Re: [rootsradicals] Re: Surly Xtra-frame (Big Dummy)
- its all about the Big Dummyi wonder what Surly's initial run is gonna be?that is...how many are they gonna make?On Dec 15, 2006, at 12:01 AM, karpaydiem wrote:
It is funny you should mention your “patch job” of the FreeRadical today. Oddly enough the night before you wrote your post I spent a little over two hours after work reinforcing my own FreeRadical to keep the left side tubing from cracking more than it already has just behind the dropouts.
I bought ¾” internal-diameter plumbing pipe at a length of 10” for about $2.00 and four hose clamps for about $0.59 each, then used my cordless grinder to cut the pipe in half lengthwise. I had to cut little triangles out of one half of the piping in various spots to keep the pipe flush against the FreeRadical tubing since the mudguard mounting bracket, my preferred rear-wheel quick-release position, and the disc-brake protector mount were somewhat in the way. Along the length of tubing on the inside of the FreeRadical (between the rear drop outs and disc-brake rotor) I then used the other half of the pipe, however I had to cut that lengthwise in half even further because the disc-brake mounts on the FreeRadical would also have gotten in the way. From there I sandwiched the two bars of cut-pipe with the FreeRadical tubing in between. Two hose clamps were run through the gaps between the disc-brake mount welds and the two other hose clamps were placed past the rear drop outs. Basically the whole thing looks like some kind of metal-splint.
Now I am just hoping this holds my Xtracycle up enough until June. Although I guess I should also hope Surly’s release date for the Big Dummy is on time. J
- Yeah, Tone, great minds think alike, or as my Dad used to say, "Two
minds with but a single thought - a half a thought apiece!"
I too saw my reinforcement as a splint. Your pipe idea sounds
stronger; I had thought of that, but went with the easier strip down
the side in my lazy, minimalist approach. I sure hope it works.
Maybe we'll inspire Xtracycle to put out a HD version, sort of an
As to the part of this thread adresssing the cost of the Big Dummy, my
perspective is the same as when I built up the Instigator frame
(bought used on eBay) into the Stokemonkey Frankenbike I now ride. And
that perspective is that this is a car replacement. So my mantra was
(and is): "It's not a car. Spend the money. It's not a car. Spend the
money. It's not a car. Spend the money."
From this viewpoint the projected cost of the Big Dummy frame is much
less than a year's worth of basic liablity car insurance. Not to
mention all the hidden costs of car ownership like killing 120 of us a
day just in accidents and, oh yeah, cooking our only lovely planet.
$600? Not a bad deal!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Tone" <Tone@...> wrote:
> It is funny you should mention your "patch job" of the
> FreeRadical today. Oddly enough the night before you wrote your post I
> spent a little over two hours after work reinforcing my own