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Old 02-05-12, 04:02 PM   #451
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Here is a video of me riding Fugsley (my monster folding beach bike).
http://youtu.be/XTVrW-D-Vak
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Here is a video of me riding Fugsley (my monster folding beach bike).
http://youtu.be/XTVrW-D-Vak
Looks like your having fun! Great build.
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Old 02-06-12, 09:22 AM   #453
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Nice, that thing is like a monster truck! I had no idea how tall it was in the pictures without a person there for reference. HOw does it do in the sand?
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Nice, that thing is like a monster truck! I had no idea how tall it was in the pictures without a person there for reference. HOw does it do in the sand?
Thanks. You really do need a person on it to see the scale of the bike. I still haven't taken it down the the beach yet. This thing is a beast. I am guessing it weighs close to 60 pounds.
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Hello, Gene here just joined and I really like all the posts, Here is what I have done to my bike.
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Old 06-29-12, 11:49 AM   #456
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Nice, Do you enter it in to shows?
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Old 07-02-12, 07:50 AM   #457
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Starr_ga72 : At first glance your bike looked a lot like many of the others here and i didn't pay a ton of attention. But then i looked more closely and noticed the rack structure. It is very interesting, what did you build it from, and how is it put together? Is it welded, bolted, brazed? Was it salvaged from some other assembly?

Do you have pictures of the build process?

Anyway, it looks like a good setup, nice work!
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Old 07-07-12, 07:51 PM   #458
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Plans for the Ghana version?

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In 2003 I went to Ghana, Africa, to establish a school for cargo bike design. My first step was to build and test each kind of cargo bike that I could think of, about 25 in all. Then after testing them in the bush we found that the xtra-cycle style could maximize load given the single-track jungle terrain. So now the school makes them for the government, which is trying to aid farmers in getting Ghana's rich natural resources to market:




Are there plans available for this version anywhere? It looks GREAT, and if the gov. is mass ordering them, I bet most of the bugs have already been worked out...

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Old 08-28-12, 08:48 AM   #459
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First Build

Hi all new member here, I enjoy reading the forum and drawing ideas from those who have posted, so thank you for posting!

This is my first build
Made primarily from two 26" mountain bikes and some pieces from a old minibike.
It consists of five sub-assemblies
Front Frame, Center Seat Section, Rear Frame, the Rack and the Wide-Loaders.
The sub-assemblies are then bolted together to form the bike.
I am running a 700c front wheel on a modified 26" ridged fork with a 250w
electric hub motor at 24v
The bags are homemade as well
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Old 08-28-12, 03:30 PM   #460
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really nice build!!!!
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Agreed, fantastic build Zbret! Where did you find that chrome rack/frame? Is it a motorcycle subframe or something? It looks like it was perfect for the application. Did you make the red bags?
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Thank you for the comments. The rack was made from one of those folding luggage dolly's. It had been hanging in my garage for a long time serving no practical purpose, so I made use of it. I do not have a before pic, but found a pic of one on the web. The rack is very strong and sturdy, and the way it is designed, you can actually stand the bike up on end on it, makes for easy chain oiling
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Old 09-03-12, 08:56 PM   #463
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Nice! Looks like you bolted the rear sections "women's" downtube to the seatpost bolt - correct? Love it! Parking it vertical in the garage would take up much less space too!
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That is correct. In fact there is no welding between any of the three main sub-assemblies (3 painted in black, see pic further above in post) that make up the bike. To connect them together, they are simply bolted to each other, in order to make the complete bike. It's the "center seat section" that really ties everything together. Should for some reason, any one bolted connection fail, there are at least, two other connection points, that will still be holding the bike together.

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Old 11-03-12, 06:41 PM   #465
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When I was on my way back from Portland I drove up through Seattle and stopped at a military surplus store at the base just south of there and found a crate full of German military rain packs and in looking at them thought they made a terrible backpack but would make excellent bags for Stretch.

They have a stiff inner frame and a lower back pad that sits against my rear rails so the cargo will get a very soft ride.

Most pleasing was how easy they were to adapt to the bike... that and the fact they were $2.99 each.

Helmet webbing... or a place to stash a 20 pound turkey... or a basketball.





Quick releases... you can't see the back straps that keep the bags secured but they are also very quick to release and the bags go on and off in about a minute



Opening them up...





Insane capacity... they are designed to swallow a backpack and carry other gear on the exterior.







I think I need to take this bike camping... there are tie downs up top that might be harder to see that are designed to carry a sleeping bag or tent.
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Sweet find! You could buy them out and start a long-tail pack supply!! Shoot, I'd pay $6 + shipping to outfit my ride.
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Stretch is now all wheel drive... the front drive hub is an older 400 series Crystalyte that seems to have been set up for maximium torque rather than maximum speed which was pretty much perfect to make snowy 12% grades into something fun instead of a struggle when the legs are not working at 100%.



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i wish i could come across a deal on bags like that. i paid a good bit more for u.s. air force a-4 flight bags that i don't think are nearly as waterproof or versitile. i did see some really similar to that just recently, but the guy wanted $40 a piece for them.
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Stretch is now all wheel drive...
AWD is great, I'm sure your going to enjoy it, I know I do. Having the front wheel turning, while going through mud, sand or snow, makes all the difference in the world. Should be able to power through or over about anything. I have found myself in spots several times where the front end would have washed out, or stalled my pedaling, had the front wheel not been turning.
My motor is a Bafang with planetary gears inside, it too is more for torque than speed and as a plus, the planetary gears allow the motor to freewheel while coasting, with no drag.
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AWD is great, I'm sure your going to enjoy it, I know I do. Having the front wheel turning, while going through mud, sand or snow, makes all the difference in the world. Should be able to power through or over about anything. I have found myself in spots several times where the front end would have washed out, or stalled my pedaling, had the front wheel not been turning.
My motor is a Bafang with planetary gears inside, it too is more for torque than speed and as a plus, the planetary gears allow the motor to freewheel while coasting, with no drag.
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The Crystalyte is not quite as advanced a motor but does not add much appreciable drag when it is freewheeling... only wanted some light assist and the deal on the package I got was one that I could not pass up.
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Almost finished with my friend's extrabike project... he will be installing a rwd Bionx to make it an Extrabike and just has to trim the top deck a little before it goes on as he plans to use conventional panniers.

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Looks like the project came together very well

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Sixty Fiver,Very impressive!! Makes me want to tinker.
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backtracked recently and finished the first cargo bike i was trying




picked upthe kinda matching messenger bag recently so i leave with the bike like an accessory

i had a flat on my truck along with a flat spare, so i dug this out of the garage unfinished (no gears and just a weak front brake) thinking i might have to do a trial by fire. stick two of my truck wheels on it (one was too unbalanced) and ride up to a tire place about a mile away. turned out i didn't have to, but i figured i should finish it for the next time i'm in a pinch like that.

i've only done one test. rode up to a lowes a couple miles away and got a couple bags of lava rock (something with a little weight and a little bulk). except for how heavy the bike is on it's own, it rode fine there and back with the load (about 38lbs). out of curiousity i put both bags of rock on one side and it still seemed to ride ok (just doing some figure 8's in front of the house). i weighed the truck wheels out of curiousty and they are about 63lbs apiece. i want to believe i would have made it, but i'm glad that wasn't my first test.

so im kind of fooling with cargo bikes for fun again. working on finishing another past project (the one i called "big bottom" earlier in the thread), playing with one for a buildoff on another forum (a stretch cruiser cargo bike), an electric mountain bike i'm trying to do as much thinking on as i can before i start on it , and thinking on a lighter version of this one 'cause i think the weight is it's main real minus.
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Very cool! is that put together from old dept. store bike frames?
Did you make that braced seat post yourself?
With weight on the rear, does the shock just ride bottomed out?
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