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Old 12-19-10, 05:06 PM   #1
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I bought a Big Dummy Today

This is a big purchase item for me: the bike alone with fenders installed cost $2266.88 (the lbs put spiked snow tires on and installed 4 bottle cages at no cost). The LongTail Xtra cycle kit, shower cap, and extra chain, cost an additional $ 390.00 (this is including postage and import duties). Consequently, I am into this bike for $2656.88

I rationalized this purchase due to the fact that I will be discarding my truck the minute that it breaks down (its on its last leg) -- it is then that I will begin my life as commuter. I also really wanted to get the 2010 model before they sell out as I like the sloping geometry of the top tube.

The Big Dummy is the ultimate commuter, and as a bonus I think that the bike will make an excellent touring bike. I can't wait to load it up with my camping gear and take it touring.

Any advise out their from other Big Dummies? How do they handle in the snow?
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I was struggling to pedal my way through some hard-pack snow last winter... probably doing 8-10mph... when all of a sudden a couple riding Big Dummy each passed me like I was stopped.

Needless to say, this did nothing for my self-esteem. I couldn't understand how those wide tires could move faster than my 40mm studdies.
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Old 12-19-10, 07:30 PM   #3
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This is a big purchase item for me: the bike alone with fenders installed cost $2266.88 (the lbs put spiked snow tires on and installed 4 bottle cages at no cost). The LongTail Xtra cycle kit, shower cap, and extra chain, cost an additional $ 390.00 (this is including postage and import duties). Consequently, I am into this bike for $2656.88

I rationalized this purchase due to the fact that I will be discarding my truck the minute that it breaks down (its on its last leg) -- it is then that I will begin my life as commuter. I also really wanted to get the 2010 model before they sell out as I like the sloping geometry of the top tube.

The Big Dummy is the ultimate commuter, and as a bonus I think that the bike will make an excellent touring bike. I can't wait to load it up with my camping gear and take it touring.

Any advise out their from other Big Dummies? How do they handle in the snow?
Having never priced one I didn't realize they were that expensive. But for a utility/ touring cyclist it would seem to be worth it.
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Old 12-20-10, 09:34 AM   #4
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This is a big purchase item for me: the bike alone with fenders installed cost $2266.88 (the lbs put spiked snow tires on and installed 4 bottle cages at no cost). The LongTail Xtra cycle kit, shower cap, and extra chain, cost an additional $ 390.00 (this is including postage and import duties). Consequently, I am into this bike for $2656.88

I rationalized this purchase due to the fact that I will be discarding my truck the minute that it breaks down (its on its last leg) -- it is then that I will begin my life as commuter. I also really wanted to get the 2010 model before they sell out as I like the sloping geometry of the top tube.

The Big Dummy is the ultimate commuter, and as a bonus I think that the bike will make an excellent touring bike. I can't wait to load it up with my camping gear and take it touring.

Any advise out their from other Big Dummies? How do they handle in the snow?
Congratulations! Awesome Did you get the new model? Where did you get it from? I want to buy a frame and build it up.
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Old 12-21-10, 03:36 AM   #5
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I bought the green 2010 model with the sloping top tube here in Winnipeg from Olympia Cycle. I think the longer wheel base and the wide spiked tire will be a great advantage in the winter. I am justing waiting on the LongTail Xtra Cycle kit at which time I will take it for a spin.

I am really stoked after watching this
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Old 12-21-10, 04:26 AM   #6
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I love my Big Dummy ... it knocked so many things off the list I used to think I needed a car to do.
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I was struggling to pedal my way through some hard-pack snow last winter... probably doing 8-10mph... when all of a sudden a couple riding Big Dummy each passed me like I was stopped.

Needless to say, this did nothing for my self-esteem. I couldn't understand how those wide tires could move faster than my 40mm studdies.
Was there a Stoke Monkey on board with each of those riders?
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Old 12-21-10, 09:10 AM   #8
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While I'm not in the market to shell out 2600+ dollars for a new cargo bike, but an Xtracycle buildup is in my plans for this coming Spring.
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I don't have a Dummy, but, I do have a Xtracycle. I ride it almost exclusively. I do want to get a Dummy though.
Of course I roll with Nokian Mount & Ground studded tires in the winter, my Xtracycle is stable in the snow, I actually have no basis for comparison as regards Big Dummy/Xtracycle vs. a regular bicycle. The last time I rode a regular bicycle in the winter was around '83 or '84.

I agree with the OP, the Big Dummy/ Xtracycle is the ultimate commuter bicycle. I remember seeing an article in the Adventure Cycling magazine about a Xtracycle or BD being used for touring. I believe that it would be awesome as a touring rig.
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I am really intrigued by these bikes, but the wife would kill me if another bike "follows me home".....can i keep him can I?

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Was there a Stoke Monkey on board with each of those riders?
I never heard a motor, so I assume not. Although there's an urban myth going around about Fabian Cancellara and the Tdf.

That would salvage my self-esteem though...
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I never heard a motor, so I assume not. Although there's an urban myth going around about Fabian Cancellara and the Tdf.

That would salvage my self-esteem though...
I thought they inspected all the bikes at the TdF for hidden e-assists and didn't find any???
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I thought they inspected all the bikes at the TdF for hidden e-assists and didn't find any???
Yes they x-rayed all the bikes after Cancellara started making some suspect jerky motions. Never found anything.

Still, there's a story going around the Internet... you know... right next to that one about Obama being a Muslim.
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Congrats on the new bike, I really want one and plan to add one to the collection this year or maybe a Kona UTE.
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Congratulations! I love the Big Dummy, but it was out of my price range when we were in the market for a utility bike. We have a Kona Ute that serves us extremely well.
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I picked up an Xtracycle on Craigslist for $300. Extra knick-knacks, another $50. I attached it to my Surly Karate Monkey. Now, I have the coolest cargo bike I have seen. I moved my Flashbak rear light to the xtracycle, and it fits really well. The remote switch clips right next to me, so at a glance, I can see my back light is on. I moved the TurboCat S15 over to the new rig. Set up the antique Cateye AT-100(it still works) and we're rollin'. I dig my new rig. The extended wheelbase allows me to ride so slow, it would require a foot to go down on most other bikes.
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Old 01-13-11, 12:11 PM   #17
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I have decided to park the Dummy until spring. Our municipality layers our city streets with sand in the winter. I have other beater bikes that I can use instead.

One thing I like about Surly is their steel frames (I have a Steamroller and have really abused it). I think steel is the way to go for this type of bike, especially for long tours.

A word of caution for apartment dwellers- measure your elevator before you purchase a utility bike.The Dummy is over 7 feet long; it just fits into my elevator (standing up).

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Old 01-14-11, 09:15 PM   #18
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Some day,,,I think they are cool, I have heard NOTHING but how well they ride in any condition.
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