had priginally planned to use my Peugeot ATB (Current
Classics # 39) for the Xtracycle conversion, but growing issues
around the overly-long top tube forced me to reconsider. I got this
old, shockingly heavy CyclePro last year from a fellow on the BOB
list, and stashed it at work as a planned build-up for my college
bound niece. She went with an upright road bike (kids!) and I decided
to use the CyclePro as my X build-up.
was a good choice. The smaller frame meant a short top tube -- but
surprsingly, NOT a lower saddle height because of the much higher
bottom bracket! -- and assembling was easy as pie.
extras include Cork grips; the goofy yellow fenders from my Peugeot
(which was recently overhauled and is on long-term loan to my other,
taller niece as daily transportation); recycled housing of many
colors; Panaracer Pasela tires; and very recently a Brooks Flyer
Special (replacing the B-68, shown). The Flyer is a very comfortable
saddle after initial break-in! I also noted that the factory finish
on the wooden "snap deck" was pretty thin and wouldn't last in an
Oregon winter, so I pulled it off, removed the hardware, and shellacked
it. Then I reversed the hardware and installed it bare- side-up
for a nice effect.
sold my Burley trailer to make room for the X. Since building it
up in May, I've used it more times in two months than I used the
trailer in two years! Sweetie and I ride every other week to the
farmers' market, and I do runs for the bigger things like bark dust
and cat litter. Last week, I went yard-sale-ing and came home with
both bags filled with eight five-foot sections of plastic lawn dividers,
a chaise lounge chair and a folding table. So easy! I may never
need a trailer again.
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