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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!