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Old 05-12-12, 02:01 PM
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Xtracycle sidecar

Instead of working the other morning I was browsing the xtracycle web site and came accross this http://www.xtracycle.com/cargo-bicyc...y/sidecar.html this morning I ordered one, won't get it until the Fall but just had to have it.
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Old 05-13-12, 05:28 AM
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I'm sold! I dont think I need one that bad, but it would be nice to have. I could almost cut out using the van when I go to the hardware store.
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Old 05-13-12, 06:36 AM
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I like to have one. Not really sure I need one, though.
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Xtracycle sidecar

Very cool. I may have to add this to my wish list.
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Old 05-13-12, 09:51 AM
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too sexy! now all you need is a chair to put on it and you have a unique taxi!
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Old 05-13-12, 04:37 PM
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Super cool!
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As the sidecar pivots up does that mean you can lean the bike into corners like normal?
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Old 05-14-12, 05:39 PM
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Gotta watch the video from the website. It looks as if it does just that: pivots so the bike can be ridden as normal, not rigid like a standard sidecar. I might look into getting one and narrowing it down a little to fit the sidewalks around here. There are a few places that I ride the 'walks to avoid heavy traffic.
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Old 05-15-12, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by andyh2 View Post
As the sidecar pivots up does that mean you can lean the bike into corners like normal?
Depends on how strong the hinge is.. I'd bet no. The hinge is llikely only for folding it out of the way.
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too sexy! now all you need is a chair to put on it and you have a unique taxi!
Meh, side car taxi service ain't all it's hyped up to be. For example, this one carries people, but they're too young to pay!

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I was just told about this thing tonight it's neat, I cound a neat idea too lol the attachment is quill stems and the other half can be a cut up kids trailer, i plan on making one. it dosn't look to hard to do, suprised no one has did that,
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Old 05-17-12, 12:25 AM
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HSean, you`re back!
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I've been off in the ratrod/classic heavyweight world lol.
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steering seems different on hacks.. bike mount leans away from the sidecar
to compensate for inertia of load.
[this a quick G search, not an owner]
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I am probably posing the dumbest question of the year...
Is this compatable with my BD?
I would expect it to be. However, I would not want to pre-order and discover that there was something that made it incompatable. I'm seriously thinking of ordering one.
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i pre-ordered a SideCar for my BD. ought to be interesting!
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i pre-ordered a SideCar for my BD. ought to be interesting!
We want pictures once it arrives!
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Originally Posted by soappedaler View Post
Instead of working the other morning I was browsing the xtracycle web site and came accross this http://www.xtracycle.com/cargo-bicyc...y/sidecar.html this morning I ordered one, won't get it until the Fall but just had to have it.
Sent them an email and asked if this would possibly fit my ride. Here's the response that I received......

""The SideCar isn't compatible with the Trek Transport. It works by inserting to the ports on either side of an Xtracycle or Xtracycle-compatible bike. Since the Transport doesn't have these ports, instead having a traditional frame, the SideCar won't work.

Sincerely,

Team Xtracycle""


So it appears that, for now anyway, I won't be making a pre-order......

Looks like I'll start tinkering around and designing my own if I really want one that bad.
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It's hard to tell again, but in this video, it doesn't look like the sidecar pivots to allow standard bike handling through leaning, so it'll take a little compensating to learn to turn at speed. Then again, I don't reckon xtracycle types are whipping around the place.
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
It's hard to tell again, but in this video, it doesn't look like the sidecar pivots to allow standard bike handling through leaning, so it'll take a little compensating to learn to turn at speed. Then again, I don't reckon xtracycle types are whipping around the place.
If you are running loaded heavily I wouldn't think that a pivot would be very practical. And, as you stated, folks on cargo bikes generally aren't whipping around to begin with.....
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Old 06-12-12, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
It's hard to tell again, but in this video, it doesn't look like the sidecar pivots to allow standard bike handling through leaning, so it'll take a little compensating to learn to turn at speed. Then again, I don't reckon xtracycle types are whipping around the place.
I'm not sure about that:

it seems that initially the rider leans the bike away from the sidecar, and it lifts off the ground. a few moments later, it seems that he puts his foot on the side car to hold it down, and tilts the bike again, away from the sidecar, and it pivots.

seems like the quill stems that go into the FreeRadical, utilize a bushing at the SideCar that allows the user to adjust clamping force.
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Old 08-16-12, 02:34 PM
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Has anyone taken delivery on one of these yet? If so.. can you report on it?
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Looks like they are not due in stock until September.

http://www.xtracycle.com/pre-order-terms-and-conditions
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