Day’s Verse:
But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
He is their strength in time of trouble.
The LORD helps them and delivers them;
He delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
Because they take refuge in Him.

Psalm 37:39-40

Things are OK. That’s all on that for now. At some point in the future, when I feel I can do so without repercussions, I’ll tell the whole story.

Now on to a topic I can talk about cheerfully: Have I mentioned my Xtracycle idea? I have my old winter bike, Charlotte, a tough and dutiful girl I refuse to part with despite her needing $600 in repairs (which I have not yet invested in, what with $4,600 going to the new bike and all). What to do with an old bike that needs work when I just bought a fabulous new bike?

The answer came to me all in a lump, as these brilliant ideas usually do: I will convert Charlotte into an Xtracycle. The Xtracycle conversion kit takes your old bike, stretches out the back of it 15″, and adds a huge platform-and-pannier arrangement that turns your bike into a Sport Utility Bike (SUB, as they call it). If you have a hard time envisioning it, check out their installation description. This conversion turns your bike into a vehicle that can carry a kayak, two small children, potted plants, pumpkins, groceries from the biggest trip you would ever want to take, or any number of other useful things. People who use an Xtracycle-equipped bike often forgo cars entirely, since the cargo capacity of the bike overcomes the final cargo-related frustration of cycling (ex: I want to ride, but I also need to drop off the kids, plus cookies and milk, at preschool).

See what I mean?

Turning Charlotte into an Xtracycle-equipped bike means that I could take her for errands — lots of errands that involved obtaining lots of stuff — without worrying about leaving her outside the store. She is orders of magnitude less likely to disappear on me than Artemis is; titanium bikes apparently have a wanderlust that means they tend to leave their original owners easily if not closely watched. Charlotte, covered with stickers, sporting more than her fair share of corrosion here and there, clearly well-worn, and with an odd-looking extension off the back, would present a much less tempting target for thieves. As an Xtracycle, she is a shoe-in for the errand-running/future mom part of my life, while Artemis satisfies the long-distance riding/point-to-point commuting side of things.

Here is what I have right now, as far as bikes go, if we find cars equivalent to my bikes:



This is what turning Charlotte into an Xtracycle would give me:



Right now, I can get places fast and in style, but I cannot bring along a guitar, food for a potluck, or a friend. The repair and conversion of Charlotte would pretty much cover all my bases, transportation-wise. Really, how could this plan have any drawbacks? (Setting aside the approximately $1,200 the repairs + conversion would cost, of course. If you think this is a great idea, you can give me money towards the conversion for Christmas.)

KF quality

2 thoughts on “Xtracycle Conversion Idea

  1. I’ve never seen one of these. You’d get an even better workout with the extra weight on the back.

  2. I can so imagine you toodling around with a couple of preschoolers hanging on, all three of you singing some ditty in time with your pedaling. 🙂

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