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!

Monday, June 4, 2012

No commuting today or tomorrow, lousy weather here in New England in the beginning of June. Ugh!
However, the bad weather broke long enough for a fabulous ride at the Bikes not Bombs Bike-o-Thon on Sunday the 3rd.  Team Worcester Earn-a-Bike (Me, Steph, Rebecca, and Paula) brought all the EAB propaganda and set up a table for the Green Roots Festival, and then all of us except Paula went on the 25 mile ride.
Gray, Steph, and Rebecca ready for the Bike-o-Thon

The Bike-o-Thon is the major fundraiser for Bikes not Bombs, and at the end of the day yesterday they had raised $105,000!  Excellent!  If anyone out there in blog-land wants to contribute to them, you can click here.
The 25 mile ride takes the riders on a beautiful ride through idyllic parks, quiet streets with Victorian era houses, and up through the Blue Hills reservation.  Really nice.  Rode the electric Mundo, of course, and then Steph and I traded at the half-way point.  She is now a Mundo convert!
Steph takes over on the Mundo
After the ride, we hung out at the Earn-a-Bike info table and talked with a lot of very cool people about Earn-a-Bike, bikes, music, and food.  And coffee.  Paula and I took a ride on the Mundo over to the Ula Cafe for coffee and cookies, and that started a stampede of people wanting to try out the Mundo.  Lots of happy people!
Also, I finally got to meet John Partridge, the guy from Ferris Wheels Bike shop who actually built my Mundo for me.  It was great to talk to him and show him the electric kit and 15Ah LiFePO4 battery I installed, and also to check out some of the other Mundo's at the Fest that had come through Ferris Wheels.  John rigged up a nifty brake light for their shop Mundo, a project I'm going to try this summer.  Details when I do it.
Lots of other cool cargo bikes at the Fest, I think Boston is going to be the next Portland (except with better weather???).  Here's some pics:

And finally, here's a picture of the Earn-a-Bike info booth and Paula, who was the set-up person while the rest of us were out riding.
Rebecca and Paula
Earn-a-Bike info table with the Mundo

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