Philaphlous wrote: ↑
Aug 16, 2018 11:49 am
You've summed up pretty well my financial situation and made me realize the unlikelyhood of getting a FS bike....lol. I've full on decided to stick with the yard tail and invest in some good components to make the bike more enjoyable...
Speaking of "yard tail", depending on your storage, parking, and bus transportation constraints, you might get a great benefit from a longtail conversion kit like the Xtracycle Free Radical.
That gadget attaches to pretty much any bike and adds 15 or more inches of wheelbase, with a huge increase in cargo capacity. However, an often overlooked side benefit is a major upgrade in ride quality and comfort. Your seat ends up much closer to the center of the wheelbase instead of being over the rear wheel. It makes a bigger difference than you'd think. The extension also adds some vertical flex that contributes to comfort.
Because it makes the bike something like a foot and a half longer, the Free Radical can complicate parking or indoor storage and usually makes the bike impossible to put on a bus bike rack.
While a new Free Radical costs as much as a new entry level bike, with some patience you might be able to find a sweet deal on a used one. And in that case, it might represent the best bang for a small number of bucks.
I built an e-bike for my friend Moni with an EV Warrior frame I salvaged and a used Xtracycle Free Radical that she bought for $200. It's become her first resort for regular transportation.