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Old 06-24-08, 11:24 PM   #101
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Day two... and a few hours in to the project.

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Old 06-25-08, 02:20 PM   #102
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Great bike!.. but.. the pond?? Where is the pond??

And the bikes behind the fence, what did they do to end up in jail??
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Day three and she's home... tomorrow I might have to get a shot at the pond

Replaced the brace with a 7/8 steel pipe, added grips, Sachs Huret shifters, an idler, and the deck... it had to be a skateboard.

The ride is amazing with nary a creak and the bike does not know what a bump is...everyone at the shop had to take the bike for a ride and all gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up for how it rides and handles.

The wheelbase is 62 inches !

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Old 06-26-08, 05:49 AM   #104
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Crikey, - that's a nice bike ya got mister
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Old 06-26-08, 09:54 AM   #105
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Indeed, it looks nice, mines abit odd looking, sure it has many colors but it works, I like your rack idea, mine would of been thatway but one of the back ends didn't support it, my little brother skateboards soI can borrow one of those lol
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Obligatory pond shot...

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The bags are my old motorcycle bags that have a 60 litre capacity and I loaded up my Kenda slicks and a new front wheel so I can install them after work... I won't need the knobbies until winter.

My friend is giving me Nexus 7 hub for the bike too and that should be going in before the snow falls.

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Old 06-26-08, 03:23 PM   #107
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Damnit!
This thread makes me feel like a jerk for just saying f-it and dishing the clams for the commercial model!
Everything above is so much cooler than mine!!!
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SO I liked the two rack thing better then random bike parts here and there, this is what I came out with, it looks much better, just needs paint I suppose.



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The tires are to fat though, the front one almost rubs alover it's so big lol and it makes it harder to peddle
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The bags are my old motorcycle bags that have a 60 litre capacity and I loaded up my Kenda slicks and a new front wheel so I can install them after work... I won't need the knobbies until winter.

My friend is giving me Nexus 7 hub for the bike too and that should be going in before the snow falls.
Flat sweet, SFer!
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Thanks Allen...

The high pressure slicks make a world of difference as does the old Deore crank I installed today... I decided to run a single 28 tooth Biopace ring up front with the 11-32 cassette as that is all the gear range the bike or I need. The gear inches are 22 - 66 with the single and a few folks said it looked pretty cool... I still need to fabricate a bash guard although the chain ring clearance is now awesome.

I hope the pics aren't boring y'all but this is the most fun I have had building a bike in a very long time.

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And I cannot forget to thank all of the people who have been building up bikes and posting pictures as what I built here stems from what I've seen in this thread.

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Old 06-27-08, 07:46 AM   #112
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I need some help!!!

I have the source, but can't find a donor for the back end. I'll gladly pay the shipping if someone can send me a rear section from a 26 inch bike. I have EVERYTHING I need except for that.

Then, I can start posting my pix of my homemade creation!

Thanks in advance!!!
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That is the best looking long tail, cargo bike I have seen yet outside of the Extracycle conversions. I have been going to build one but even though I have built a 20 inch version as an almost recumbent (semi-bent) I am throughly intimidateded by this one.

I don't mean to diminish any of the others but this one just looks right.
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Yes this one does look good. I lost my trusty Xtracycle last week. Now I'm thinking of making one for the fun of it. Oh the possibilities!!
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My extracycle saved me today, my front tire exploded and since I made my extacycle I have room for spare tire, that wheel came in handy today, take flat off and install whole rim, and ride away, I love it
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I spent a good part of the day packing about 150 pounds of mobile bike shop and my own gear today and criss crossed the city 4 times (40 plus km) and took "Stretch" on the critical mass ride with my daughters for another 10 km (sans bike shop).

I have done the same thing with a trailer but this was far better as I could ride faster, stop and handle better, and was way more comfortable although moustache bars are in the works as I would like more than one hand position.

At the bike breakfast I used the skateboard deck as a table to lay out all my small tools and it worked like a charm...
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That is the best looking long tail, cargo bike I have seen yet outside of the Extracycle conversions. I have been going to build one but even though I have built a 20 inch version as an almost recumbent (semi-bent) I am throughly intimidated by this one.

I don't mean to diminish any of the others but this one just looks right.
If that was for me... thanks!

It was really a pretty easy build... my DIY trailer was more work.
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I put the bike to work on Saturday as it carried most of our mobile shop to our Bikeology Festival and have been riding it pretty much non stop finding that it is as good a commuter as I have and without 100 plus pounds of gear is pretty quick.

Everyone has test driven the bike and the word they have all used is "smoooth".

I've done a few little things like change the bars and install a 36 tooth ring and shifter which just make the ride that much better.

Saturday's cargo... 100 plus pounds of mobile bike shop.

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People around where I live have never seen a Xtracycle, so they always question mine, no one will steal it because it's hard to hide something like that when theres only one, Mines gonna be Army colors lol
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But if you park it in the woods, how will you find it ?

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People around where I live have never seen a Xtracycle, so they always question mine, no one will steal it because it's hard to hide something like that when theres only one, Mines gonna be Army colors lol
Never underestimate a thief. Around here bikes are stolen just to run them into a ditch a few blocks away if you are lucky.

If you're not lucky the run them into the bayou just to see the splash.
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I lost my trusty Xtracycle last week.
What happened??
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Why don't more people run a 20" rear wheel? It would give a lower center of gravity and would give you more room, since there's less room being taken up by the wheel. Seems like a no-brainer.
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What happened??
It was actually on extended loan to me. I was starting to think it was mine! I got the bright idea to ask the rightful owner if he would like to sell it. Well that reminded him that I still had it. He came and picked it up the next day. All of a sudden he couldn't live without it. And I had polished it up and made such a nice spot for it in my little garage. But something good will come of this, but they are out of stock right now. Or maybe build my own. How about a folder made into an Xtracycle. My mind gets revved up thinking how cool and difficult that would be.
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Why don't more people run a 20" rear wheel? It would give a lower center of gravity and would give you more room, since there's less room being taken up by the wheel. Seems like a no-brainer.
Braking could be an issue if a 20 was put into a 24 or 25 inch frame and a smaller wheel under a higher load is not going to take bumps as well as a larger wheel and in many cases would be downright harsh.

My utility trailer has 26 inch wheels and takes bumps like they're almost not there... just like my longbike.
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