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Hauling a Couch and Loveseat to the DumpThe electric assist on Mark Stosberg's Yuba Mundo made short work of this heavy load.
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Electric Cargo Bike CampingThis photo was taken while cargo-bike camping. My wife used this electric-assist cargo bike to carry our 2 year old, a 16 year old, and 60 pounds of camping gear.
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A Large Load of E-waste by E-bikeBetween 600 and 800 lbs of e-waste. It turned out that the electric assist made short work of hauling this load, including being able to climb a hill at 16 mph. I likely could have safely reduced the number of trips by using a longer trailer set-up. No sweating or grunting required.
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Three Large Potted Raspberry PlantsI unexpectedly found 3 potted black raspberry plants that needed to be moved from a home we rent. I was able to strap them all on to the Yuba Mundo and bring them home.
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A Load of Osage OrangeA friend offered me some wood, but I didn't realize how much he had. Luckily I was able to strap it all to the Yuba Mundo.
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Hauling a Couch and Loveseat to the DumpBike: Yuba Mundo with electric assist Trailer: Bikes-at-Work trailer with a custom hitch for the Mundo Distance: About 5 miles Avg speed: About 12 mph Total weight of bike+rider+trailer+cargo: 560 lbs. Estimated cargo weight: About 220 lbs.
While running a routine errand Mark Stosberg came to a realization. "It all started with this vague sense that I shouldn’t be wearing my car to the grocery [store]," he recalls.
"It was close enough to walk, and I was often buying less than my backpack would carry. Not being able to think of alternatives at the time, I wore my car. My 2,000 pound car. It kept me dry and protected me from extreme temperatures while I was outside, but most of the gas going into the car was being used to move the weight of the car itself around, not me."
In the years that have passed since making this realization, Stosberg has given up his car and replaced it with a smaller, yet still powerful, vehicle, the cargo bike. Today, his family of 4 live car-light, using cargo bikes for year-round commuting, touring and general day-to-day life.
We asked Stosberg to share some of his heaviest hauls with us. Check out the slideshow here.
Currently living in Richmond, Indiana, Mark Stosberg runs, with two other bloggers, a website focused on families, cargo bikes, complete streets and more called Bikes as Transportation.