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Our (first) Xtracycle on the road!

family on the new xtracycle

Finished Anne’s xtracycle today (actually VERY early this morning, but who’s keeping track?). We are pretty psyched. The kids are digging it already — it’s gone to the store, Grandma’s, and swim lessons.

We still have some finishing touches:

  • rigid fork on order
  • A cushier, upright seat needed
  • Albatross bars on order
  • curvier stoker bars coming (Nitto swept-backs)
  • Some smooth fat rubber (well, I wanted 2.3 but I don’t think they’ll fit the skinny Rolf wheels)

But all in all, this thing is cool. Mine is next!

-Tim

Building the Longbike

I’m slowly putting together longbike #1. I’m going from this:

Xtracyle out of box

To hopefully something that resembles a bike.

For the most part, it has gone together well — at least considering the cobbled together source of parts (ebay, craigslist, parts bins, and even other bikes hanging in the basement). I had some issues with the derailleur hanger being mis-drilled, causing the derailleur bolt to (want to) cross-thread, but nothing a dremel tool can’t fix! I got it on track and props to the xtracycle folks for offering to replace the frame.

When I get this one done, mine is next.

More later!

PS — a photo of the derailleur issue:

xtra-de-hanger-w-notes.jpg