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Old 04-02-08, 11:30 PM
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New locks

Got me a couple. It's very overkill for around here, but it gives me a little more peace of mind so it's worth it.
Side bonus is I can use them for weight lifting when I get home




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Old 04-03-08, 04:33 AM
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Nice - and there's no such thing as overkill when it comes to bike locks.
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Originally Posted by markhr View Post
Nice - and there's no such thing as overkill when it comes to bike locks.
Especially with such nice bikes as those. I'd hire a mafia hitman to stand guard anyplace I had to leave a bike like that.
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Old 04-03-08, 01:10 PM
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Nice - and there's no such thing as overkill when it comes to bike locks.
Agreed
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I've got one of those babies. They're nice because you can lock to a lot more things than a U-Lock will offer, like streetlights. Also good for sharing the lock when your scatterbrain friend forgets his again.

(Or maybe he's just leaving his at home, knowing you're a sucker and you'll share )
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(Or maybe he's just leaving his at home, knowing you're a sucker and you'll share )
Knowing what they weigh......can you blame him?
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He's got a cable lock. Heh, no, now that I think about it, can't blame him for wanting his bike protected by something more than a springy metal twig.

Yeah, its about 8.5lbs. My bike is already about 45lbs, so its not a big sweat anymore.
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do you have to tie those down or does gravity, their mass, and the non-slip skatedeck just help them lie in place?
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Bah those locks are awesome, but heavy. I still want one, though!

And your bikerubbish site is awesome, I love all the gorgeous pictures! It seems you're quite the Xtracycle aficionados! How hard is it to convert a bike to Xtracycle and back? It seems like it would be fairly simple...

anyway great pics and have fun with the locks!
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Originally Posted by paulwwalters View Post
How hard is it to convert a bike to Xtracycle and back?
I wouldn't bother, personally if I was in the market for an Xtracycle I'd build a Surly Big Dummy - as it's a purpose built one piece Xtracycle
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
do you have to tie those down or does gravity, their mass, and the non-slip skatedeck just help them lie in place?
No tying down necessary with these guys- however when we go somewhere that needs these locks, we will have the sidebags to drop them in anyway


Paul- Thanks! - I'm completely a fan of xtracycle if it isn't too obvious
Not tough at all. The directions out of the box are easy to follow- you just need some basic bike tools.

I will eventually break down for the big dummy, but not because I don't love the bikes we have now. More because it's just a really, really, really cool bike. One thing I really like about the xtracycle extension vs the big dummy is just the fact that you can put it on any bike you like(ie you can be different/have fun with it)
Not saying you cant make your own big dummy unique or it isn't a good purchase- it is and I will eventually have one. But the extension definitely is a little more versatile in that regard(plus more available right now and cheaper!)


One of the big things I hear against the xtension is that it can get wiggly. It can, but if you take a little time to smooth out your riding style (ie learn not to peddle like 2 cats fighting in a bag) it's not even worth mentioning
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Nope, there's nothing wrong with the extension worth fussing over. It does the exact same job that the BD does. A little more flex, but its perfectly manageable - Xtracycle wouldn't have lasted its 10 years if the original product was junk.

As for time to convert, its not a horrible amount of time, but its not something I would want to do every day - or week. Converting back and forth would mean needing two sets of cables, or a set that used cable splitters. Doing it often probably wouldn't be too bad if you went with an IGH setup that had cable splitters pre-rigged..
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