The Yuba Mundo Gets a Flat – But it Fits on a Car Carrier!

Feed Restaurant Chicago

Feed Restaurant Chicago

We are so loving the Yuba Mundo! We had Little Ding with us on a recent weekend, and we headed out for a day full of activities. In the morning we rode west to have breakfast at Feed Restaurant over near the intersection of Chicago and California.  It’s a fun an funky place that whips up a mean breakfast and brunch.

Once we were full of ‘feed’ we loaded up our bikes and headed north to Jefferson Park for an afternoon concert.

Mr Ding Loads up the Yuba Mundo

Mr Ding Loads up the Yuba Mundo

We rode north on California until we hit Milwaukee Avenue and then we continued northwest towards the Jefferson Park neighborhood. We rode through a lot of great Chicago neighborhoods and saw a few interesting buildings like this one at Pulaski and Milwaukee.  Anyone know the history behind this building?
Milwaukee & Pulaski in Chicago

Eventually we made it up to Jefferson Park to hear a friend of ours perform as part of the Chicago City Wide Symphony Orchestra – an all-volunteer community orchestra. They hold their concerts in the 2nd floor of the Jefferson Park Fieldhouse – another Chicago Park District gem built in 1930.

Inside the Jefferson Park Fieldhouse

After the concert we stayed in the park for a while and let the kids run around, and then we loaded up the Yuba with Little Ding and a friend for the short ride to another family’s house.  Then we headed back to Milwaukee Avenue to make the journey back home. We rode along, enjoying the sunny Sunday afternoon until we noticed that the front tire on the Yuba Mundo was going flat. We stopped and tried to pump it up, but it would not hold any air. It was very, very flat. We were still a good five miles from home – near Shurz High School – so I decided to ride on back home and get the car. We weren’t sure we could get the Yuba Mundo in or on the car, but we thought we would give it a try. So off I went.

Schurz High School

Schurz High School

In the meantime the guys did try to patch the tire, but that didn’t work either.  Oma and I made it home, and after putting her away,  I got in the car and headed back out to pick up my guys. Andrew assembled the hitch bike rack , and we put the stabilizer bar that we use for Oma on the Yuba Mundo and lifted that behemoth onto the bike rack. Voila!  It fit. You might want to be a little careful if you have to drive down Lake Street with it though.

The Yuba Mundo on a car bike rack

We found  a lovely finishing nail in the inner tube so we headed to the bike shop during the week to get a new tube. All worked out well though as the running boards were back in stock at the bike shop. So we took the Yuba in to get a a new tube, and we switched out the tires as well.  We had a set of Kevlar-lined Armadillo tires on Mr. Ding’s cruiser bike that he’s not riding much now, so we swapped those for the tires on the Yuba Mundo – it can probably put them to better use. We’re back in business again – more pictures of the running boards and our solution for towing an extra bike coming up!

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