Apr 13, 2010 at 8:48 am #1257662
I am building a longtail cargo bicycle mostly to be used for around-town hauling but the concept is very common is touring (aka Surly's Big Dummy).
I built this bicycle from a 26" mtb frame up front, top tubes cannabilized from another 26" mtb and then a 20" kids mtb for the rear triangle. The iteration pictured is currently single-speed (for testing).
Future work includes designing and building a rack, installing an internally-geared rear hub, and adding disc brakes. Also, reinforcing material needs to be added to the seat tube.Apr 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm #1597539
I enjoyed your links to the the cargo bikes in your blog ways back. I'll enjoy seeing this beast take shape, and how you'll choose to have it carry your loads.
Roll on, Ultralighter.Apr 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm #1597652
Very nice. No problems with the chain hopping without a tensioner to give it better wrap on the cog?
You know, this is your opportunity to be the first person in recorded history to post photos of a wheelie on a long tail. Physics says you can't but who asked physics?Apr 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm #1597951
Don, the bicycle is currently set-up as a single speed just to see how the frame rides and feels so there is a little bit of chain-slap. I'll be putting in a tensioner if I deem it necessary down the road as I delve deeper into the drive train and componentry of the cycle. For now I'm focusing on frame and cargo design.
And I'll see what I can do about getting a wheelie down on it for you… yeah right!Apr 15, 2010 at 7:36 am #1598287
@davecLocale: The West Slope
Here you go folks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BktHUg_8uMY
Sam, that frame looks ghettofabulous!Apr 15, 2010 at 11:21 am #1598353
Morgan RucksBPL Member
thats my local bike shop
radApr 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm #1598401
My buddy wass telling me a story the other day that went like this:
"So I'm at my office which has a window overlooking Mendenhall Street and I get a call. On the line is Matt who says to me, 'look out the window'. Still talking to him on the phone I look out the window and see him wheelie'ing his Kona Ute longbike down the street with one hand while talking to me on his cell phone in the other."
The video Dave linked to above is proof in the pudding I guess!
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