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    biking where I'm going
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    New to this forum

    but not new to posting on similar forums...

    After being a recumbent kind of guy for about twenty years, and having a 70's Raleigh 3-speed for about four years (first upright in over a decade), and a Globe Vienna (sort-of like a hybrid, but no boingy fork and much better brakes) for a year, and all three of those being used for transportation and utility (not even mentioning the one go-fast-ish bike here), I succumbed to the siren call of a Big Dummy a week or so ago. It arrived Thursday, the last day the bike shop where I was working accepted UPS deliveries (the shop closed that day as well ).

    I didn't have time or tools to assemble it at the shop, so hauled it home in my truck for later assembly. Wasn't going to build it right away, as I had some other garage projects to do first (had to make room to park the thing...), but the projects went quicker than expected, and I built the bike last Friday. Rode it around the 'hood a little to shake out the saddle position and handlebars, and let it sit Saturday due to other obligations.

    I finally got it out for a cargo run on Sunday. After I post enough, I'll be able to include a link properly. For the nonce, you can probably look on my photobucket account (search on my user name here) and find something approximating a picture.

    Edit: now that I have enough posts on here that I can link images:



    And, yes, I can wear a Utilikilt Workmans while riding this bike with appropriate confidence that I won't answer "the question."
    Last edited by bikeolounger; 06-16-2012 at 06:12 PM.
    Getting where I'm going--by bicycle!

    1996 Ryan Vanguard
    2010 Globe Vienna 3 Disc
    2012 Surly Big Dummy

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    Part of the plan for this bike is that, since I've gone into business for myself as a handyman, I can go to job sites by bike instead of having to use my truck. Ordered-but-not-yet-delivered goodies include a hitch for my Bikes at Work trailer (again, I'm not yet allowed to post links, but bikesatwork (dot) com has info on their 96A trailer).

    Initial build was with a Surly Open Bar handlebar for more arm comfort, and to make the bike a bit more user-friendly (meaning that both my wife and I can ride it), the flip-lock quick-release seatpost clamp and a Brooks B67 saddle to replace the woefully-uncomfy WTB stock piece. Pedals are Shimano 324s. I added a J&B Importers imitation Carradice seat bag for the tool kit and bungy storage.

    The first cargo run went quite well. $150 in groceries, and it didn't seem to slow me down as my kiddie trailers-made into cargo units do.

    The Surly Open Bar gives the bike a wide feel that is confidence-inspiring. I can feel the rear wheel back there, reminding me that it's WAY back there. It's quite a change from my long-wheelbase recumbent, on which I am much closer to the rear wheel with a longer wheelbase than the Dummy.
    Getting where I'm going--by bicycle!

    1996 Ryan Vanguard
    2010 Globe Vienna 3 Disc
    2012 Surly Big Dummy

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    I loaded a copy of the image into my user profile's album. Now that I have ten posts, maybe I can link some images!
    Getting where I'm going--by bicycle!

    1996 Ryan Vanguard
    2010 Globe Vienna 3 Disc
    2012 Surly Big Dummy

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeolounger View Post
    I loaded a copy of the image into my user profile's album. Now that I have ten posts, maybe I can link some images!
    If you haven't already checked it out I have this page over on Facebook.....

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/251380181578404/
    Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.. Ferris Bueller

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    I've put fifty miles or so on the Dummy, and am finding that I haven't quite gotten it dialed for myself. I went out on it today for a bit, knowing that the trip list involved a bag of dog food (~30#) and a grocery stop (to pick up stuff forgotten in yesterday's grocery run). Thoughts, while they are in mind:

    One-handed riding on this bike is a bit more challenging than on other bikes in my stable. I'm not sure why just yet, but possible factors include that I seem to have more weight on my hands than when on my Globe. I had noted this yesterday while going to a job site pulling my BaW 96A trailer, and ascribed part of it to saddle tilt angle (a touch nose-up on the Brooks B-67 helped that part a great deal!). Having thirty pounds of dog food on one side of the bike, and less than ten pounds of cargo on the other side seemed to make it a bit wiggly, too.

    I don't know if it's a function of the Salsa Open Bar (which I would hate to have be the case, as it's otherwise quite comfortable) I put on the bike to replace the stock 17-degree-sweep bar. I may swap over and see how the stock bar feels, but I really like the hand position of the Open Bar.

    Getting where I'm going--by bicycle!

    1996 Ryan Vanguard
    2010 Globe Vienna 3 Disc
    2012 Surly Big Dummy

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    Welcome...

    ...thanks for sharing!

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    The last of the parts and accessories planned for this bike arrived today! I now have a Big Dummy outfitted with fenders, the Xtracycle doo-dad that protects the rear brake and the left bag from each other, the Wide Loaders, a Long Loader, the faux-Carradice seat bag on the Brooks B67 saddle, the Ergon grips on the Surly Open Bar, the basic light set (two PDW Radbot 1000 taillights and a Planet Bike 2-watt forward flasher), the hitch for the Bikes at Work trailer, lock, cyclometer, and basic road tool kit. I should be ready to go for a while.
    Getting where I'm going--by bicycle!

    1996 Ryan Vanguard
    2010 Globe Vienna 3 Disc
    2012 Surly Big Dummy

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    Can anyone recommend a company or a second hand dealer - and I don;t just mean google random names as I have been doing, fruitlessly!
    There are lots of companies out there, but I'm hoping to get something British-built.
    I'm looking for a tandem bike, possibly with a third wheel and platform/sidecar arrangement to carry cargo up to @150kg.

    Thankyou

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    OP,welcome to here,first-of-all,nice to "meet" ya LOVING that Dummy,I am! I'm itching for a pair of Wideloaders myself,though Longloaders aren't compaitble with my Hoodie setup (my Xtracycle is basically the "ECO" kit,plus I have a Snapdeck as well,though I took it off recently).

    I think that's neat as heck you doing your business by Dummy,just awesome!
    '96 Specialized Hard Rock
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    '13 On One Inbred
    '14 Surly Troll

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