Originally Posted by Bikkhu
Err. What do you think of Surly's Big Dummy cargo-bikesque frame? I am not too keen on the "modular" approach that requires specific racs etc.
Come to think of it, I think Bilenky and Burrows 8Freight seem much better designs.
Oh, if someone has one built up I'd love to see cargo bike photos, thanks.
People different places (online) who have gotten the Xtracycle kits seem to like them, but it's not what I'd consider ideal for a cargo bike. It would seem to me that there's too much effort involved in "packing" on an Xtracycle for it to be real convenient.
What I'd prefer more is something like the Henry work cycles cargobike long
but with a big deep stainless-steel wire basket instead of a wooden box. I don't want to have to "pack" stuff, I want to just toss it in and go. Maybe
I could bother with tying a cargo net over the top of the basket.
Sadly I cannot afford a real cargo bike, and don't exactly
want one anyway....
I have a RANS Fusion
I am building a bigger rear rack for, does that count? A standard rack will fit but it ends up too close to the seat, and I had disk brakes put on and now a regular rack won't even fit at all (the brake blocks it on one side). RANS sells a rack kit but I find it to be of questionable
structural integrity. And it only mounts a regular rack, and I don't like regular racks because they're small, and held on with tiny screws.
So I am attempting to build something larger, that grabs right onto the seatstays. The top of the rack will be 10" wide and 18" long (instead of 6" wide and 12" long). And I may try to make some side baskets too; I have the biggest Wald baskets I found but they're only 13L x 9H x 7W inches, and I'd really like some that were maybe 18L x 12H x 10W inches.
(Amazingly enough, there are already at least a couple people who have put Xtracycle kits on RANS crank-forward bikes. The Fusion's chainstays are 30 inches long to begin with