- Hi-- I had my X installed in Boston for about $50 including a new
chain. Later I added hydrauic discs myself, which I strongly
recommend for heavy loads in wet (Boston) or hilly (switzerland, where
I am now) terrain.
I commuted for years with top-end panniers, and the X beats them hands
down. Much larger, easier to put things in, and they stay on the bike
w/o worrying that someone will take them. Plus panniers are a pain to
carry around, whereas whatever bag you put in the x doesn't have to be.
if you want to tighten the load you can take off one side of the X and
the topdeck, which still leaves plenty of room for daytrips. For
longer trips, I like the X better bcs the load is lower, and the long
wheelbase gives a smooth ride on pavement or dirt.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "chineezguy" <chineezguy@...> wrote:
> How much will it cost to buy a free radical and have it installed by a
> bike shop? The free radical intrigues me with its versatility. With
> gas prices going up I am getting my beater bike fixed up for errands,
> etc. around town. Also would like to get back into self-supported
> touring and wonder if there is an advantage of free radical over