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Old 11-03-06, 12:07 PM   #1
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Every girl needs an xtracycle

Ever since I got my first one, Sara has been hinting heavily that she would like one. Since it means that she can go to the grocery store on her own now, I happily obliged.
Getting built now. More photos on my site

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Nice photos! I was just in Whistler and WA, so I recognized some of the locations. You should post up the final xtra-cycle shot of the new bike...
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Where are they on the site? I'd like to see that. It might give my girl ideas too.


Hey, you think if you padded the snapdeck, it could be a makeout mobile?
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Nice photos! I was just in Whistler and WA, so I recognized some of the locations. You should post up the final xtra-cycle shot of the new bike...
will do


Sammyboy - more photos here for now. Ill have a gallery up when its all finished etc

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Sweet!

This has been my desktop for several days now...
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So is this thing practicle for regular commuting on a road bike? Do they have a website?
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It is, kjmillig. I ride mine all the time.

www.xtracycle.com is their site, as per your request.
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It is, kjmillig. I ride mine all the time.

www.xtracycle.com is their site, as per your request.
I've been eyeing the Xtracycle as a commuter add-on to my Giant steel MTB. But for the life of me, I can't quite figure out how the thing attaches to a frame...does it all fit once you've taken the rear wheel off? Like it somehow bolts to your existing frame and, with chain adjustments, etc. you just have extended your bike 30" with all the rack business?

I really like the way it looks, the possibilities for running errands and the whole concept of the SUB. But as a primitive wrencher, I'm intimidated by not quite understanding how the thing works. And the Xtracycle website doesn't really explain that part...
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I've been eyeing the Xtracycle as a commuter add-on to my Giant steel MTB. But for the life of me, I can't quite figure out how the thing attaches to a frame...does it all fit once you've taken the rear wheel off? Like it somehow bolts to your existing frame and, with chain adjustments, etc. you just have extended your bike 30" with all the rack business?

I really like the way it looks, the possibilities for running errands and the whole concept of the SUB. But as a primitive wrencher, I'm intimidated by not quite understanding how the thing works. And the Xtracycle website doesn't really explain that part...
Rumor has it that the site will be updated and a little clearer on that and some other points in the near future. In the meantime let me put your fears to rest by saying that you will love it

These are some shots I took when I got my first one. I'll have some better photos soon.






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There is a ton more photos on my site. Either in the galleries or if you go to the journal and type xtracycle in, it will pull up a bunch. Check out one in person if you can, you will be sold
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How about starting a thread "Every guy needs a girl with an extracycle"?
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I've got an extra frame lying around that I could use to get to the trailhead in town, ~10km away. This is a fantastic idea:
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found the owner's manual .pdf posted on the Xtracycle FAQ in answer to someone's question about proper strapping of the bags...the diagrams showed me pretty much everything I had been wondering about...

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It's a bolt on accessory and can be removed from the bike and the bike restored to its original configuration without damage. They are very nice when you want do loaded touring and that sort of thing. Another similar bolt on accessory like the Xtracycle is this any bike to trike kit.
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I had been interested in an xtracycle. I finally found a store in town that had one so I went down to see it. The shop owner had a bike of his own with the xtracycle kit as well as the kit for sale. He had obviously left his own xtracycle outside. The wooden platform was all scorched and peeling from the sun. The canvas was all faded. The one he had for sale didn't look much better. I took a pass.

That trike thing is a kick, but it must weigh a ton with all those excessive spokes and all that metal. For a real cargo trike, I like the Hase Lepus with the cargo area in the rear. Saw one in person. It was really fun to ride, too. http://www.hasebikes.com/ens/lepus/index.php
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I had been interested in an xtracycle. I finally found a store in town that had one so I went down to see it. The shop owner had a bike of his own with the xtracycle kit as well as the kit for sale. He had obviously left his own xtracycle outside. The wooden platform was all scorched and peeling from the sun. The canvas was all faded. The one he had for sale didn't look much better. I took a pass.

That trike thing is a kick, but it must weigh a ton with all those excessive spokes and all that metal. For a real cargo trike, I like the Hase Lepus with the cargo area in the rear. Saw one in person. It was really fun to ride, too. http://www.hasebikes.com/ens/lepus/index.php
Interesting theory- if the owner doesn't take care of his, you won't buy one?

I missed your post the first time relayer- cool! haha
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Okay.. remind me again WHY one would want to do this?

Seems a Burley or Bob trailer would serve the purpose much better.

Are we simply novelty prone when it comes to putting bike wheels on odd metal sculptures?
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Okay.. remind me again WHY one would want to do this?

Seems a Burley or Bob trailer would serve the purpose much better.

Are we simply novelty prone when it comes to putting bike wheels on odd metal sculptures?
Because it handles better. I've seen xtracycles in somepretty crazy derbies, with people riding on the back trying to knock the other riders off. No way you could do that with a trailer. You can also arry them up stairs a lot easier.

I want to get one sometime, but I don't have the money or non-fixie bike to convert...
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Put 100lbs of sand on an xtracycle and in a trailer behind a bike. Ride them both down a nice steep hill and then slam on the brakes. After you've done that, comeback and report your results. That is, if you survive doing the trailer part ofthe experiment.
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Surly Big Dummy

appears that Surly is coming out with a bike that will replicate? improve? compete with? imitate? the Xtracycle retrofit: it's called the Big Dummy

Surlyblog discussion on Wed., Nov 1st found http://www.surlybikes.com/surlyblog.html

Interesting comment about the handling of the prototype Big Dummy vs. the Xtracycle (in Surly's preliminary opinion, of course) under loaded conditions...

My thought: if the retrofit Xtracycle is $ 399 including panniers, what price will the Big Dummy have to be to compete? Or will they just sell a Big Dummy frame?
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Interesting theory- if the owner doesn't take care of his, you won't buy one?
No, that's not it. It just didn't look like they wear well. If you rode to work everyday and parked in the sun or the fog (like I do) I was afraid it just wouldn't last very long before it looked like a piece of junk.
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That trike thing is a kick, but it must weigh a ton with all those excessive spokes and all that metal. http://www.hasebikes.com/ens/lepus/index.php
You can purchase just the trike frame and use your own wheels. These trike kits show up regularly through the years. Sort of a fad thing I guess. I have seen old version trike kits using 26" balloon wheels and 27" wheels and space for multi-speed freewheels on the jackshaft. They tend to be collector's items and sell for way too much money in my opinion.
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Okay.. remind me again WHY one would want to do this?

Seems a Burley or Bob trailer would serve the purpose much better.

Are we simply novelty prone when it comes to putting bike wheels on odd metal sculptures?

Because it's a fantastic, well thought out product that does the job(hauling things) better than either of the ones you mentioned.
Try one. I was skeptical until I did and now have 3...
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Because it's a fantastic, well thought out product that does the job(hauling things) better than either of the ones you mentioned.
Try one. I was skeptical until I did and now have 3...
I don't doubt any of this but I just can't spend the scratch for it
I'm the type like I'm sure many others here where their bike is worth but a fourth of the cost of the xtracycle itself
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I don't doubt any of this but I just can't spend the scratch for it
I'm the type like I'm sure many others here where their bike is worth but a fourth of the cost of the xtracycle itself
sure, I was just answering Shaman's courteous inquiry about the validity of the xtracycle over other trailers.


Centex - xtracycle and surly are working together with this project.


sbhikes - Yeah I know what you meant, it just sounded a little funny so I commented I can't reply on how it stands up under harsh conditions etc as I take pretty good care of my gear.
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appears that Surly is coming out with a bike that will replicate? improve? compete with? imitate? the Xtracycle retrofit: it's called the Big Dummy

Surlyblog discussion on Wed., Nov 1st found http://www.surlybikes.com/surlyblog.html

Interesting comment about the handling of the prototype Big Dummy vs. the Xtracycle (in Surly's preliminary opinion, of course) under loaded conditions...

My thought: if the retrofit Xtracycle is $ 399 including panniers, what price will the Big Dummy have to be to compete? Or will they just sell a Big Dummy frame?
the Big Dummy is a Surly frame made for the Xtracycle...I have an Xtracycle on my 1X1 and it was a PAIN to mount (the chainstay bridge was too close to the bottombracket)...but now I love it (my 1X1 w/Xtracycle).
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