About a year and a half ago, I wrote a blog post about this cool bike thing I’d heard about. It’s called the Xtracycle and I got mine up and rolling in no time. I basically took an old bike — a Trek Singletrack circa 1990-ish — and bolted this extender on the back.
Well, I ride it to work just about every day. Here on Bainbridge Island, I end up riding it to the ferry where I walk on and then just walk the few blocks to work. Where I’m living right now, my commute takes me on a trail through the woods, then on some back rodes, past my kids’ elementary school, down the hill and through downtown Winslow, and then on down to the ferry dock. Probably something like five miles or so. It’s great.
But while I thought the Xtracycle would allow me to pick up a few bags of groceries on the way home from work, I have found that that situation as been exceedingly rare. What I have found is that I don’t have to really worry about what I take to and from work. It all fits. And none of it needs to fit on my back. It all rides low and steady right next to the back wheels.
Thus, the only downside. I find myself carry too much up and down the hills of Bainbridge Island — only because I can. But you couldn’t get me to trade in my Xtracycle for anything.