With all the 'extra' commuting I've been doing on by bike since I
got my xtracycle, I decided I deserved to be comfortable. I never
realised what a poor fit my old bike was until I upgraded to a frame
that actually fits me. My old green machine feels awkward and cramped
compared to my new Bauer Hardline Xtracycle conversion. My credit card
lies seriously wounded but it was worth it, and since I'm not forking
out for desil, tyres, road tax, etc it will pay for itself in
One feature that really makes a difference, apart from the
large spacious frame, is the seat post suspension. Rear suspension is
always a comprimise as it soaks up some of the riders effort every
pedal stroke and prevents a fraction of the power from getting to the
ground. The seat post suspension gives me comfort without the
sacrifice. It just soaks up those ruts and bumps that are common on the
shoulder of the road.
The first task for my new xtracycle setup, was to cart away my old bike....
Adjustable handlebars positions are also a good idea. I've also fitted an airhorn. It is delicously evil fun. At 115 decibel it s louder than your average truck and is a great way to let other road users that you're coming (or that they have just cut you off). And the best thing about it is it's rechargable. The bottle mounted of the front carrier rack can be pumped up to 80 psi with and ordinary bike pump which gives me around 70 half-second blasts before it needs refilling.
(btw... I have to mention the fantastic service I got at the Stoke Cycle Center. I have used the services of several other local bike shops recently, but this is a business that really remembers the meaning of the word 'service'. Not only did they fit my Xtracycle at no cost, but the put my old bike back together, and tuned it. They transfered all my accessories like airhorn, carriers, bags and lights too. The new bike came with a service contract that gives me free servicing of my bike for the entire time I own it. And what's more, they remember your name. Highly recomend them to any locals buying a bike or looking for good bike servicing.)