735Re: [rootsradicals] Re: Surly Xtra-frame (Big Dummy)
- Dec 7, 2006On 12/7/06, Tone <Tone@...> wrote:
>... Obviously just getting an Xtracycle
> to hook up to a bike a person already has makes complete sense, but at...> What it comes down to is if someone already has a trusted bike
> some point when a person uses a bike as much as I do and also utilizes
> it much of the time in a cargo bike capacity it just makes sense to have
> a single-frame Xtracycle specifically designed for the task.
> and wants to check out what it is like to have cargo bike options, thenWhat you say here is making some sense. Especially if you're using the
> sure they should just get a FreeRadical extension. However if someone
> already is sure they want a cargo bike, particularly as a replacement to
> a previous Xtracycle-equipped bike, then in my opinion they should
> naturally decide to go with a single-frame cargo bike designed
> specifically for the task.
bike as you are. I use my xtracycle agbout twice a week for groceries
and in teh summer for camping trips with my 4 y.o. daughter. I can't
imagine killing it like you've been killing yours.
A couple thoughts come to mind though:
-- sound like you are compensating for the design on the FreeRadical--
given it's failure/fatigue at the dropouts. the FreeRadical is
aluminum, no? If there were a steel/heavy duty version of the
FreeRadical with cast/forge steel dropouts that weighed a bit more and
cost a bit more, would you get that instead? Are there ot6her
advantages to a single frame aside from working around the failures of
the FreeRadical drop outs?
-- you are the 5% that kills the FreeRadical. Americans tend to buy
for the 5%. The SUV thing: "I may need that 4WD at some point, I
better get the 4WD for that 5% of the time I may need it. I'll pay
extra for the 95% of the time I don't need it and I'll pay a lot for
that." The Big Dummy strikes me as a 5% case purchase for most. That's
just my impression given the limited benefits it offers the 95%-case
>At the moment I have an Xtracycle set up as a single-speedfreewheel using a Surly Singleator. I think it might be nice if Surly
produced two versions of the eventual Big Dummy, one with horizontal
drop-outs and one with vertical.
I'm sure you're aware of the white industries ENO hub. It is a fine
(if not pricey) piece of hardware. For $165 you can care less what
kind of dropouts are on a bike.
Spokane, WA USA
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