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x day 1

The completed Xtracycle version of my clunky old bike. Significantly less clunky, I must admit, once the transformation forced me to get a new cassette of rear sprockets. Riding so much better now than it has in years (when we completed the rebuild it was unrideable, the new chain failing to mesh with the chippy old gears).

 

It really does seem to ride a little more stably than a normal bike, and even on my cautious first day it was casually carrying a little more than I usually attempted with the old baskets. Riding with a passenger is harder than I'd hoped, but certainly doable, even without appropriate footrests.

 

Only problem: my efforts to make the frame look homemade with zip-ties and fluorescent spraypaint come to naught, since the primary visual impression now is of the bags. I'm going to have to cover them with garbage bags or duct tape or sew bad scraps on them or something if I'm going to make this rig look like a rickety kludge job instead of the state-of-the-art gizmo it actually is.

 

There shall be more to be said.

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Taken on September 19, 2008