’t forget your lock, too.

Celebrate with us at the After-Party hosted by Rock The Bike at the Marin County Brewing company starting at 5:00 when the winners of each category will be announced.   Any donation for the music at the after party will be gladly accepted.

 

Using the Cycle Analyst with the elMundo Cargo Bike

Cycle Analyst info

Voltage, Power, Speed - Screen 1

The Cycle Analyst (made by Grin Technology in Canada) is the unit that can be seen on the handle bar of the elMundo Electric Cargo Bike. The Cycle Analyst is the bicycle onboard computer; it is connected to the battery, the controller and the odometer. With the Cycle Analyst the e-bike rider can then have a sense for:
the speed in km/h or miles/ hour.
• the power used by the e-bike in Watts.
• the electric potential in Volt.
• the current in Ampere.
• the electric charge in Amp/hour.

Prior to using the Cycle Analyst and in order to really take full advantage of it,  it is essential to learn:
º to read the screen and the data provided.
º to reset the unit after having charged the battery.
º to parameter the CA properly, this includes (wheel size, shunt resistance, unit…).

The complete Cycle Analyst manual can be downloaded here.

A) How to parameter the CA?

Setting up the Cycle Analyst

Hold-on left button to set-up

The first thing to do when receiving/ installing the Cycle Analyst is to set it up properly. If this is not done prior to riding the bike, all data read on the Cycle Analyst unit might be wrong.

Step 1: Hold the left button for 2 seconds and then toggle on the right button to the various screen.

Step 2: Set the essential parameters:
• wheelsize (2065mm for the elMundo)
• unit (km/h or m/h)
• RShunt (specific to each controller)
• number of poles (see manual for details -> should be 1)

Wheelsize set-up

selecting proper wheelsize

Cycle Analyst selcting RShunt

RS Shunt setting

B) What’s on the screen and what it means?

The Cycle Analyst shows multiple screens:
# 1 the V,W,A,Ah screen.
# 2 the V,W,A, Km/h screen.
# 3 the Total W/hrs used by the bike over time.
# 4 min, max Amp screen
# 5 the screen resuming the # of cycles

The screen 1& 2 are the most important one. You will see Voltage (V),  the Power(W), Current (A) used and most importantly the consumption of current per hour (Ah). This last indication is critical since it displays how much current is left in the battery. In the picture on the left it reads 2.814Ah, assuming that the elMundo Electric Cargo Bike is using a 37V 10Ah battery, it means that there’s 7.186 Amp to be drawn from the battery. In other words when the reading gets close to 8.5 A/h, you will be running out of battery soon! So charge it! But every time your recharged the battery (fully) you need to reset the cycle analyst to 0! In order to this hold the right button for 1 second.

* if you had a 14Ah battery, the battery would run out close to 13-14Ah

Cycle Analyst

Voltage, Power, Current - Screen 1

Cycle Analyst info

Voltage, Power, Current

Cycle Analyst

Total Watt/ hrs used - Screen 3

Screen 4

Amp min- max and voltage - screen 4

Screen 5 Cycle Analyst

Number of cycles- screen 5

For more information contact us

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

Peanut Shells and pedal strokes, trick

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.

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

Child Seats and Mundo versions

One Happy kid on the Mundo

One Happy kid on the Mundo

The Yuba Mundo Utility Bike is a practical and comfortable solution for carrying kids. For kids from 1 to 4 years of age (up to 22kg or 48lbs), we recommend strongly the use of a Child Carrier. The model of choice recommended by Yuba is the Peanut Shell, it is:

• comfortable
• provides great lateral and head protection
• easy to install
• solid and safe attachment system to the Mundo platform
• 2 seats can be attached to the Mundo platform
• CPSC and TÜV certified

The Peanut Shell is compatible with the Mundo V3.0 (21 speed or frame sets, blue, tangerine, black bikes) and with Mundo V2.0 (6 speed, 18 speed, green, orange). The width of the Mundo rear rack on those two versions is 18.1cm.

The version Mundo (single speed, 6 speed, upgrade 18speed kit, dark blue and red) are NOT compatible with the Peanut Shell, the rack is 22.5cm wide. If interested in carrying your little one on a V1.0 Mundo, we recommend the Bobike Child seat. The seat with a little tweaking can be installed, however it can’t be easily removed. Be aware that the Bobike doesn’t offer the same level of comfort and protection as the Peanut Shell does.

How to know if your Mundo is compatible with the Peanut Shell?
-> Measure the width of the rack if +/- 18.1 cm, then yes.

Next posts:
Go-Getters and Peanut Shell(s)
2 Peanut Shell seats and the regular panniers with the new “Open Bar”
Peanut Shell and Passenger kit (Soft Spot, Hold-On, Running Boards, and Wheel Cover)

More questions email: info@yubabikes.com