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Old 01-30-16, 10:10 PM
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Here's mine, a Soma Tradesman. I also have a Burley Travoy that I use with it. With the Travoy and the front storage box, I can haul an entire shopping cart of groceries. I also take the Sterilite box off and strap a small cooler on the cargo deck to go to the park for picnics with my kids and the like.
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Old 02-21-16, 09:13 PM
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Here's my new grocery hauler, a Nashbar Flat Bar Road bike.
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Old 02-22-16, 03:54 AM
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[QUOTE=b0wz3r108;18500137]Here's mine, a Soma Tradesman. I also have a Burley Travoy that I use with it. With the Travoy and the front storage box, I can haul an entire shopping cart of groceries. I also take the Sterilite box off and strap a small cooler on the cargo deck to go to the park for picnics with my kids and the like.



I thought they stopped making the tradesman?!
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Old 02-22-16, 02:10 PM
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Here's my new grocery hauler, a Nashbar Flat Bar Road bike.
Which front rack is that?
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Old 02-22-16, 10:32 PM
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It's a Sunlite. A little tricky mounting...I had to get washers the perfect size to sandwich the rack on the V Brakes. Didn't come with a bolt long enough to go through the fork for the support plate so had to use a smaller bolt and attached the locknut inside of the front fork. Tricky but seems quite solid!
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Old 02-23-16, 11:27 AM
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Old 02-23-16, 12:21 PM
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How did you attach the front fender to the suspension fork? Looks a lot like my old 90's RockShox fork except for being blacked out.
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Old 02-23-16, 12:31 PM
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Came that way from the OEM.

The fork, Its made by Spinner, there is a hole in the fork arch.
I added the headlight mount using a Longer bolt & Nut.

Iits relatively short travel . 4cm

Chosen by the company, and re machined then painted with the frame color.

Rack uses threads made in the fork,

the Mudguard struts attach to the Tubus Rack.

mid fork is a pair of custom made blocks using a Boss in the lower casting ..

Its not ' blacked out ' thats a rubber boot over the stanchions..

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Old 03-10-16, 09:33 PM
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Kona Rove AL towed my Venture Flex 11 kayak 8 miles home from the place I bought it.
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Old 03-12-16, 04:35 AM
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bit jealous with your toys...hahahaha...my dream is having folding bike that could tow a kayak, then I would fold the bike and put on the kayak to cross calm water...don't know if those kind of things exist already...
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Old 04-09-16, 07:17 PM
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bit jealous with your toys...hahahaha...my dream is having folding bike that could tow a kayak, then I would fold the bike and put on the kayak to cross calm water...don't know if those kind of things exist already...
What you want to do is quite possible. Just search the net. There is one guy doing something similar here:

http://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bi...hing-trip.html

https://no.search.yahoo.com/search?p...UTF-8&fr=moz35

A folding bike can pull anything a regular bike can pull.
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Old 04-11-16, 04:06 AM
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Just got my pannier bags today to add the finishing touches to my runabout! we now bike more than use the car, with kids in the trailer we get the groceries and go to appointments and playgroups by bike.
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Old 04-11-16, 02:18 PM
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Nice set-up. Were the panniers custom made?
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Old 04-18-16, 01:36 AM
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Nice set-up. Were the panniers custom made?
no, they were cheap ones I found online, I was stoked to find me, as they match so nicely!! They're ridesportz ones, "Oxford" I think they were called. I suspect they were end of line, hence being so cheap!

Ive been recording my mileage and we generally do 50-60km a week. Loving it!
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Old 04-19-16, 10:54 AM
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Custom made rear rack, Dahon front rack, cargo side racks x4 from Taobao. Each side rack comes with built-in straps to secure items bigger than the rack itself.
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Old 04-20-16, 10:12 PM
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Wow, where is that first picture? gorgeous!

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Just got my pannier bags today to add the finishing touches to my runabout! we now bike more than use the car, with kids in the trailer we get the groceries and go to appointments and playgroups by bike.
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Old 04-21-16, 12:29 AM
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Oamaru, New Zealand. I love my wee town!!
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Old 04-25-16, 03:15 AM
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This is my Raleigh Detour, pretty good bike but it comes with issues like screws constantly coming out and things. Love the bike, you just have to watch its build constantly.

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Old 05-19-16, 09:07 PM
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let me try to get this posted... My "utility" is an unknown year Worksman Adaptable trike...single speed (for now anyway...3 speed in the near future). Both trailers are InStep, the orange one did a great job for my 2 nephews until the bottom got shredded out. The last trailer is a larger InStep, with the jogging stroller additions, so I can actually "cart" it around separate from the bike/trike it's hooked to. My wife and I actually just added the rope net bottom to it today! Behind my Worksman is my wife's grey Kona Lava dome, that does its fair share of pulling too. The longhorn is a Schwinn I got from a neighbor...rides surprisingly well. I have named that one "Scare Tactics" lol.
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Old 08-29-16, 09:33 PM
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Just a 1978 Motobecane Super Mirage with Blackburn racks, with Wald folding racks attached on the back and an old desktop letter tray on the front.

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Old 08-30-16, 05:11 PM
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I just got this over the weekend. Lovin' it!


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Old 09-28-16, 03:20 AM
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Diggin' the Bullitt cargo bikes. $$$$....is that an electric assist?!?! Drool.....
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Old 10-18-16, 07:26 PM
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I've been Car Free since June, but had been out on a kayak trip. Now I needed some wheels and kind of like the car free approach so I just got this bike, trailer and accessories to turn it into a Utility Bike.

I did my first run today.
11.4 miles , 486' of elevation

Took the garbage to the transfer station, then got some groceries, visited a friend at his awesome bike shop and then tended to some business in the village. She handled great and I loved being out there. Of course, it wasn't too bad having 80 degree temps in Vermont in late October either.

If you're interested in a little story about a little bike shop (and I think you would be) give it a read.
A Bike Shop that is Changing the World
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Old 11-08-16, 07:15 AM
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I just built this up a couple days ago and am really enjoying it! Picked up the Xtracycle setup attached to a ill fitting mountain bike from craigslist and switched out the donor bike to this step through GT. Next project is building/figuring out a way to haul my five year old without breaking the bank.
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