Friday, February 20, 2009

295: John's Xtracycle

Photo courtesy John Dog Food. Avid Xtracyclist and everyday hero since '05. Many more pix on his site, check it.

293 & 294: David's Xtracycles

Photos courtesy David Parsons.

If you want the gory details of the thing, I bought the Trek in 1989 (from the now-demised OutSpoken in Chicago) and rode it as a bobtail touring bike until last fall, when I bought a free radical and (after surgery to shorten it to fit into the rear triangle) stretched it out.

It's not an ideal cargo bicycle -- it's much too short and twitchy for heavy loads -- but I think it's
pretty close to ideal for the sort of light shopping ( <=75 pounds) and randonneuring I do. The current configuration of the bicycle is:
  • 1989 Trek 1000 frame, fork, front wheel, brake levers, front brake, crankset [52/42], derailers.
  • Salsa delgrado rear wheel (with Shimano 13/15/17/20/24/29/34 cassette.)
  • Rivendell "Silver" friction shifters.
  • MKS touring pedals with Delta toeclips.
  • Tektro 556 rear brake.
  • Nitto Randonneur bars.
  • Brooks Professional saddle.
  • 28mm Vittoria Randonneur tires (which seem /really/ fat after many decades of 23mm and 25mm tires.)
  • El-cheapo Planet Bike 42mm full fenders.
(Editor's note: The Electra is not David's)

292: Bob's Big Dummy

Photos courtesy Bobby B.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

291: Joe's Xtracycle

Photos courtesy Snak Shak.


290: Myles' Xtracycle BRRRR

Photo courtesy Myles Murphy.

289: Becki's Xtracycle

My Redline Xtracycle and my 16-year old daughter, who says the ride is so smooth, she doesn’t even need hands, which are, of course, available for texting then. I LOVE this bike. I haul EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE, year round in Laramie, WY. I use studs in the winter for packed snow and ice. Deep snow doesn’t work, but that’s the only thing that keeps it parked. My dog sometimes sits in one of the bags, but she prefers it if I put in a box or board, or something that she can sit on.

Photo courtesy Becki Burman

288: Celeste's Big Dummy

Yes those are congas.

Photos courtesy The Soap Pedaler.

Monday, February 16, 2009

287: Noriel's Xtracycle

Photos courtesy Noriel.

Donor bike is a Balance AL-750.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

New Big Dummy frame $825

Cruising around on the web tonight I encountered this web special from the good folks at Rivendell Bikes. (also check out their Big Dummy review in the just-published issue #41 of the Rivendell Reader). I have no idea if it's still available, but if you are in the market for a Big Dummy, it appears to be a good deal. Also, did I mention... you'll need to pick it up in the SF Bay Area. :)

Surly Big Dummy frame and fork. Brand new, never been used. Read all about it here. Size (C-T): 16" Color: Military Green We're selling just the frame and fork. You still need all the xtracyce stuff such as this kit. And wheels, handlebars, derailleurs, etc... Pick-up only.

286: Fred's Big Dummy

Photos courtesy Fred

285: Andy's Big Dummy

Photo courtesy Andy A.

284: Marcus' Townie Xtracycle

Photo courtesy Marcus Bellecourt.

283: Dave's Big Dummy

Photos courtesy Cold Iron.

A special shout-out to Bernie Mikkelsen who made this light mount.

282: Tarik's Big Dummy

Photos courtesy Target Salad. Or here on Flickr.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

281: Laif's Xtracycle

Photos courtesy An Adventure Called Bicycling.

This is RJ and RJ says:

If you could just include a short caption that explains that I'm riding someone else's Xtracycle that's clearly too big for me, but still fun to ride. ;)

280: Marla's Xtracycle

Photos courtesy Marla at Gatlinburg Spokejunkie.

Monday, February 9, 2009

279: Brad's Xtracycle

Photos courtesy Brad Wertnz of Pemba Serves.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

278: Sarah's Xtracycle

Photo courtesy Sarah Hunter.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

277: Tim's Xtracycle

The base bike is a 1996 Marin Larkspur that I have owned from new so the Freeradical is the 700C version. Disc specific forks with Avid BB7's were fitted before I got my longbike kit from Zaynan at Practical Cycles I have got the rear disc brake on order and, as budget allows, want to rebuild the front wheel with a dynohub and the rear wheel with an internally geared hub - probably the Alfine.

Installation wise it all went smoothly. The fap didn't fit in front of the chainstay bridge so I emailed Xtracycle and they confirmed that it was fine to fit it behind, that was the only issue.

I'm looking forward to cruising around Edinburgh on it this spring and will use it to transport my 2 young kids to nursery and the park!

Photos courtesy Timmy.

276: Devin's Xtracycle

Photos courtesy Devin Quince... check out his blog The Quince Urban Homestead.

275: Devian's Big Dummy

Photos courtesy Devian Gilbert of Asana Cycles. Take a look at his blog, he has posted some great Big Dummy trip reports.

The Big Dummy, duffel bags, et al, on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner

Thursday, February 5, 2009

274: Xtra Honest

This is xtra-honest v1.0. The frame is a cheapie Jamis, a gift from Honest Tea, and the second frame used with this Free Rad. It's an older one, pre-disc brake tabs. Since this photo was taken (March 2008) she's gone in for some tranny upgrades, and a new integrated deck/seat (inspired by some I've seen here and around town). I'll send another after the coming-out party.

Photo courtesy David Moskovitz.

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