Re: [rootsradicals] Re: New to rootsradicals from Melbourne, Australia
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.
>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
>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
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