It's no secret that our favorite family cargo bike for years now has been the Yuba Spicy Curry; it's done time hauling around our owner's family and carrying plenty of other cargo as a shop bike for some time and has risen to the task with glee every time. It's an increasingly crowded space but the Spicy sets itself apart with a class-leading motor for maximum hill-flattening abilities, low-cargo deck for easy loading and stability, and a versatile frame design that allows riders of all sizes to climb aboard. It can carry three passengers on the back and still have plenty of cargo space up front, and frankly that sets the bar for us with family cargo bikes. But you can hear us gush about the bike in our official review.
What we want to talk with you about today, though, are three distinct cargo setups that we recommend for families with varying needs, from just getting started to the seasoned cargo biking pro. A key piece of what makes the Spicy Curry so special is its ability to grow with your family, making it an invaluable partner-in-transit for years down the line. Here's how we break it down.
--Configuration 1-- 2 passengers, both under 5
What you need: 1x Spicy Curry 2x Yepp Maxi Kid's Seat 1x Breadbasket 1x Double Kickstand
When you're just starting out your setup will be pretty simple. Kids from about 1 to 5 will ride strapped into a Yepp Maxi seat that attaches directly to the rear rack, at this stage you'll outfit your bike with a "breadbasket" upfront to carry your non-humanoid cargo and a double kickstand to hold the bike steady while you load it up.
--Configuration 2-- 2 passengers, 1 under 5 and 1 over 5
What you need: 1x Spicy Curry 1x Yepp Maxi Seat 1x Breadbasket 1x Double Kickstand 1x Adjustable Monkey Bar 1x Utility Deck 1x Sideboard Set 1x Regular soft spot
Now unless you have twins, somebody is going to grow out of their kid's seat first and that marks the biggest transformation your Spicy will see. You'll sell one of your Maxi seats and swap on a new rear configuration with a utility deck and sideboards, these are the basic components for ride-along style passenger carrying. This entire ecosystem is made specifically for the Spicy by the good people at Yuba so it all goes on in a snap and lasts forever. When the kiddos are still rather young we recommend using their Adjustable Monkey Bars as they surround the passengers and keep them aboard even if the going gets bit bumpy. And no need to worry, this all works perfectly well while still having your littler one still strapped safely into a Yepp seat.
--Configuration 3-- 2-3 passengers, all over 5
What you'll need: 1x Spicy Curry 1x Breadbasket 1x Double Kickstand 1x Utility Deck 1x Sideboard Set 1x Regular Soft Spot 1x Passenger Ring 1x Mini Soft Spot 1x Hold-on bars
Once all of your passengers are over 5 your Spicy will enter it's final, most versatile form; you'll ditch the remaining Yepp seat for another padded spot on the back. As the kids grow and get more confident on their own bikes and on your cargo bike you'll probably want to swap out the Monkey Bars for a set of Hold-on bars and a passenger ring. These allow passengers to jump on and off much more quickly and give a more engaging ride, they'll be sitting behind you holding on and learning how to safely ride from the very best.
From this point, there's almost no limit to who you can carry around. The kids can grow and grow and still fit comfortably on the back; heck, even dad could hop on the back and go for a spin, no sweat no problem. It's this ability to grow with your family that makes the Yuba Spicy Curry our gold standard for family cargo bikes, you'll be able to mix and match their extensive suite of dedicated add-ons to create a configuration that's perfectly suited to the needs of your family!
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