Yes that was me. I did see your xtra parked there with a frame strapped to the top. Hopefully I'll bring some stuff to the next swap, stop by and say hi.
this is me...
big dummy... i live in Monterey, Ca
no car for a number of years now
i quit my job last august, to do whatever it is i feel like doing...
so its a bunch of bike riding, touring, etc...
lately i had gone to the top of Cone Peak (Ventana Wilderness)
the following weekend i was in LA for my nephew's b-day
all dummy action
Finished for now:
Mum's old Nishiki Oro Hybrid with big Wald front basket, fenders etc. and a Bob Trailer. Very very practical, but not stylish enough. The new Noah's Arc bar helps though!
Two Carradice Shopper panniers in the rear + two Lone Peak shopping baskets upfront. That makes 25 gallons of cargo space so I can concentrate on buying my groceries & not thinking whether they'll fit in. The weight distribution is low & the bike is very stable under heavy load. This bike was also converted to SA three speeds & I use it as it as a regular commuter/fitness bike (it's only 30 lb with the racks & all) for bad weather after the panniers are taken off (under one minute all four of them).
This from me... also unbolts into 2 tallbikes, yes yes.
Dunno, do you call this a utility bike??
All of this and more on the Rat Patrol website: www.rat-patrol.org/RPOz
Loaded up for the bike festival...
Sixty Fiver, I can't remember if if I asked you, did you weld, braze, or bolt that beauty together? It looks very nicely done!
Top speed (so far) 47.4mph
I like it! :D
This bike doubles as my daily commuter, but it's also my grocery gitter, my Best Buy buddy, my movie theater mover, my trivia night traveler, and my date night transport.
I give you "Sally Swobo"
The rack is by Bontrager. It's aluminum and wasn't cheap. I'm satisfied with its performance.
The rear basket is made by a German company called Kettler. I bought it on Amazon. It's a small basket, but has an ingenious design. Four spring-loaded clamps grip on each side of the rack. I've loaded up to 30lbs of groceries in the Kettler rack. As a bonus, you can carry it into the store with you.
The discarded basket not shown in this picture (because it's banished to the corner of my garage) is a Trek basket designed for the Bontrager/Trek rack. It secures to the rack with a slide-in plastic "tongue" on the front, and a small plastic clamp on the back that ostensibly is supposed to keep the rack, and all your goodies, secured to the rack.
Except over speedbumps
or big potholes
or when you're going fast up a drive way
or when you corner too fast
The only reason I haven't lost it somewhere is because of a cheap cargo net I secured to it and the front of the rack.
It is, in a word, unreliable junk. And I can't recommend it to anyone.
What's that on the front wheel already?
Here's my xtra with a few changes.
I painted the snapdeck and added slicks for the city.
Shown here with a few weeks worth of recycling.
Here´s my workhorse: Van Andel, A filibus-type bakfiets. http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q...ger/loaded.jpg
After dreaming for nearly two years, I've finally found time to build my cargo-bike prototype.
The rear triangle and fork were salvaged from existing bikes, the rest built by me. All cro-moly, with a temporary wheel-barrow bucket for a box. I hope to built a more appropriate wooden box soon.
I've already successfully carried a ton of stuff including 50 pounds of steel, garage sale finds, and my friend Erik. No problem.
Next step: Beat the hell out of it, try to break it, strengthen the weak points, modify, powder-coat, make more...
Me on bike towing bike: