Meet the Bike Friday Haul-a-Day Cargo Bike

Bike Friday Haul-a-Day

KayCee and her new Bike Friday Haul-a-Day cargo bike.

Our friend KayCee recently switched from a Yuba Mundo cargo bike to a Bike Friday Haul-a-Day cargo bike. You might know KayCee from her blog Chicago Bike Mom, or you might recognize her  from a Chicago Kidical Mass bike ride . I think that’s probably how I first met KayCee as I always notice other families withYuba Mundo cargo bikes like ours,  as opportunities to talk about tips, tricks, and latest upgrades and such.

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KayCee and kids riding their old Yuba Mundo cargo bike at a Roscoe Village Kidical Mass bike last year.

They really loved their orange cargo bike, but it was a cumbersome bike for someone who  lives in a high-rise condo building in the city.  It just barely fit in their elevator – and that was without a front basket – and it’s not exactly a light-weight bike.  She started looking around at other cargo bike options, and learned about the Haul-a-Day cargo bike from Bike Friday.  While Bike Friday is known for their folding travel bikes, this cargo bike isn’t a folding bike, but it is lightweight and very agile for a cargo bike. The frame is adjustable to fit riders from 4ft to 6’4 ft tall, and with the 20-inch wheels, it has a very low step-over height – something we find challenging with the Yuba Mudo sometimes.  While each bike is basically a custom build for the owner, the bikes are built with standard bike components, so they can be serviced by a local bike shop.

We met up with KayCee over the holidays, not too long after she got her new bike,  for a little show-and-tell.

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You can get an idea of the difference in size between this bike and our Yuba Mundo in the background.

She said it was definitely a good decision.  The bike handles well under load – meaning with her two kids on the back, and she can still haul them and all the gear they need for their bike adventures around the city. The Haul-a-Day is available with all the cargo bike components you could want like double-kickstand, cargo bags, and fenders.  And there’s also three sizes of the Whoopee bars for passengers, adding to the cargo bike lexicon for those side-rail/handlebar thingys known as Hoopties on Xtracycles and Monkey Bars on Yuba cargo bikes.

A two-leg kickstand which comes standard on all Haul-a-Days.

A two-leg kickstand which comes standard on all Haul-a-Days.

Haul-a-day cargo bags.

Haul-a-Day cargo bags.

You have the option of 8 or 24 speeds for your Haul-a-Day and you can order one with disc brakes too if you prefer.

A look at the 20-inch front wheel, fenders, and brakes.

A look at the 20-inch front wheel, fenders, and brakes.

The top tube is what makes the Haul-a-Day cargo bike so adjustable – it can slide and adjust in 4cm increments from 48cm (roughly 19 inches) to 60cm (almost 24 inches), with a rider weight limit on the saddle of 220 pounds.  At the full 60cm setting, it’s 75 inches end-to-end, with a 53-inch wheel base, and weighs about 35 pounds.

The Haul-a-Day main frame adjusts by loosening two pinch bolts, then pushing in the spring loaded button and locking the frame in to the size desired. Simple and quick. ( from bikefriday.com)

the adjustable top tube on a Bike Friday Haul-a-Day cargo bike.

The adjustable top tube on a Bike Friday Haul-a-Day cargo bike.

If you want to read more about KayCee’s everyday biking with her Haul-a-day , check out this post on her blog covering her assembly of the bike and the first few excursions.  Even better for a city-biking family, read this post where she recounts a successful bike outing that included loading the bike and kids on the El.

Thanks for taking time out to show off your new bike KayCee!

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(photo courtesy Chicagobikemom.com)

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  • Jeff Strehl-Roberts

    Hello all,

    My name is Jeff Strehl-Roberts and I am the bike consultant that helped Kaycee with her Haul-A-Day. Please feel free to ask any questions you have and I will happily provide the answers. My email and our phone number is provided below :).

    Have a great day!

    Jeff
    email: jeffsr@bikefriday.com
    phone: 1-800-777-0258, ask for Jeff