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, November 23, 2015

Coffeeneuring Challenge 2015!

Coffeeneuring 2015!

As you might expect, I am sitting down with a wonderful cup of coffee to write this up.

Theme within a theme: I rode 3 different bikes for my 7 rides. Not all the bikes that I own, but I didn't have an occasion to ride the mountain bike or my winter bike, and the single speed and the beater/don't- care- if- it-gets- stolen bikes are currently out of commission. So hey, I coulda done 7 different bikes, but I was lazy.

#1 10/3
Rode downtown to see the Tour de Corgi, then rode across town to The Wild Boar Cafe http://www.wildboarcoffee.com/ for a small Americano.

Bike friendliness rating: 5/5
Total Mileage: 6
Bike: 1990 Cannondale Road

#2 10/11
Beautiful day, so Paula and I took a ride downtown to have coffee and a snack at Mugs Coffee Lounge. I had, as usual, a small Americano. http://www.mugscoffeelounge.com/

Bike friendliness rating: 5/5
Total Mileage: 4
Bike: 1990 Cannondale Road

#3 10/17
Brought out the Yuba Mundo cargo bike, “Mr. Big Stuff”, and went for a ride to the county Farmers Market. Great coffee there from a number of vendors, I prefer the Brazilian guy. Bought a cup of Farmers Market blend drip coffee, and also a bag of beans. Yum! http://www.caferichesse.com/

Bike friendliness rating: 5/5
Total Mileage: 5
Bike: Yuba Mundo

#4 10/24
On vacation in California, visiting a friend in Oakland. Took a ride through the city streets to the World Ground Cafe, a really nice shop on McArthur Blvd near 38th Av. Awesome pastries, I had my usual Americano plus a croissant. http://www.worldgroundcafe.com/

Bike friendliness rating: 3/5 (some marked bike lanes on side streets, but McArthur Blvd is awful, and no bike racks at the cafe)
Total Mileage: 6
Bike: 1990 Cannondale Road

#5 10/31
Halloween ride with Mr. Big Stuff. Went to B's Coffee on Prospect, a shop that caters to the commuters who take the Max bus (a dedicated, high speed bus line in Fort Collins). Combined coffeeneuring with errandoneuring because I was taking our down comforter to the laudromat. Americano to go! https://www.facebook.com/Bsfoco/

Bike friendliness rating: 5/5
Total Mileage: 8
Bike: Yuba Mundo

#6 11/8
A fabulous day, Paula and I took a ride along the Spring Creek trail, connected with the Poudre River trail, then headed downtown to The Bean Cycle, my original favorite coffee shop in Fort Colllins. I went for a shot of espresso, and Paula got a fresh juice, some kind of ginger/carrot/beet/kale concoction that was superb. http://www.beancycleroasters.com/

Bike friendliness rating: 5/5
Total Mileage: 12
Bike: 1990 Cannonndale Road

#7 11/15
Another beautiful day in northern Colorado! Took my fav road bike, the Alu-Boo (made by a company here in Fort Collins) for a longish spin north of town, ended up in the lovely village of LaPorte and had lunch at Me Oh My Pie. A fantastic place where you can get pies of any sort made with (mostly) local ingredients. I had yet another Americano, a veggie pot pie, and a cup of some New England Clam Chowdah that was actually pretty good and I think it could pass muster in Maine.  http://www.meohmypie.com/

Bike friendliness rating: 5/5
Total Mileage: 28

Bike: Alu- Boo

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