Interbike 2008: Xtracycle

The folks from Xtracycle showcased their new ‘Radish’ along with some new accessories:

Xtracycle Radish

Here’s my favorite, a pad that installs over the wooden board:

Concerned about your Xtracycle’s frame ‘walking away’? Check out the new Whatchamacollars:

Not only do these little doodads keep your Xtracycle safe from thieves, they also help your frame from getting damaged by water!

Here’s another interesting concept:

A Dahon breakaway bicycle with a Freeradical kit!!! Check out the Ortlieb panniers attached to the freeradical.

I was a little surprised to hear that some ‘Industry’ people have never heard of Xtracycle, we sent a few people to their booth so they can go and check it out. As you all know, we are fans of Xtracycle and with their ‘Open Source’ thinking, we hope to see more stuff soon. Maybe some accessories???

Xtracycle: It’s Simply Awesome

You may have noticed we’re big fans of Xtracycle at Well, we are…but it’s not because we’re getting anything out of it. We just love their products so much that we feel compelled to tell everyone about it. Out of the BikeCommuters crew, I was the first one to get an Xtra and for years I’ve told Moe how much I love this thing. Wait a minute, I think Russ Roca might have been riding his Xtracycle before I have since he was using it for his photography business. But anyhow, my family absolutely loves my Xtracycle. My youngest daughter looks forward to getting a ride to school on her personal bike limo. She loves the attention she gets from her classmates as well as other kids in the school when they see her roll up in style.

Priscilla and I really dig the Xtracycle just for its practicality. Whenever we do any type of family picnic or bike ride, I’ll load up the bike with all of our stuff and haul it to our destination. We use this thing all the time to do groceries, errands and to pick up the kids from school. But one of the more fun things we’ve done with the Xtracycle was doing a bit of surfing with it.

Obviously I’m too heavy to try and surf, but Priscilla gave it a go and she was a natural at it.
xtracycle surfing
So all in all, I’m basically saying that you should get an Xtracycle right away. You won’t regret it; actually I’ve NEVER met anyone that regretted buying their Xtracycle…

Recycletron 1000: Another Week, Another Load

I was able to get out on Recycletron 1000 and fill up two more blue recycling bins this week, and with a little luck, I’ll be able to head back out on Friday for another load. Check it out:

another load

If there’s anyone in the Tampa area who wants to pitch in, I discovered a HUGE amount of recyclables lining the east bank of the Hillsborough River. Check out the map below — basically, high tides and storms washed up a lot of garbage from the pedestrian tunnel at Hillsborough Avenue southward through the City of Tampa’s Rivercrest Park.


There was too much for me to get — I ran out of room long before I was able to make a dent in the pile…bottles and cans galore!

It’s really easy to do this…I urge everyone to try this now and again. You don’t need an Xtracycle; in fact, there’s no special equipment required beyond a bike and something to carry recyclables in… like a trash bag, basket or old panniers. Believe me, it will put a smile on your face to give back to the community in which you live!

Green Tuesday — Recycletron 1000 Hits the Streets!

Green Tuesday has come a bit early here at…I was going to wait to publish this, but I just can’t stand the suspense!

Now that my child is back in school, I’ve got a little bit of daylight “free time” on my hands. Sometimes I go for a long bike ride, and sometimes I like to just cruise around the neighborhoods at an easy pace.

During my commutes and other bike rides, I’ve become painfully aware of the overwhelming litter issue on and around the streets of Tampa. What particularly catches my eye are all the recycleable items — bottles of plastic and glass, cans of both steel and aluminum.

Well, I got an idea about a month ago — why not combine these neighborhood “joyrides” with some community improvement? Xtracycle to the rescue!

By pulling the bag straps all the way out to their full length, I was able to strap two standard City of Tampa blue recycling bins to the Xtra:

Recycletron 1000

I call this assembly “Recycletron 1000” — it makes the bike really wide, so I can’t “thread the needle” as much as I’m used to. No matter…the streets I hit were quiet and low-traffic, and I was careful to give myself extra clearance to either side.

I wonder if Xtracycle had thought of such a use, because I discovered as I strapped the bins on, the molded corner slots on the bin mated perfectly with the front and rear FreeLoader straps. Once everything was cinched up, this assembly was rock-solid!

corner slots

I spent about an hour of stop-n-go riding around the southern part of our neighborhood district…all told, less than 3 miles or so. In that time, I nearly filled both bins, and I’m sure I didn’t spot every recycleable item! There’s a practical limit, bulk-wise…if the bins are “too” full, items tend to jump out over bumps. I determined that the practical load limit is about 3/4 full. Weight was not an issue whatsoever…the full load in both bins weighed about 40 lbs.

The motherload:

Look, it’s like this: if you want to improve your community, you’ve got to be willing to get out there and get your hands dirty. I derived IMMENSE satisfaction of making a small difference in my community, and I am looking forward to the next run. The city is so littered that I could cover some serious miles every day and not get all the recycleables, but dang it, I’m gonna try!!!

I’d like to say a special “thank you” to Mayor Pam Iorio’s office and the City of Tampa Solid Waste/Recycling department for helping me get extra bins. I promise I’ll put them to good use!

School’s In Session — Listen Up!

If you have a child in school and you live within a couple miles of their school —

(this example is a 2.5 mile radius)

And you want to avoid this:

(a parking lot full of idling, stationary vehicles and a backed-up city street adjoining school property)

Then try this:


Or this:


Or even this:


For more information, check out:
National Center for Safe Routes to School
Walk To School