Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike

By STEVE HITCHCOCK

The trend toward environmentally-friendly and healthy modes of transportation has been slowly ramping up. And what better a way into this trend than on a bike that can haul it all? The Yuba Mundo, a 21-speed cargo bike, is an odd and bulky beast with two wheels. It is 6 feet 9 inches long. Its stock weight is a staggering 55 pounds!

But all the bulk gets you a bike that can seriously haul. Indeed, its marketed capacity for hauling is 440 pounds. A large cargo support area on back was designed to “carry tools, music instruments, sport equipment, two kids on the back,” and more, according to the company.

It costs $1,099. But the big bike just might replace your reliance on a car — or small truck — for transportation and errands around a town.

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Yuba Mundo Cargo Bike

I received my Mundo via FedEx. I was pleased to find that there was minimal work to assembling the bike. All in all, I simply had to put the seat on, attach the handlebars, pedals, front fender and the rear cargo support. Total time commitment: 45 minutes.

Yuba Bicycles LLC (http://yubaride.com) touts its Mundo as the strongest long wheel-base cargo bike on the market. I have no doubt. But out of the box, my main concern was with the viability of this bike as a daily mode of transport.

After a few pedal strokes, my concern started to melt away. It rode like a Cadillac, including easy maneuverability and — believe it or not — an almost weightless feeling of gliding on something of big mass.

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