My better half doesn't own a vehicle, other than his two BMW Motorcycles. He just added an X-tracycle to his bike and loves it. With that, I've been able to rely mostly on either my bicycle or my motorcycle. My one vehicle is hardly driven anymore! He LOVES it and so do I. The convenience is great. We're actually looking into doing some "Sub 24 H O" rides soon. His X-tracycle will come in handy!
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Fitness Minutes: (439) Posts: 3,641 12/24/08 11:15 A
When I was in college my bike was my transportation and I managed to bring home TVs, sterios, and other household appliances on it. I managed with a rear rack, folding baskets, a large seat bag, and handlebar bags. I could fit one large grocery bat in each basket, strap a more on top of the rack and fill up my handlebar bag and a backpack. I thought nothing of riding home with over 100 lbs of groceries.
Now I have a more traditional trailer. The trailer allows me to haul more weight than I used to because it has its own wheels. It is about the width of my bike with panniers so I can squeeze in as narrow spaces as before and I find that except when I'm carrying my figety daughter I usually don't even notice it.
One style of bike I've been interested is the kind of utility bike I see people riding in warehouses with a small front wheel and a huge basket. The ones I saw in warehouses were single speed bikes with tiny chainrights for a low gear; for the road gears would be nice though.
Fitness Minutes: (66,240) Posts: 9,643 12/23/08 11:08 P
Hey, I just joined this forum as I'm getting a little more involved with SparkPeople. I got an Xtracycle about a month ago and I love it! I put it on a new Electra Townie with balloon tires. Mine has a step through frame and it's great for when the bike is really loaded down.
It was easier to ride it than to push it! I am still getting used to it, but I took a couple of trips around the parking lot, and it was no problem and I was off. I had panniers on the bike before, and that did seem heavy, but mostly I think because I filled them up with junk and didn't empty them out very often, so I'd end up with bags of library books, raingear, flyers, and all this other stuff.
I think the only thing I might do in the future if I were to switch the bike or get a dif cargo bike, I might consider a step through frame. Otherwise, this seem pretty good so far! I do want to get some brackets on the bottom so I can put boxes on it, and really haul even more stuff around.
I am jealous! I have wanted an Xtracycle since before I bought my bike. Not practical if it were to be my only bike (not when utility isn't my primary focus anyway.) I think once I get my next bike, a road bike, I'll convert the one I have to an Xtracycle.
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