DIY Longtail Projects
Back in the Paleocargobike Era of five or six years ago, US cargo bike riders had to fend for themselves if they wanted to haul a passenger too young to be trusted to keep hold of a pair of stoker bars and not fall into a nap while riding. If a Pedal Parent wanted to use a cargo bike to haul their kids and they wanted to use something off the shelf to do it, they kinda needed to be a Dutch person, a Dane. or a mom in Japan. Even our friends at Xtracycle took a while to really warm up to the notion of manufacturing and marketing tools to help their customers haul kids on these things.
Undeterred, creative Pedal Parents prevailed, finding artful ways to adapt these wonderful longtail bikes to their kid-hauling needs!
However, the DIY spirit remains strong in the Xtracycle community. To celebrate these intrepid bike-hackers, Xtracycle put together a nice Flikr gallery of DIY kid seats. Here are a couple of my favorites:
This guy's called "Mr M," he made that lovely front rack, too!
I chased this nice family down, waving my arms and yelling like an idiot, in order to get you this picture. They told me all about the maker of this fine seat, but I remember none of it. Anybody out there got any info?
I've already enthused about my friend Alyssa's rad foldable seats.
I think future designs used old skis, rather than wood.
This guy just went ahead and DIYed the whole longtail shebang:
and with absolutely zero welding!
The DIY Xtracycle mom who really blows my mind is Nicolle, from Nicole's Originals. Her two kid seat combines "DIY" and "hot new thing" beautifully. She uses a milk crate and foam, as well as an Xtracycle Hooptie accessory and mounts it all on a new EdgeRunner! Check it out!
great print pattern, too!
Cool, huh? Let's hear it for all the creative and inventive DIY Pedal Parents out there!
Do you know of a cool DIY Xtracycle or cargo bike project? Share it in the comments below!