Originally Posted by d2create
Out of the 4 bikes I own, the electra is the one I'd want to convert to an xtracycle... me thinks.
But i have a couple concerns.
One is the braking system. The straight 8 uses a shimano nexus hub and foot brakes... no hand brakes. Stock brakes ok or do i need to add brakes somehow.
My second concern is changing flats. I might use this for commuting (11 miles each way) and have not yet had to fix a flat on it so I have no idea how hard it is in stock form, let alone converted to an xtracycle.
OR.... I guess I could convert my Atlantis, but not having put any real thought into that, my initial reaction is to cringe.
I assume that the straight 8 rear end is set up like the electra bikes I have. If that is the case
I've never had any issue with the brakes/load on them. I don't load them up to capacity every day, but I've loaded them up pretty good with people/bikes etc etc and have never had any issue. We don't have lots of huge hills around here, but I do cart stuff up and down a couple pretty big ones.
Changing flats- This is a pretty big bummer once you have the x kit on. (not on front wheel, just the rear wheel)
You do have to clamp the frame and squeeze it in just a little to fit the freerad attachment on it. It's easy to do, once you've done it a few times, but I would suggest practicing in your garage a few times before you have to do it on the road.
The biggest annoyance(not that big) is that you have to carry assorted tools just to change a flat. Clamps,screwdriver, 2 crescent wrenches, plus normal flat changing stuff.
That being said, you can easily fit all this stuff in one of the inner pockets on the bags and never think about them again until you need them. Also, the rear tire on these cruisers are so big( I don't know about the straight 8) and beefy, you really have to roll over something obvious to make it go flat. It's only happened once in the time we've had ours and we ride them pretty much daily.
If you do decide to convert it, be ready for attention(good) and lots of it. People will want to stop you and talk about it, you will often come out from a store and find people clustered around it, little(and big) kids will want to ride on it etc etc. You will have a very real feeling of spreading "bike cheer" wherever you go. If any of that does not suit you, DO NOT do it.
Put a skatedeck on the back, and some down low glow at night at you will multiply that factor by about 300