Yesterday was the teaser. Today, I'd like to introduce you to the latest member of our family: my new Xtracycle.*
She arrived quite a long time ago, via the UPS truck, in a long box. You see, she started out her life as a big pile of aircraft chromo tubes. My sweetie cut, bent, and fillet brazed her together into this beautiful long bike frame. I picked out the colors and told him to do whatever he wanted with the paint job. I really wanted the sparkly purple for the whole bike, but I prudently chose the yellow for visibility.
Almost all of the remaining parts and components were salvaged from used bikes. The pedals are new and have a really cool feature. They light up when I pedal, using gyration technology rather than batteries. This gives me just a bit more visibility during the day and a lot more at night. Of course, at night I also use the bright rear blinker as well as a bright headlight. I want to see where I'm going and make sure that motorists see me.
Did you pick up on that "long bike" comment? Wondering what I'm talking about? Well, take a look at my sweetie's Xtracycle:
He has a standard mountain bike with the Xtracycle Free Radical kit on it. The kit moves the rear tire back to allow room for the snap deck and saddlebags. The company also offers complete kits which includes a longtail bike. My sweetie wanted to build a bike to my exact dimensions, though, so we just ordered the Longtail Kit. By insisting he paint the tubing for their racks to match my bike, I think I ended up with a really slick looking ride. If I had a little extra disposable income, it'd be really fun to trick it out with these lights.
Looks aside, though, the purpose of having this bike is to be able to avoid using the vehicle even when I must haul a big load. You can browse through my past posts tagged with Xtracycle for examples of loads my sweetie has hauled already and then go to the Xtracycle photo gallery. By the time you're done looking at these inspiring photos, you'll be inspired to jump on a bike yourself!
*Click on any photo to enlarge.