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Old 08-06-12, 07:16 PM
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World Voyageur + Xtracycle Freeradical

So I got tired of the World Voyageur as a 650B fattie...it was OK while it lasted but it looked prettier than it rode. The straight gauge 4130 is heavy and doesn't make for a spirited ride through the hills and valleys.


at least it wasn't ugly.

At the same time My Varsity Heavy Hauler was showing its weaknesses on the hills under heavy load. The thing would sway and flop around like a noodle going up big hills and would just feel squirrelly bombing down em with a full load of groceries. It had served me well in flat old Lincoln Park and we'd had some good times but new surroundings dictated it go to pasture.



So I mashed up the parts between the two bikes, found an Xtracycle FreeRadical for cheap on my local Craigslist and forged something new from the ashes!




Its got the wheels, rear derailleur, shifters, handlebars and inverse brake levers from the Varsity. Frame, Stem and Front Derailleur from the World Voyageur. And a Shimano 600 Arabesque Crankset with random pedals, an Avocet Touring saddle and some ridiculous toe straps from the parts bin.

Just like the Varsity its 7 speed indexed. I put a Kenda Cross tire on the rear to give some traction on the rail trails around here although I had clearance to have kept the 26x2.35" whitewall from the Varsity on the back.
So far the shakedown cruise was fun, and its very stable at speed. Just gotta see how it does loaded up.
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before.
huh? You just got the before and after all in one post.
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It's eccentric and cool. I don't think I have the oysters to build something like this, but I admire it.
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
I don't think I have the oysters to build something like this, but I admire it.
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but, but but you complained about weight before the conversion?
will it get used as an xtracyclefrankenschwinn?
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Dan,

I can't imagine how you are surviving without a granny gear in "Smuggs." You must have the legs of a super hero!

Can you provide a rear shot of the conversion? I'm curious as to how wide is the frame on the Free Radical and how much hauling space you have. Great idea!
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I'll offer my 22t chainring for this project.
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As a fellow xtracycle rider, I like it. I would second the others and say you will need a triple up front if you are going to do any real hauling.

I primarily haul my children on the back. With more weight (> 60 pounds), take curves slow because there is quite a bit of lateral flex. It feels like the front of your bike turns first and then the rear bends to turn with you.
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Thanks Guys, so far so good. About to head to the store on it for the first time

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It's eccentric and cool. I don't think I have the oysters to build something like this, but I admire it.
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+1

but, but but you complained about weight before the conversion?
will it get used as an xtracyclefrankenschwinn?
Truth be told I laid out just over $140 on it, mainly because I had what I needed on hand. The freeradical was $100 bux on Craigslist (and yeah that was a nice find). Aside from that it was 1 new rear tire for like 15 bux, a tandem length brake cable for 5, 2 KMC chains and the parts came from my parts stash.

As for the weight....its not light by anyone's definition but its a good deal lighter than the Varsity was, and the frame is stiffer so it handles better.

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Dan,

I can't imagine how you are surviving without a granny gear in "Smuggs." You must have the legs of a super hero!

Can you provide a rear shot of the conversion? I'm curious as to how wide is the frame on the Free Radical and how much hauling space you have. Great idea!
Heh, Bob its funny, I just like 2 weeks ago put a crankset with a 28t granny on it. For the last year or so I've been getting around with a 40 or a 42 as my low gear. Last Year I wound up doing the notch with a 42x22 as the low. It wasn't easy.

I'll take that pic in a few for ya.

Thanks for the kind words fellas!
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Here ya go Bob (click for full size)




Its a much more stable ride than the Varsity, quite a bit easier to track a straight line and no wobble at high speed with a decent load. I made sure to include a 12 pack of sodas in there ....for testing purposes of course. The available capacity is quite a bit more than the varsity although I can see it wont be as easy to strap stuff to the deck. On the varsity I had a million hook-points for bungees. Not as many here.

And yes, A triple or a very wide double would be nice. I tried to fit a 48-26 TA crankset to it last night but the range was too wide for the FD to handle. I need a new BB spindle if I'm gonna do a triple though. I tried on this one and its a no-go
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I like it, I'm hoping to find an xtracycle at a decent price to carry my daughter my daughter around in a couple of years.
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Ha, I meant oysters in reference to a part of the male anatomy.... not money. What I meant by that was, that is the sort of frame that I would feel pressure to build a certain way, or suffer the wrath of bf. You did it anyhow, and I think it is really cool. I really want to know what it's like, it gets me thinking. I dig it.
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What a travesty. It used to look so nice! I bet now you'll even use it. I vote for a ban.
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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox View Post
So I got tired of the World Voyageur as a 650B fattie...it was OK while it lasted but it looked prettier than it rode. The straight gauge 4130 is heavy and doesn't make for a spirited ride through the hills and valleys.
I'm pretty sure the World Voyageur frames were double butted 4130.

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Nice work. However, you have more to do. You're a homeowner now. You have to wash and seal that deck before winter, man!

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