Yes, it's a major purchase, but I find that I need haul things, you know? Oh.... you're perhaps thinking that as I have a spelling problem that I'm trying to say, SUV. Nope, I mean SUB: Sports Utility Bike.
I live close enough to everything in town to ride or walk, but I find that bringing things home is a problem. Besides I'm enough of a klutz that last summer I struggled to ride safely with a swinging bag or 9 lb laptop.
I like to read the folks over at Homegrown Evolution and have been in love with their bike since this post on taking their newly published book to the P.O.
The bike is by Xtracycle. Sunset Mag. called it a bike that thinks it's a station wagon. You can haul 4 bags of groceries in the panniers, or haul another adult, and there is an attachment that can take long loads like lumber, ladders...
Now, I could either get it as a complete bike from xtracycle (this is a radish - the frame for people between 5' and 6':
Or, I could convert an existing bike or buy a new bike and add the xtracycle kit onto it. That's really the first design. In this case I'm thinking of getting a 7 speed beach cruiser and add the free radical kit.
For a complete car replacement, an electric assist is available for heavy, long rides or rides with big hills.
Don't forget the fender blender for a smoothie mid point in the ride.
Do any of you have one of these bikes? How do you like it?