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    Is This A Crazy Idea?

    Short Version: Am I crazy to use cargo boxes that weigh 20lbs?

    Long Version: After my "million dollar question" thread, I decided that I needed a bike that was nice enough to commute to work but cheap enough that I wouldn't worry about leaving it outside when I go to the library or grocery store. I was able to flip a couple bikes for some cash and bought a Kona Caldera just like the one gbowen444 has hanging over his cubical in the picture thread. I stripped the paint and built it up for utility with a beefy rigid surly fork and front rack. I also bought these surplus ammo boxes for cargo but I didn't realize until I got home that they are incredibly heavy, like 10 pounds each! Originally, I was going to permanently mount them on the rear rack but now I'm starting to think that's insane given their weight. On the other hand, I used to put weights in my panniers to train so maybe it's not altogether ridiculous? Anyway, I already spent 15$ on them so I feel obligated to use them, but I'm interested to hear what do you all think, and I also wanted to show off my latest ride: The C.C.K.C.C. or Cargo Carrying Kona Commando Cruiser.

    BTW: the box and front rack are currently zip-tied on. I still have to fab up a way to attach both of em.
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    Those ammo boxes might not go over too well with local authorities

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    Yeah, thought about that, especially since I'm a school teacher. I guess I could take the labels off.

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    That is a good cruizer night scooter.

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    You gonna bang your heels on those boxes?

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    They are cool enough to look at that you pretty much have to use them (because of the labels...if you remove the labels you might as well throw them out). But they are so heavy that you pretty much shouldn't even think about using them. Have fun with that one.

    I'm liking that ride though. Sweet.
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    No, it's hard to see from that angle but there's enough clearance

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    ^ You could scoot them back when you make mounts for them also.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
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    (no excuse for that either)

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    i like the use of the carbon water bottle cage

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    The bike looks great!

    How did you strip the paint?

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    I used jasco stripper, steel wool and a lot of elbow grease, but it turned out to be more effort than it was worth. I'm not exaggerating that the paint had 6 layers: clear coat, paint, primer, second coat of same paint, metallic red primer, grey primer and finally aluminum.
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    The bike looks great!

    How did you strip the paint?

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    You would be much better off with some regular panier bags

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    But at least you saved some weight with those eggbeaters.

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    Flystagg, I have ortlieb panniers but they wi go on the front rack

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    You want to try put a black and yellow stripped "Danger" tape over the label?
    When it's time to go, is time to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiatkiat
    You want to try put a black and yellow stripped "Danger" tape over the label?
    Will that make the box lighter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzler
    Will that make the box lighter?
    No. Instead of the sticker, get a Ti "Danger" placard.
    Recalculating....

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    Need to put a radiological or biohazard sticker on there as well...

    Maybe you could even do up a real HAZMAT placard for the actual contents you put in there....

    In any case those are awesome! Probably not practical. Certainly not FASTER. But really flippin' cool.

    Oh and to answer your origianl question.. Yeah it's crazy... but really cool too; so what the heck....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonesy33
    Need to put a radiological or biohazard sticker on there as well...

    Maybe you could even do up a real HAZMAT placard for the actual contents you put in there....

    In any case those are awesome! Probably not practical. Certainly not FASTER. But really flippin' cool.

    Oh and to answer your origianl question.. Yeah it's crazy... but really cool too; so what the heck....
    And add a "Remove Before Flight" Streamer to make it look nicer
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    Nice ride...looks beefy and fun.

    I love using military surplus for bike stuff. I went with soft but waterproof European(dutch..i think) small back pack.
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    I used plastic from a kitty litter bucket to stiffened the bottom and back. It attaches with some D-rings and a bungy.
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    Just for funzies....you could put this sticker on.

    Ray

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    Nice heavy duty bike. But if u want a bike that can leave it outside. I suggest, getting V-brake and cheap shimano revo grip shift to cheaper the bike more so as to make it more unappealing to bike thief.

    Swap yr egg beater pedal with those cheap MTB pedal too..

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    20 extra lbs your crazy...

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    Yes, you are crazy.

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    Sizzler, those would be really cool for a kustom, military-themed build, but I have to agree with others that for an every day utility bike the extra 20lbs makes them impractical. Think of how much weight you're already going to be carrying. But like I said, they would be great for a military build. Check this out for some ideas: http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/vie...=military+bike
    R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio ~ July 10, 1942 May 16, 2010

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    sh!t hit the fan at the sizzle household this evening and I blame all of yous! thanks to you guys, i decided to get something more practical so I stopped at the LBS and picked up these Basil saddle bags for 65 smackers. i thought it was great deal until i got the reaming of lifetime for spending even more money on my commuter.

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    You have gears on it. Sizzler, rep. Oregon with pride.

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    Try riding 50lb bike with a 20lb bike on the back of it. That'll get you a leg work out, whether you want it or not


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