We are now proud owners of a Yuba Mundo cargo bike!
Things happened rather quickly after we test rode Ryan & Daniela’s Yuba (the only other one in Adelaide). We both liked the way it handled, even better than we had expected, so we decided to go ahead and get one.
Yubas are only available in three colours: black, light blue and orange. Black was out (not visible enough on the road), blue was also out (“too male”), so orange it had to be. The Australian dealer was out of stock of new orange Yubas, and it would be another 4 weeks before new stock arrived.
But he did have one orange ex-demo Yuba, fitted with an electric assist kit. We had planned to perhaps get an electric assist kit at some stage in the future, and were leaning towards a Stokemonkey type of kit, but the Stokemonkey is currently unavailable. The simplicity, cost and relative light weight of the Solarbike kit made sense to us, so we took a gamble and ordered it.
The electric assist kit consists of a 200W hub motor in the front wheel, a 9Ah LiFePO4 battery, a controller and a thumb throttle. Very simple. It’s not as sophisticated as the BionX kit on Nadja’s bike, but I think that the simplicity will be its virtue. It does seem to provide a decent amount of power, it’s easy to use and recharge, and it should have a range of 30-40km, which is ample for most of our cargo bike riding.
We’re now two months into our car diet, and we’ve spent $117.40 on fuel. If you’ll recall, we want to cap our fuel cost to $500 for the year, so we’re currently a little over budget (we’d spend $700 at current rates). So we need to tighten our belts a bit.
Luckily we have another string in our cycling bow, which should help us to avoid a decent chunk of driving.