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Offline trout

« on: September 26, 2008, 10:37:56 am »
Has anyone toured with the Xtracycle Free radical?

Offline Ape

« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2008, 03:51:57 am »
I have not but would also be interested in any info, was just about to start a thread asking about experience touring with a "cargo" bike, ie xtracycle equiped, surly big dummy(also xtracycle), kona ute, or any other "long bike".

Re: Xtracycle
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2009, 06:10:55 pm »
I've talked to a few people who have toured with an xtracycle and have heard good reviews and bad reviews on the subject.  They are nice in the sense that it's a complete and tidy package.  The downside is that it's big and bulky.  If you are camping out a lot, then it's fine, but if you're spending a fair amount of time in cities and hotels, it becomes a real pain to carry around.  With panniers and a trailer, you can always remove parts to make transport easier.  Flying with these bikes is also a pain due to the large size. 

Like any bike, this works for some people, and doesn't for others.  Think of the type of touring you want to do and then decide if this is a practical option or not.

Offline geegee

Re: Xtracycle
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009, 01:06:14 pm »
I have a Xtracycle Free Radical on my old mountain bike, but I've never used it for long tours because the gearing is too low and it is bulky. It's really comfy to ride (like a stretch limo) and it is great for shopping. I once loaded it with four cases of beer -- that's "96 bottles of beer on the bike, 96 bottles of beer" -- and it carried them like a champ. It's really great for heading into the city centre if I have to haul stuff, or going off on picnics and surprising friends by carrying a folding table and chars or even a portable barbecue :)   I'd consider taking it on short weekend relaxed local tours.

Offline kingstumps70

Re: Xtracycle
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2012, 11:58:08 pm »
Yeah,I'm going to get the free radical kit for my mtb cause I love bikecamping and I'll be able to bring more stuff with me on weekenders or multi days(extra fuel cans,bulky sleeping bag,more food,sleeping pad,tripod,hammock set up,quilts,the list goes on.Plus this will help big time w/grocery runs.

Offline waynemyer

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Re: Xtracycle
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2012, 01:24:51 pm »
Successor addresses the applicability well. As far as suitability, these guys went from Alaska to the southern tip of South America with an Xtracycle. I'd say it's up to the task, despite some of the issues they experienced.  (user:waynemyer)

Offline kingstumps70

Re: Xtracycle
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2012, 02:11:06 am »
Just ordered the freerad classic.I'll be touring most of this year with it.The reason I chose the free rad was because well,it carries a heck of alot of gear.That means more food,clothes,tools,tires,water,gear,gear,gear.