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Old 05-18-10, 07:53 AM   #326
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Finaly is finished. I make some serios tests whit heavy loads, uphill, downhill, offroad, speed, and it was amazing, no weakness.
Thank you guys for your help and pictures. I build The First Xtracycle from Romania!

Awesome work! Looks as good as any other that I have seen. Very well done!
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Old 05-18-10, 08:32 AM   #327
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Lucian - That is some amazing work you have done there and I have to crib that bottle mount idea... it makes really good use the bracing tube and fills the empty frame space quite well.
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Old 06-01-10, 04:51 PM   #328
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Am in the process of building up a tandem here and had to steal the Deore cranks off my extrabike as they will make up the crank set for the stoker which needs two cranks and will match the Deore cranks I have for the front.

So I installed the cranks from my hybrid which got new cranks this morning as I needed the extrabike to go and pick my daughter up from school... thinking that I would carry her bike the 7km there and then we could ride back together.

But I was in a bit of an inventive mood and decided to do a little more to the extra bike and installed a Ritchey threadless stem and some track bars.... and another bell.

For a minute I am sure you were picturing my extrabike with drop bars and wondering why I needed as second bell...











The look on my daughter's face when I picker her up was priceless and all her little schoolmates gathered around to check out dad's taxi and one said she wished her dad was a bike mechanic... he's probably a lawyer or somethin'...

The ride home was done at an average speed of 20kmh and the girl took to this like a duck takes to water... and she's no bigger than a few sacks of potatoes or a couple of bikes.

By next week the tandem should be up and running and I will make the girls do some work but until then this rates as one of the best... rides... ever.





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That new extra bike...

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You are a great father, Sixty Fiver, and you have a very nice daughter.
I don't have childrens but my wife has a sister 8 years old. Sometimes we take her with us, and for her comfort I mounted o pair of BMX pegs. Are from aluminium, very light and easy to instal.


That tandem frame is custom build? Looks very amazing and unusual. A finish my new tandem a few days ago, I will post some pictures on the Tandem forum.

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Lucian -

If you add a stoker bar (easy) your little sister in law will really enjoy the ride... if I was going to use the extrabike for regular taxi service I'd be adding foot pegs but with the tandem that will not be needed.

That tandem is custom made and is an Arvon convertible... the stoker position can be set up to accommodate very small children as well as regular adults so both my daughters and wife to be will be able to ride comfortably.
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Two daughters and a wife! Hmmm... Is gonna be a big fight between them for that place)
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Trail a bike xtracycle

I love this thread! Here's a couple pictures of my first build. I used the back half of a raleigh Twenty folding bike attached to our Burley Piccolo. Very stable and no welding necessary.

I'm hoping to try to make an xtracycle out of the tandem to make room for more of my kids (I have five).
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Two daughters and a wife! Hmmm... Is gonna be a big fight between them for that place)
My youngest has suggested that we get another tandem so we can ride in pairs...
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ChrisM - you build an XtraTrailer!
SyxtyFiver - why don't you try one of these?
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I make some upgrades on my xtracycle. I buy a pair of Ortlieb Back Roller, and I want to mount them on my rear rack.
I cut 4 slots in the board, and my Ortliebs fits perfectly. And I change my sadle with a very old Brooks. Oldie but goodie, it's very soft and comfortable.


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ChrisM - you build an XtraTrailer!]
Xtratrailer! I like that. I'm hoping to build an xtracycle out of the tandem once I find the parts.

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Here my attempt at an xtratandem. It's still a work in progress. I need to add a seat in front of the rack and recable the brakes and derailleur.

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I've loved ALL of the posts here and was inspired myself.

My humble attempt at a DIY Xtracycle:
Initial construction:

Rack completed:

Rack in "up" position:

The maiden voyage today!


The bike is a combo of a donor KHS Wedgewood (with 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub) and a Next POS full suspension bike I found in my ally with a tacoed front wheel and bent forks. The (temporary) connector is some schedule 40 PVC - good stuff, that. The handlebars come from yet another bike found in my ally... strange how many junk bikes show up around my house.

As you can see in the photos of the rack, I don't know how to weld. I am pretty handy with a nut, bolt and a wrench, however! The rack is parted from an aluminum army cot I got at a second hand store (the cot material will become the cover/pannier). The white crossbars come from a broken baby gate. The black tubes bolted to the brake posts and rear of the rack are from a salvaged lawnmower handle. I DID have to actually buy the bolts and new, longer cable, but the rest was F-R-E-E

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I've loved ALL of the posts here and was inspired myself.

My humble attempt at a DIY Xtracycle:
Initial construction:

Rack completed:

Rack in "up" position:

The maiden voyage today!


The bike is a combo of a donor KHS Wedgewood (with 7-speed Shimano Nexus hub) and a Next POS full suspension bike I found in my ally with a tacoed front wheel and bent forks. The (temporary) connector is some schedule 40 PVC - good stuff, that. The handlebars come from yet another bike found in my ally... strange how many junk bikes show up around my house.

As you can see in the photos of the rack, I don't know how to weld. I am pretty handy with a nut, bolt and a wrench, however! The rack is parted from an aluminum army cot I got at a second hand store (the cot material will become the cover/pannier). The white crossbars come from a broken baby gate. The black tubes bolted to the brake posts and rear of the rack are from a salvaged lawnmower handle. I DID have to actually buy the bolts and new, longer cable, but the rest was F-R-E-E

Cheers!
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I don't know if I remember seeing an cruiser based XTRA before. I like it. Rather nice piece of redneck engineering (that is a compliment BTW) using the army cot. I think I will file that idea away.
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Does anyone know how much weight can these awesome bikes carry on the rack?

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When is need, more than 150 kg
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Does anyone know how much weight can these awesome bikes carry on the rack?

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I've carried 150 pounds with no issues and pulled an 8 foot trailer with close to 300 pounds on it with my extrabike... when I get around to firing up the torch will me fabricating a custom rack that should handle much more weight.
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Did you really drove all of them around? Impressive!
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Just a little bit. They were scared... Many people belive that my xtracycle will colapse, if someone seat on the rack.
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So what if it collapses! Takin three girls for a ride, is a good story for the grandkids : )
Looks like a centipede pedaling the bike : )
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Talking big thank you

This is my first post at this forum.

But I've been reading, staring at pictures, and studying this thread for several weeks.

I've googled around a lot about DYI xtracycles; I believe nothing in the whole web compares to this one thread; so many renderings of the original idea, so many inspiring pictures.

I'd like to thank you all very very much for sharing this.

Thanks to you (and a little bit of sweat, trial and error, and patience), I've finally build
a longtail myself. Main purpose is to serve as a family bike, or, as I call it, a "school bus bike".
I have 2 kids and felt very frustrated because of not being able to ride with both simultaneously.

I've posted the whole story and some pictures at my cycling blog:

www.pespracima.blogspot.com

It's written in Portuguese, but you can probably get most of it with some web translator if you're interested.

Brazil is a big place so it's hard to pretend this is the first home build Brazilian xtracycle. Many cyclists and tinkerers don't care to put their stuff online anyway. It's getting the atention of people, though, so I'm considering puting a tutorial together for non-English speakers.

This picture was taken during the 'testing period' by my eldest (almost 5 year old). The mother should be made to believe the bike was strong enough for her kids...







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Wow nice job! Should put some pegs for her at he last juncture on the bottom. Just a long piece of rod or threaded rod with rubber on the end. Or make it so it hangs down like stirrups.
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I havn't been so active on here lately, i've built many utility bikes but none really sticked on me and I always dissasembled them, however this may be a winner. just removed all the crappy plastic componets this poor nice bike had on it and made it pretty, still need a rear rim though, thats the winter rim, I'll have three sets, one for my studded tires and one for these fat ones and one for road tires, it currently has some nice racks on the back, I carryed about 80Lbs of junk bike frames the other day as a test, was great.

Still to come is the rack and under rack, I feel that theres to much to see in the underside of bike so since my dad installs windows i'm gonna get him to bend me alumunum to hide half the rear wheel and all the way to seat tube. chain will still be shown though. and a lovely hitch will come from the rear end of bike.

As for a rack, I have a big choice. I have a big steel heavy duti hockey net I can cut up. Or i'll use the leg from tables I offten see in the garbage or other things. It may be heavy but it will be strong! rack will come after winter though. might assenble it before but not install it, i'd rather get my rear end panels on since they are free and easy to get done.

Heres what it looks like right now.
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