I recently swapped out my other bars on the Xtracycle because I needed them on my tandem. So I went with this beach cruiser bar that I had. But the only problem was that it was way too big. When ever I had to get on or off the bike, my leg would get caught.
So what I did was cut down the bars about 7 inches on each side…right where the bars started to bend. I reinstalled the grips and place the bar on the Xtracycle.
I then took the excess portion of the bars that I just cut and made them into footsies.
When I drilled the hole into the footsies, I tapped it and installed a screw to prevent it from falling out or moving around too much. I then installed some grips that I had laying around.
I think most people would automatically assume that a Tandem is way longer than any bike out there. But I recently took some pictures to compare the two, and find out which is longer.
Here’s the KHS Tandemania Alite.
Side by side the tandem is about the same length…give or take a couple of inches.
Since Moe posted the new pictures of the 2008 925(scroll down). There’s been some talk about bull horns. Here’s an inexpensive pair…around $22 from Nashbar.
Here’s a matching brake lever.
You guys may have seen my daughter’s bike before, its an early 80’s Freespirit Brittany. Nothing special about the bike other than it being pretty cute.
This morning I had some freelance work I had to do at one of my client’s offices. This meant I needed to drive there in order to get to the location on time. I had to drop off my younger daughter at school so Priscilla could pick her up later with the Xtracycle.
Breanna got on her bike at the same time as I got in my car with my other daughter.
Anyhow, as we’re driving to school, I say to Aleah, “I wonder if we’ll beat Breanna to school?” But as we kept driving, I didn’t see Breanna anywhere. I actually started to get worried until I spotted her already walking her bike on school grounds!
I was blown away on how fast she got there. We left the house at the same time, but by the time we got in the car, buckled up, drove out of our alley, waited for traffic to pass so I can get on the street…she had already pedaled herself through our neighborhood, on the bike lane and to school.
It did encourage me to see that even a little girl on a bike is more practical than a car when going to school.
Though I normally take my kids to school on the Xtracycle, I’m STILL the only parent that accompanies their children to school via bicycle. I was hoping it would catch on, but all the parents ever do is comment how cool my bike is or stare as they are driving away in their big SUVs…I just wished there were more parents that could see the benefit of taking their child to school on a bike, or at least letting them ride their bikes to school on their own.