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Sixty Fiver 09-14-13 04:30 PM

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...tchschool1.JPG

My daughter said she wanted a ride... I deliver.

:)

Sandy Barringer 09-16-13 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by oldfool (Post 5049271)
Here is my dedicated grocery getter a 1976 Schwinn. This bike started out to be a restoration project but after I cleaned it up and rode it a few times I realized that this was really a sweet bike and suitable for an old man. The rack is made from a discarded skate board trimmed to fit. The stay for it is the seat stay from a frame I had taken other parts from for another project. Strong, wide and flat it makes a good seat for a passenger or to tie down a case of beer. The half-buckets are held on by industrial zip ties. I had planned to do something more sophisticated but zip ties are so cheap and quick I have continued to use them. Since the bicycle is used for cargo I leave the buckets installed. I can get more in them than I really want to carry. The front bucket is a Bell off the shelf item easily detached and really convenient with a carrying handle.
The original running gear has all been replaced with heavier stuff. The original wheels were light weight 1 3/8's replaced with 1.95's on steel wheels. The original gearing was a 10 speed but is now a 15 speed. The crank set is a 3 piece and has 3 chain rings (28-38-48) and the rear is 14 through 28. I don't have any hills here (unless you count the bridges) so you'd think I wouldn't need that kind of gearing but there are no bike paths, side walks or smooth shoulders either. Sometimes I need the gearing to get through the tall grass, gravel and in and out of pot holes. I retained the stem shifting levers for the chain ring shifting (nostalgia) and have an index shifter for the rear. Mostly I stay on the center ring (38t).
The brakes have been replaced with heavier duty rim brakes and would be inadequate for hilly country but that is not here.
The bike is stable and rock solid empty or under load. It weighs 45lbs.
I haven't needed more capacity yet but I think I will add an extension like the extracycle only home made. I'll post pictures when I do.
It ain't real pretty but it works and I have become emotionally involved. I get offended when it is insulted. Maybe I need professional psychiatric help.

Reply: That's a really neat set-up. Someone criticized the bike? Must be jealousy or a roadie dumb-a**.

FOXYFOX29er 10-06-13 08:16 PM

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I made this from an aluminum mountain bike, new paint, fenders, rack with a milk crate, locking grips (i know not necessary and i might change them to slip on and bar ends from the GT timberline), microshift shifters.d todayhttp://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=344590

Sandy Barringer 10-07-13 08:43 AM

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Originally Posted by FOXYFOX29er (Post 16138466)
I made this from an aluminum mountain bike, new paint, fenders, rack with a milk crate, locking grips (i know not necessary and i might change them to slip on and bar ends from the GT timberline), microshift shifters.d todayhttp://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=344590

Reply: Really nice work!

chriskmurray 10-27-13 10:15 PM

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Pictures from helping my friend with a bike move today!

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=348120http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=348121

Radials983 12-07-13 11:00 PM

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This is my 94' Trek xtracycle daily rider. A more recent build to me, I decided to take it up the Scenic McKenzie Pass in Oregon to see how it would fair on the climb. I was only carrying extra warm clothing and some PB&J's, but the bike did better than I expected. The road at this time of year is closed to motorists, and on this particular day was so beautifully foggy. Right now I am running studs with some back end ballast, and the bike is doing great in the snow.http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=354274http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=354275
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=354339http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=354338

Sirrus Rider 12-07-13 11:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Radials983 (Post 16311032)
This is my 94' Trek xtracycle daily rider. A more recent build to me, I decided to take it up the Scenic McKenzie Pass in Oregon to see how it would fair on the climb. I was only carrying extra warm clothing and some PB&J's, but the bike did better than I expected. The road at this time of year is closed to motorists, and on this particular day was so beautifully foggy. Right now I am running studs with some back end ballast, and the bike is doing great in the snow.http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=354274http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=354275

Bad links.. Please fix I and others would like to see..

scroungetech 01-12-14 03:00 PM

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This is my 2013 Surly Troll, just in from a breezy ride, temps around 40 F. Dialing in new handlebar set up today, and really digging on some chemical toe warmer packs. I've been chomping at the bit to get out and ride, but the recent sub zero cold snap was a little chillier than I felt like dealing with. Happy to finally get a nicer day to ride.http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=359247http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=359248http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=359249

Cynikal 01-14-14 04:43 PM

First post here and a new project. I just got the frame and it should be built in the next few weeks.


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7320/1...f8da045036.jpg

Sixty Fiver 01-14-14 04:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Cynikal (Post 16411160)
First post here and a new project. I just got the frame and it should be built in the next few weeks.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7320/1...f8da045036.jpg

Suhweet.

From my errands the other day... winter #6 for Stretch.

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...etch%20(3).jpg

Radials983 01-23-14 08:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Cynikal (Post 16411160)
First post here and a new project. I just got the frame and it should be built in the next few weeks.


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7320/1...f8da045036.jpg

Whoa! Who made this frame?

Cynikal 01-23-14 10:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Radials983 (Post 16434007)
Whoa! Who made this frame?

It's built by Cycletrucks here in the Sacramento area. It's also build to come apart between the steertube and the cross tubes. Parts are on order to get this built and I need to build a seat for my kids. Give me a couple of weeks and I'll post more photos.

troysmith80 01-27-14 09:09 AM

THose are cool bikes. Lots of pictures of them on facebook, search for cycle trucks on FB.

dmott 02-11-14 02:05 PM

Ok this is far from most of these, but it has worked for me so far. Its a 1985 Schwinn Traveler.
http://i.imgur.com/fDPN4QX.jpg

NoBrakeNate 02-17-14 01:47 PM

http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m...36/image-6.jpg

Just finished a bike tray for the Big Dummy.

7up 02-19-14 11:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by oldfool (Post 5049271)
Here is my dedicated grocery getter a 1976 Schwinn. This bike started out to be a restoration project but after I cleaned it up and rode it a few times I realized that this was really a sweet bike and suitable for an old man. The rack is made from a discarded skate board trimmed to fit. The stay for it is the seat stay from a frame I had taken other parts from for another project. Strong, wide and flat it makes a good seat for a passenger or to tie down a case of beer. The half-buckets are held on by industrial zip ties. I had planned to do something more sophisticated but zip ties are so cheap and quick I have continued to use them. Since the bicycle is used for cargo I leave the buckets installed. I can get more in them than I really want to carry. The front bucket is a Bell off the shelf item easily detached and really convenient with a carrying handle.
The original running gear has all been replaced with heavier stuff. The original wheels were light weight 1 3/8's replaced with 1.95's on steel wheels. The original gearing was a 10 speed but is now a 15 speed. The crank set is a 3 piece and has 3 chain rings (28-38-48) and the rear is 14 through 28. I don't have any hills here (unless you count the bridges) so you'd think I wouldn't need that kind of gearing but there are no bike paths, side walks or smooth shoulders either. Sometimes I need the gearing to get through the tall grass, gravel and in and out of pot holes. I retained the stem shifting levers for the chain ring shifting (nostalgia) and have an index shifter for the rear. Mostly I stay on the center ring (38t).
The brakes have been replaced with heavier duty rim brakes and would be inadequate for hilly country but that is not here.
The bike is stable and rock solid empty or under load. It weighs 45lbs.
I haven't needed more capacity yet but I think I will add an extension like the extracycle only home made. I'll post pictures when I do.
It ain't real pretty but it works and I have become emotionally involved. I get offended when it is insulted. Maybe I need professional psychiatric help.

Very Nice Bike and you gave me some good ideas.

7up 02-19-14 11:36 AM

Very nice bike

vaultbrad 02-28-14 10:48 AM

Did some work yesterday and put my xtracycle back to work, but this time on a frame that fits me. I really love the way this thing rides. It makes for a great commuter, errand runner, townie, etc.
http://i807.photobucket.com/albums/y...psf502520e.jpg

rdlange 03-02-14 10:45 AM

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Sold the Royce Union. My 'new' grocery/shopping ride. You can tell I don't have alot invested,in it yet, but it's lighter and a lower step thru. Been in storage awhile. Did a cat food run yesterday. Nobody tried to steal it. Found a gratitude rock.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=366753

canascrews 03-11-14 03:25 PM

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My Halsted at the beach today .
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=368311
I should have taken a photo yesterday when it was stacked up nose high with groceries .

kookaburra1701 03-19-14 11:10 PM

As a Christmas present to myself, I purchased a Wald Giant Delivery Basket. This thing carries quite a payload.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ps707869d2.jpg

hotbike 03-20-14 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 (Post 16594255)
As a Christmas present to myself, I purchased a Wald Giant Delivery Basket. This thing carries quite a payload.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ps707869d2.jpg

Did you add that latteral piece of pipe (3/4 emt, I'm guessing), at the front , bottom, as a reinforcement?

or is it just to hold the headlight?

kookaburra1701 03-20-14 12:47 PM

Just to hold the headlight. I don't even use it for that anymore, as I got a Cateye Volt 300 to mount on my helmet. I love it so much, I'll probably never go back to having my front light mounted on my bike.
ETA: I have no idea what the pipe is made of. It was the plunger to hold my Cat Tree against the ceiling, but it was too long. (I replaced it with a shorter section of scavenged pipe.) It was, however, just the right size to keep my lights secure on the front of my basket.

Cyclosaurus 03-22-14 09:21 PM

Wife and son on our Taga. My Bullitt Superfly is coming next week.

https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/...14704115_n.jpg

accordionfolder 03-31-14 12:36 PM

My sturdy and ever-reliable Trek-1000. Used as commuter, dog tow-er, and grocery getter. Need to get a set of fenders and front rack for it. I just converted it to disc (San Francisco hills while towing are a bit sketchy!) and built my first wheel! It was pretty easy actually.

http://i.imgur.com/xgXiMGn.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/370bOYm.jpg


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