No, we're going to strip the rear suspension frame off another bike and fit it to the rear dropouts of a hardtail bicycle as shown in the homebuilt extracycle sticky thread at the top of this sub-forum. If you go thru the sticky you'll see that most pictures emphasize the base bike and neglect to discuss the suspension frame used for the extension. If it's so important to have a 'good' front, it should be equally important to have a 'good rear.
And we do not feel like paying big $$$ for the Xtracycle kit, even if it is good, with thousands of throw away or cheap used bikes available to salvage. We are tired of wastefulness.
EDIT... It is noted that to bring anything including cargo/utility bicycling into the mainstream it must be shown to be affordable and appealing to the 'majority'. In the mainstream cycling community, those of us who actually want to USE our bikes for utility purposes seem to be considered odd. It is further noted that:
1. Cycling is respectable and sometimes essential in many places, mostly outside this country.
2. The US lags well behind the rest of the world in bicycle utilization and reuse technology. So...
3. Research where/how the "Xtracycle" was developed and why.
4. Extrapolate the same application to similar situations evolving in this country.
5. See the viability of salvaging and repurposing discarded bicycles here.
I'm just doing my part to bring us up to speed.
Last edited by rdlange; 09-12-13 at 09:28 AM.