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Old 08-19-05, 06:45 AM   #1
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Just built my new Xtra!

FUN FUN FUN
I'm in Love!

OMG i never thought these would be som much fun!
Took me about half a day to build, mostly futzing with brakes and drivetrain.
Still needs a few xtra pieces and tweaks to be perfect.

Still, went into Boulder for the Thursday night ride. Stopped and picked up a bottle of water, a six pack and a bottle of Tuaca for the party. Had a change of clothes (costume for the ride was PJ's, i had mine plus one of those giant cottony bathrobes in the pannier. Plus a pair of bubble machines strapped to the back and a half gallon of fluid. Stopped on the way home and threw some chinese food on the rack (try putting a styrofoam box in a pannier.)

The ride was over 200 people riding slow, in tight quarters road, bike path, alleys and sidewalks. I was able to trackstand at lights, move at a crawl through crowds of people and ride confidently through the throng at speed. A couple guys riding with trailers, i can ride circles around them, I never had to worry about the load shifting, the extended rear getting in the way or anything. I even tried one foot surfing on the deck though not ready for advanced surfing yet.

I can't wait to run errands on this thing! I'm putting some light chain-link in the panniers so i can lock groceries between errands with a little cable lock.

Nothing quite like a new bike and this qualifies...
Pics to come soon.
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Old 08-19-05, 08:22 AM   #2
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CONGRAGULATIONS!!!

With the ever-rising gas prices, thank God that there are at least some Americans who are thinking clearly and discovering alternative means of transportating goods.

I don't have an Xtra cycle but I have a bike that's just begging to be converted into one (I don't think my wife will let me spend the money for one right now). I do have a three-speed bike with one of those Wald folding side baskets on the rear rack that holds a bag of groceries. Best $20 I ever spent on a bike accessory!

Xtra cycles also look cool, too! Can't wait for your pics!
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I've been wondering about those, they look really good. From your description, the Xtra handles pretty much like a regular short bike? Sounds like a great solution to making bicycles even more useful.

Best of luck with the new ride, and keep us posted, huh?
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Old 08-19-05, 09:15 PM   #4
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Day 2:
Grocery run.

Normally would have driven 3 blocks just because i'm bringing home a bunch of sodas etc...

Loaded 4 2litre bottles of soda, some fruit juices, a couple big bags of salad, and some sundries. The xtra loaded well enough.

I got on the bike and pedalled off and didn't even notice the added weight. Rode without any balance problems, even stalled without putting a foot down at the crosswalk. Tried to ride a tight circle around a lamp-post for fun. Couldn't quite make it but only had to put a foot down once.
Only time i really notice the weight or length was when i got home and was parking.

Sweet ride. HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY
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Sounds like you're enjoying the utility of that mod quite a bit!
The longer tail also suggests some custom possibilities...sleek, enclosed bodywork, woodywagon-style panelled sideboards, a good-looking surrey top that can be stowed in a rear compartment...

Okay, maybe not a top. But it does extend your options a good deal farther.
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Old 08-20-05, 05:26 PM   #6
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I like the woody idea!

I think i'm going another way though. Chain link fenceing cut to the size of the rack to create lockable storage. Little barbed wire for accent (i think i'll have to dull the barbs though...)

Just got tuned up today and hurray! Ride is smoothed out and the rear brake is working great.
Can't surf yet, or manual for that matter. Working on it.
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Old 08-22-05, 08:31 PM   #7
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try letting a 150+ lbs friend ride on the back and tell me how it handles THAT is a workout, at least it is for me

still fun though
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Old 08-23-05, 12:53 AM   #8
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Well up to a duffel bag of laundry plus soap and a 20 pound care package for my sister. About 60 pounds. I actually out track stand-ed another commuter (really a seated manuver... a track...um sit?) and made a 160ish degree turn into a bike path underpass without wobbling. Even slow manuvering and dismounts still easy.
The uphill was still a bit of work though...

And i think i'm going to skip the 150lb passenger and get a pair of 110 lb passengers!
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Man I hate to sound like a dolt, but WTF kind of bike is this Xtra? Three pages of google and I find nothing bike related.
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check out the links

http://xtracycle.com/gallery/view_ph...lic&id=XC_CC_1
http://xtracycle.com/gallery/view_ph...cycle_014b_001
http://xtracycle.com/gallery/view_ph...0_18_03_costco

The xtracycle is a frame addition that extends any bikes wheelbase by 15 inches. It allows tha carrying of large loads by lowering the center of gravity and moving the load behind the heels. It also allows carrying of a passenger and with attachments of surfboards, kayaks etc..
(I should really buy some stock...)

They run about $300 bucks for a full setup, hold around 200-300 pounds plus rider (depending on rear wheel strength) and weigh about 9 pounds.

Me, i'm on again off again car light and wanted the cargo room but didn't want to be hauling a trailer through traffic. On an xtra i can still ride through tight spaces and around traffic (lane split) and park like normal.

Plus i get a backseat for the ladies...
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Ah, very cool! Thanks biodiesel
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man... i want an xtracycle! gimme
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man... i want an xtracycle! gimme
Me too. I've been wanting one on and off for about two years now. There has been several times when I knew it would be my next purchase... Then something else catches my eye. I have a short attention span . It's still on the list though, and this thread bumped it up a few spots again. Congrats Biodiesel, enjoy.
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Old 08-24-05, 06:54 AM   #14
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That's awesome. I looked at quite a few pics on the web site. It's crazy what some riders put on that bike!
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i liked the grocerys, girlfreinds and family shots most.

i'm single and have tried to get some single girlfriends to go riding with me, round town, see some sights, cruiser ride on a thursday...

Next time i try to take a girl on a moonlit cruise or a sunset ride over the Golden Gate bridge, she's on the back with a glass of champagne and there's a picnic basket in the pannier. (My ex-girlfriend never did forgive me for making her ride that time...)

It nice to have something that makes riding more inclusive...
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Finally, here's a couple pics of the rig!

The two pics in front of my apartment are with a duffel bag of about 35 lbs of laundry and a bag of groceries.
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Finally, here's a couple pics of the rig!

The two pics in front of my apartment are with a duffel bag of about 35 lbs of laundry and a bag of groceries.
How easy is it to fix a rear flat on this bike?
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Hey Biodiesel,

Did you happen to attend the Tour de Fat in Golden Gate Park? There was a guy with an Xtracycle and this "cage" thing built up all around his bike. He had stereo speakers all over the thing. It looked like 100 pounds of stereo equipment, tubing, awning.....It was wild! He was like a rolling D.J....
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How easy is it to fix a rear flat on this bike?
That was my first question when i got it...

Not bad, trouble is the racks are kinda in the way. Unloaded it's easy, pop one side off and easy, otherwise it's a little clumsy. You could invert but anything in the rack goes spilling.
I'm looking at a bipod kickstand then i could pull the rear wheel and the bike would stay standing.
Until then i lay the bike down and pull the wheel out to the side.
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That looks great! I just upgraded my xtracycle with a new fork and disc brakes! What is the base bike for your xtyracycle?
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Finally, here's a couple pics of the rig!

The two pics in front of my apartment are with a duffel bag of about 35 lbs of laundry and a bag of groceries.
Beautiful bicycle.

Are you going touring with it? Does it flex down or bob like a suspension seat post?
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That looks great! I just upgraded my xtracycle with a new fork and disc brakes! What is the base bike for your xtyracycle?
No bob or flex, frame is rigid.
Built on a Novarra Buzz (from REI) with 26" wheels.

No new touring plans yet...yet...

Disk Brakes are awesome! Before i put the xtra on i was doing front wheel stoppies (short ones anyway.) No new tricks yet. Still working on the surfing moves...
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Re: chain link fence for security of cargo. Go to riderswarehouse.com. they have the metal cargo net ready to go. This is a m/c supplier but they have many useful items for bicycilists.
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Rodfrank, I can't get that URL to work. Any ideas?
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