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Seriously considering a Yuba Mundo

Old 03-03-16, 08:38 PM
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Seriously considering a Yuba Mundo

Looking to get a more stable platform for carrying my toddler and her bike to the bike path/beach/etc, with room to expand if the family does. My current cruiser/Ibert setup will be outgrown this year.

I may have to order online or through REI, but I hate to do so sight unseen. Anyone have one near RI I can see in person? I'm not sure what the traditional Bikeforums compensation is for a favor; I was thinking a 6 pack of tasty IPA?

Also, does the 7 speed still have cable stops for the front deraileur? I would like to be able to upgrade if I ever move somewhere with hills!

I have read that the spokes are prone to rusting, especially near the ocean. Anything I can do about that?

Thanks for your help!

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Old 03-04-16, 05:52 AM
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In my research, I have seen a bunch of reviews. Some of them are reviews of used Yuba's. In at least one case, maybe two, the wheels were out of true and the head set was shot. I'm thinking it's worth having a bike shop true and tension the wheels right away. The headset will have to be replaced once it wears out.

Is the high tensile steel really as terrible as some seem to think? I see that there is a new Cro-mo version, but it's a bit out of my price range. Most discussions of hi ten vs cro mo seem to be on BMX forums.. Not sure this really applies to utility bikes.
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Old 03-04-16, 09:24 AM
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I have a Mundo V3. It works pretty well for hauling stuff, but is pretty heavy, in large part due to the high tensile steel frame. Chromoly will be significantly lighter, though a bike that size with that much weight capacity is never going to be light. It'll do fine on roads, paths, and trails, but I suspect it will be prone to sinking into the sand.
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I don't plan on riding too far in the sand, although I do try to get as far as possible before I push it the remaining 20 feet or so to a parking space I can see from the water. My current ride is a 3 speed Electra Rat Rod (beach cruiser) with heavy duty rack, lights, ibert seat, bag full of water bottles/tools. I'm thinking all of that is probably pushing 60 lbs, right where the Yuba starts.

One concern for me is the rear wheel. Is it possible to treat the spokes with something to keep them from rusting? You're in Rochester, so the bike may see salt from the roads.. How is it holding up in that department? I plan to eventually update the front wheel to a quality dynamo light, so less worried about that.
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I suspect like most of the Bike Biz, now the spokes are stainless steel .

Do You Wash Off salt from the street from the bike with fresh water ? or at least You should..
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If it's cold enough to be salty on the streets, I'm usually not going to be out with the kiddo in the rain. We are not yet that hard core. But if we do, I'll plan to rinse off the bike afterwards. It's quite possible that having a 'minivan of bicycles' will cause us to get out a lot more!
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Originally Posted by Viggen Ed View Post
One concern for me is the rear wheel. Is it possible to treat the spokes with something to keep them from rusting? You're in Rochester, so the bike may see salt from the roads.. How is it holding up in that department? I plan to eventually update the front wheel to a quality dynamo light, so less worried about that.
I haven't had any particular problems with rusting. Or, rather, no more than my other bikes: Long-term exposure to salt can corrode even stainless steel. The nipples on the spokes of my Dr. Dew have corroded enough that if my wheels get too far out of true I'll have to rebuild or replace them.
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