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Xtracycle Is Xtra-useful

Today I had to run out to the grocery store to get some water. So I took my Xtracycle out to fetch me a pail of water. Actually it came out to 5 gallons total.

Here’s my load. 2.5 gallons of water on each side. As long as I am loaded up evenly, the Xtracycle does just great. If I wasn’t even, I’d have to compensate by leaning as I ride.
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The challenge I have with the Xtracycle is storing it. I have a Tandem-Two Car garage. Basically its 1 car wide, but its 2 cars deep. So I have make use of space the best I can.

Other than leaving the Xtracycle on its kickstand, the only way to store the bike is upright. I used a basic bicycle hook and mount it as high as I do my other bicycle hooks. Mount the bike!

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Just make sure the rear end of the Xtracycle is flushed to the ground, this should help it stay stable.

Here’s how it looks once mounted.
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My Redline 925, the Xtracycle are my favorite bikes to ride. I take the 925 when ever I am doing errands around the city. But when I need to carry anything big or heavy, the Xtracycle is what I use. Funny how the actual bike is an IBEX Alpine, but once I installed the Xtracycle, I automatically started calling it by it’s rear end… 🙂

Trek Lime Up Close

When you check out the Trek Lime website, its all happy and fun! They market the lime with a tag line, “Ride at your speed.”

Jax Bicycles
of Fullerton offers the Trek Lime. You can come in and test out any of the bikes and experience the freedom and easy of Shimano Coasting.

A Ladies Lime. You see that seat? You can open it up and stash your stuff in it!

Here’s a close up on the rear hub. Basically it uses a Shimano Nexus 3 speed coaster hub.

Here’s the little gizmo that automatically shifts the Nexus on the fly.

The front hub is what indicates to the gizmo when to shift. Basically it works as a sensor. When you are traveling at a faster speed, the gizmo will shift the Nexus to the next gear. When you start to slow down, it will down shift automatically.

Bicycle Alliance of Washington

Are you looking for advice about commuting by bicycle? The Bicycle Alliance of Washington has resources to help you choose a route and learn the basics of riding in traffic. The alliance also can help you select a bike and learn basic repair skills.

Every Friday afternoon in March, April and May, from 1 to 5 p.m., Kent Peterson, the Bicycle Alliance commute-program director, will answer commuting questions at the Seattle Bike Station, 311 Third Ave. S. He’ll also be giving away bike maps.

For bike-commute advice anytime, call the Bicycle Alliance at 206-224-9252 , or e-mail: bikebuddy@bicyclealliance.org.