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Moe’s new grocery gitter

In case you missed it, I was the lucky winner of an Xtracycle Freeradical. I won the Xtracycle Freeradical at the Urban Bicycle Commuter Expo, I’ve never won anything useful in my life, but this is the BIG exception.

I installed the Xtracycle Freeradical on my DiamondBack Transporter, the name just says it all. Today I had the chance to go grocery shopping, so I took the Transporter on its maiden voyage.

As I pulled into the driveway, I felt the stares right away. An older fellow approached me and marveled at my bike. He then went to tell me his story about being a paperboy and using a bike to distribute the newspapers.

I’ve ridden RL’s Xtracycle before, so I knew what to expect in terms of handling and how to balance a load.

I’m really stoked about my new grocery gitter, I’m looking forward to personalizing it.

Stay tuned for more Xtracycleness, we have more exciting stuff coming up soon.

18 Comments

  1. Johnny

    Congrats! It looks really good on your particular bike, for sure! πŸ™‚

  2. db

    Man, what a great thing to win! That beats a T-shirt or coffee mug any day.

  3. Ghost Rider

    Whoo hoo! That’s a nice-looking machine with quite a load on it (I spy some Negro Modelo). Also VERY nice to see you smiling for a change, Moe!

    By the way, I’m putting MY Freeradical together as we “speak”…prepping the frame with linseed oil and giving the Snapdeck a couple extra coats of varnish to protect it from the elements.

  4. cafn8

    Noice! I’m so jealous. The case of Negra Modelo was the first thing I noticed too. Congrats. Enjoy it.

  5. Jami

    I am beyond green with envy, I am ganrenous with envy. Congrats!

  6. Moe (Post author)

    Hard to believe that the case of Modelo was only 5 bucks more than a gallon of milk. I hope my kids get used to the beer on their cereal (j/k!)

  7. Jeremy

    What a prize! Congrats, Moe.

  8. RL Policar

    dude. Moe we have to go Xtra Cruisin’!

  9. climbinskier

    I think we all dream of winning something that cool (and useful).

    db had it right when they said “beats a t-shirt or coffee mug any day”.

    Congrats.

  10. Moe (Post author)

    My chances of winning very pretty good. At the beginning, I only bought one ticket, but then, I bought 2 more, I figured that a $15 Xtracycle is a pretty good deal.

  11. Justin

    Any chance of a detailed “how to” and “what to expect” when assembling one of these guys? Or at least some pictures from the process?

  12. russ roca

    welcome to the xtracycle family πŸ™‚ it’s one of the greatest advancements in cycling ever!!!!

  13. Moe (Post author)

    Justin, Jack is in the process of putting together his Freedradical “as we speak”. Stay tuned for the upcoming posts, we have a lot in store regarding the installation, use and customization of this awesome bike accessory.

  14. leaf

    I just acquired a big dummy (with xtracycle’s v-rack, snapdeck, and freeloaders), and it’s very nearly replaced my commute bike. The flexibility of taking a passenger, or getting groceries for an entire family without major planning, is a huge, huge win for bicycling.

    The only problem is the larger wheelbase makes it more difficult to combine with public transportation (which is required for my commute, since there is no bike lane on the SF bay bridge): the length exceeds the specified limits for one of our commuter train lines, and using bus racks is out of the question.

    If there were safe bike routes everywhere this wouldn’t be a problem, of course :-/

  15. russ roca

    leaf…have you tried putting it on the bike racks without the front wheel and securing it with a tie-down or bungee??

  16. miz mo

    I’m thinking about getting a FreeRadical even though I don’t have to tote home more than one grocery bag at a time, but I can’t think of a better way to make use of a bike I don’t currently ride and don’t want to sell.

    I’m only medium-savvy with mechanical skills so I’d love it if the upcoming posts indicate the level of mechanical skill required for the installation steps.

  17. Steve Furry

    Congrats, Moe! I wanted that Free Radical too, but I only bought one ticket so the odds weren’t in my favor.

  18. Ghost Rider

    Miz Mo…I plan on doing a write-up of the Xtracycle build when I get mine up and running. It won’t be totally step-by-step, but it will give you and other readers a good indication of the tasks required to put it together.

    So far, it looks like the easy part is attaching the FreeRad kit to the bike’s frame. The tricky stuff comes when stringing longer cables, adjusting derailleurs and brakes and figuring out just how much longer to make the chain. Some of those tasks might be better suited for the folks at your local bike shop if you’re not entirely sure of the procedures.

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