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    Salon.com Article Featuring the Xtracycle

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    This is a really fun article, and the video is great too.

    None of the usual "journalist tries bike commuting" whining about annoyances. This guy is day-in-day-out bike commuter, 4 miles each way for 3 yrs in Washington, DC. Nothing extravagant, just practical commuting.

    So he gets an xtracycle and proceeds to have about as much fun as you can pushing the limits of bike transportation. He puts both his kids on the back, even the not-quite-3 yr old, and even fabs some parts the little one can hold on to. He makes using a bicycle seem fun, easy and hilarious. Makes me want to convert the old Kona Fire Mountain to an xtracycle (blender).

    Enjoy.
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    I just submitted it to Digg:
    My family car is an SUB and I love it
    Go digg it if you have an account.

    Awesome video. I've been wanting a Xtracycle for a long time, preferably the Surly steel frame one.

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    I have got to get one of those blender attachments.
    One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach -- all the damn vampires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spider-man View Post
    I have got to get one of those blender attachments.
    Hell yes, in New Orleans? They'd make you Grand Marshall!
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    I love it, but it annoys me that he calls it a "sport utility bike." Doesn't "utility cycling" sound sexy enough on it's own??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Takabrash View Post
    I love it, but it annoys me that he calls it a "sport utility bike." Doesn't "utility cycling" sound sexy enough on it's own??
    Pretty sure that's a marketing line straight from Xtracycle.
    One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach -- all the damn vampires.

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    Insufferable latecomer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lot's Knife View Post
    Insufferable latecomer.
    Shut up and have a margarita.
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    The author has seen the light. Welcome to the light side, friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ok_commuter View Post
    Shut up and have a margarita.
    Sadly, I can't. But, I would like a nice tropical smoothie.
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    I want an xtracycle, I just need to find a good donor bike on craigslist, I can't afford the Big Dummy, WAAAY out of my price range, even the SUB kit is a little high for me, but I think I would get the use out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poopisnotfood View Post
    I want an xtracycle, I just need to find a good donor bike on craigslist, I can't afford the Big Dummy, WAAAY out of my price range, even the SUB kit is a little high for me, but I think I would get the use out of it.
    There is also the http://www.konaworld.com/08_ute_w.htm (not quite as versatile, but still a good utility bike for just a little more than the Xtracycle.)
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    You know all that money we spend on nuclear weapons and defense each year, trillions of dollars, correct? Instead -- just play with this -- if we spent that money feeding and clothing the poor of the world -- and it would pay for it many times over, not one human being excluded -- we can explore space together, both inner and outer, forever in peace. Thank you very much -- Bill Hicks

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    Quote Originally Posted by poopisnotfood View Post
    I want an xtracycle, I just need to find a good donor bike on craigslist, I can't afford the Big Dummy, WAAAY out of my price range, even the SUB kit is a little high for me, but I think I would get the use out of it.
    I was starting to scheme about converting my old hybrid. Then my wife read the Salon article and giggled all the way through. Afterward she said, "You could do that to MY bike!" Which I could - a mid-90s Novara Alight MTB now running 6" wide serfas street tires (OK, not really). It's already so heavy I can barely lift it, but once I lose the suspension fork on the front it'll be a little better.

    Ah well... I guess I already got my bike this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ok_commuter View Post
    Ah well... I guess I already got my bike this year.
    It is a nice one too, I was admiring it on the thread you started about it. I have debated selling my jetski's to free up a little money to get an xtracycle, but boy I would miss them. Guess I can't have all the toys I want (it is tempting to buy one of everything though).

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    The xtracycle is an amazing thing... I'd love to get one set up using my old MTB as a donor. Ah, the possibilities!

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    I have an old mountain bike, but it is a low end full suspension, otherwise it would be converted already.

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    Hmmm..... I realy want a Surly BD, but WAYYYY out of my price range..... I have an old MTB sitting in the garage..... I wonder what the requirements are for the conversion...... time to do some research!!!!!
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    uh oh. Way too much press about the xtracycle. If they aren't careful, I won't be the only one in my neighborhood with one anymore.

    You xtracycle bandwagon jumpers listen up! The xtracycle is a terrible thing! Yeah, that's it. It rides like an elephant steering a blue whale and I believe it makes you impotent.

    There, that should do it.

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    ddm, you can get the full skinny at the Xtracycle website.

    Quote Originally Posted by xtracycle
    The Free Radical frame has two sizes: the 26" and 700c; The only difference is in the location of the brake post mounts. The 26" style is for most mountain bikes, and the 700c will fit most road and cyclocross bikes. The maximum tire size is about 3" for MTB tires, and 37mm for road, cyclocross, and 29er tires.

    Both sizes will accept disc brakes. They will not accept cantilever brakes - if you have cantilever brakes you will need to convert to a V-brake or disc brake arrangement. Bear in mind that a regular V-brake won't work correctly if you previously had cantilever or road caliper brakes on your bike. You will need a special BMX style V-brake or a regular V-brake plus a Travel Agent to correct the pull of the cable.

    If your bike lacks a chainstay bridge, you will need an extra Front Attachment Plate to grab onto the frame.

    If your rear dropouts flare out more than about 8mm, directly above the rear axle, they may interfere with the fit of the bike.
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    Not sure how widespread this issue has been, but a couple people over in the Utility forum have needed to send their FreeLoaders back for warranty replacement due to frame cracks.
    Xtracyle breaks.

    I love the idea of the XtraCycle, but I've always had my concerns about its ability (and the bike's) to handle my weight plus the added weight of heavy cargo. When Surly intro'd the BD, I started putting my pennies aside. Some day I'll be able to fully deck one out, but until then I'm going to stick with dragging around a trailer.

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    That sounds awesome. Modding you bike is the new modding you computer.
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    pancake theoretical physics is a good new direction for this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BroadSTPhilly View Post
    That sounds awesome. Modding you bike is the new modding you computer.
    Now, if there were only some way I could get it to run Linux . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Not sure how widespread this issue has been, but a couple people over in the Utility forum have needed to send their FreeLoaders back for warranty replacement due to frame cracks.
    Xtracyle breaks.

    I love the idea of the XtraCycle, but I've always had my concerns about its ability (and the bike's) to handle my weight plus the added weight of heavy cargo. When Surly intro'd the BD, I started putting my pennies aside. Some day I'll be able to fully deck one out, but until then I'm going to stick with dragging around a trailer.
    To ANYONE who has been hemming and hawing about ever getting an Xtracycle, GO FOR IT! I have many thousands of miles on my Xtracycle/Novara Safari, and have had NO problems... I have had over 800lbs loaded on the bike! (I weigh 325 all by my onesie) You will be amazed at how popular your bike becomes at the grocery store/gym/work etc... Yes the attatchment gets a little flexy at times under heavy load, but It has never slowed me down.
    I purchased a pair of used battery powered computer speakers for $8, and used some velcro to put my
    MP3 player on my handlebars. This bike is now a rolling party...
    I take it into Golden Gate Park in SF, and tear up single-tracks, and the bike holds a line VERY well on DH...
    I check the Xtracycle Chassis every now and again for cracks, but I have had no problems... Xtracycle sends you a few little cards that explain what the Xtracycle is/does etc... Due to popular demand, I asked Xtracycle for more cards, because I ran out in a week! They promptly sent me an envelope full, which has now been dispursed amongst to populace as well...
    I have been living car-free for almost two years now, all thanks to the X...
    Here's some pics of my last trip to SF for Tour De Fat...




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    Quote Originally Posted by harleyfrog View Post
    ddm, you can get the full skinny at the Xtracycle website.
    Direct from the Xtracycle website-

    Free Radical Kit
    Everything you need to take your bicycle lifestyle to the next level. Includes FreeRadical rame, bags, deck, racks, and build kit.

    INVENTORY NOTE: All 26" and 700c kits are sold out - it's been a busy year! We expect to be restocked late August 2008. Place your name on a waiting list by sending an email with your contact info to freerad@xtracycle.com

    Only $489 (regardless of the wheel size)... Not too bad! Much cheaper than the BD! And I already have the bike.... Of course I'd probably use my Trek frame...... But it doesn't take disk brakes..... Hmmmm....... Need more research!!!!
    Master Guns Crittle, You out there??
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