Bicycle, Gear

Xtracycle sidecar.

This is coming out Fall 2012 from Xtracycle and I gotta say it looks intriguing.  With a capacity of 200lbs- it also folds up and out of the way (to get into doorways and the like.) It will retail for $149- though if you want a platform for it- that’ll cost you extra.

If you are carrying something like a keg or boxes or something like that- keeping the load lower on this platform seems like a good idea.  I can’t speak to stability while turning, but they’ve hopefully figured all that out.

If you already have an Xtracycle- this looks like it could be a worthy investment.  Any Xtracyclers out there have thoughts on it?

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29 Comments

  • Kevin

    May 10, 2012

    I can’t wait for the first instance of a sidecar keg getting doored. The keg just might win that battle.

  • Ryan

    May 10, 2012

    Haha. Yeah. The width of the thing is something for sure. But the payload is impressive…

  • Andrew

    May 10, 2012

    Needs a lumber rack then we’re in business.

  • Siouxgeonz

    May 11, 2012

    Oh, I just might have to get one. Then I’d have an Xtracycle *and* a Maya Cycle Trailer *and* thesidecar. Yup. Get a platform that folds out one more time, put a tarp over it, and I could move right in.

  • koos42

    May 14, 2012

    I want that so bad. I would use it to get my kayak to the water.

  • Devian Gilbert

    May 15, 2012

    If it works, I want it!

  • dr2chase

    May 16, 2012

    You can already use an xtracycle (+ wide and long loaders) to get your kayak to the water. This is for big loads.

  • BAW

    May 16, 2012

    With that load capacity, you could build a passenger seat on it.

  • Doug B

    May 16, 2012

    Awesome, shopping, beach coolers, DIY tools, and and and, saving up my $ and excuses to get one.

  • JT

    May 17, 2012

    doggie deck 🙂

  • buddylove

    May 17, 2012

    Have had an xcycle for 7 yrs. Almost daily use. This set up will b useful when your often carrying a lot and u want a quiker way to load it all up. Now when I’m schleppin lots of gear it takes a bit to strap it all down. With this, you just secure the big basket/bucket?case, etc. and go.

  • Henrik

    May 17, 2012

    I’d love to get this for my Surly Big Dummy and use it to haul my dogs to the beach for their daily walk. That is just about the only errand I still have to a car for. Would entail making a few rails/walls for the platform to keep the dogs on board. Also – I’d want to be able to take the thing off quickly and swap it out for my running boards when not hauling dogs.

  • Mike Schwab

    May 17, 2012

    I used an 18 gallon plastic tub on each side to haul about 200 pounds in groceries. Needed quite a balancing act. With this I could carry just one.

  • Chuck Myntti

    May 17, 2012

    Will it fit the Sun Atlas Cargo?

  • John

    May 18, 2012

    This looks interesting.

  • Crisologo

    May 18, 2012

    I would love to haul the dogs around in that! Better than a car window!

  • steve

    May 18, 2012

    It obviously needs a guard to keep the load from rubbing on the wheel – or maybe that will be an aftermarket option?

  • John Silva

    May 18, 2012

    why is there a wheel sitting on top?

  • Rob Longhurst

    May 18, 2012

    I assume this will fit to the left or right side, for those of us in the UK?

  • Richie

    May 20, 2012

    I was just thinking I could use a sidecar for one of my bikes. I’m totally gonna get this!

  • Carl

    May 21, 2012

    It looks bitchin for sure. Years ago in the 1990’s they had motorcycle sidecar races on a oval dirt track at the Orange County Fairgrounds. I saw many a great race there. The rider in the sidecar is called a monkey. Many a monkey ate shit when they crashed. This could open up cargo bike racing with side cars and monkeys! Pour me a beer as I eat my peanuts and watch some bitchin new racing!

  • KDC1956

    May 23, 2012

    I want to see one in person first.It could be fun but what is the cost of it???

  • Ryan

    May 24, 2012

    Carl- I think what you are referring to is Sidehack Racing. It’s done on motorcycles as well as on BMX bikes. http://youtu.be/RBiO2gbvCoI

  • Xtracycle, Inc.

    May 24, 2012

    The SideCar will absolutely work with the Sun Atlas Cargo. As I write this, I’m looking at a Sun Atlas (at our HQ) with the SideCar attached and ready to go!

  • Xtracycle, Inc.

    May 24, 2012

    The photo is trying to illustrate the SideCar in the ‘stowed’ and ‘in-use’ positions, so the wheel ‘on top’ is actually just where the SideCar wheel would be when the SideCar was lifted up and stored. The SideCar pivots up and out of the way when not in use, and the SideCar wheel ends up a little higher than the rear deck.

  • Xtracycle, Inc.

    May 24, 2012

    Rob – 100% correct! The SideCar inserts into the ports on the Xtracycle-compatible Atlas, and since the ports are the same on both sides, you can put the SideCar on whichever side you like.

  • Xtracycle, Inc.

    May 24, 2012

    Steve – Good point. That’s definitely something we’re looking at for down the line. For the initial release, it will be more DIY-oriented — the SideCar will come with a template which you can lay down on plywood (or another material) and cut out (or modify and cut out) your loading platform for the SideCar. We are working on designs for decks which customers can purchase, and are considering other features/accessories as part of that process (including some kind of wheel guard). Great comment!

  • Beth

    May 27, 2012

    If this works without wobbling like mad or pulling attachment points apart becaues of odd torsional stresses, it would be a near-perfect solution for hauling my very heavy amp and guitar to shows. Right now, I have to use a much tinier mini-amp that sounds weak because my Surly can’t handle the extreme difference in weight that coems from hauling the bigger amp. I will wait to see this in person when it comes out.

  • SueJ

    June 30, 2012

    having stuff in a bucket would help with the “rubbing on the wheel” issue, perhaps? I’m thinking grand cooler/grill combo…

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