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I am in the market for a cargo bike.  For one reason, I am interested in transporting my daughter (age 7) on my bike.  From my research, I really like the Xtracycle Hooptie attachment for safely transporting children.

My problem, I do not like the Xtracycle Freeradical attachment.  I really like the Yuba Mundo cargo bike and I would like to attach something like the Xtracycle Hooptie product to a Yuba.

Has anyone done this or know of any other cargo bike owners who attached a Hooptie to a Mundo?

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Why not just buy the Xtracycle Radish or Edge runner and skip having to install a Freeradical?

If you're already planing on buying a cargo bike why not just get one of the ones that the Hooptie is made to fit?

We just made a hooptie knockoff for our Yuba. My 2 year old and 6 year old ride in it. Our primary reason for attaching this was because we neede the ability to tow my daughters bike and all baby seats we looked at for my son impeded the attachment of the bike. So far, it's been good. Let me know if you'd like to check it out.

As a side question, why not just use stoker bars for your daughter? Mine had no issues riding with just those but we needed to upgrade for the 2 year old. If you don't like the standard stoker that Yuba sells, there several other recommendations on Yuba blogs for ape hanger bars which swing back a bit further. The standard stokers wrapped around my daughter a decent amount - enough that a second child could also easily hold on to them.

The Yuba is a great bike and has all the extras that the xtracycle does as far as cargo carrying ability. Also, I personally don't find it difficult to pickup and move around and am not a particularly tall woman.

I'm not David, but it I imagine that his interest in the Freeradical might have to do with the fact that the Radish is an order of magnitude more expensive than the Freeradical?

notoriousDUG said:

Why not just buy the Xtracycle Radish or Edge runner and skip having to install a Freeradical?

Anika, I would love to check it out.  Can you post some pictures of the attachment?  And, also what was the time investment and cost of this attachment?

 

Because I plan to ride in street bike lanes with traffic, I want something more than just the stoker bar.  In addition, I may commute my daughter around with a friend or one of her cousins, so the hooptie is the perfect type attachment for me. 

 

Looking forward to your response.

Anika said:

We just made a hooptie knockoff for our Yuba. My 2 year old and 6 year old ride in it. Our primary reason for attaching this was because we neede the ability to tow my daughters bike and all baby seats we looked at for my son impeded the attachment of the bike. So far, it's been good. Let me know if you'd like to check it out.

As a side question, why not just use stoker bars for your daughter? Mine had no issues riding with just those but we needed to upgrade for the 2 year old. If you don't like the standard stoker that Yuba sells, there several other recommendations on Yuba blogs for ape hanger bars which swing back a bit further. The standard stokers wrapped around my daughter a decent amount - enough that a second child could also easily hold on to them.

The Yuba is a great bike and has all the extras that the xtracycle does as far as cargo carrying ability. Also, I personally don't find it difficult to pickup and move around and am not a particularly tall woman.

I have ridden the Radish and I did not like the ride or quality of that bike.  Plus, it is a girl's bike and I am a guy.  As for the Edge Runner, I feel that is greatly overpriced -- Mundo is $1,200 while an Edge Runner is $2,000. 

 

Xtracycles products are really nice but overpriced in my opinion and I think this is simplely due old fashion supply and demand.  No one makes anything compariable and they know they have the longtail conversion market well in hand. 

 

Ok, enough on my rant about Xtracycle...that's why I am hooked on the Yuba Mundo.


notoriousDUG said:

Why not just buy the Xtracycle Radish or Edge runner and skip having to install a Freeradical?

If you're already planing on buying a cargo bike why not just get one of the ones that the Hooptie is made to fit?

I want to say that we put in possibly 4 hours or so putting things together since figuring out an attachment system was a bit difficult. It has sustained one fall on ice (with both kids in it) and held up nicely.

We haven't personally taken pictures yet but there were a few posted on last months Logan square Kidical mass ride on FB. There was an actual xtracycle hooptie there as well which i will admit looks cleaner than what we did. But if it works...
I'll get a few a see about posting them when I get a chance.


Also, we have plans to be at the bike swap on Saturday with both of our cargos. If you are also planning on going, you can check it out in person. It is a hard to miss bike.

Good points on the trouble of conversion and all of the other Xtracycle accessories.  I agree, but I am not yet ready to fully commit to an Xtracycle freeradical or Edgerunner. 

#HeartSetOnAYuba

kiltedcelt said:

Also, if you've looked at the Radish and the Edgerunner and you're still stuck on the Yuba Mundo, then I suppose you could figure out a way to attach tubes to the underside of the cargo, that would accept the hooptie. Most Xtracycle accessories utilize 22.2mm tubing, so you'll probably have to do some lengthy looking to find tubing with an inner diameter that will accept 22.2mm outer diameter tubing. Frankly, for all the trouble you'd go to in order to rig a hooptie to a Yuba, I'd just rather have a Radish or Edgerunner and the advantages of all the extra accessories.

I will be at the bike swap on Saturday with my daughter.  So, I would love to connect and see your hooptie like creation. 

Anika said:

I want to say that we put in possibly 4 hours or so putting things together since figuring out an attachment system was a bit difficult. It has sustained one fall on ice (with both kids in it) and held up nicely.

We haven't personally taken pictures yet but there were a few posted on last months Logan square Kidical mass ride on FB. There was an actual xtracycle hooptie there as well which i will admit looks cleaner than what we did. But if it works...
I'll get a few a see about posting them when I get a chance.


Also, we have plans to be at the bike swap on Saturday with both of our cargos. If you are also planning on going, you can check it out in person. It is a hard to miss bike.

Come to the Cargo Bike Roll Call Rodeo at the Chicago Bike Swap on Saturday, March 9, from 10 AM to 2 PM, at UIC's Physical Education Building, 901 W Roosevelt. 

There will be a Yuba Mundo to ride, as well as like 6 other cargo bicycles. 

http://www.chicagocargo.org/2013/next-cargo-bike-roll-call-will-be-...

http://chicagobikeswap.org

Thanks Steven.  I think we may have met before back at the cargo bike evaluation event (November 2012) in Bridgeport.  Thanks for sharing the info.  I will be there on Saturday.


Steven Vance said:

Come to the Cargo Bike Roll Call Rodeo at the Chicago Bike Swap on Saturday, March 9, from 10 AM to 2 PM, at UIC's Physical Education Building, 901 W Roosevelt. 

There will be a Yuba Mundo to ride, as well as like 6 other cargo bicycles. 

http://www.chicagocargo.org/2013/next-cargo-bike-roll-call-will-be-...

http://chicagobikeswap.org

I've never seen a hooptie until mentioned in this posting. Kind of interesting. I own a Yuba Mundo (as Steve knows) and I ride with modified stoker handlebars for my oldest daughter (6yo) while my youngest (3yo) rides in a Yepp Maxi seat.  It works great for us. Our 3yo is on the small side, so she will prob stay in the Yepp until she's 4 or older. But I'd feel safe with a 36-40 lb kid on the stoker bars.  We ride in the city all the time.  That said, as much as I love the Yuba, I've been wanting to try a Freeradish because they are supposed to be lighter.  The Yuba is awesome for HAULING (I've ridden with 300lbs of gravel on the side wings in rubbermaid containers) and great for both kids plus groceries, but it is a roughly 60lb beast.  On the plus side to the Yuba's heaviness and girth (it is a wide bike with the wings): cars give me a wide berth which makes me feel safer with the kids.  

Here are a few pictures from todays school pickup.  You can see both the tow tray and the knockoff hooptie in action.  And before anyone asks, there is a cover over the hooptie since my 2yo would refuse to go anywhere in the winter without it.  Good news for us is that it is easily collapsible and able to be carried with since the 6yo does not need it.  

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