I'm diving into the world of cargo bicycles and building a Surly Big Dummy to serve my family's local transportation and hauling needs. My wife is pregnant with our first, so my build will obviously have an emphasis on kid hauling, but its also going to be used for carrying building materials, chicken feed, kegs, groceries, bulk grain bags, etc.
Due to the hilly nature of the area in which we live (The Cascade foothills in Western Washington), I've decided to augment my own power with a Stokemonkey Electric assist. I've also opted for the "ballooniest" possible tires and a sprung saddle to cope with the gravel roads that are the most car-free around our home. We got the medium 18" frame so that both my wife and I could share the bicycle. I'm 6'1" and she is 5'7".
Take a look at the build details below and let me know what you think. I'd definitely like feedback from other Big Dummy and Stokemonkey users. Please also post pictures of your builds!
Frame: Surly Big Dummy, 18", Military Green (planning to remove the hideous Surly decals)
Wheels: I'll handbuild Sun Rhyno Lite 36H 26" rims laced to Shimano XT (M756) rear and DH-3N71 Dynamo front w/Problem Solvers centerlock to 6-bolt adapter. DT spokes.
Handlebars: Titec H-bar with Fizik Microfiber black bar tape + black cork grips (Jeff Jones wrapping style). Dimension 80mm x 125 degree stem, black.
Headset: Cane Creek S3 w/alternating black/silver spacers.
Saddle: Brooks Flyer Special, Black w/ Kalloy Uno silver seatpost
Drivetrain: Sugino XD triple-ring with tandem right arm for Stokemonkey, SRAM X.7 derailleurs (both black), SRAM PG850 8-speed cassette, SRAM Chain x 2, UN-54 square BB.
Brakes: Avid BB7 Mech. Disc, rotors: 185mm front, 203mm rear.
Levers/Shifters: Avid Speed Dial 7 + Paul Thumbies + Shimano 8-speed bar-end shifters.
Lights: Supernova E3 Pro, black, fork crown mounted + "Cherry Bomb" battery LED taillight on the rearmost horizontal part of the frame.
Tires: Schwalbe Big Dummy 26" x 2.35"
Fenders: Axiom Rain-Runner
Pedals: Shimano "double-sided" SPD and Platform #M324
Centerstand: Val's Rolling Jackass, powder coated grey (the trigger release and bomber stability were the selling points)
Xtracycle components: Longtail Kit, Wideloaders, Whatchamacollars, caliper protector, straps
Kid Seat: Xtracycle Pea Pod
Electric Assist: Stokemonkey Human/Electric Hybrid Drive + Ping LiFePO4 36V 10Ah Battery
Looking forward to hearing back from ya'll.
(my other bikes: http://www.cyclofiend.com/cc/2009/cc...iller0309.html AND http://www.cyclofiend.com/cc/2010/cc...iller0510.html)