Bruce and his Xtracycle

February 8th, 2011 Posted in Load Carrying

We sent an Xtracycle FreeRadical kit up to Bruce in Queensland late last year, and he sent us an email and some photos. If you want to try one out, The Watershed Bike Library in Newtown includes an Xtracycle Radish.

Dear Cheeky,

The Xtracycle you sent me has been up and running for a few weeks now, and has become indispensable in our family transport options.

I’ve installed a 200w Bafang rear hub motor, which makes the steep hills around here manageable, even with big loads.  It’s been particularly useful when the local roads have been damaged in the January flood rains.  It carries loads of stuff, including our weekly Foodconnect delivery to Mt Nebo, 11km of steep mountain roads away, and transporting our 6yo to and from play dates.

It’s a good quality bit of gear.  I’ve used the disk brake mount, which requires a 203mm disk which really gets cooking on the long steep descents around here.  I think it will save rims and reduce the risk of heat blowouts.  I’ll be interested to see how well pads, calipers and disks last, as I’ve never had a bike with disks before.

Thanks for getting it to me last year.  I think if people knew how useful the Xtracycle was (especially with a motor), you would sell heaps more of them.

See pictures attached, with 6yo on his way to a friend’s and a recent delivery of Bafang hub motors etc.!