Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
This island-dweller's initials should be DIY.
Super-nice guy, father of three, Mr. E has been asking me about El Tonto Grande for a while. After careful consideration, a test ride on my bike, and discussing such an investment with the wife, he placed an order for a Dummy of his own a month ago.
This bike's primary role is minivan. Mr. E tells me he has little need to drive now.
More to come from this crafty dude.
Photo courtesy Cold Iron.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Dave's Xtrahopper. NOS 80's blue Specialized Rockhopper converted into a commuting and errand machine! Henry and I love taking it to town, errands, cleaning the neighborhood, or just riding for pleasure. At 6100 Ft studded tires are a must as snow is no stranger nine months of the year. Happiness!
Photo courtesy Dave
Friday, May 21, 2010
I also upgraded the front end, with a new fork, disc brake, and Alfine dynamo hub powering a B&M IQ Cyo R headlight and Toplight Line rearlight
Bike New York Five Burroughs Bike Tour 2010 just outside Brooklyn Naval Shipyard
Photo courtesy Chris
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Just built up my big dummy! So of course I had to have my son surf on the back! Wish I had gotten this sooner.
Photo courtesy Rob
This is my Gary Fisher Big Sur Xtracycle conversion.
I replaced the suspension fork with a Surly Big Dummy Fork. Just finished it yesterday. Still need to get a new saddle and some bits and bobs.
Very happy so far.
Photo courtesy DualFrontDiscs
Bike Time Line
Donor bike, resting gracefully on a coffee mug.
Monday, April 12, 2010
The first one is my Trek/Xtracycle that will now be broken down and sold. I love that bike, but it's just too small for me.
The others are my new Big Dummy. I'm thinking about calling it the "Truckster." Maybe somebody will get that reference. Anyway, I'm loving the bike and it fits/rides much better than the old setup. I'm just psyched it's getting warmer out again!
Photo courtesy Aaron
Friday, April 9, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
This is our 3-year old on our first Xtracycle. It is converted from a Zize bicycle called the A New Leaf or ANL for short. The ANL was designed for heavier than average riders and makes a excellent steel donor bike.
I love the Shimano Nexus Internally Geared Hub and the front disc brake.
We are looking forward to a lot more use from our Xtras!
Photo courtesy Greg
My Xtracycle installed on a 2007 Jamis Citizen 1.0 700c hybrid. Used riser plugs to lift Vracks and snapdeck so I could get a fender on the stock 700cx38 tire. Just fit. I added a Stokemonkey electric motor to make this a combination hauling/commuting machine. It really tames the hills; carrying 80 lbs (my highest load) or nothing is about the same with the Stokemonkey. Only difference is the speed climbing hills.
Photo courtesy Paul
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Taking my kids to ride at the playground. leisurely 10 mile roundtrip on the bike path by the river. 100+ lbs of kids & stuff hauled by me and the X. A double kid seat Snapdeck is in the works for the summer. I love my X! And my boys, of course. :)
Photo courtesy Rob
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Here is my Aussie xtracycle. It is one of maybe two in Perth, Western Australia. It is bolted to a Giant STP2 - though I have since changed out the forks to some rigid Salsa steel forks, and added a Brooks saddle. A drivetrain upgrade is also in the wings - at the moment am running Acera but it doesn't seem to deal with gear changes very well. I'm looking at going to 9 speed and going to SRAM X9.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
The two chair version, has a custom snapdeck, so that the 2nd chair attaches to it (it uses a clamp, so it's easily removable). I also added the Stoker bar, witch maintains compability with the chairs...
I don't like the two chair version for small commuting rides, because the center of gravity is quite high - but for long rides, it's much more confortable for the kids.
Photo courtesy Miguel Barroso
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
My Xtracycle is used. I bought the FreeRadical from a wrench at an LBS for $125. I put it on a police auction frame. Crashed, and that frame was totaled.
Now it sits on another police auction frame. An old Nishiki with friction thumb shifters.
I keep saying I'm going to buy or build more accessories. Maybe someday. :)
Photo courtesy Joshua
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Have been Xtracycle converted since October 2008. Haven't used a car for shopping of any sort since.
Kayak photo is immediately post-build. The Specialized Rockhopper 2005 has had a few upgrades since including a new fork and most recently a Brooks Flyer saddle.
The other photo is a few weeks ago taking lots of music kit to a gig.
Photo courtesy Tom
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I found this 1986 Bridgestone MB-2 on Craigslist a couple months ago with completely original components and in very good shape.
I decided to use it for an Xtracycle build and am very happy with it. Also added a Brooks B-67 saddle and am using an Aerospoke rear wheel that I already owned. The gizmo clamped to the seat tube is an attachment for a "Springer" bicycle dog leash. I take my dogs for a run with the bike a few times a week.
Photo courtesy Herb