30 November 2015

All yuba day

Strange to start like this, but after having hauled the girls to school I had to fix a flat. A flat on my truck !
As a small farmer I use an old truck (that a kind soul gave me) to transport produce from my fields to the farm. Some things just can't be done by yuba by one person. Ploughing is another.
As this old truck only gets used for harvest work I dont get in it much, and this morning i saw that it was sporting a flat, it had been getting flatter over the last month, but no hurry.. Rather than taking the wheel off, getting my hands dirty i decided to strap my small bench compressor to the yuba and pump it up where it was a few hundred yards away.
Took two trips for the little reservoir to fill the tire but it worked well. A trip to the bank, then at the end of the day off to pick the girls up. They laughed and sang all the way back. A zero carbon day.


Been busy, time flies, been working hard...

The Yuba has seen some miles over the last few years,  my deliveries, hauls the kids to school, takes me to the Post Office, market etc etc...
Pushed by the summit in Paris i hope to Start blogging again. I had stopped because i thought i had said enough but i think it is important to show that it is possible to live a lower carbon life.

16 July 2011

Still here

Summer rolls on and a little hello from us, post ice cream break.

Shade and slides.

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5 February 2011

Freak sunshine

20 degrees celcius. BBQ good wine and a spin on the yuba with no coats...
Its feb 2011, a couple of days ago it was log fires and high winds. Strange but nice to bake in the sun !

My computer went bang a while ago so i have been a bit webless. This post is from my phone on the grass in a park.

Been hard at work, do more walking now that we live in the town centre with everything so close so the Yuba has got less use since september. Mrs Yuba cycles everyday the 2km to work putting me to shame. I am moving into a new line of work 9km away in the countryside so I think the Yuba will get some heavy usage soon. Will keep you posted.

On the way to the park.

Horse stop.

See you soon !

25 September 2010

Cool mornings

Summer has slipped away, and we are putting on layers against the coolness in the morning air. The leaves are on the ground and we have after months of bone dry rides seen rain.

The orange Yuba has some nice brown Fat Frank kevlar laced tyres, and has lost its slow flat habit. The hole left by the shard of glass in the self healing inner tube was huge and couldn't bridge the gap with the latex sludge.
The Yubas get used so much that the car battery has lost its charge...

15 September 2010

Spiderman, chuckles and the pool

Great sunny day. Mrs Yuba dropped the girls at the pool 2.5 km away and it was my task to collect them on my Yuba taking Spiderman with me when the swiming lesson was over. Got smiles on the way and it was great to roll up and collect the girls as they came out without the hassle of parking. Lots of mums came over to look at the bike. Hope some will ride. If we 4 can anyone can.
What made my ride though, amongst the many smiles we got was the reaction of an old lady out on a walk who turned and chuckled when she saw us. You could feel that we had bought a ray of sunshine into her life. She wouldn't have seen our smiling faces in a SUV.

9 September 2010

Fastest in town

School is back in and we (Mrs Yuba) have been busy organizing out of school activities for the kids as two wheel adventures do not suffice. This morning I was informed that I had a RDVS on the other side of town 15 mins after the kids got out of school. Flamenco dance lessons for the girls in the municipal dance and music accademy. In a car at that time of day it was mission impossible...

Caught dismounting

Straight out of school (its across the road) and onto the back of the Yuba. Mouths dropped and others laughed as we raced off down the road towards town. We picked our way through the traffic and then the pedestrians in the centre. It has been a while since we have been 4 on the Yuba and people do gasp even more, the freak show effect is really strong. Although the remarks we get are more and more positive. Sara you are right, being an exrovert must help. I am not generally, and was just using the most effective mode of transport, sometimes you feel uncomfortable. But i just shrug my shoulders now and try and concentrate on the road.
We were the first to arrive, on time, and were not bothered by the traffic or the lack of parking. All the other parents looked
harassed and didn't stop moaning about the time slot.
Mrs Yuba joined us by bike half way through auditions and is planning to take the girls to swimming lessons on her orange Yuba.
More and more the Yuba's are getting non leisure usage and prove to be the best choice for us....