Oh how I Need to learn how to Weld

This article blatantly stolen from Utilitarian Transports

The Cargo Commuter
It’s a bike you can comfortably commute on, yet still haul that bag of potting soil or massive discount box of diapers on. The rack was designed to hold one of those big rubbermade containers with the lid, but we’ve used everything from old suitcases to pails, or just piling the stuff on and tying it down with old inner tubes.

We take the retrofit candidate, inspect it, famesave it, and reinforce it (only if applicable). We then extend the head tube and add a sweet hand made front rack to the new headtube and frame of the bike. This brings the size of the front wheel down to a 20″. (or 16″ or 26″ etc.) We replace the old fork with a smaller one designed for the new front wheel, extend the steerer tube, and after all that we paint it, build it, and test ride it.

Attaching the rack directly to the frame provides the rider with a few nice things:
  • Having the rack lower creates more carrying capacity and makes for a more stable ride.
  • The 20″ wheel is stronger and can handle loads better.
  • One can keep a close eye on their load while riding.
  • Seeing how the rack doesn’t move when you turn the handlebars, there is no heaving when turning with big loads. (up to 150 pounds)

3 comments:

Singletrack Mind said...

Yeh, that. Or, just get an xtracycle...sally.

samh said...

Ah, but Xtracycles aren't built from recycled bikes.

Stevo Kinevo said...

They could be...

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