What is the Mundo?

I am the very happy owner of a Yuba Mundo Cargo bike, a purpose-built, long-tail, heavy-duty bike that is built to be a serious replacement for a carbon-emitting vehicle. I'm learning more every day what a bike can do, and I'm becoming convinced that a cargo bike with an electric assist is a truly fantastic machine!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mundo Mobile Earn-a-Bike!

Today was the first trial run of something I've wanted to do for a long time.  A couple of years ago my friend Josh was living in Boston and volunteered with the Boston Cyclists Union to run a portable bike repair setup at Boston area farmers markets.  He had a trailer with tools and a workstand, and he would go to 2 or 3 different farmers markets during the week and repair bikes while people shopped.  I thought it was a great idea, but didn't have time to try it here in Worcester until this summer.  So today was the first day of the Regional Environmental Council Farmers Market, and Earn-a-Bike was there with the Mundo!  I packed the go-getter bag with spare parts, tubes, flyers, and lubes and cleaners, I strapped a tool box to the rack, and hooked up a trailer to carry the tent, workstand, pump, and a couple of bikes to promote our $5 Kids Bike Sale.  Here's the Mundo loaded up to go:
Ready to roll with everything for a mobile bike repair setup.

The Worcester Regional Environmental Council is an amazing organization, if you don't know them you should check out their website.  The farmers markets are part of their food justice initiative, and includes community gardens, school gardens, "cooking matters", and the incredible YouthGrow Farm, where neighborhood kids learn to be farmers while earning money.  Earn-a-Bike is very excited to be part of the farmers market and bring mobile bike repair back to the heart of Main South Worcester every Saturday (except July 7).
Here's some more pictures of our setup at the farmers market and other vendors:

All this stuff fit on the Mundo and the trailer

Nuestro Huerto Community Farm with one of their bike/trailer setups.

A locally made bike trailer by Scott

Kids adding percussion to the performance by Big Jon Short, Bluesman extraordinaire.

Farmers markets tend to bring out the bikes.

Some of the people from the REC YouthGrow Farm selling their bomb hot sauce.

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