Tonight we rode to a restaurant on our electric cargo bike that we
it to in over two years of owning the box bike.
In just our first few days of owning and riding our Yuba Mundo, it is
replacing trips that we used to take to by car, despite having other bikes to
ride. My wife has quickly adopted it as "her new bike".
Two things make a big difference: first, even with the extra weight of
electrical system ( 20 pounds? ), the bike is still lighter and faster than the
box bike, even while the assist is turned off. Second-- and this is the
clincher-- the electric assist makes a big difference, both mentally and
Tonight my wife mostly pedaled unassisted for the exercise, and used
assist to soften some less pleasant spots of the trip: helping to climb some
hills, and accelerating quickly to get through spots with heavy traffic.
For myself, I found that I needed to quickly check-in on a project at
multiple times during the week, requiring a 6 mile round trip for a short
visit. With electric assist heavily engaged, I was able to average nearly 18
mph for the trip while carrying a child, allowing me to travel each way in
under 15 minutes. I didn't have time in my schedule for a trip that took twice
as long, so I would have needed to take the car myself, or skipped the trip.
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