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Xtracycle Conversion complete!

Old 02-26-13, 09:13 PM
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Xtracycle Conversion complete!

Just wanted to say my 1993 Rockhopper Expert is now officially an Xtracycle! I finally finished the Free Radical build last week and now I'm ready to ride loaded. I'll post later with more details that might be helpful if anyone else is considering a similar project. The enclosed documentation left a lot to be desired to I'd like to pass along some tips I learned along the way that will likely save someone else hours. I actually built this bike hoping to be able to transport my banjo to gigs but I'm not sure the Xtracycle is going to be much help with that after all! I thought I'd simply be able to plunk it down in the "hoodie" that seemed so spacious in photos but it's actually much shallower than I thought and doesn't really hold the banjo securely at all. Lying the instrument down on the built in long tail board would require a lot of tie downs and straps. And then there's rain. So I'm going to have to think on this a while. But it will be useful for transporting other things.
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Few years back, I saw someone touring the Coast, guitar* case on the Rt side, was carrying bags on the left
and both front panniers.

guitar was a Carbon fiber 'Rainsong', so was fine in its EPS foam case.
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Mad props on the new Xtra! I agree about hauling certain things,especially in rain (with the ECO kit/Hoodie),otherwise it's been awesome so far. Looking forward to reading your followup opinions/experiences with it Here's mine (made with a 2000 TREK 6000)...
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How do you like the integrated top platform on the Hoodie? I'm a little surprised...it doesn't feel as firm as I'd like it to. I wish it was a bit wider so that there was no way it could slip off the top of the xtracycle frame to the inside of one side or the other. I wouldn't be concerned about anything falling off because the frame is so sturdy and there are plenty of ways to tie things down, but for carrying long narrow items (like a garden hoe) maybe there would be an issue? Do you have a V brake for your rear brake?
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Yep,V-Brake front and rear (and no issues so far,since last Summer when I built it up). For what it is (intigrated top),I think it does ok...I can see the need for a more,robust,top rack. I bought a Flight Deck rack top when I built mine up,for a while I had it under there,but while it does fit underneath,it makes lashing the Hoodie down snug problematic,it's just too tight a fit. IMO the best way to haul garden tools (I have never,BTW,just looking at it and thinking) would be to strap the hoe head down on the deck as snugly as possible,letting the length og the handle hang off the back.

I had intended to buy some Freeloader bags and use my Flight Deck come tax refund time,but we blew through the refund faster than I'd figured (well...over half did go to a down payment on a place to live,which I hadn't calculated in ),LOL,I may still try that this year before Summer's over (being on a fixed income means I have to pick and choose and prioritize..and with the current ammo shortage everywhere and myself an avid shooter,that is a mediocre priotity since the Hoodie is still doing it's job). To me,the beauty of the ECO kit is that it gets me going for less cash,but has the same basis as more elaborate kits which I can upgrade to later.

I've hauled everything from groceries (much more than the "2 bags per side" Xtracycle lists on their site,mind you...more like a biggest load of 6 12 packs of Coke and 6 bags creatively loaded ),to camping gear for 1-2 nights on rail trails with my son...I'm pleased with it
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