Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Utility Cycling Want to haul groceries, beer, maybe even your kids? You don't have to live car free to put your bike to use as a workhorse. Here's the place to share and learn about the bicycle as a utility vehicle.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-02-13, 12:06 PM   #1
Philphine
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 470
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
how wide is too wide

i know there's no hard and fast answer, and where and how it's used comes into play, but on a guess, what would you think would be too wide a cargo build?

one of my (not particularly serious) cargo experiments is a madsen inspired kind of deal. i was using their 27" width of their bucket sort of as my target, but the last idea i played with had me making sure i provided clearance for an earlier idea and now the bike is 31" wide in the rear.

truthfully i don't see myself riding it much, let alone in traffic. i'm just kind of wondering if there's some magic number or something. like if the 27" the madsen happens to be is just right for getting through fraffic and 4 more inches would make it impossible or even dangerous to a rider and damaging to cars or something. you know what i mean?

like i said, it's not real serious, but i am taking the time to build it, so i want to take it into consideration. i can backtrack some and maybe narrow it by a couple inches. i guess i'm just trying to figure out if the couple inches is worth the effort. thanks.
Philphine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-13, 07:33 PM   #2
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Bikes: 7
Posts: 20,390
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 643 Post(s)
I see an addition to Xtracycles, a large folding side platform , with a 3rd wheel to support it,
that folds up to get through doorways and posts placed in bike -pedestrian paths , to exclude motor veh.

folding up also says to me, the bike still lean- steers.
fietsbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-13, 02:12 AM   #3
turbo1889
Transportation Cyclist
 
turbo1889's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Montana U.S.A.
Bikes: Too many to list, some I built myself including the frame. I "do" ~ Human-Only-Pedal-Powered-Cycles, Human-Electric-Hybrid-Cycles, Human-IC-Hybrid-Cycles, and one Human-IC-Electric-3way-Hybrid-Cycle
Posts: 1,206
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I don't like my tail much wider then my handle-bar width up front personally if I'm trying to keep my set-up "single-wide". That being my own term for a bike of normal one person width. That way if the bars fit between where-ever I'm going then the tail should follow through as well.

I should note that for everything but a light weight road bike with drop bars I prefer wide MTB type straight bars.
turbo1889 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-13, 09:48 AM   #4
Philphine
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 470
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
that makes sence. i don't think i can pull it in that much though without doing a lot of cutting and nearly starting over. i guess i'll leave it as is for now. i know i can get it down a couple inches without too much hassle if i decide i need to or it makes that much difference. thanks.
Philphine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-13, 11:03 PM   #5
turbo1889
Transportation Cyclist
 
turbo1889's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Montana U.S.A.
Bikes: Too many to list, some I built myself including the frame. I "do" ~ Human-Only-Pedal-Powered-Cycles, Human-Electric-Hybrid-Cycles, Human-IC-Hybrid-Cycles, and one Human-IC-Electric-3way-Hybrid-Cycle
Posts: 1,206
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Or put wider bars up front.
turbo1889 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-13, 08:41 AM   #6
tim24k
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: NW
Bikes: To many to list. I like them all!
Posts: 529
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I wouldn’t go any wider than 27” Getting throw front doorways of your home and throw the steel concrete filled bars on the entrance of bike paths, would be tuff to do with anything much wider that.
tim24k is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-13, 04:00 PM   #7
bhtooefr
Roadmaster Snobbery Club
 
bhtooefr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Newark, Ohio
Bikes: 2002 Dahon Boardwalk 1, 2011 TerraTrike Path 8
Posts: 749
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Recumbent trikes generally stay under 36", so as to fit through a standard 36" doorway.

Mine is 34" wide, and can (just) get past any bollards on the bike trail here.
bhtooefr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-13, 12:16 PM   #8
Philphine
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 470
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
well, i narrowed it down to about 28.5". how much difference that makes will probaly be minimal at best, but it was bothering me. i think i'm happy (or happy enough) with it now to keep playing with it. the builds on the freakbike forums, but if i eventually get it done i'll post a pic here. thanks for the input.
Philphine is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:12 PM.