Thanks for the reply. I got word from Mr. Mango that he just sold the Surly this morning.
After researching this a bit, I'm not sure it wouldn't be smarter to just get an extracycle Radish and be done with it. ( I certainly have enough parts to build a cargo bike, but the entire radish costs only a bit more than the Big Dummy frame).
For a "first" cargo bike, can anyone recommend the Radish? I will be making local runs around town for groceries and kid hauling. I really don't plan on long tours with it OR doing massively heavy cargo runs. As for singletrack, I have a stable full to handle those duties.
Also looking at the Kona Ute, but I really prefer steel and I thought that 26 inch wheels would keep the cargo CG lower? Make sense?
You can build a standard xtracycle for cheaper than the Radish. That's the route I took and I don't regret it at all. I love mine. Find some older 90s mtb with a rigid fork and slap the kit on. It will have the same cargo capacity as the Radish, but equipped to your liking.
If you're interested in the freeradical kit there is one on the Santa Barbara Craigslist for $300 with V-Racks, and Freeloaders. I don't know if the owner would ship, or where you're located, but it might be worth checking into.
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