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Getting an Xtracycle Home without an Xtracycle

by Ted Johnson

Matt Elias was in the process of fulfilling his ambition to be completely carfree in Tucson. He had just purchased a full Xtracycle setup from Bike Shop Hub when he encountered a cart-before-the-horse problem: How do you haul all of this Xtracycle hardware home before you’ve retrofitted your bike as an Xtracyle?

In a car? Of course not.

Matt Elias Pre-Xtracycle

Contents: FreeRadical Cargo Bike Kit ($199.00), FlightDeck ($75.00), KickBack Kickstand ($150.00), LongLoader Rack ($50.00 ea), Mini MagicCarpet ($15.00), WhatchamaCollars Rack Mounts ($25.00), WideLoader Rack ($55.00 ea), X2 FreeLoader Saddlebag Lids ($25.00 ea), X2 FreeLoader Saddlebags ($100.00 pair), and  Pannier Racks ($50.00 pair).

I’ll save you the trouble of doing the math. That’s just shy of $1000 worth of commitment to making the glorious leap to car freedom.

Matt bike commutes to his job at REI in Tucson.

Matt and I discovered that we have something in common. Our biggest challenge to becoming car free is the same thing: our respective skeptical partners. I’m more optimistic for Matt’s success than my own.

Matt Elias' Gary Fisher Bike

Before…

He told me he did the retrofit on his Gary Fisher hard-tail mountain bike the very next day.

Matt Elias' Xtracycle

After…

And he was happy to share photos of his who-needs-a-goddamn-car success.

Matt Elias' Xtracycle Loaded

After after

Note the excess capacity on the WideLoader rack. He has room for, I don’t know, another set of Xtracycle hardware for his girlfriends’s bike.

Congratulations, Matt.

Yeah, I’m jealous.

 
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4 Responses to “Getting an Xtracycle Home without an Xtracycle”

  1. Joel says:

    It is the “Super-Duty” pick-up of the bicycle world.

    Very nice!

  2. Graham says:

    Very nice. I’ve been tooling around on my new xtracruiser for a few months now, and I love the nonplussed looks at the grocery store!

  3. Ty says:

    Excellent! I went for almost the exact same set-up except that I got the U-tubes instead of the wideloaders. I also got the stoker bar. The other thing we have in common is that I also have a dubious significant other.

    “Why are you taking the Xtracycle to go to Costco? It so much more work and takes you longer!”

    “Because it’s fun, that’s why!”

    However, got my wife to go over to the dark side. Got the Xtracycle all set-u 2/9/14. She JUST agreed to go for a ride on the back. We had the dogs in their trailer behind us.

    Long story short, she loves it! The next weekend she says, “So we going for a ride on the Xtracycle today?”

    Hah!

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