I'm looking to breathe new life in an unused '92 Specialized Stumpjumper Pro mountain bike that I have and no longer use. I'm planning on converting it to a cargo bike using the Xtracycle FreeRadical base unit. I think I'll probably buy their standard V-racks or possibly the more expensive P racks (which will accommodate many regular panniers). I'd like to build up something similar to their Trucker kit http://www.xtracycle.com/cargo-bicyc...ucker-kit.html but I'm kinda balking at the price. I really can't afford that. However, a lot of things about that kit I feel I could make myself by buying the tubing and bending it to create the running boards, making my own flight deck, long loader, etc. I'm just wondering if anyone has bought their own FreeRadical base unit and made the add-ons themselves. I dunno - I look at their decks and the cheapest two are $70. I can buy a piece of 3/4" plywood (in Baltic Birch like they're using), and make my own for way less than that. The same goes for the tubing and plywood for making running boards. Heck, they sell a single cam-type cinch strap for $12! I can buy a set of four at a hardware store for probably about $8-$10! I've read the lengthy post about how Xtracycle's stuff is priced well within the market, etc. blah blah. I just want to know how many folks buy the base FreeRadical or one of the complete kits and go that route and how many folks buy the base unit and craft their own add-ons.