Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Hello Big Dummy

I finally got a chance to take a spin on a Surly Big Dummy, and though it was only for five minutes I can tell you that this is one fun bike to ride, sort of like riding a longboard. Super solid, you can barely tell you are pedaling a cargo bike, I really didn't notice the longer wheelbase or extra weight. My six-year old daughter loved riding on the deck, and it felt so much safer than the trailer we used to have. I could see myself using the Big Dummy also for commuting, hauling all the shit I usually save for the days I drive. And no more excuses about having to drive because I have to pick up something from the store on the way home, this thing has tons of room. Sounds like I am talking myself into buying one, eh? People who own an Xtracycle say "they will change your life", and I can see what they mean now. Could be a fun winter project...

I know I've posted the following video before, but I have to think that anyone who owns or rides an Xtracycle must have this song playing in their head all the time. Pure bliss.


6 comments:

Sean said...

I wholeheartedly agree about the Big Dummy, great fun and high on my wishlist, especially if we live somewhere flatter in the future. I rode a preproduction version some time ago and was blown away by how much stiffer it as compared to various extracycle equipped bikes I've ridden.

JMH said...

If I buy one, will you build me a deck for it?

Sean said...

Absolutely, would you want just a nice looking snapdeck or a functional longboard snapdeck?

JMH said...

I'm thinking a cool looking snapdeck for the kiddos.

Sean said...

I'd love to make you one, I've got some interesting ideas, bamboo of course.

JMH said...

I'll be in touch when I get one, might have to sell some stuff first.