Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Utility Cycling Want to haul groceries, beer, maybe even your kids? You don't have to live car free to put your bike to use as a workhorse. Here's the place to share and learn about the bicycle as a utility vehicle.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-25-08, 01:57 PM   #201
Juggler2
W A N T E D
 
Juggler2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 496
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Since I've made quite a few changes, I thought I'd repost...
North roads style handle bars.
Sprung seat.
Better pedals.
Two legged kickstand.
Better homemade front fender flap.





click to enlarge

Last edited by Juggler2; 05-16-08 at 04:56 PM.
Juggler2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-08, 03:11 PM   #202
dwnptrl_777
Seņor Member
 
dwnptrl_777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Midwest USA
Bikes: Ti Fatback
Posts: 547
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Juggler2 View Post
Since I've made quite a few changes, I thought I'd repost...
North roads style handle bars.
Sprung seat.
Better peddles.
Two legged kickstand.
Better homemade front fender flap.




click to enlarge
That's a beauty. Lovin' those big honkin' baskets on the back. Very nice!
__________________
......_ .
O/---\/O
dwnptrl_777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-08, 04:26 PM   #203
wahoonc
Senior Member
 
wahoonc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the road-USA
Bikes: Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG
Posts: 16,687
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Here is the latest incarnation of my Staiger...the lowrider racks won't fit the fork I have so I am getting by with the folding baskets and the front basket. I also have a Redline R530 on order that may replace the Staiger or supplement it.

Aaron


__________________
Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

"Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
_Nicodemus

"Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
_krazygluon
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-08, 03:12 PM   #204
jpwillia
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 24
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
http://fixedgeargallery.com/2008/apr/1/IanBatch_2.htm
me and my roomate threw this together one saturday out of old parts the basket was pulled off of a bike headed for the dump and the frame was already in the dump when we saved it.
jpwillia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-08, 06:21 PM   #205
politicalgeek
Peace, Love, Bikes
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Central Ohio
Bikes: Schwinn Le Tour III
Posts: 900
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)


I finally christened my bike. This is not set up anywhere near what any one has. I am upgrading the rack and adding a front basket here soon. I also want to build up a utility specific bike to haul a trailer. The utility bike will also have the wald newsboy style baskets and a CETMA front rack.

This is a picture after lugging bike and groceries 3 flights into my apartment after my first grocery run. I also used my back pack for a few things. I wasn't happy that the bag boy couldn't pack properly. Our grocery store has had a 10/$10 sale going on the Fruit Naturals cups. So he put all of those in the bottom, THEN stacked my half gallon of milk and big tub of yogurt on top. I had the repack it all.
politicalgeek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-08, 01:58 AM   #206
Old_Fart
Senior Member
 
Old_Fart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: In a cardboard box by Alki beach.
Bikes:
Posts: 346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yeah, it's another Big Dummy. You're all tired of seeing them now I'm sure but here you go anyway.
That's a Nice Rack on the front now to balance out the load a bit.

Old_Fart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-08, 03:47 AM   #207
dwnptrl_777
Seņor Member
 
dwnptrl_777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Midwest USA
Bikes: Ti Fatback
Posts: 547
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Old_Fart View Post
Yeah, it's another Big Dummy. You're all tired of seeing them now I'm sure but here you go anyway.
That's a Nice Rack on the front now to balance out the load a bit.

Tired of seeing 'em? WHAT? Hailz no, my friend! We're in the process of taking over the entire planet, one quizzical-faced bystander at a time!

Would love to see some detailed shot of how you mounted that front rack. The more I see the Surly front rack, the more I prefer it over my leeeeetle tiny Rivendell rack.

Plus, it's black.
__________________
......_ .
O/---\/O
dwnptrl_777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-08, 10:36 AM   #208
Old_Fart
Senior Member
 
Old_Fart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: In a cardboard box by Alki beach.
Bikes:
Posts: 346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
OK, here's a pic of the mount detail. The adjuster knob is a tad close to the rack but there's enough clearance so it's not an issue. In the Surly blog somewhere there's detail of how they mounted a Nice Rack on a Dummy. With theirs, they had a smaller rotor so the rack mounted further back and the caliper body nestled inside the loop of the rack. It is only mounted at these four points (two on each side).


Here it is with the Nashbar rack on it. It looked ok but was rather limited. I wanted to put panniers on there.
Old_Fart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-08, 11:48 AM   #209
dwnptrl_777
Seņor Member
 
dwnptrl_777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Midwest USA
Bikes: Ti Fatback
Posts: 547
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Old_Fart View Post
OK, here's a pic of the mount detail. The adjuster knob is a tad close to the rack but there's enough clearance so it's not an issue. In the Surly blog somewhere there's detail of how they mounted a Nice Rack on a Dummy. With theirs, they had a smaller rotor so the rack mounted further back and the caliper body nestled inside the loop of the rack. It is only mounted at these four points (two on each side).


Here it is with the Nashbar rack on it. It looked ok but was rather limited. I wanted to put panniers on there.
Thanks, OF. The one thing that pushed me towards the Riv rack for now is that it doesn't interfere with locking the Dummy into my truck's RockyMounts fork mount. The Surly rack would kill that idea...

...but there's gotta be a way to make it work.
__________________
......_ .
O/---\/O
dwnptrl_777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-08, 12:26 PM   #210
Nightshade
Humvee of bikes =Worksman
 
Nightshade's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 5,363
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Old_Fart View Post


Boy! I wish Surley wouldn't paint bikes olive drab. THAT color just disappears in traffic!
__________________
My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

Originally Posted by krazygluon
Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?
Nightshade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-08, 12:55 PM   #211
Old_Fart
Senior Member
 
Old_Fart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: In a cardboard box by Alki beach.
Bikes:
Posts: 346
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dwnptrl_777 View Post
Thanks, OF. The one thing that pushed me towards the Riv rack for now is that it doesn't interfere with locking the Dummy into my truck's RockyMounts fork mount. The Surly rack would kill that idea...

...but there's gotta be a way to make it work.
I was thinking about the same thing but couldn't find a way around it without sacrificing the utility of a good rack. Really tho, the rack is pretty durned easy to take on and off once you get the brackets set up right. How often do you carry the Dummy on the car or truck and how often do you use the front rack? The rack comes on and off in less than a minute with a 4mm allen wrench if/when you need to transport it.
Old_Fart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-08, 01:15 PM   #212
w2n
n00b clydesdale
 
w2n's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Bikes: Mongoose MTB set up for city crusing, 1979 Schwinn Varsity
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
mine cant haul too much... but i can get a 6 pack in there! but when i throw a pack on my back and use my bike bag i can get a few days worth of groceries at a time. my next bike will be a hardtail so i can carry more on the back.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg wades bike 2.JPG (74.0 KB, 194 views)
w2n is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-08, 11:15 AM   #213
TrishY
Junior Member
 
TrishY's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: flintshire
Bikes: Raleigh Shopper and a Townsend folder
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My first post after lurking for a while - Raleigh are still making an updated version of the 3 speed shopper version of the Twenty here in the UK - here's mine



when I was younger I had a Raleigh Stowaway Twenty but my parents sold it when I left home unfortunately


Last edited by TrishY; 06-25-08 at 05:08 AM.
TrishY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-08, 08:16 PM   #214
freediver
Senior Member
 
freediver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Bikes:
Posts: 137
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm liking the front rack on the Xtracycle idea. When I load mine up with two complete sets of (free)diving gear I've noticed that it steers kind of weird under a super heavy load. I thought about a front rack to strap the weightbelts onto and leave the rest in the back. That would balance things out and make everything smooth again.

Right now I'm looking for a system that would allow me to strap 30-40 pounds of lead to the front. I looked at some front-load panniers, but they all seem to delicate and might rip out with that load. The metal baskets I've seen don't look much better. Maybe just getting a Riv front rack and strapping it to the top would be the most bombproof way?

Here's a shot of the bike in dive mode and, more often than not, in family mode.

Jon
Attached Images
File Type: jpg dive bike11.jpg (86.4 KB, 150 views)
File Type: jpg dive bike22.jpg (92.0 KB, 85 views)
File Type: jpg family xtracycle.jpg (98.8 KB, 168 views)
freediver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-08, 08:29 PM   #215
Allen
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 4,751
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by freediver View Post
Right now I'm looking for a system that would allow me to strap 30-40 pounds of lead to the front. I looked at some front-load panniers, but they all seem to delicate and might rip out with that load. The metal baskets I've seen don't look much better. Maybe just getting a Riv front rack and strapping it to the top would be the most bombproof way?
If the downtube is 1 1/8 inch you can fit the same rack I'm using on the bamboo bomber.
It's a frame mounted rack, not fork mounted. Frame mounting makes for a more stable platform. If the fork moves the rack does not.
Pics
Allen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-08, 07:55 AM   #216
Cody Broken
Senior Member
 
Cody Broken's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: an island in WA
Bikes: Xtracycle cruiser bike
Posts: 272
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
THAT IS WICKED SMART. I want one.
Cody Broken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-08, 04:48 PM   #217
Lamplight
Senior Member
 
Lamplight's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Bellingham, WA
Bikes:
Posts: 2,772
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've had fantastic luck with the Surly front rack. Now if only my LBS could ever find the matching rear (it's always out of stock)
Lamplight is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-08, 08:44 PM   #218
m5nardi
Senior Mumbler
 
m5nardi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: La Crosse, WI
Bikes: Bianch Lupo, Wyatt Street King, Schwinn Traveller
Posts: 132
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I started converting my Schwinn for my fair weather ride. I found this wicker basket on eBay over the winter. It came without any way to attach it so for now it's strapped down with bungie cord. This is not a good long term solution.

I stuck my son's old Wald basket on, and dressed it up a little. The flowers aren't just for show either, they discourage my kids from riding my bike and act as a little extra theft deterrent.

I figured out that one of the little baskets I keep paperwork in is perfect to line the Wald for my chihuahua! This is a huge timesaver too, her old ride was a plastic crate that had to be tied down and lined with a blanket. The lead I use strings across and keeps the basket from bouncing up.

I found the little Ping bell on my last trip to the LBS and I really like these. It's pretty loud for such a cheap little bell.
m5nardi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-18-08, 08:48 PM   #219
Cody Broken
Senior Member
 
Cody Broken's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: an island in WA
Bikes: Xtracycle cruiser bike
Posts: 272
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
m5nardi, your Traveler is lovely (flowers match frame perfectly!) and your dog is astounding.
Cody Broken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-08, 10:24 AM   #220
saberface
Banned.
 
Join Date: May 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Talking cute

you must really like blue and i like the flowers that dog is SO cute i want 1
saberface is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-08, 07:03 PM   #221
0o0o0o
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 71
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
0o0o0o is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-08, 11:02 PM   #222
weed eater
Patrick Barber
 
weed eater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Portland, Oregon
Bikes:
Posts: 888
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by freediver View Post
Right now I'm looking for a system that would allow me to strap 30-40 pounds of lead to the front. I looked at some front-load panniers, but they all seem to delicate and might rip out with that load. The metal baskets I've seen don't look much better. Maybe just getting a Riv front rack and strapping it to the top would be the most bombproof way?
On my Kogswell I use a Tubus Tara front rack and two Ortlieb front roller panniers. I've definitely carried a total of 40 lbs in them up front. It's nice to have lots of dense weight down low, the bike handles great.

I also have a Nitto M12 rack, which mounts to the canti posts and the fork crown (similar to the small Nashbar rack), upon which I have mounted a Wald basket. I carry my daily bag in there. Works great so far. I may convert the Kogswell with an Xtra at some point, so it's good to hear that they can handle/use a front load.

__________________
the day job. | the urban homestead.
weed eater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-08, 11:03 PM   #223
weed eater
Patrick Barber
 
weed eater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Portland, Oregon
Bikes:
Posts: 888
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Old_Fart View Post
Yeah, it's another Big Dummy. You're all tired of seeing them now I'm sure but here you go anyway.
That's a Nice Rack on the front now to balance out the load a bit.

It's a real beaut.
__________________
the day job. | the urban homestead.
weed eater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 04:35 PM   #224
I-Like-To-Bike
Been Around Awhile
 
I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Burlington Iowa
Bikes: Vaterland and Ragazzi
Posts: 23,723
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Today's grocery getter. Schwinn Varsity cost $5 at garage sale; modified with upright handlebars and handbrake controls from free junker bike. Trailer cost $10 at garage sale. Bungee cord supports underneath free from my gigantic road side collection. Plastic box is from my other trailer but a cardboard box would work as well.
Today's load bought at Walmart (12 mile R/T) was 12 two liter bottles of soda pop, 4 pounds of cheese and 2 weeks of cat food. Easy. Plenty of capacity for more too.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg UtilityBike left.JPG (93.8 KB, 131 views)
File Type: jpg UtilityBike rear.JPG (66.1 KB, 144 views)
File Type: jpg UtilityBike right.JPG (60.6 KB, 126 views)
I-Like-To-Bike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-08, 07:01 PM   #225
dwnptrl_777
Seņor Member
 
dwnptrl_777's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Midwest USA
Bikes: Ti Fatback
Posts: 547
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
Today's grocery getter. Schwinn Varsity cost $5 at garage sale; modified with upright handlebars and handbrake controls from free junker bike. Trailer cost $10 at garage sale. Bungee cord supports underneath free from my gigantic road side collection. Plastic box is from my other trailer but a cardboard box would work as well.
Today's load bought at Walmart (12 mile R/T) was 12 two liter bottles of soda pop, 4 pounds of cheese and 2 weeks of cat food. Easy. Plenty of capacity for more too.
"Gettin'-r-done" as they say in these parts. And on the cheap, too. Kudos!
__________________
......_ .
O/---\/O
dwnptrl_777 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:12 PM.