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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2009 edited
     
    post photos of your Cargo bikes and talk about them. ask questions about them here too.

    im a big fan of these as these are what REALLY get people out of cars. i can't tell you how many times i've been to the store or farmers market and been surrounded by curious people that never knew you can do evreyday things like shopping on a bike. my Xtracycle has been the best solution for not driving my truck that i've ever used. i ride it all the time.

    here's some Xtracycles. this first one is mine










    Bakfiets


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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 17th 2009
     
    anyone have a Stoke Monkey electric motor conversion for Xtracycles like the one pictured above? i've been seriously thinking about getting one. they sure are expensive though.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
     
    here's some other random cargo bikes. by the way, these are hugely popular in SF, Portland and the rest of the world. the states and especially San Diego are VERY slow to take to them. i think they're awesome.








    • CommentAuthorDavbu4
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
     
    That's my dream bike, I would load it with my camp gear and ride off never to be seen again.I think my wife would miss me though.
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      CommentAuthordanarel
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
     
    that last picture is amazing.
    • CommentAuthorDavbu4
    • CommentTimeJan 20th 2009
     
    Thats something my sister would do with her schwinn trike
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
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      CommentAuthorMhotai
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009 edited
     
    Im surprised that in areas like North Park, South Park, College, and Hillcrest that you don't see bikes like these all over the place. I mean, you go to the farmers market and EVERYBODY is in a car when they all live in the neighborhood. Whats up with that? Businesses should be using these too. I'm sure once people start seeing a few of these on the road they'll become really popular. They make all the sense in the world.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    A friend of my, Scott, used to make custom cargo bikes; he actually still can. He's still here in San Diego. I've ridden them a few times, and honestly, they aren't that bad at all, in fact, they are super fun. Scott's website:
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    Check them out!
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009 edited
     
    Disc brakes and it stops better than many road bikes! <img src="http://www.frasercycles.com/fraser_gallery2/content/4]%20Pack_Mules/Gallery/1399726045_709f05abea_o.jpg" /> This is pretty fun to ride, actually, a trip! <img src="http://www.frasercycles.com/fraser_gallery2/content/1]%20Cycles/2]%20Transport/2426793870_7accf32539_b.jpg" />
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009 edited
     
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    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    29er Xtracycle would be cool
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    [quote][cite] Tom@VC:[/cite]29er Xtracycle would be cool[/quote] I bet Scott could build one. He puts a ton of thought into it. He measured me twice to make sure, and then wouldn't start until he was sure of my choice of suspension fork.

    29er extra.. would be pretty wild looking.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    well, lets see. a 29er Xtracycle would look, well, exactly like my Xtracycle. 700x40c tires on that. basically 29er. i really like hybrids or 29ers for Xtracycles.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2009
     
    i had to post these photos for you today. my buddy Scott who lives in Portland shipped me a tandem today and showed me the photos of him dropping off the tandem at the UPS store. this kind of sight is normal in in other cities by the way. C'MON San Diego!!!


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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2009
     
    Man o'man, I've really been wanting to buy a xtracycle. Can't quite get the courage to drop the coin on it. If any sees or hears of something come up it would be awesome! I have the perfect frame to go with it. I've really wanted to go shopping and get my surfboard down to the beach with it. Generally, the surf racks suck I've had them fail with catastrophic consequences! ouch!! Plus I'd really love to get my CMass sound machine on a xtracycle instead of the trailer I drag.
    • CommentAuthorEndorphin
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2009
     
    HAHA! A single bike carrying a tandem. Too cool!
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2009
     
    Dear Sky,

    Please refrain from posting pictures of
    A. Portland
    B. Scott

    :face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2009
     
    awww, someone misses Scotty...

    forget about Portland. SD's where it's at. :face-angel:
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2009
     
    I heard they have actual winters in Portland. Who lives in that?
    • CommentAuthorEndorphin
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
     
    Doesn't anybody have photos to share of themselves carrying stuff? grocery's in a basket? anything???
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    • CommentAuthorDoconabike
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009 edited
     
    That was last Fall in New England, wearing far too many clothes. It's much easier here in San Diego. Still love the XtraCycle for hauling gear. It really does eliminate most car trips.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
     
    that looks colder than SD. where is that?

    my buddies have done the Yakima bike rack thing too. makes taking your bike to the shop for repairs easy.
    • CommentAuthorEndorphin
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009
     
    I was just at Velo Cult and saw Sky putting together a test ride Xtracycle. Great idea. I've always wondered how those rode. He said it would be loaded down with a typical load so you could feel how it rides with grocery's. The more i see these the better they look to me.
    • CommentAuthorEndorphin
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009
     
    Hey, could people borrow this test ride bike for an entire day? I would like to see how much i could do with this in my everyday life.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009
     
    Endorphin:Hey, could people borrow this test ride bike for an entire day? I would like to see how much i could do with this in my everyday life.


    for certain people, YES!
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    Can you convert a single speed mtb into an xtracycle w/ gearing? I'm assuming the deraileur drop is on the xtracycle thing, but are there cable routing issues? I'm talking about a dedicated singlespeed, like a Bianchi SASS or something. Will the xtracycle even attach correctly?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    yeah, that should work fine. there will for sure be cable routing issues but that can be worked out. the biggest problem to figure out is the cable routing for the front derailleur. im sure we could figure that out though.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2009
     
    I'm still waiting on Sky to finish that Xtracycle.
    I have plans to ride it home on shopping nights.
    My grocery needs are exceeding my messenger bag capacities.:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009
     
    I'd like to eventually own one of these bikes (need to save up first). I saw pictures online last night of people in Santa Cruz riding them with surf boards. Although I'm not entirely sure if this would work, the vague idea would be to ride from home in North Park along the bike path that goes to OB and then head up toward PB (I think there is a bike path there?).
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2009
     
    yeah, you could totally do that. it's mostly path with some sections of streets. thats how i got to work everyday when the shop was in Bird Rock.

    for the surfboard rack you need first an Extracycle, then the Wideloaders and finally the Long Loaders. the Wideloaders and Longloaders are accessory attachments.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2009
     
    here's a photo of an Xtracycle with Wideloader and Longloader with a surfboard, lumber and 4x8' sheet of pegboard



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      CommentAuthortawnya
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2009
     
    I rode Sky's test bike today. It is ridiculously well balanced, and only turning reminded me how long it is. Now I just need a bit of superfluous cash bcause I'm totally sold!

    The only bad news is that Tom beat me to it for the down townies ride tomorrow.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    I'm becoming a big fan of the Xtracycle. They're suprisingly fun to ride.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2009
     
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      CommentAuthormissler
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2009
     
    Hahaha. . productive employees you've got there Sky. :)

    I'd really love to try an xtracycle, it's nice not having to carry your groceries on your back. A coworker has one on his 80's schwinn hybrid but doesn't actually use it for anything. We joke that he was laboring under the illusion that he could pick up chicks at the bar with it.

    I hear Xtracycle is selling a complete bike now. Anyone hear about the quality of these purpose-built longtails, or ride a Surly Big Dummy? I'd hate to drop all the cash to get into it and then not like it that much. I may just get an Electra Townie from work and throw a kit on there instead.



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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2009
     
    the one's that are attached to the townies are still just the regular kit that you can bolt onto any bike. im not a big fan of the Townie bike myself but i have no problem ordering in one for someone. they don't have enough gearing and you can't ride out of the saddle with a Townie frame. i think mountain bikes and hybrids work best for xtracycles.

    the Surly Big Dummy is a one piece Xtracycle and bike frame which is pretty cool. it's very strong and very stiff. it's certainly the best option but it does cost more. it's worth it to me to save a few more paychecks for the Surly version.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeApr 1st 2009
     
    What would you call this? Burfing? surfycling? cyclurfing? And why does Sir Mix A Lot come to mind "baby got back?" <blockquote><cite> Velo Cult:</cite><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/sdbc/holygeezsurfsupbro.jpg"></blockquote>
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2009
     
    im going to tell Beard that you called him "baby"
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2009
     
    The newly built up Xtracycle!



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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2009
     
    so nice! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2009
     
    ^^very cool. I will build one as soon as I go car-free.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2009
     
    I've got a design rolling around in my head - as my daughter is slowly outgrowing her child seat, and will have to make way for her soon-to-emerge sibling soon anyway.

    I want to do it classy, though - looking for a good donor bike...
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      CommentAuthormissler
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2009 edited
     
    Velo Cult:the one's that are attached to the townies are still just the regular kit that you can bolt onto any bike. im not a big fan of the Townie bike myself but i have no problem ordering in one for someone. they don't have enough gearing and you can't ride out of the saddle with a Townie frame. i think mountain bikes and hybrids work best for xtracycles.


    +1 on out of the saddle riding / gearing deficiencies. . although you'll never hear me say it in any official capacity lol :) although, i will say that candidates for forward pedaling bikes are typically not your out-of-the-saddle-hammering KoM contenders. >:)

    the Surly Big Dummy is a one piece Xtracycle and bike frame which is pretty cool. it's very strong and very stiff. it's certainly the best option but it does cost more. it's worth it to me to save a few more paychecks for the Surly version.


    duley noted. it looks pretty cool too - and hey, it's a surly. . i have a special place in my heart for minnesotan companies. thanks for the advice.
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    how much weight/akwardness does the xtracycle setup add?
    also anyone know of any 650b street tires that can take the extra weight?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2009
     
    as far as cargo bikes go the Xtracycle is the least awkward of them all. it takes maybe half a block to get accustomed to. you can still ride fast if you want, ride out of the saddle and even ride in narrow traffic situations. most cargo systems are wide and you can't ride out of the saddle.

    i still have the Xtracycle at the shop that for people to test ride and even use for 24 hours if they want to see how it fits in their commute.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2009
     
    Brian - now you're talking my language with the 650B question! You can use a 650B wheel on an xtracycle conversion, but you need an adjustable rear brake like the Paul Neo MotoBMX brakes. They kick ass, by the way - I have 'em on my off-road-all-rounder. Most 650B tires can handle a lot - Col de la Vies are great workhorses. Schwalbe makes a lot of robust tires in that size. Or you can go big with Gran Bois Hetres, which VC can now order. What really matters is getting a strong wheel built. The Synergy rims are pretty darn strong.

    I have a 650B bike that might make a good Xtracycle conversion down the line (space is my current issue), but I' might opt to run a 26" rear wheel with a Big Apple or Fat Frank on there. This is one of the coolest Big Dummys I've seen - at Rivendell HQ, with the new brown Fat Franks from Schwalbe:

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    Protorio:Brian - now you're talking my language with the 650B question! You can use a 650B wheel on an xtracycle conversion, but you need an adjustable rear brake like the Paul Neo MotoBMX brakes. They kick ass, by the way - I have 'em on my off-road-all-rounder. Most 650B tires can handle a lot - Col de la Vies are great workhorses. Schwalbe makes a lot of robust tires in that size. Or you can go big with Gran Bois Hetres, which VC can now order. What really matters is getting a strong wheel built. The Synergy rims are pretty darn strong.


    i have the haro beasley 650b im going to convert.
    i just ordered the 26" free radical kit(EDIT: through QBP it that includes the frame, racks, bags and assorted neccessities for the conversion) and as for tires im going with the panaracer fatty rumpkin 650b x 40 tires.
    for brakes im going with the avid bb5 because i dont want to have to worry about hydrolics on it.

    on a side note i cant wait for 650b fat franks:face-smile:

    any advice on my build would be highly appreciated as ive never set up and xtracycle before.