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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2010
     
    il Pirati:.

    This sounds really fun! I hope someone with some videography skills documents the event.


    i would have Anthony photograph this for sure. too cool to miss.
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    See the Xtracycles in action. It's a Ginger Ninja's Pleasant Revolution...Kipchoge plays the guitar on this short trailer. Hint: he's a co-founder of Xtracycle.



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    a few weeks ago i recived a email from sky(velo cult) asking if id be interested in doing a cargo bike ride and then possibly camping. within a few days of searching for a 30ish mile route that was somewhat flat that we could camp at we found the anza borrego jeep trails. during this time we were in the middle of a huge rain storm and with the trail being mostly soft beach like sand we figured leaving a few days after the rain would leave us a perfectly hard pack trail........link to full blog write up
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
     
    On this subject, why couldn't we just build a temporary trailer, the size of a car, and have two cyclist pull it.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
     
    .

    Stopping could become a problem.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2010
     
    <blockquote><cite> il Pirati:</cite>.

    Stopping could become a problem.</blockquote>

    Well...yeah. Perhaps that would be a small problem. Friction, gravity or impact..

    Hmm..I have a solution to this, I know I do. how about 100 cyclist all taking small amounts?
    • CommentAuthorChris
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2010
     
    Photo from the latest "Clean up your alley" day in North Park.

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    As I'm riding over to the designated clean up location to drop off all these old tires I pass this young fellow who's "sessioning" in front of the local school with his fixed-gear and we give each other a - WTF, that's not what you use a bike for - look. Probably had to be there, but it was a funny site seeing the contrast of these two bikes from the opposite ends of the spectrum.
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    Great for hauling around the neighborhood kids too!
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2010
     
    thats great. San Diegan's need to see bicycles used for heavy hauling more.
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    Anyone out there have any luck getting a cargo bike onto the city's bus racks, or on the trolley? I've heard of people taking the front wheel off of their xtracycles for the bus racks in other cities, but don't know if it'd work in SD. I put in an order with the fine folks at Velo Cult for a Yuba Mundo (http://yubaride.com/) cargo bike, and am hoping I can get the sucker at least into the trolley every now and again.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2010 edited
     
    hey Gregory, i don't have an answer to your question but i am stoked you bought the Yuba. you are responsible for us finally carrying these products in our store. we ordered three.

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    Just posted this in another strand, but wanted to post here, as well: traveling to Solana Beach tomorrow and need to know if my extra cycle will fit on the Coaster. Anyone have any thoughts?
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2010
     
    A major consideration is the time of day. My daughter and I took our tandem on midday last week, and a few of the members here have taken their recumbents when we do the Oceanside rides. I don't foresee a problem as long as it's not rush hour. The Coaster operators are more than helpful.
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2010
     
    Chris Taylor:Just posted this in another strand, but wanted to post here, as well: traveling to Solana Beach tomorrow and need to know if my extra cycle will fit on the Coaster. Anyone have any thoughts?


    It should. I've seen people take tandems and long recumbents on the Coaster. Depends on if they complain.
    • CommentAuthoryoshi
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2010
     
    For anyone who has thought about building up a Surly Big Dummy, jensonusa.com is having an amazing sale on big dummy framesets for 623.99 USD. That's 41% off the retail price!!!!
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    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2010 edited
     
    Dottie from LGRaB recently test rode a De Fietsfabriek Bakfiet. After the Down Townies Ride today, we were chatting about bikes that can haul lots of stuff after looking at the one parked outside VC which I believe belongs to Jay Porter.

    I liked this picture of Dottie:

    Big Bike

    I liked the picture below as well as it shows how to turn when on the bike. Dottie had some gripes about the bike such as, the placement of shifters and so forth, but I liked the bike because it is another option on hauling lots of stuff by bike.

    Big Bike Turns
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2010
     
    yeah, the one in front of my shop is Jay Porters. that thing got some wild modifications. im sure Jay will do a post on it soon enough.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2010
     
    I'd like to see and learn more about Jay's bike. It looked like a pretty cool concept, very functional.
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      CommentAuthorHans
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2010
     
    markphilips:The Zigo Leader
    All the functionality of a carrier bicycle, bicycle trailer, jogging stroller, conventional stroller, and bicycle in one brilliant system.

    http://myzigo.com/



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    I could see this as an excellent platform for a delivery/shopping vehicle. Why not attach a collapsible crate on the front, in place of the stroller?
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    The front folds flat. So it is possible to load stuff like bins, baskets, etc. This is one clever design for sure.
    The bike could use multi-gears.
    • CommentAuthorthom
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010
     
    I guess this is the right thread for this question:

    So I'm doing some research for my next (read: someday) bike project and I think I'd like to put a porteur rack on the front. What is best practice for securing the rack to the fork? It looks like the Velo-Orange and Pass and Stow racks require a brazed-on fork mounting bracket built onto the fork, while the Cetma racks looks like they can be affixed via the front axle. Which is best? Any experience with either? I'd like to know whether I should be scoping out bikes with brazed-on mounting brackets or not.
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    thom:I guess this is the right thread for this question:

    So I'm doing some research for my next (read: someday) bike project and I think I'd like to put a porteur rack on the front. What is best practice for securing the rack to the fork? It looks like the Velo-Orange and Pass and Stow racks require a brazed-on fork mounting bracket built onto the fork, while the Cetma racks looks like they can be affixed via the front axle. Which is best? Any experience with either? I'd like to know whether I should be scoping out bikes with brazed-on mounting brackets or not.


    I've look at Porteur racks in the past and the best designs does require brazed-on fork mounts. I spoke to Sky about it and he said that they can install (weld and paint) your fork to fit porteur racks. Another alternative, is to make your own front axle and handle bar mounted porteur rack (from Home Depot bought Aluminum flat and L shaped bars)if you have the time and resources. I saw that project posted on FLIKR (search for Porteur Rack)
    • CommentAuthorthom
    • CommentTimeApr 16th 2010
     
    Thanks Mark, that's sort of what I was thinking too. Everyone keep their eyes open for a 58-60cm steel touring bike with brazed on fork rack mounts!
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2010
     
    thom: steel touring bike with brazed on fork rack mounts!
    On that subject, I noticed that my bike has not one, but two braze-ons on either side of the fork - one on the leading edge of the fork and one on the trailing end. Similarly, there are two threaded holes near the rear dropout.

    What is the purpose of double front and rear brazeons - simultaneous use of racks and mudguards?
    • CommentAuthorthom
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2010
     
    Yup, that's exactly it. It's the one on the leading edge of the fork that I need for a porteur rack. Most of the lower-end old steel touring bikes I've been looking at have the fender bracket, but not all have the dedicated front rack bracket, and because of the shape of the fork, the fender bracket doesn't work for a rack. Hence my difficulty.

    Enjoy all your braze-ons. Since you're not using them, you should give a couple to me. :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2010
     
    thom:Yup, that's exactly it. I
    Have no intentions to mount mudguards or racks, but that's good to know!

    Mine also has a third brazeon midway up the fork - really just a threaded "hole" on the outside of the fork blades: What the heck is that brazeon for, then???
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2010 edited
     
    Hi Njord, that one is for lowrider pannier racks.

    Like these:

    If you find a fork with these you should be able to mount a porteur rack there too. Might even be more stable due to the shorter distance and the fork support instead of just the eyelet.
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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2010 edited
     
    Test riding the second X. Rode down to the coffee shop. Ace hardware had a sale on the big trash bins.

    Luckily the X has the Pannier V-Racks to hook up the bungee cords and wood deck on both sides to support the big load.:face-smile:

    btw this one is for sale. See the Buy/Sell/Trade thread

    trash cans

    trash can2
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeApr 17th 2010 edited
     
    batmick:Hi Njord, that one is for lowrider pannier racks. porteur rack.
    So I can fit a porteur rack or lowrider rack - cool!
    :face-smile:

    Or this mini rando rack:

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      CommentAuthormarkphilips
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2010 edited
     
    I need a "WIDE LOAD" sign :face-devil-grin:

    Off to the beach!

    wide load

    More details about this Xtracycle here.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2010
     
    thom:I guess this is the right thread for this question:

    So I'm doing some research for my next (read: someday) bike project and I think I'd like to put a porteur rack on the front. What is best practice for securing the rack to the fork? It looks like the Velo-Orange and Pass and Stow racks require a brazed-on fork mounting bracket built onto the fork, while the Cetma racks looks like they can be affixed via the front axle. Which is best? Any experience with either? I'd like to know whether I should be scoping out bikes with brazed-on mounting brackets or not.


    As you might have seen yesterday, the Pass & Stow requires no special braze-ons (as Jan Heine discussed in his review in the Winter 2010 BQ). You need a fork crown hole, with brake or without, and eyelets at the fork ends. Front eyelets help, but Matt says its not necessary. I haven't used the Velo Orange, but I think its similar.

    Probably the best deal is the Gamoh rack, which Sky can probably get. Made in Japan! $110! Pretty good deal.
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    Took my extra - cycle on the Coaster for the first time this morning - new commute to Solana Beach. Not a problem on a light morning, but I could see issues if it was packed. The extra - cycle is a bit more than 6 feet, which is the posted horizontal limit for bikes on the Coaster. No hassles from anyone. We'll see what happens on the return this afternoon.
    • CommentAuthorthom
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2010 edited
     
    Protorio:As you might have seen yesterday, the Pass & Stow requires no special braze-ons (as Jan Heine discussed in his review in the Winter 2010 BQ). You need a fork crown hole, with brake or without, and eyelets at the fork ends. Front eyelets help, but Matt says its not necessary.


    Okay, I'm dense--so you're saying I could mount the porteur rack to the fork's fender eyelet and wouldn't need a dedicated front rack eyelet? Wouldn't the shape of the fork tube get in the way of attaching the rack?

    EDIT: Ah, okay, I just looked at the Gamoh rack, and it looks like it has a built-in spacer so the rack can attach to the fender eyelet. I bet a similar spacer could be improvised to attach the VO porteur as well. I'd want to try to squeeze a fender in there, too, so maybe the fender strut itself could act as a spacer. Okay. Verrrrry interesting. Thanks Esteban!
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2010
     
    Protorio:
    Probably the best deal is the Gamoh rack, which Sky can probably get. Made in Japan! $110! Pretty good deal.


    yes, i can get those. right now the US distributor waiting for a shipment to come in so maybe by next week i can get my hands on them.
    • CommentAuthorthom
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2010
     
    Okay. It's settled. I think. According to this photo (and lots of others) I found on Flickr, it is possible to mount both fenders and Velo-Orange porteur rack (which I like best) on the fender eyelet of a fork that does not have a dedicated front rack eyelet. I assume the same goes for the Pass and Stow porteur.

    Lower porteur rack mounting
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2010 edited
     
    yeah, racks and fenders can share braze-on's. you just have to get creative with spacers, bolts and nuts. we stock stainless bolts in every single length with nylock nuts and strong nylon spacers. the photographed bike has probably a 5mm spacer between the fender and rack to keep them from interfering with each other.
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2010
     
    Dunno where to post this...

    I bought a solar oven (Tulsi Hybrid Oven) and had it delivered to work as UPS delivers during business hours. I really want to try to bring the oven home by bike (for smugness cred) although I may just ask a friend with a car or get a cab and bring it home or bus it over. I can ride it on mostly flat roads the entire length home.

    I only have a rear rack and the oven is wide. I was going to rope the thing onto my rack but am not sure if that would work. Suggestions? Comments?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2010
     
    come borrow our Xtracycle. we're more than happy to see someone using it. i will try to remember to bring in my wide loaders for it tomorrow too. that'll make it real easy to use.
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
     
    I borrowed the xtracycle from VeloCult after work today and then met up with my caboose for dinner. I was too excited to wait until tomorrow so I asked him to accompany me to my jobsite to pick up the items I wanted to haul home. So we brought home 11 bottles of wine and 48 rolls of toilet paper (I buy nearly everything in bulk to get discounts - I brought 1 bottle home earlier in the week). I rode the bike and I am surprised at how well it handled. The bike is very stable and really fun to ride.

    Also happy that no one honked or angrily buzzed us or yelled at us. I deliberately rode on University the entire length home to City Heights from Hillcrest and I had zero bad interactions. It is true Thom was protecting us for a while, but even afterward it was nice.

    The bike is a real joy. Tomorrow morning I will haul home the solar oven.

    Thanks for letting me borrow the bike, Sky. Xtracycle is awesome!
    • CommentAuthorthom
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
     
    Awesome! I was only behind you for a block, I don't think I kept anyone at bay, really.
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      CommentAuthorBev
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2010
     
    Photos? I always like to see how creative people get with bungee cords.
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2010
     


    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2010
     
    I saw your Surly in VC this morning and thought, "She must be having too much fun on that Xtracycle". haha
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2010
     
    t.e.d:I saw your Surly in VC this morning and thought, "She must be having too much fun on that Xtracycle". haha


    Ha! I was having a lot of fun. While carrying the solar oven, I said, "I have a lot of energy let's meander a little bit. So we did." Again, no problems from anyone today from riding so slow in the middle of the lane. And I was extra slow. I'm always a little surprised at how strong of a rider I've become.

    We discussed moving into a larger house so we could buy an extra bike or two like an xtracycle.
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    Sam. Welcome to the club. Once you've hauled stuff on the X, the adventure begins... What or who would I carry next?

    I'd like to check out that oven one of these days.

    How about that bike move?
    • CommentAuthorthom
    • CommentTimeJun 6th 2010
     
    bëany:We discussed moving into a larger house so we could buy an extra bike or two like an xtracycle.


    Mwahaha. It begins. :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2010
     
    flowers and bikes go so well together.
    • CommentAuthorstickem^^
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2010
     
    the hard part is done

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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2010
     
    Whoa. Cool project in the works. Keep us up to date as you progress with it if you can.