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Old 10-10-13, 05:39 PM   #1
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Yuba El Boda Boda

After test riding locally & going to Portland to check out their offerings, I got an El Boda-Boda!! In a week's time, I've already racked up over 20 miles

I am really happy with the bike , but there are a few things I would like to run by you guys for your opinion.

1. Brakes- I don't know if I need to take them in to get adjusted or ?? (The guys at the shop say to bring it in for a overall check/tune-up after 100 miles). I don't know if it's an adjustment thing or if I need to save to upgrade, but on regular, dry road stopping, the brakes don't feel secure when descending on a hill nor on wet roads when it was raining. They are Promax V. Would disc brakes work for this type of bike and be a good choice or is there one that's comparable to the type that's already on the bike, but with better stopping power?

2. Should I upgrade their tires? Right now, they have Kenda 26" x 1.95" wire bead tires. Is there one that is a good "all-season" tire to swap out for? I ride a lot in the rain (Oregon ), and hope to do some snow commuting again.

3. I'm definitely upgrading their pedals, VP 535 nylon pedals. They are slippery and I don't like how they look. Even though it's not "fashionable," I'm going to go with metal claw ones.

Lastly, is just a general question. Does anyone know how to work the tail lights on the Bionex battery? I couldn't find anything in the manual & nobody's at the shop I can ask right now.

Thanks in advance
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Old 10-10-13, 06:15 PM   #2
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1. I'd email Yuba and see if anyone there has fooled around with discs on the Boda if you want to go that route. Alternately , the Kool Stop brake pads seem to get good reviews. A bunch of them on Amazon or probably at your LBS. They would be cheap to try out before you drop big coin on discs, and I'd probably try better pads before changing the whole brake system out.

2. I'd run what you have for a while, but if you want to change: I have the Michelin Trackers in 26x1.85 on one of my bikes and like them a lot for what you want to do. A good "all season" type tire. The difference from your 1.95 to the 1.85 Tracker tires is negligible.

3. Agreed. I find nylon pedals like that too slippery.


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Old 10-10-13, 08:53 PM   #3
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Putting on a good set of high quality pads makes a world of difference for V-brake style rim brakes. The ones I buy locally (that I can't remember the name of off of the top of my head) are over $20 a set at the LBS and I can always tell they are the right ones by the fact that the actual rubber pad parts are a cartridge unit where once you buy the first set you can just change out the rubber pad and don't have to buy the whole metal shoes again. Look for those type of high quality pads, they are almost as good as mechanical disk brakes.

I personally prefer nice big alloy platform pedals. The last set I bought were "Wellg​o B087" and I picked them up online for $20+S&H and am very happy with them. Anything along those lines though, namely big alloy platform pedals will do the job really well for a utility bike.
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Tires are really important for cargo bikes. Even though they're a little heavier, since your weight distribution is closer to 50/50 on an extended frame, your back tire will get less traction than on a normal bike. I don't have any experience with the Kendas on your Boda Boda, but my go-to recommendation for all-round tires are the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 2.0s. They're not cheap, but very, very worth it and will last you thousands of miles.

For pedals, you could also look into alloy DH or Freeride MTB pedals. The pins they use are just as grippy and far less painful when you scrape your shins on them!
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I really appreciate the input, guys. I will check into the recommendations given.
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Not sure about the Boda Boda, but my Mundo came with anodized rims without a machined braking surface. The braking improves greatly when the anodize wears off, which takes a while because it is very hard stuff.
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After test riding locally & going to Portland to check out their offerings, I got an El Boda-Boda!! In a week's time, I've already racked up over 20 miles

I am really happy with the bike , but there are a few things I would like to run by you guys for your opinion.

1. Brakes- I don't know if I need to take them in to get adjusted or ?? (The guys at the shop say to bring it in for a overall check/tune-up after 100 miles). I don't know if it's an adjustment thing or if I need to save to upgrade, but on regular, dry road stopping, the brakes don't feel secure when descending on a hill nor on wet roads when it was raining. They are Promax V. Would disc brakes work for this type of bike and be a good choice or is there one that's comparable to the type that's already on the bike, but with better stopping power? Your brakes are fine. They are not broken in yet.

2. Should I upgrade their tires? Right now, they have Kenda 26" x 1.95" wire bead tires. Is there one that is a good "all-season" tire to swap out for? I ride a lot in the rain (Oregon ), and hope to do some snow commuting again. Kenda tires are good al'round tires. Try them first.

3. I'm definitely upgrading their pedals, VP 535 nylon pedals. They are slippery and I don't like how they look. Even though it's not "fashionable," I'm going to go with metal claw ones. Good choice!

Lastly, is just a general question. Does anyone know how to work the tail lights on the Bionex battery? I couldn't find anything in the manual & nobody's at the shop I can ask right now.

Thanks in advance
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I'd run it by the shop and check on the brakes. Make sure they actually get on it and check, not just spin a wheel while it's on the stand.
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