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  • ...the deck directly so I don't need this any longer. It was $150 but I'm looking for $75. Anyone interested? ping me here, or at thom@^$1 I'm in the SF Bay Area but it could be shipped...
    thom@... Oct 29, 2014
  • Miguel, I really like the homegrown solution for rails in back that you did, vs the Hooptie. I mean, if the bike’s job is to haul kids on a regular and routine basis, the Hooptie is a fine solution. DIY allows you to design in more flexibility, though, which I like. For example, I like to tow a bike to one side, which some kids seats and the Hooptie itself would block. I’m...
    Thom Chiaramonte Nov 22, 2013
  • For about a year, I rode a custom build based off of a 29er wedded with a free radical kit. It was a pretty involved project, and I posted about it before on this group. The biggest hurdle was the FAP: the tongue of the Free Radical could not reach a suitable anchor point on the 29er, because the frame's stays were too long. Ultimately I had a machinist cyclist buddy build a...
    thom@... Sep 25, 2013
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  • I recommend MAAS Powdercoating in Livermore. They do all my frames… On Feb 21, 2013, at 4:22 PM, "kiltie_celt" < matthew-campbell@^$1 > wrote: I wish Yahoo groups were a bit more versatile, in that I'd really like to shut down the previous two incarnations of this thread so that folks don't keep posting replies when I've been able to definitively solve the problem. So, I'm hoping...
    Thom Chiaramonte Feb 21, 2013
  • I have a friend that has a Mixte/step-through frame for the Xtracycle Free Radical project he has ridden for about 3 years now, and he really loves it. In fact, the single most unnerving part of my riding experience is getting on and off. I drop the seat post to mount/dismount. On Feb 21, 2013, at 9:59 AM, George Gusses < gussesg@^$1 > wrote: I broke a frame a few years ago and...
    Thom Chiaramonte Feb 21, 2013
  • definitely appreciate the aluminum. Also, I keep the suspension fork locked out and it's really fine. On Feb 21, 2013, at 8:16 AM, Brian Livelsberger < livelsbe@^$1 > wrote: I have a suspension fork (Giant Boulder XT frame w stock fork), and like it, have had no problems at all. So far 1 yr of riding as an xtracycle conversion (just over 1000 mi) in varied conditions, half of it...
    Thom Chiaramonte Feb 21, 2013
  • I haven't posted much about my conversion, other than to ask about certain issues I needed to resolve, but I ride a custom 29er conversion and while each build has strengths and weaknesses, a tall rider such as yourself should seriously consider the size. It would probably be great for you. Unfortunately, when price is an issue as well, it can be somewhat prohibitive, as there are...
    Thom Chiaramonte Feb 19, 2013
  • SO, I'm taking the bike into my LBS that helped with some of the final details on this build and the customization, this saturday, so assuming the bike frame hasn't deformed or cracked under the torsional stress, I should be back in action next week. When it comes to my kids I want a professional to review such things. It occurs to me that I never posted the build photos and notes...
    thirdraildesignlab Feb 1, 2013
  • Mine is a custom trapezoidal section of thick block aluminum top and bottom with more retaining bolts across its surface. Great investment! But in my case, due to the frame size, it was necessary. --- In rootsradicals@^$1, Pete B wrote: > > For the FAP rotation, I stuck a thicker piece of scrap nylon carpet to the > plate. > That and a nylock with spring washer seemed to stop the...
    thirdraildesignlab Feb 1, 2013
  • Ha, my FAP bolt was rock solid! But it's been customized considerably, or rather, the FAP itself. --- In rootsradicals@^$1, Pete B wrote: > > Never had a problem with the "special nuts" loosening. I did convert them > over to quick release skewers (from spare seatpost clamps) early on though. > > Did have a problem with the long bolt through the front tonque/FAP moving > but that's...
    thirdraildesignlab Feb 1, 2013