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BD is almost fully outfitted.

Old 01-13-13, 10:27 AM
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BD is almost fully outfitted.



Little by little, I'm getting my Big Dummy to where I want it to be. You can barely see the light(s) on the back. I have twin rear lights for redundancy. I managed to acquire a Surly front rack. It is currently configured with five bottle cages. It has one front light permanently affixed. I use a removable T-bar to carry additional front lights. Night riding has four lights forward, two rearward. The strap seen on the front rack is used as if it were a Flickstand.

I still need wide loaders for cargo, and toe covers for cold weather cycling. I'm thinking about getting the "side car" accessory.

What is funny to me is that my Touring bike's rear panniers mount on the front rack as if front panniers. Those big bags don't look so big compared to the Extracycle bags on the back. On the way to the grocery store, the Cannondale Overlands were in the Extracycle bags to reduce front load and wind resistance.
A weird item is that the front rack whistles at speed. I think that it is the front screw mount hole. I'm going to put a screw in it in hopes of getting rid of the whistling.
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Old 01-13-13, 12:42 PM
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That's one heck of a haul! Kudos! More picks when you can....
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Nice build! I love longtail cargo bikes. I'm in the process of finishing up and fine-tuning my own Xtracycle. I too, need to fashion some wide loaders, but I'm going the DIY route for mine.
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I give you mad kudos for pushing that load. Nice set-up.
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I got the side car and used it twice so far. Not in love with it, prefer the wideloaders. You can't put tall things or cargo too close to the bike with the wideloader because it has to pivot to turn. On the first trip with it my cargo shifted and I had to stop and adjust so I could turn, then I hit the traffic candles with it on the bike path it's so wide.
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Little by little, I'm getting my Big Dummy to where I want it to be. You can barely see the light(s) on the back. I have twin rear lights for redundancy. I managed to acquire a Surly front rack. It is currently configured with five bottle cages. It has one front light permanently affixed. I use a removable T-bar to carry additional front lights. Night riding has four lights forward, two rearward. The strap seen on the front rack is used as if it were a Flickstand.

I still need wide loaders for cargo, and toe covers for cold weather cycling. I'm thinking about getting the "side car" accessory.

What is funny to me is that my Touring bike's rear panniers mount on the front rack as if front panniers. Those big bags don't look so big compared to the Extracycle bags on the back. On the way to the grocery store, the Cannondale Overlands were in the Extracycle bags to reduce front load and wind resistance.
A weird item is that the front rack whistles at speed. I think that it is the front screw mount hole. I'm going to put a screw in it in hopes of getting rid of the whistling.
Nice. I still like the swoopy top tube model best. Mine is a '08 model, so it still has that feature, and I'm glad.
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Old 02-23-13, 09:32 PM
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Today/tonight, we went on a simple 20 mile loop for training. On the way home, we did stop in to get groceries. I brought those Cannondale Overlands (1984) as front panniers and Squeeze had her new big rear panniers on her MTB. We went home heavy. In my case, very heavy. There was a monster truck show at Jonestown (the new Dallas Cowboy's stadium) AND something going on a The Ballpark (Texas Rangers). We had to do a lot of very low, near stall speed maneuvering around the footpads going to their events. This included some acute angle turns at damn near trackstanding. I was amazed how that heavy Big Dummy handled. No dabbing. Trackstanding for real. Acute turns. WOW!
You don't get around Newton's Laws, but the Big Dummy sure handles well around them.
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here I thought we have another good old bikes direct thread.

Nice bike!
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I wanted to be able to have some tuck. I put the same bar end extensions on my BD that I have on my MTB. with that wide handlebar stance and the extensions, I feel as though I am driving a recognizer. Funny reality... On my first (only) trip with the extensions, I found a drill bit that fell out of somebody's pickup. This was on the pavement two blocks from home on the incoming end of a simple 11 mile ride.
"do you think that we can merge with this memory, bit?"
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