Friday, March 27, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
-Bontrager Privateer Comp - size XL (19.5")
-Shimano XT group
-Schwalbe Big Apple 2.0" tires
-Brooks B17 Champion Special saddle
-Bontrager bar ends wrapped with Selle An-Atomica Second Skin Watershed Leather
-Syncros stem (w/ shim) and cut down bar for passenger
-Redline flat pedals
-Planet Bike fenders
-2005 & 2006 Labradoodles
Photo courtesy Clark Pearson.
Modifications to my Trek 4300 include swapping out the original front suspension fork for a rigid Surly 1x1 fork, adding reflective tape to the FreeRadical bags, and built up my own stoker bar. I've since added the KickBack since the photos were taken.
Photos courtesy Phil @ Bike When You Can.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I have been riding a Free Radical for the last year and just decided to "upgrade" to a BD.
- Medium frame (12.74 pounds... did you know that?!? awesome.)
- Mr Whirly cranks. 50-39-22. No, it doesn't work too well, but it can work. I'll probably switch to a bit larger granny.
- Cane Creek 100 Headset
- Thompson Seatpost and Stem
- WTB Mountain Drop Bars
- Cane Creek Levers
- Silver Shifters
- Brooks B17 Saddle
- Avid BB&
- Wheels still in the works (eventually a Schmidt SON)
- Big Apple tires
Pic 3 was my first ride on it. Hauling a road bike pulling a BOB trailer. Worked like a charm.
It's ridden on a 12 mile one-way trip to work every day.
Photo courtesy Steve Wasmund
Bountiful, UT, USA, Earth
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Jay Marlette (houseman.org) runs a home inspection service. In looking for ways to green his business, Jay found Xtracycle and immediately knew that his needs could be met for local inspections. We've got a video up on Xtracycle's YouTube channel here, where Jay talks about his X. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwM7z8yHZ0M&feature=channel_page
Photos courtesy Rick Pickett.
Love the gallery! Finally got around to shooting the beast after finishing my kids' seat project. Since you asked for some details on the gallery, I wrote up a little below. Feel free to post whatever you think your readers (or is it voyeurs?! :) would like to see.
Here's a link to a picture of the bike. Not sure if you link in place or add to your site. Other link options are available here.
Here are the details:
- Novara Safari 2008 (More pics here)
- FreeRadical Kit
- Albatross bars from Rivbike.com on a stem riser (love those bars!)
- Cascadia ATB 60mm fenders
- Schwalbe Marathons Tires (added after the Continentals Town & Country's started to flat out on me
- Electra Amsterdam series porteur rack (mounted right on, no tweaking!)
- Custom SnapDeck42 (now MagicCarpet compatible! :) (More snapdeck pics here)
I bought this bike on clearance from REI in the fall of 2008. Before I went "X" I kind of thought the Safari was a novelty, but after talking with the Xtracycle people, this setup floated to the top of my list: rugged, 26" wheels, disc brakes, super granny gear, lighter aluminum frame. Bingo! And zero regrets. The good folks at Solano Cyclery setup the FreeRadical for me and I built the new snapdeck for the kids after discovering they both wanted to ride with me.
I uploaded a bunch of pics of the seat project while I was building it. Basically I copied the curve shape of the original snapdeck for all the components of the seat (base, upright supports, and seat backs). Then curved the backs a bit, glued/screwed the bits together, and added some vinyl tape pin-striping and varnish to the whole shebang. I had a local shop in Berkeley (Nareens) sew up a couple of seatbelts out of nylon web straps and add some buckles. They are solid. Also slip a MagicCarpet under the seatbacks for comfort. The kids LOVE riding around on this thing. We've explored the SF waterfront, done singletrack in Golden Gate park, and of course the weekly shopping trips.
I call this my "game changer" because it has added a whole new dimension to being car-free. I don't stop to think "Well, what do I have to do? Will I need a car?" I just go! Which is really helpful since I sold my car last year! :)
Photos courtesy Gunther.