[caption id="attachment_74524" align="alignright" width="315"] Yuba Bicycles can be outfitted to carry two or three children in securely mounted seats with wheel guards to protect little feet.[/caption]
PETALUMA -- Yuba Bicycles LLC, maker of the Mundo and Boda Boda families of cargo bikes, has moved its headquarters to 409 Petaluma Blvd. S. with 5,000 square feet of space -- more than five times the capacity of its previous location in Sausalito.
“We chose Petaluma because it is a bike-friendly and very livable community where we could expand our business in an affordable manner,” said company owner Benjamin Sarrazin.
“Petaluma is a great place for our five employees to live and work without long commutes. We want to help make bicycling even more popular and practical than it is today.”
[caption id="attachment_74525" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ben Sarrazin, Owner and founder of Yuba Bicycles LLC, on an elMundo BionX cargo bike with an electric assist motor and battery pack.[/caption]
Mr. Sarrazin is an adventurer and a world traveler who grew up in bike-friendly Strasbourg, France, before coming to the U.S. He founded the company in 2006.
His mission is to provide parents and family members (ages 25 to 55) with bikes that can replace cars for doing errands, bringing kids to school, transporting a ladder or when taking a kayak, surfboard, paddle board or inflatable raft to the beach.
“We’re witnessing a two-wheel revolution. It’s a new phenomenon. We want consumers to envision how cargo bikes fit their active lifestyle and realize that they don’t need a car for short trips.”
He said craftsman, such as carpenters and plumbers, are putting their shops on our bikes and carrying the tools and supplies they need to and from a worksite.
Yuba Bicycles (yubabikes.com), named for the Yuba River where Mr. Sarrazin enjoys kayaking, recently launched several new bike models.
The new elMundo and elBoda Boda models are equipped with BionX electric pedal-assist motors made in Canada as options for customers who want extra power for longer trips, or when carrying bigger loads.
[caption id="attachment_74526" align="alignright" width="300"] Ben Sarrazin, owner and founder of Yuba Bicycles LLC, is shown on a cargo bike equipped to transport a paddle board.[/caption]
The BionX regenerative breaking system (which charges the battery when brakes are applied) makes it possible to go up to 37 miles (60 kilometers) per charge with a top-speed of 20 miles per hour (32 kilometers per hour).
The firm’s Boda Boda model takes its name from the Boda-Boda taxis that are part of the East African bicycle culture.
Reported to be the world’s lightest and most compact cargo bike, the Boda Boda weighs in at 35 pounds, yet is capable of carrying up to a week’s worth of groceries in a single trip.
The elBoda Bionx has eight speeds and can generate up to 355 watts of power. The Boda Lux, built to European specifications, includes fenders, dynamo lights and Big Ben tires.
The Mundo v4 is the 21-speed bike that started it all. Mr. Sarrazin was a co-designer of this bike as well as other models currently available.
The elMundo BionX, with 21 speeds and 455 watts of power, has enough “umph to get you there,” according to Mr. Sarrazin. The Mundo NuVinci Lux comes with the NuVinci 360 internal hub, dynamo lights and was also built to European specifications.