• 12-01-2013
    MettzMan
    O.K. so I just registered to get in on this thread......it's phenomenal!....gonna try embedding pics for the first time too, so bare with me.......

    I have the Sun Atlas Cargo.....I love it......it's a poorman's BD.........I even plan on painting it semi O.D. like the first BD......that was the first cargo bike I ever saw......that green with tanned leather accessories, wow! so here's mine......first day I got it home(8 months ago)...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20670324@N06/9505335331/" title="IMG_2004 by mettzman, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5470/9505335331_1e513d2261.jpg" width="360" height="270" alt="IMG_2004"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20670324@N06/9505334531/" title="IMG_2005 by mettzman, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5452/9505334531_84da6a4f7c.jpg" width="270" height="360" alt="IMG_2005"></a>

    hope the pics work......

    here she is more recent with electric assist.....
    LOw res, sorry............

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20670324@N06/11147002985/" title="IMG_2508 by mettzman, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2871/11147002985_729afd1753.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="IMG_2508"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20670324@N06/11147193533/" title="IMG_2509 by mettzman, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5476/11147193533_a0fe4ca639.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="IMG_2509"></a>

    and let's not forget the most important thing, sound system!.....
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20670324@N06/9505300587/" title="IMG_2152 by mettzman, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5333/9505300587_5123741960.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="IMG_2152"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20670324@N06/9508085756/" title="IMG_2173 by mettzman, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3691/9508085756_837bc24365.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="IMG_2173"></a>

    Tons of fun, I don't haul humans so my 25-50lbs. usual cargo is pleasant and she is a blast with no load, no one ever talks about the great unloaded handling and fun.....I'm 6'1" 265lbs. so I feel proportionate on this bike.....I don't ride the bkakes anymore on fast decents....it's way more secure feeling......looking to road trip and backcountry with this rig eventually............Cheers!
  • 12-01-2013
    byknuts
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    couch on ute/chariot.
    walked it home, still some icy roads , couldn't chance a wipe-out.
  • 12-05-2013
    scubaklook
    Winter Dummy
    I wasnt sure I could justify getting this bike as I thought I was only going to use it to get dog food and run a few errands. It has become my almost daily commuter and the long wheelbase makes it very stable for the winter.
  • 12-30-2013
    20sMotoSpirit
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    Surly Troll w/ Custom Surly Trailer - Worlds first folding Heavy duty trailer
    Good Morning Transporters,

    I have been away for far too long, but I bring super cool news and updates. First is the Newish Cargo bike.

    The Surly Troll 18" fitted with a Trek Police groupset
    (Which means 3x8 speed and Silent clutch hubs!:D)

    Check out the photo - this is Rev.1
    Attachment 858765

    This is Rev.2 After, I added the front cargo rack.
    Attachment 858766

    After 18 months of riding, and using it for everything from daily shopping, to loaded touring to full hauling - it has proven a nearly indispensable bike for being able to live via only two wheels.

    However, When you need something more - You might as well go all the way. Introducing the worlds first folding heavy duty utility trailer. This has proven over the last year an incredible addition to any cargo bike.

    Here the trailer is in "Long Mode" with me bringing my wife trike into get checked.

    Attachment 858770

    Here the Trail is in "Short Mode" making a run to the tire store for trailer tires.

    Attachment 858771
    Absolutely indispensable.

    I will post a full review on the trailer soon. Maybe even an instructable.

    Cheers!
  • 01-09-2014
    canascrews
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    Civia Halsted
    Finally have a contribution to this thread :
    Here's my new grocery getter . It's nice to leave the car parked for days now Attachment 861366
  • 02-08-2014
    scooterbee
    2 Attachment(s)
    $79.00 walmart mountain bike turned int bakfiet
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by superjohnny View Post
    Dang I can't believe I get to start this thread. Seems every forum has one so post 'em up! Here's a couple of my Dummy.



    Some friends left two cheap MTb bikes at my house and so I cut them both up and reworked them. The first bike made dirt rag mag news as. DIY Walmart fat bike and the other bike I built into a cargo bike
  • 02-10-2014
    BCACycles
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    Sun Atlas in Costco mode
    I have had my Atlas cargo for about 3 years (10k on bike) now and couldn't be more happy. She is my daily driver, child transporter, super camper, chicken food hauling machine. You couldn't get more for your money as far as I am concerned. Having had hundreds of bikes, so weird to say this one is the funnest thing I have ever had.

    Attachment 868674
  • 02-12-2014
    Fatboy Joe
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    My Xtracycle Edgerunner Mdrive:thumbsup:
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  • 02-20-2014
    Nakedbabytoes
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    Oooo! An Edgerunner!!! Those are cool!

    Here's my new BD build:) wanted one for years, got one last week and finished the accessories today:)

    Attachment 871124

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    And with the sidecar attachment. I plan on using it mainly for larger loads but my kids & hubby already are vying for a seat on it...so I think it might get used a lot more than I expected but mainly for entertainment;)
    Attachment 871126
  • 02-22-2014
    Fatboy Joe
    Re: Post Pics of your Cargo Bike
    My latest build.

    Sent from my SGH-M919 using Tapatalk
  • 02-22-2014
    gmats
    Sweet! How is the gearing?
  • 02-22-2014
    Fatboy Joe
    I have a 45T chainring, 9 speed 11-34 cassette. Motor drive gear is 20T mated to a jackshaft 16T freewheel and on the drive gears for the rear wheel are 16T freewheel and 16T fixed gear both our together with an adapter. The front cranks doesn't move when motor is turning. This system is not the same as how stoke monkey works. Pedals and motor assist are totally independent from each other. Top speed with 48V pack is 30mph on flat terrain and can still climb the steepest Hills I can find in my area.

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  • 02-24-2014
    TroyS600
    Which system is that? Do you have closer pictures of the powered drivetrain?
  • 02-24-2014
    Bizman
    And with the sidecar attachment. I plan on using it mainly for larger loads but my kids & hubby already are vying for a seat on it...so I think it might get used a lot more than I expected but mainly for entertainment;)
    Attachment 871126[/QUOTE]

    I ride a vintage BMW sidecar rig and the sidecar is on the right side of the bike, other Big Dummy's I have saw the sidecar is on the right side, in the USA. With no disrespect, I was wondering why you have the sidecar on the left side of the bike? I really like riding my sidecar rig and a sidecar rig on a Big Dummy would be fun!
  • 02-24-2014
    Fatboy Joe
    Re: Post Pics of your Cargo Bike
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by TroyS600 View Post
    Which system is that? Do you have closer pictures of the powered drivetrain?



    I made it myself.

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  • 02-28-2014
    vaultbrad
    Just put my xtracycle on a frame that fits me. I love the way these things ride. Having it on a big enough bike makes a world of difference too.
  • 02-28-2014
    Nakedbabytoes
    Nice!! The height of your donor bike makes it look more like an EdgeRunner! Lookin good!
  • 02-28-2014
    Nakedbabytoes
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Bizman View Post

    I ride a vintage BMW sidecar rig and the sidecar is on the right side of the bike, other Big Dummy's I have saw the sidecar is on the right side, in the USA. With no disrespect, I was wondering why you have the sidecar on the left side of the bike? I really like riding my sidecar rig and a sidecar rig on a Big Dummy would be fun!

    They(Xtracycle) suggest using it on the non-drive side first while learning to use it. I have no opinion one way or another but not having it by the chain for mounting & dismounting with kids & cargo is fine with me. So I don't know if I would change it even after getting used to the feel of riding with it. I ride it mainly on 11ft wide separated city trails so I am not really concerned so much with traffic/road stuff once I get out of the grocery store parking lot.
  • 03-01-2014
    Bizman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Nakedbabytoes View Post
    They(Xtracycle) suggest using it on the non-drive side first while learning to use it. I have no opinion one way or another but not having it by the chain for mounting & dismounting with kids & cargo is fine with me. So I don't know if I would change it even after getting used to the feel of riding with it. I ride it mainly on 11ft wide separated city trails so I am not really concerned so much with traffic/road stuff once I get out of the grocery store parking lot.

    Thanks for cleaning that up. Not sure why they would say to put use it on the non drive side to get used to it? I guess though it would be easier to work on the chain being on the non drive side, something I hadn't thought about.
  • 03-06-2014
    vaultbrad
    Made a few changes...

    Replaced crankset with a triple. Still no front de-railer(RIP Sheldon)


    So I carry an organic front de-railer on my bars for quick access. Inspired by Grant Petersen.


    I also rigged a system to carry my Ortleibs with the regular V-racks. I wanted to secure them to the bike a bit more than just putting them in the xtra bags so I fabricated some attachment points for the pannier hooks that are at least as high tech as my organic front de-railer.
  • 03-11-2014
    Butchcantswim
    1 Attachment(s)
    Dummy
    Cargo bikes are the heat!

    Attachment 876209

    Changed to a Yepp seat

    http://youtu.be/wGmnSxAim5g
  • 03-11-2014
    phsycle
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by vaultbrad View Post

    Ha ha, biodegradable FD. Nice.
  • 03-11-2014
    vaultbrad
    ^Nothing but the finest for my bikes
  • 03-30-2014
    Butchcantswim
    4 Attachment(s)
    More pics
  • 04-15-2014
    longhaultrucker
    I haven't been around here so much lately,haven't been cargo biking much since the move just over a year ago. A month or so ago,I pulled my Trek/Xtracycle apart and started rebuilding the Trek as a period mtn bike (well,I started looking for parts,LOL,haven't turned a wrench on it yet-it's a 2000 6000),mainly brought on because I needed the build kit off of it to build up a new Surly Troll frame/fork.

    Well....even though I don't have op to utilize it much like before th emove here,I missed having the Xtracycle,and having recently picked up a 1996 Specialized Hard Rock in clean condition (a bit too big for me with a Large/21" frame...I'm a Medium frame size guy),I got bored over the weekend and started a putting it together...


    It's not top tier on the priority list (not having much use for it living here,at least for now),but I have a finished build in my head that won't go away already (which will hopefully include those nifty new bags,and a pair of Wide Loaders),so it will happen,LOL :p
  • 06-30-2014
    perbl
    Today I used my Dummy with Wideloaders and Longloader for picking up my new Nomad from the post office:


  • 07-03-2014
    benda

    56cm Long Haul Trucker (700C) with a newly-installed FreeRadical and Yepp Maxi seat-post mounted child carrier for my 10-month-old son. Rear tire is a 700x35C Panaracer Pasela TG and it just barely clears the FR in the front and rear. probably 1/2 - 1cm at either end. have not bothered to check clearance from tech deck, but it's probably not much different.

    Front tire is a 28x2.0 Schwalbe Fat Frank that I originally intended to swap out for a Pasela but honestly I'm finding the added cush up front helps smooth out the ride. So much frame flex out back that the 35C rear tire doesn't feel like that much of a compromise.

    When I picked up the LHT frame back in 2011 I don't think Surly had revised their offerings to include 26" wheels and/or disc brakes across the line, but if I could do it over again I'd take both options. 26" wheels give you so many more options, especially with the FR.

    Rear hub is a SRAM X9 MTB hub with a disc adaptor, so I'm thinking I may add cable disc brakes next summer. I cashed in all of my marriage goodwill points for this and I get the impression that I still owe a few more :madman:

    Swapped out cantis for v-brakes in the rear and added a travel agent for compatibility with my road brake levers. I'm very satisfied with stopping performance - this setup is wildly better than cantis, even with 2 extra feet of cable out back. Some say the best rear brake setup is hydraulic disc but I just don't see a compelling reason yet to to justify it.

    I'm just sad that there won't be any more wheelies at my house until my son gets a bit older...
  • 07-28-2014
    Dean Learner
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by canascrews View Post
    Finally have a contribution to this thread :

    Here's my new grocery getter . It's nice to leave the car parked for days now Attachment 861366


    Tell me more please canascrews. Developing a love of the cycle trucks and looking for alternates to the soma.
  • 09-16-2014
    geiranders
    2 Attachment(s)
    Surly Big Dummy Bafang 8Fun BBS-01
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    Attachment 923995

    Here's my 2013 Big Dummy with Bafang BBS-01 250W (I'm in Europe, hence the 250W and not 500W or 750W) mid-drive electric conversion kit and a 36V 522 Wh battery.

    Love this setup for everyday use with kids.
    More images from the conversion kit installation here:
    Min egen sykkel ? nå med elmotor | transportsykkel.no

    (Norwegian text, sorry about that...)
  • 10-05-2014
    Mr. Fisherman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SelfPropelledDevo View Post
    big dummy
    Monterey, Ca...
    and then some...

    Kifaru gear, NICE!
  • 12-19-2014
    Gertbiglummox
    Long time lurker, first time poster

    Heres an old Orange P7 thats been dipped and powder coated along with a set of on one chromoly forks and the xtracycle free radical unit.

    Tidied it up nicely

  • 12-19-2014
    gmats
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gertbiglummox View Post
    Long time lurker, first time poster

    Heres an old Orange P7 thats been dipped and powder coated along with a set of on one chromoly forks and the xtracycle free radical unit.

    Tidied it up nicely



    Aloha, nice work!
  • 02-26-2015
    alaskadude
    I am going through this because I think I need a cargo bike to use at the cabin. despite the great things I read about the Yuba Mundo, there sure seems to be a lot of pics of BD's here. Either they are more popular or the BD guys just like to take pics of their rig.
  • 02-26-2015
    rlbruski
    I believe the Big Dummy has a little better component spec than the Mundo and I'm sure is a little (maybe a lot) lighter. The Yuba, though, is designed to carry much more weight, if you can pedal it! I believe my Yuba claims I can haul 440#'s of cargo plus the rider vs 440#'s (rider and cargo) on the Big Dummy. That is still a bunch of cargo. My wife has health issues and can't pedal her own bike, so for us the Yuba seemed a better option for me to carry an adult around town on the back of the bike. Except for steep hills, I and the Yuba, have no problems doing so. It is a great bike and I have had zero issues with it. I'm sure the BD is a fantastic bike, as well, and probably is slightly easier pedaling due to less weight. Just my rambling thoughts. :-)
  • 04-04-2015
    vadimhellbike
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    Industrial eBike
    Design Logic Da Phat frame, Surly Moonlander parts.
  • 04-22-2015
    Crankyone
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  • 04-22-2015
    Crankyone
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    Flatted out for the first time in a long time. Long walk to the car.
  • 05-27-2015
    deserthawk
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    A couple of my grocery run bikes on St Thomas US Virgin Islands.
  • 05-27-2015
    deserthawk
    1 Attachment(s)
    Here's an old photo of my Sun Atlas Cargo bike in Key West after 1000 mile tour.
  • 06-06-2015
    7up
    1 Attachment(s)
    This is my Trek Transport Equiped with....Nivinci N360 Rear / BB7 Mountain disc brakes / BB02 MidDrive 750 watt 48 volt / Lifepo4 Battery Pack.
  • 07-27-2015
    buddhak
    1 Attachment(s)
    Bamboo bakfiets
    Attachment 1004829

    This is a tad premature, but if all goes according to plan, my bamboo cargo bike will be rolling in the Fall. :thumbsup:
  • 07-27-2015
    Crankyone
    looks pretty awesome so far!
  • 07-28-2015
    gmats
    Sweet!! Looking awesome. Great idea.
  • 08-25-2015
    MooseCaboose
    1 Attachment(s)
    Big Dumb Pug
    Hey guy's, I'm selling my Fat Cargo Bike. Its in the classifieds!Attachment 1010885
  • 08-31-2015
    buddhak
    1 Attachment(s)
    Tiki bike
  • 09-04-2015
    PretendGentleman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by buddhak View Post

    Wow, Do you have more info? Looks good. How is the torsional stiffness of the main bamboo beam? did you cure and treat the bamboo yourself?
  • 09-04-2015
    buddhak
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PretendGentleman View Post
    Wow, Do you have more info? Looks good. How is the torsional stiffness of the main bamboo beam? did you cure and treat the bamboo yourself?

    Here is the chronicle of the build.

    Torsional stiffness of the whole bike, loaded, is good until you get over 200lbs in the cargo bay. At which point I forgive it for being a bit flexible. It still behaves fine with that much weight in the basket. The bamboo is springy and feels wonderful with 100lb loads (2 kids).

    I cured the bamboo but I did not heat treat.
  • 09-30-2015
    Saw
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by vadimhellbike View Post
    Design Logic Da Phat frame, Surly Moonlander parts with a Crystalyte 4060 running at 72V and 60A.

    The LiMn 72V, 20Ah batteries are hidden in the DryBag panniers and the panniers conceal the rear hub motor.

    The 24 FET Lyen 4110 controller is hidden in the DryBag trunk bag. Its mounting plate is an aluminum heat sink.

    Weight capacity is 375 lbs., top speed is 30 mph and the range is 25 miles with normal pedaling.

    Nice! I've been dreaming of one of these since I saw my first fat bike 5 or 6 years ago. I can't wait to see the Mark 2 when it is finished.:band:
  • 10-13-2015
    Volsung
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    Did the Filthy 50 gravel race on my dummy. I was a terrible idea. I read somewhere online that bike weight only matters when climbing but I think after 52 miles and 3k feet of climbing I disagree.Attachment 1022098
    The pic was from the start of the race. I barely saw anyone after that.
  • 10-13-2015
    gmats
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Volsung View Post
    Did the Filthy 50 gravel race on my dummy. I was a terrible idea. I read somewhere online that bike weight only matters when climbing but I think after 52 miles and 3k feet of climbing I disagree.Attachment 1022098
    The pic was from the start of the race. I barely saw anyone after that.

    HAHA!! Congrats! You did it. Great job.
  • 10-27-2015
    Zacr
    3 Attachment(s)
    my first cargo bike
    my new custom long john

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    i had been in the back of my mind thinking of welding one of these together and then while checking craigslist happened on one for super cheap. the guy had welded it himself mad max style, but the price was right and i believe it will be pretty bullet proof. currently i have it apart being painted. after that i will be replacing the plastic tote with wood sides. super stoked for this.
  • 10-29-2015
    stremf
    Looks pretty nice. Hopefully, you can get that handlebar higher so you don't smack your kid with the bars.
  • 10-29-2015
    Zacr
    yeah the handle bars will be higher for sure should look alot better when I'm done
  • 10-29-2015
    stremf
    I like the hoop over the front wheel. Much better use of space compared to other cargo bikes such as Cetma, Metrofiet, etc. Would be a great place to strap a basket.
  • 10-29-2015
    Crashaholic
    2 Attachment(s)
    Kid+cargo
    Attachment 1025252

    I use a bag now instead of the basket as that got in the way of the cables and overhung the front too much.
    Just finished the platform the other night. The rings are for where the bag clips into

    Attachment 1025251
  • 12-16-2015
    lele
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    Mycargo:


    Attachment 1036016

    velonom prana ( yuba mundo v2 frame).
  • 12-29-2015
    Jozo
    2 Attachment(s)
    Yuba Mundo Christmas Edition
    Fog, mud and no snow yet:
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  • 12-29-2015
    Crankyone
    Festivus for the restuvus!
  • 01-06-2016
    Mr Pink57


  • 01-20-2016
    prowheelbuilder
    8 Attachment(s)
    Home Made Cargo Bike Known as (the GREEN MACHINE)
    I am the owner of Prowheelbuilder.com. Our store is only 1.5 miles away from the post office. I grew tired of driving my truck once and sometimes trice daily to deliver packages. This seemed like a waist of time, gas and it was an unnecessary burden on our environment. So I decided to build a trailer and then a cargo bike. I have added a Bafang pedal assist motor kit and ran a Shimano Alfine 11 speed hub. Now I use this not only as cargo bike but also as a car substitute and it works great.
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  • 01-21-2016
    NordicNorm
    Nice build Richard! That flip up rear box is cool too.
  • 01-21-2016
    prowheelbuilder
    8 Attachment(s)
    Green Machine
    I am reposting this since I apparently deleted my original post when I responded to a comment (still new to the whole forums thing):
    I built this cargo bike to haul packages to the post office which is only 1.5 miles away from our shop. However it has now become a car substitute and is used to grab groceries, commute to and from work and run general errands. With the addition of the Bafang 1000w pedal assist motor I am able to wear what ever I want and not kill myself with very heavy loads. Here are some stats on both the trailer and cargo bike:
    1. Unassisted speed on flat ground 32mph
    2. Bike weight 68 lbs
    3. Rider weight 205 lbs
    4. Max weight carried cargo bike 400 lbs
    5. Max weight carried trailer 600 lbs
    6. Max distance covered on a single charge at mid level assist rolling terrain 20 mi
    7. Max distance covered on a single charge at max level assist rolling terrain 10 mi
    8. Drive train is Shimano Alfine 11 speed
    9. Budget: The main frame was purchased used $100.00 which I re utilized the main triangle and the drop outs, fork was a Surly $100.00, the seamed steel I had from a former project but I would say was worth about $125.00 the seat post / saddle / brakes / hubs / bars / stems / head set / grips and rubber $875.00 or so, the Bafang motor kit with crank / BB / and battery was $1280.00, powder coating $190.00 and then a miscellaneous budget of $200. This brings it to an estimated total of $2870.00

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    Response to the cargo box comment: Thank you. It has proved very useful. My next plan is to have some custom nylon bags made up to hang inside the out riggers frame below the surface of the bed (sort of time panniers). These will accommodate, items such as groceries, envelopes and other non strapable items. Currently I have to carry a plastic tub strapped down to carry these items which is a pain and requires foresight.
  • 05-03-2016
    beoutside
    4 Attachment(s)
    Yuba Mundo kid and grocery electric assist frame up project
    I would appreciate some ideas on refabricating the monkey bars at the saddle end to eliminate the issues if someone shorter needs to ride. Also looking at a aluminum battery box to replace the temporary cloth bag. Thanks
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  • 05-23-2016
    BruceBrown
    Hauling tools for trail maintenance solution, help, ideas....
    I made this post over on the Trail Building forum as I am looking for a solution to haul some tools for trail maintenance. Since this thread might have some experienced ideas on what might work for me, I thought I would post it here as well in hopes I get some feedback, ideas, and guidance.:thumbsup:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/trail-buildin...l#post12649398

    Some great ideas in this thread.

    I need to haul a weed whacker, chainsaw, 1 or 2 gallon jug of gas, hedge clippers, leaf blower, throughout a trail system. Not all at once, but at least two or three of those items at a time. Sure it's nice to hike in and out each section of 7 mile loop from various points, but having a bike that could haul what I need would be easier.

    The good news is, the trail system is in a State Park where I volunteer to do trail work and the majority of it is doubletrack, so I don't need to worry about navigating through tight and twisty. It's more about convenience of hauling multiple tools throughout to be more productive on a trail work day as opposed to hiking in and out with one or two tools at a time.

    My options - or at least what I am thinking about at the moment:

    Purchase a dedicated Surly Big Dummy and design a box to attach to haul what I need.

    Convert an old Cannondale MTB 800 tandem (which currently is hanging in the garage not being used) into a long haul trucker.

    Mine is green (not yellow like the one shown in the picture) and fits me up front as the front end is size XL (rear is size small) and set up with a rigid fork, typical mountain bike bars, and a triple chainring with an 11-34 rear cassette so I would be able to spin up the hills hauling gear.



    I did locate a company called LOKO who appear to have a product in development, but sounds like you have to pre-order and they only produce once they have 1000+ pre-orders. I've tried to contact them several times to get information on the rack to convert a tandem into a cargo bike, but have never received any reply. Sounds like this option may not exist.

    However, I could probably find somebody in my local area to make something for me - or I could DIY some sort of a box/rack/mount to haul what I need on the back of the tandem conversion.

    I don't think the BOB trailer will work with what I want to haul, but was curious for any suggestions and help in figuring out a solution to be able to haul something as long as a weed whacker, jug of fuel, and another tool or two all on the same trip.

    I do have a rooftop tandem tray to haul the bike to and from the State Park - so at least that part of the issue of getting the work bike to and from the location is solved.

    TIA!:thumbsup:
  • 05-23-2016
    FastFix
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    I have owned two Xtracycles and a Big Dummy. I've hauled all the items you've mentioned and then some. The Xtracycle bags will easily carry everything you're trying to carry. The only issue was the weed eater was a little long. I had found two of these on the curb that someone was throwing out and snatched them up so I didn't really mess around with setting up a custom mount for them. But it would be easy enough to do with some lumber and p-clamps.

    Maybe it would be worth selling the tandem to fund your Big Dummy. I'm not sure where Xtracycle is with their Leap production these days but it looked a little beefier than the old Freerad, though I never really had an issue with the rear swaying around like a lot of people did. Also it can be transported in the tandem roof rack.

    I vote for Xtracycle any day. They make a good product that works when you need it.
  • 05-23-2016
    beoutside
    bob trailer
    I have a yuba mundo I built up but wouldn't want gas , oil and bar oil ect messing up my grocery kid getter. I prefer my mountain bike /bob trailer combo with a piece of card board on the bottom of the bob. The trailer sides make it easy to attach and tie down tools/jerry-cans, ect..... just my two cents :)


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FastFix View Post
    I have owned two Xtracycles and a Big Dummy. I've hauled all the items you've mentioned and then some. The Xtracycle bags will easily carry everything you're trying to carry. The only issue was the weed eater was a little long. I had found two of these on the curb that someone was throwing out and snatched them up so I didn't really mess around with setting up a custom mount for them. But it would be easy enough to do with some lumber and p-clamps.

    Maybe it would be worth selling the tandem to fund your Big Dummy. I'm not sure where Xtracycle is with their Leap production these days but it looked a little beefier than the old Freerad, though I never really had an issue with the rear swaying around like a lot of people did. Also it can be transported in the tandem roof rack.

    I vote for Xtracycle any day. They make a good product that works when you need it.

  • 05-24-2016
    BruceBrown
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by beoutside View Post
    I have a yuba mundo I built up but wouldn't want gas , oil and bar oil ect messing up my grocery kid getter. I prefer my mountain bike /bob trailer combo with a piece of card board on the bottom of the bob. The trailer sides make it easy to attach and tie down tools/jerry-cans, ect..... just my two cents :)

    The Bob looks too small to haul the longer tools. I guess I could fabricate something to mount the tools to or in the Bob. All I have to pull it is a singlespeed as I don't want to use my race bikes. That might be a grunt on the hills.

    The tandem I have available to possibly convert - will not be used for any family cycling again - hence the conversion. Loops like the LEAP would set me back $999 or more, but I don't have a bike to convert for the LEAP.

    Looks like a Surly Big Dummy would be over $2K as well.

    That's why I thought it might be worth it to try and fabricate some sort of tandem bike pick-up type of rack and box bed to haul the tools.
  • 05-24-2016
    beoutside
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    bontrager cargo panniers
    Sounds like you have looked into just hanging things off the tandem, I just picked a pair of bontrager cargo bags up for 60 dollars delivered and they are huge ! I think they are on close out since Trek isn't making their cargo bike anymore? On my Yuba I added some runner boards but there was already framing to lay wood on. This allowed the panniers to both sit and hang when loaded down.

    Attachment 1072132

    I can load four very full grocery bags easily into these babies and love the fact that they buckle flat when not in use. The clips on the top are a little small for my tubing but are bolted through and could be modified/ replaced easily.

    A quick search on converting tandems to a cargo... maybe you have already seen this.

    Tandem Bike Turned into Cargo Bike - BikeHacks

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BruceBrown View Post
    The Bob looks too small to haul the longer tools. I guess I could fabricate something to mount the tools to or in the Bob. All I have to pull it is a singlespeed as I don't want to use my race bikes. That might be a grunt on the hills.

    The tandem I have available to possibly convert - will not be used for any family cycling again - hence the conversion. Loops like the LEAP would set me back $999 or more, but I don't have a bike to convert for the LEAP.

    Looks like a Surly Big Dummy would be over $2K as well.

    That's why I thought it might be worth it to try and fabricate some sort of tandem bike pick-up type of rack and box bed to haul the tools.

  • 05-26-2016
    BruceBrown
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by beoutside View Post
    Sounds like you have looked into just hanging things off the tandem, I just picked a pair of bontrager cargo bags up for 60 dollars delivered and they are huge ! I think they are on close out since Trek isn't making their cargo bike anymore? On my Yuba I added some runner boards but there was already framing to lay wood on. This allowed the panniers to both sit and hang when loaded down.

    Attachment 1072132

    I can load four very full grocery bags easily into these babies and love the fact that they buckle flat when not in use. The clips on the top are a little small for my tubing but are bolted through and could be modified/ replaced easily.

    A quick search on converting tandems to a cargo... maybe you have already seen this.

    Tandem Bike Turned into Cargo Bike - BikeHacks

    Good suggestions. I am going to investigate a bit more what i could possibly do. I do have a custom made pull behind kid's recumbent bike (attaches to my seatpost) that is low to the ground, long and might be a better option to haul the tools as it can attach to any bike. I'll post up a picture later today. Not sure panniers would be good for hauling these...











  • 09-01-2016
    rammsteini
    1 Attachment(s)
    My Bamboo Cargo Bike
    I built it last winter and it works like a charm

    Attachment 1091507

    more images: https://www.flickr.com/gp/143936141@N04/rbZFUG
  • 09-01-2016
    NordicNorm
    Big Bamboo
    Smokin' cargo bike!



    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rammsteini View Post
    I built it last winter and it works like a charm

    Attachment 1091507

    more images: https://www.flickr.com/gp/143936141@N04/rbZFUG

  • 09-09-2016
    matzthias
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  • 09-24-2016
    Raider47
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by prowheelbuilder View Post
    I am reposting this since I apparently deleted my original post when I responded to a comment (still new to the whole forums thing):
    I built this cargo bike to haul packages to the post office which is only 1.5 miles away from our shop. However it has now become a car substitute and is used to grab groceries, commute to and from work and run general errands. With the addition of the Bafang 1000w pedal assist motor I am able to wear what ever I want and not kill myself with very heavy loads. Here are some stats on both the trailer and cargo bike:
    1. Unassisted speed on flat ground 32mph
    2. Bike weight 68 lbs
    3. Rider weight 205 lbs
    4. Max weight carried cargo bike 400 lbs
    5. Max weight carried trailer 600 lbs
    6. Max distance covered on a single charge at mid level assist rolling terrain 20 mi
    7. Max distance covered on a single charge at max level assist rolling terrain 10 mi
    8. Drive train is Shimano Alfine 11 speed
    9. Budget: The main frame was purchased used $100.00 which I re utilized the main triangle and the drop outs, fork was a Surly $100.00, the seamed steel I had from a former project but I would say was worth about $125.00 the seat post / saddle / brakes / hubs / bars / stems / head set / grips and rubber $875.00 or so, the Bafang motor kit with crank / BB / and battery was $1280.00, powder coating $190.00 and then a miscellaneous budget of $200. This brings it to an estimated total of $2870.00

    Attachment 1044372

    Response to the cargo box comment: Thank you. It has proved very useful. My next plan is to have some custom nylon bags made up to hang inside the out riggers frame below the surface of the bed (sort of time panniers). These will accommodate, items such as groceries, envelopes and other non strapable items. Currently I have to carry a plastic tub strapped down to carry these items which is a pain and requires foresight.

    That is a great design. You should put it into production. I would have strongly considered something like it over the big dummy had it been an option.
  • 10-03-2016
    Jozo
    2 Attachment(s)
    Yuba Mundo with Bafang middrive (but currently without battery) with Bikes-at-Work trailer in the Little Carpathians mountains in Bratislava.

    Above Kacin:
    Attachment 1097716

    Above Pekna cesta:
    Attachment 1097717
  • 12-16-2016
    jamiedyer
    Big Dummy stopping under the moon.

    DSCN3175 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr
  • 01-01-2017
    Lone Desert Walker
    7 Attachment(s)
    My Cetma Largo
  • 01-15-2017
    jamiedyer
    First snow!

    DSCN3288 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN3302 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN3279 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr
  • 01-21-2017
    Lone Desert Walker
    That bike is RAD! Seems like a good design, not to big/heavy still capable of hauling a lot. Good color too.
  • 01-30-2017
    deserthawk
    4 Attachment(s)
    Virgin Island Electric Cargo Bike
    Here’s a new bicycle build for 2017 to replace a small truck on St Thomas Island. It has full time lighting and cell-phone charging station, a 1000Watt electric motor capable of climbing the highest island hills with ease and a comfy passenger seat. The drive-train is a Sram 11 speed using an 11-42t cassette modified to an 11-50t. With the small front narrow/wide 30t chainring, this bike has massive torque for hill climbing even with a substantial load.
  • 02-22-2017
    deserthawk
    Xtracycle Leap is finally Here


    A brand new build utilizing the new Xtracycle bolt-on kit (Leap) replacement for the venerable (discontinued) Free Radical. This kit is stronger, stiffer and well thought out and should be a game changer in the world of long-tail bikes.

    Shown here on a generic 29er 1x10, 11-42 Cassette, 203/180 Rotors, Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brakes
  • 03-07-2017
    buellman2003
    1 Attachment(s)
  • 03-29-2017
    jamiedyer
    A day out :)

    DSCN3453 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN3629 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr

    DSCN3606 by Jamie Dyer, on Flickr
  • 04-03-2017
    Hoeppi
    1 Attachment(s)
    Bfd
  • 04-04-2017
    jamiedyer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Hoeppi View Post

    Many congratulations, you've got the Fat Dummy looking really nicely setup. Interested to hear your thoughts once you get a few miles in.
    Happy trails :)

    Jamie
  • 04-05-2017
    Saw
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jamiedyer View Post
    Many congratulations, you've got the Fat Dummy looking really nicely setup. Interested to hear your thoughts once you get a few miles in.
    Happy trails :)

    Jamie

    Ditto.

    That has to be one of the coolest bikes ever. As far as I know, the Big Fat Dummy is one of only two production bikes in the world that can handle 3XL tires.
  • 04-18-2017
    junipash
    1 Attachment(s)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MABman View Post
    I like my cargo bikes with some oomph and this one will haul the load and the loadee quite nicely.

    Attachment 1132514

    I love the truck bed! how exactly is it attached to the frame? Is there an insert to prevent things from falling out the back or do you just bungee stuff down?
  • 04-21-2017
    NYrr496
    That BFD is the bomb. I'm getting one as soon as I have some room.
  • 04-27-2017
    deserthawk
    1 Attachment(s)
    New Xtracycle Leap Build
    Xtracycle Leap extension on 29er bike with Salsa Woodchipper bars, Bafang 750W mid-drive motor & 1x10 11-42t Drivetrain. Photo taken above Emerald Beach on St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
  • 05-03-2017
    deserthawk
    2 Attachment(s)
    AWD (2 motors) E-Bike for the Caribbean
    I decided to add an additional two speed front hub motor with ultra low gear for hill climbing. This bike charges up radically steep hills with a full load at 12mph without even getting warm. On the flats it does 35mph. Full build specs available here Xtracycle Leap Custom Bikes ? Longtail Cargo Bicycles for the Caribbean
    Attachment 1147269
  • 05-11-2017
    Destrozo
    1 Attachment(s)
    I like to bike and hang with my dog.Attachment 1136668
  • 05-11-2017
    Crankyone
    1 Attachment(s)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Destrozo View Post
    I like to bike and hang with my dog.Attachment 1136668

    my dog is a little more compact!
  • 05-11-2017
    Buddy john
    Hi jamie, nice hauler you got there, was wondering your thoughts on a endomorph on the rear of a normal big dummy-if I was to switch my drivetrain over to something like an ALFINE 8sp internal unit and get rid of the cogs do you think one would fit ok back there? Or would there still not be enuff clearance. Thanks for your thoughts
  • 05-30-2017
    jamiedyer
    Hi mate
    I 'm just seeing this just now otherwise I would have replied earlier. The Endomorph won't fit in the back, the spacing is too narrow and not long enough as the brace across the rear limits the size. I run a 2.5 hookworm onn the back on a 65mm rim, using an Alfine 8 as well and it's definately very tight, no gaurds/fenders and there is about a cigarette paper clearance. :)
    I replied on Flickr if I remember rightly. Will get some other pics for you tomorrow evening.
  • 07-18-2017
    Bizman
    3 Attachment(s)
    New Jones Plus Cargo Bike
    Here are pictures of my freshly built Jones Plus Cargo bike awaiting delivery to my house. I also have the packs and wide loaders not shown in the pictures but will be installed upon delivery along with the Bafang BBSHD motor.

    It has the Xtracycle LEAP extension with a 1x10 Shimano drive train, Jones H- Bars & fenders by Big O Manufacturing. I was anxious to get some eye candy up till the rest of the build is done, enjoy!
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  • 07-19-2017
    deserthawk
    1 Attachment(s)
    Rohloff Surly ECR Xtracycle Leap Cargo Build
    Another Caribbean Island Custom Build by St Thomas Bikesmith - Luce Robnett
    Attachment 1147268
    S&S Couplers - Rohloff Speed Hub - Custom Surly ECR Frame - Jones Loop Bars - 29" x 3" Knard Tires - Xtracycle Leap Extension - Surly 24 Pack Front Rack w/Porter House Bag - Salsa Downunder Low Rider Racks w/Salsa Anything Cages - Dynamo Hub w/ B&M & E3 Lights
  • 07-19-2017
    buddhak
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rammsteini View Post
    I built it last winter and it works like a charm

    Attachment 1091507

    more images: https://www.flickr.com/gp/143936141@N04/rbZFUG

    Fantastic!!!