Wednesday, September 30, 2009

427: Kevin's Xtracycle

Here are a couple of pictures of My Xtra. You can ask for more if you want or any other questions. I have a XtraCycle on my Mongoose. It has Paul Sykes Fenders made out of Mahogany. 4 TerraCycle accesssory mounts. It also has the new TerraCycle Xtracycle power and return idler set up. I work at TerraCycle.

Photos courtesy Kevin Edeline.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Update on #92

Specialized hardrock frame, ezee electric assist, 48 volt 10ah battery. home built v racks, home made bags, skateboard deck for snapdeck. my commuter bike (48 miles a day)

Original post (#92 on the Xtracycle Gallery)

Photo courtesy Brian Laplander (on Flickr here)

425: Brian's Xtracycle

Specialized rockhopper comp. home built v racks, albatross bars, nitto stem, brooks b17, alex wheelset from a long haul trucker, panaracer tires. sugino touring crankset.

Photo courtesy Brian Laplander (on Flickr here).

Thursday, September 24, 2009

424: Tim's Xtracycle

I bought this Specialized Rockhopper a number of years ago, stripped the parts for other bikes, and the frame sat until last year when I donated our second car. The deal was give up the car, buy the Xtracycle kit for grocery shopping and transporting my youngest to and from daycare, sometimes together in one trip.

Photo courtesy of Tim, Federal Way, Washington

Monday, September 21, 2009

423: The TRULY pimp Mr. R and his brand new Big Dummy

Check out the black powder coated racks.

Photo courtesy of Dave (aka Cold Iron on Flickr) of Cycle City in Alameda, CA. Dave has equipped many a Big Dummy and Xtracycle (see #283).

Please stop by if you are in the area, he likes to take pictures of folks on their bikes. A noble calling indeed.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

422: Periwinklekog's New Big Dummy

An upgrade from #29. Congrats on the new ride!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

421: Steve's Xtracycle

The completed Xtracycle. I converted the KHS Summit X into an Xtracycle Cargo Bike using the Free Radical frame and the Freeloader kit.

I also changed the knobby mountain bike tires to Schwalbe Big Apple 26 X 2.0 tires, added the bottle cages, put on my Nitto Albatross bars from my Bridgestone RB-T, changed from Sachs twist grips to Shimano brake/shift lever combo and added cork grips. I swapped the imitation "Brooks gel saddle to an old Selle San Marco Regal perforated leather saddle.

Donor bike.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

420: Rob's Xtracycle


Here's a shot of my late 1980s early 90s Fisher Mt. Tam that has been reborn as an Xtracycle. I plan to use it to commute to work (11 mile round trip, 300 feet of climbing in one hill on the way home) and for errands. I also have twin boys who are the right age for child seats, may do a double seat setup (probably also with Stokemonkey added!!) for my SnapDeck at some point. Love it! Here's to low-carbon transportation!!!!


Monday, September 14, 2009

419: Cara Lin's Instigator Xtracycle

My bike's been overhauled a bit. This summer, I've added new cruiser bars and a layback Thompson's seatpost for a more up-right and relaxed posture and handlebars off my seatpost for a passenger or better loading of bathtubs... Next step is to saw out a new snapdeck from a nice board I picked up from someone else's trash pile.

My frame is the 16" Surly Instigator--and that's as small a frame as will work. The Stokemonkey was a TIGHT fit, literally 2-3 mm clearance.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

418: El Duke Degreaser Big Dummy

Photo courtesy of Nick at El Duke, home of the El Duke Degreaser.

A quick product plug...


It has a very mild odor and will not irritate the skin.

It is especially useful for cleaning bikes and other parts.

Here's a pic of the Dummy in action

417: Townie X

Here is my townie x updated 

Saturday, September 12, 2009

416: Salsa Ala Carte Xtracycle

FreeRadical with the Family Van kit, on a Salsa Ala Carte. Added a Brooks B-17 saddle, On One Mary bars, stoker bar for my daughter, and Schwalbe Fat Franks for a smooth ride.

415: Yoga Bike

The Yoga Bike taking 45lb of veggies for pickling home from the farmer's market. The previous day it hauled 6 cases of canning jars home from the hardware store!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Next generation medieval xtracycle bags

Hey homies,

Been slavin over the old walkin' foot stitching machine, and have these beauts to show for it. 

They are basically a takeoff on the stock xtracycle bags, but with heavier duty connection to the frame (2" webbing harness stitched and riveted to leather across the top, and stitched and riveted double straps on the bottom tensioners), custom pockets and deeper side-nets.

Materials from many trips:
  • Used leather from a mondo crafter's store in Durham, North Carolina
  • Old 3/4" 'pee-line' fire hose for trim
  • Firecamp p-cord for the netting drawcords
  • Silver buckles from a belt factory/sweatshop in the sketchy neighborhood on the outskirts of Guadalajara
  • Old fishing net scored from a crusty fisherman named 'Erby that I tracked down in Moss Landing.
Man, they are a lot of work!  I'd like to start selling them on Etsy, but these took the better part of 5 days to make.  Maybe batch production will simplify the process, but a big part of the work is just ripping out and repeating the topstitching when the machine ties loopy knots halfway down a row of stitching...

Anyhoo, I'll entertain custom orders from any of your most hip hipster friends, and will probably post these to after I have tested them out a bit.


Monday, September 7, 2009

Xtracycle Survey

Re-posted from Twitter.  The folks at Xtracycle sent this out...

Xtracycle owners, take our survey on how you use your bike! Free Radical: Stock frames:

Good opportunity to let the Xtracycle team know what you do with your rig.

Happy trails!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

414: Tiffany's Xtracycle

Hey there, I came across your blog for xtracycle info and photos.

And it said you were looking for photos so I thought I'd submit one.

This is after my son and I took the xtracycle to costco and lowe's. 
(I've found that it is easier to get long home improvement stuff (like these pipes) on the xtracycle than it is to get them in my car.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

413: Zach's Xtracycle

Early morning inaugural ride on my new Xtracycle!  I think I have one of the prettiest commutes to work, all cotton fields at sunrise.  I need to take another pic when the cotton blooms.

Photos courtesy Zach @

412: Marcus' Xtracycle

Hi --

Just got my Xtracycle built and I LOOOOOOOVE it! It's built around an old Specialized Hard Rock frame, and has a Sturmey-Archer front drum brake, which has proven really useful for long steep hills with groceries or a 7-year-old boy.

Many thanks for the gallery!


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