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thinking about selling my Big Dummy and converting a trike recumbent to xtracycle....

Old 04-13-13, 05:52 PM
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thinking about selling my Big Dummy and converting a trike recumbent to xtracycle....

Hey everyone,

I have a Big Dummy that I have only been able to ride a handful of times. I recently went to a Bacchetta high racer recumbent and am starting to see me riding a conventional bike less and less. On top of that I had emergency back surgery last October and I guess you could say I'm a little overly cautious. I had a tadpole trike recumbent that I am considering putting an xtracycle longtail kit on that Terracycle sells. I'm sure that I could sell the Big Dummy but also I'm sure I'll lose my butt on it. Don't get me wrong losing some $$$ is a big deal to me but so is being comfortable/safe. Thoughts????

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I've seen this done. Pat Franz at TerraCycle is good people and sells quality products but. It makes for a very long bike and I'm not fond of the flex between the two frames when you get it loaded down with a very heavy load. That is why I waited for the Big Dummy to come out with the all in one frame set up. If I had to have a recumbent trike/xtracycle I would have a custom frame made so it is all in one unit. Yes it will cost big $$.

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Old 04-14-13, 07:19 AM
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Hey ride the bike that is the most comfortable. You obviously understand the utility of the xtracycle system so if f you can get more utility out of the the Bacchetta/xtracycle and can afford it I'd say do it. Where you are located and if you are willing to ship the Big Dummy will play a role in how much you get back from the sale. I've been looking for a used Big Dummy but shipping is a limiting factor.
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well since I've posted this it looks like I may have a ruptured disc in my back. Once I get through the surgery and stuff I'll address this but I am probably going to sell all of my conventional DF bikes. I'll convert my existing trike to a cargo bike and maybe pick up a Catrike 700. This getting old stuff sucks.
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Sorry to hear the bad news. I hope you are back on a bike ASAP.
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Old 04-14-13, 04:37 PM
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thanks man. I'm a little freaked out and scared but it's outta my hands......at least that's what I keep trying to tell myself. Pain has seriously spiked today. I have no doubts that it's the same thing as before. That means this time it has to be fused.
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Old 04-15-13, 10:41 PM
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doc kind of put the fear of God in me. He said if I wanted to be walking 20 years from now that my kayaks needed to go and I needed to slow down a bit. I'm going to go forward with the cargomonster kit and probably pick up a Catrike 700 for zooming around. I'm going to sell all of my conventional DF bikes and go fully 'bent. Even though it's a recumbent I'll post up some pics in the utility section. I've been knowing that I should slow down......guess I've been lying to myself to make it as long as I could.
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Old 04-16-13, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by leeinmemphis View Post
doc kind of put the fear of God in me. He said if I wanted to be walking 20 years from now that my kayaks needed to go and I needed to slow down a bit. I'm going to go forward with the cargomonster kit and probably pick up a Catrike 700 for zooming around. I'm going to sell all of my conventional DF bikes and go fully 'bent. Even though it's a recumbent I'll post up some pics in the utility section. I've been knowing that I should slow down......guess I've been lying to myself to make it as long as I could.
it may be worth your while to get a second opinion.....different docs have different opinions about physical activities.... especially when it comes to backs.
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SD.....I know that I could get other opinions but really it's also just how much risk do I want to expose myself to. Don't get me wrong I love the big dummy but I just think it's a smart move for me. I've already made up my mind. I'm going for it. I have 4 conventional bikes to sell.

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it may be worth your while to get a second opinion.....different docs have different opinions about physical activities.... especially when it comes to backs.
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Old 04-16-13, 11:33 PM
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Just thinking of a skid plate in the middle , or some roller wheels for when low frame meets a rise in the road,
with that long wheelbase..

those things are pretty low, you gonna be OK getting up, out of it?
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I have a recumbent I that I have used in many MS150 rides. Mine is a Linear but there are a few things that are the same with all recumbents. The first thing I noticed is that the upright seating position makes it a lot easier to breathe. The negative is that when you are sitting low to the ground it's harder for cars to see you in traffic and it is harder for you to see around other cars. I have had a couple close calls. I'm not sure why but I find it harder to turn my head around and look behind me without weaving a little. I recomend a flag and a rear view mirror. If you are more comfortable on a recumbent I would say go for it. It would be helpful if you can find a place that sells a variety of recumbents so you can test ride a few different styles. A test ride will tell if it feels right for you.
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Originally Posted by Dave Armstrong View Post
I'm not sure why but I find it harder to turn my head around and look behind me without weaving a little. I recomend (...) arear view mirror.
+1. I very highly recommend using mirrors on recumbents. The lower the seat angle, the harder it is to turn around and look. And the only reason to not use a mirror is because you don't look like a Fred, but as you're on a recumbent already...
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well the kit is ordered. I have to get him a couple measurements later today. Sounds like it takes a couple weeks to put the kit together to make sure they address all the details. I also ordered a pair of their idler kits. Guess I'm going to get the bikes all sorted out and start trying to move them.
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I've seen a few pics of those recumbent tadpole trikes with an Xtracycle on the back. It seems like an excellent way to increase the load capacity of a recumbent trike. I wish I had the space for a recumbent in my stable, but apartment living precludes that right now. I've been intrigued by the trikes for a while. I see a few of them around here when I'm commuting, but the extremely low profile scares the bejeezus out of me, even with flags, flashing lights, etc. I wonder why there are not some recumbent trikes based on 700c wheels? Anyway, I wish you luck in your recovery and with selling your bikes and converting to an all 'bent stable. Be sure to post some pics of your Xtra-trike when it's finally built.
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I wish I had the space for a recumbent in my stable, but apartment living precludes that right now.
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thanks guys. I actually sold two of them today. I'm really looking forward to doing having the cargo trike. I'm feeling a good bit better and hope to get out tomorrow for a short ride 20 or so miles. It really is killing me with the thought of the selling the BD but I think it's going to be alot of fun on the trike. ......I'll post up some pics when it's put together if you guys are interested. Even though my bike will be different than 99% in the utility section I'll probably still post on my excursions from time to time in case anyone is interested.
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Personally, I think anytime you run an errand with a bike, or have a bike with racks and loaded panniers that makes it a utility bike. I look forward to seeing your trike kitted out with the FreeRadical bolted on.
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Personally, I think anytime you run an errand with a bike, or have a bike with racks and loaded panniers that makes it a utility bike. I look forward to seeing your trike kitted out with the FreeRadical bolted on.
+1 you don't have to haul a costco load to count....
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what I meant was I was already into a subculture of riding and that's utility riding. Now I'm going into a sub-subculture with a cargo trike recumbent. ......I consider it a cargo bike but I'm thinking about maybe trying to ride the Natchez Trace parkway next year and camping along the way. This would be the perfect set up for a self supported camping trip.....or at least I hope so.
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I have been riding longtails for about four or five years now and they're awesome... first an old Kona converted Xtracycle, now a Big Dummy. I think your cargo trike is going to be a great machine and hopefully an excellent accommodation to your physical needs. Post pics and have fun - it's going to work out great, I think

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I actually got a pic of it today. The cargomonster is on but I need a little more chain and it's going to require a third idler. Hopefully it'll ship tomorrow and I'll have the bike on the road by the weekend. The buyer for the big dummy picked it up yesterday and even though I only got to ride it a handful of times but it's the only bike I was really torn up about selling.

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Originally Posted by tim24k View Post
I've seen this done. Pat Franz at TerraCycle is good people and sells quality products but. It makes for a very long bike and I'm not fond of the flex between the two frames when you get it loaded down with a very heavy load. That is why I waited for the Big Dummy to come out with the all in one frame set up. If I had to have a recumbent trike/xtracycle I would have a custom frame made so it is all in one unit. Yes it will cost big $$.

Just my .02 cents.
I know this is an old post, but... Pat was riding the autocross at the OHPV Human Power Challenge a week ago. The Cargo Monster looked pretty flex-free... but that was without a load.

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