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  • Cara Lin Bridgman
    Hi Folks, The xtracycle may be produced in Taichung, Taiwan, but as far as I know, I m the only one riding one around Taichung. I use it for commutes and
    Message 1 of 6 , Apr 2 9:45 PM
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      Hi Folks,

      The xtracycle may be produced in Taichung, Taiwan, but as far as I know,
      I'm the only one riding one around Taichung. I use it for commutes and
      shopping and dumpster diving (i.e. you never know what you can find
      lying abandoned by the side of the road). It's my only bike. Right
      now, the free-radical is attached to a tiny ProGear (Compstar 4.0)
      aluminum frame. When I return to Taiwan in late-summer, I will upgrade
      the frame to accommodate a stokemonkey
      (http://cleverchimp.com/products/stokemonkey/). I'm also looking for a
      more commuter-friendly set of handlebars as mountain-bike bars just
      don't cut it. My goal is to wean myself from the motorbike (we do not
      own a car). Already the xtracycle has better carrying capacity than the
      motorbike.

      The current arrangement has some wobble when loaded. The design of the
      bike frame tends to eat chain (especially when down shifting). Aside
      from these problems, which I think I can fix with a new frame, the
      bike's great. It also stops traffic and sparks conversations. I'm
      delighted with how functional it is.

      If anyone in Taiwan wants to test drive (I also cannot cover airfare),
      give me a call or drop me an email (with rootsradicals in the subject line).

      CL

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    • frangair
      Hi Pete, I m in Perth and think I m the only one in Perth but who knows? But I thought there would be heaps in the eastern states. Merida Matts Stiker
      Message 2 of 6 , Apr 29 5:46 PM
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        Hi Pete,

        I'm in Perth and think I'm the only one in Perth but who knows? But I
        thought there would be heaps in the eastern states. Merida "Matts
        Stiker" model. Do you use your wide loaders much? I use mine to
        commute and errands.

        regards shane.


        --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "Pete.B" <nackterman@...> wrote:
        >
        > (That's the one known for Kangaroos and Koalas, not Yodelling &
        Mountains ;-) )
        >
        > I've had my Xtracycle Freeradical (disc model) since April 2004.
        It's mated to a 2003 Avanti Barracuda MTB running 9spd Shimano LX
        "gruppo", Magura hydraulic disc brakes and shod with Specialised
        Fatboy slicks.
        >
        > I've given a couple of test rides to fellow CM riders here and tried
        to convert a few Bob Yak owners but, as far as I know, mine is still
        the only one in Melbourne.
        >
        > I use it mainly as a commuter and shopping bike but have plans to
        take it touring through Europe later this year.
        >
        > Drop me a line if you'd like to try a ride down under. ( airfares
        not included :D )
        >
      • Pete.B
        G day Shane, Yeah, I would have thought there d be more here too. Part of the problem is that, up until around mid 2005, the sole Australian importer/seller
        Message 3 of 6 , Apr 30 1:32 AM
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          G'day Shane,

          Yeah, I would have thought there'd be more here too.

          Part of the problem is that, up until around mid 2005, the sole Australian importer/seller (Purrxl Zbaxrl in Sydney) and was asking $700+ AUD for the basic non-disc FreeRadical compared with a Bob Yak which cost around $550 AUD.

          You could at that stage buy direct from Xtracycle a fully optioned FreeRadical (Wide & Long Loaders, Footsies) and 2 SUB eskies for a little over $700 AUD before postage.
          On top of that I was after the Disc model Xtracycle and the importer wasn't interested in bringing any in.

          The current importer (free plug http://www.chainringtransitauthority.com ) is doing a much better job and the prices are very reasonable so maybe things will pick up.

          I bought mine originally as a shop bike but have found myself commuting on it as it just so useful. I can divert to any number of shopping strips on my 27Km commute home to pick up groceries and supplies as needed.

          It's very popular at mass bicycle events here as you can easily fit 2 slabs of amber nectar plus ice in one side of the FreeLoader without the need for an esky. The water just drains out the back and the beer is usually gone before the ice has melted too much.

          Have you tried using yours for touring or other extended trips?

          Pete


          ---- frangair <frangair@...> wrote:
          > Hi Pete,
          >
          > I'm in Perth and think I'm the only one in Perth but who knows? But I
          > thought there would be heaps in the eastern states. Merida "Matts
          > Stiker" model. Do you use your wide loaders much? I use mine to
          > commute and errands.
          >
          > regards shane.
          >
          >
          > --- In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, "Pete.B" <nackterman@...> wrote:
          > >
          > > (That's the one known for Kangaroos and Koalas, not Yodelling &
          > Mountains ;-) )
          > >
          > > I've had my Xtracycle Freeradical (disc model) since April 2004.
          > It's mated to a 2003 Avanti Barracuda MTB running 9spd Shimano LX
          > "gruppo", Magura hydraulic disc brakes and shod with Specialised
          > Fatboy slicks.
          > >
          > > I've given a couple of test rides to fellow CM riders here and tried
          > to convert a few Bob Yak owners but, as far as I know, mine is still
          > the only one in Melbourne.
          > >
          > > I use it mainly as a commuter and shopping bike but have plans to
          > take it touring through Europe later this year.
          > >
          > > Drop me a line if you'd like to try a ride down under. ( airfares
          > not included :D )
          > >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
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          >
          > To Post a message, send it to: rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com
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        • frangair
          Hi Pete, thanks for your reply! I sought to get an xtra in about 2002 or thereabouts but the importer was indeed asking about $700! That was cheeky monkey in
          Message 4 of 6 , Apr 30 5:57 PM
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            Hi Pete, thanks for your reply!

            I sought to get an xtra in about 2002 or thereabouts but the
            importer was indeed asking about $700! That was cheeky monkey in
            sydney. Not worth it for me at that stage. However a few years
            later a friend of mine kept offering me $200 for an old shogun
            touring bike I had and I succumbed to the temptation of using
            this for the xtra purchase (now regretted). However, by this
            stage cheeky monkey was getting out of xtra's because they
            couldn't move them. I think this had a lot to do with the poorer
            exchange rate at that time.

            Anyway I could now purchase one from them for $450 because they
            just wanted to get rid of their remaining stock, and what with
            the $200 for my old bike it was now worth it. However they did
            not ever deliver the wide loaders or long loaders, these I have
            recently purchased from chainringtransitauthority, the guy there
            seems like a good bloke, replaced my broken sidestand for free
            and chucked in a tube of phil's grease as well. My sidestand had
            broken after I'd picked up a very heavy 6 foot pine bookshelf and
            lugged it home from a streetside chuckout.

            Pete are you saying that you just chuck ice and some cold ones
            straight in the Freeloaders and let the water drain out from
            there or that you purchased the SUB eskies and do it that way?
            Sounds like a good idea, I suppose it's not really gonna hurt the
            freeloaders with a bit of cold water I might try that...

            I have taken the xtra on a trip of the mundabiddi trail
            (http://www.mundabiddi.org.au/) with my 9 year old son in 2004.
            That was only 2 days, we seriously loaded up with chocolate and
            treats to keep up the morale for him, it was a fantastic trip he
            has asked to do it again. He was on his own bike, not on the
            back of the xtra by the way. So that track is single lane
            laterite "pea gravel" ie. very slippery, heaps of hills and
            erosion breakaways and bumps etc. the xtra handled it with
            absolutely no probs at all -- it was a dream. Apart from that
            trip no tours but of course I dream. Family commitments etc.

            When you say you bought it as a shop bike - did you have a cycle
            shop? I have only come across 1 bike shop that doesn't think i'm
            a complete loony with this bike, they just don't get it. However
            people respond very positively. One day I was doing the family
            shopping with the twins on the back - if you can picture it;
            heaps of shopping stuck out wide then the twins piling on outside
            Coles. A lady came up to me and said "Good on ya!" with great
            emphasis, I still remember feeling very chuffed.

            For quite a while we had no car and I had to pick up the twins
            on the back of the xtra from school and take them home (about
            5km).

            I have taken the bike to Rottnest island (no cars allowed over
            there) and it was fantastic. Piled up with camping chairs and
            picnic stuff and kids fun was had by all.

            I have put in a schmidt dynohub and some good lights, in my
            opinion a fantastic addition for winter commuting, very bright,
            always works, can't forget batteries/charging. I find the extra
            weight of the bike a bit tough after I've been on leave for a few
            weeks but after a few more weeks of riding it we're back to
            normal. YOur 27 km commute on the xtra is impressive, mine is 18
            km each way from Fremantle to south perth.

            The idea of a disk brake sounds like a good move. I think
            touring in hilly country would really push the limits of my
            brakes.

            by for now and thanks for making contact
            Shane
          • Pete B
            Shane, You read right, I chuck Beer & Ice directly in the Freeloader. I generally use the SUB Eskies for bringing home frozen goods or when I need to take
            Message 5 of 6 , May 1, 2006
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              Shane,

              You read right, I chuck Beer & Ice directly in the Freeloader.

              I generally use the SUB Eskies for bringing home frozen goods or when I
              need to take items that have to keep cold for a while.

              I've also used the Eskies to bring Pizza home from the local shop.
              I lay the esky down on it's back and strap it to the top of the
              snapdek. It's then the perfect hot box for a couple of medium pizzas.

              The longest trip I've taken when fully loaded, was a 100 K round trip
              from Sale to Seaspray over the New Years break. It wasn't a full on
              camping trip (no tent, sleeping mat or cooking gear) but I did take
              clothes, a sleeping bag, fresh food & drinks for a comfortable 3 day
              stay in a holiday cabin down there.

              Pete.

              frangair wrote:

              >Hi Pete, thanks for your reply!
              >
              >I sought to get an xtra in about 2002 or thereabouts but the
              >importer was indeed asking about $700! That was cheeky monkey in
              >sydney. Not worth it for me at that stage. However a few years
              >later a friend of mine kept offering me $200 for an old shogun
              >touring bike I had and I succumbed to the temptation of using
              >this for the xtra purchase (now regretted). However, by this
              >stage cheeky monkey was getting out of xtra's because they
              >couldn't move them. I think this had a lot to do with the poorer
              >exchange rate at that time.
              >
              >Anyway I could now purchase one from them for $450 because they
              >just wanted to get rid of their remaining stock, and what with
              >the $200 for my old bike it was now worth it. However they did
              >not ever deliver the wide loaders or long loaders, these I have
              >recently purchased from chainringtransitauthority, the guy there
              >seems like a good bloke, replaced my broken sidestand for free
              >and chucked in a tube of phil's grease as well. My sidestand had
              >broken after I'd picked up a very heavy 6 foot pine bookshelf and
              >lugged it home from a streetside chuckout.
              >
              >Pete are you saying that you just chuck ice and some cold ones
              >straight in the Freeloaders and let the water drain out from
              >there or that you purchased the SUB eskies and do it that way?
              >Sounds like a good idea, I suppose it's not really gonna hurt the
              >freeloaders with a bit of cold water I might try that...
              >
              >I have taken the xtra on a trip of the mundabiddi trail
              >(http://www.mundabiddi.org.au/) with my 9 year old son in 2004.
              >That was only 2 days, we seriously loaded up with chocolate and
              >treats to keep up the morale for him, it was a fantastic trip he
              >has asked to do it again. He was on his own bike, not on the
              >back of the xtra by the way. So that track is single lane
              >laterite "pea gravel" ie. very slippery, heaps of hills and
              >erosion breakaways and bumps etc. the xtra handled it with
              >absolutely no probs at all -- it was a dream. Apart from that
              >trip no tours but of course I dream. Family commitments etc.
              >
              >When you say you bought it as a shop bike - did you have a cycle
              >shop? I have only come across 1 bike shop that doesn't think i'm
              >a complete loony with this bike, they just don't get it. However
              >people respond very positively. One day I was doing the family
              >shopping with the twins on the back - if you can picture it;
              >heaps of shopping stuck out wide then the twins piling on outside
              >Coles. A lady came up to me and said "Good on ya!" with great
              >emphasis, I still remember feeling very chuffed.
              >
              >For quite a while we had no car and I had to pick up the twins
              >on the back of the xtra from school and take them home (about
              >5km).
              >
              >I have taken the bike to Rottnest island (no cars allowed over
              >there) and it was fantastic. Piled up with camping chairs and
              >picnic stuff and kids fun was had by all.
              >
              >I have put in a schmidt dynohub and some good lights, in my
              >opinion a fantastic addition for winter commuting, very bright,
              >always works, can't forget batteries/charging. I find the extra
              >weight of the bike a bit tough after I've been on leave for a few
              >weeks but after a few more weeks of riding it we're back to
              >normal. YOur 27 km commute on the xtra is impressive, mine is 18
              >km each way from Fremantle to south perth.
              >
              >The idea of a disk brake sounds like a good move. I think
              >touring in hilly country would really push the limits of my
              >brakes.
              >
              >by for now and thanks for making contact
              >Shane
              >
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              >
              >
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