Surly Big Dummy owners insights?
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A few points in no particular order:
– I’ve found myself mostly using it for passengers – a stoker bar is a very good investmentPosted 3 years ago
– If you can, get a Xtracycle Kickback stand – VASTLY better than a regular stand
– Wide-loaders and long-loaders give you vastly more flexibility to carry stuff – well worth getting
– Give yourself plenty of steerer tube – a lot of people settle into a high posture
– Your granny ring will get a good workout, especially if you take passengers
– Good brakes and big rotors are great
– The rear brake will need about 195cm for a 18” frame – you’re always going to have to buy hose by the metre and re-fit
– It’s well worth having some substantial rubber on it so that you can run at reasonably low pressure – it’s a harsh ride on hard tyres, especially for the passenger
– Make yourself puncture –proof – a puncture on a loaded cargo bike is an immense faff
– You’ll end up with loads of straps and bungees. Buy lots, some things work far better than others
– I keep a D-lock bungee’d to the top of the chainstays so I never forget to take it
– You need tandem rear gear cables – buy several
– Reflective tape on the rack uprights is a Good Thing
– The deck can get splashed going through puddles. Again, especially if carrying passengers, use mudguards
– There are pictures in my feed of a SKS Chainboard. I’ve abandoned that as it rubbed. I use a large bashring now to save my trousers
– Loads of people want to talk to you about it.
– People give you a lot of space in traffic, with a passenger on it, you’re almost never subjected to close passes. You can’t ride aggressively in traffic though – it’s too bulky and doesn’t have the acceleration, you have to be pretty chilled.
– Especially with a load, keeping going is far better than stopping and starting
– With a kickstand, it’s possible to put more weight on the thing than it’s safe and controlled to ride with – do be a bit careful!
– In my experience, turning up at the municipal tip with it causes no problems, they always let me unload
– It’s surprisingly good fun off-road with some big tyres on. It handles steeps very well because of the weight distribution and length. And you can carry loads of booze, which your mates will be greatly impressed by.
– It feels oddly thief-proof. I’m sure I’ll get bitten one day, but I am quite confident leaving it around
– A passenger can sit side-saddle, make sure their legs go on the side that you naturally put a foot down when you stop. Sitting astride is far better though
– A surprisingly high proportion of people are natural passengers, and most people enjoy it.
Hi All – I need/want/dream of a big beastie utility bike, I’ve been pondering building up a Big Dummy, I seem to have many old MTB part worn parts suitable for use from seat pin, stems, bars, disk brakes, wheels, cranks, shifters and mechs etc… so ill be buying frame and building from scratch.
so I’m hoping some of you owners of the Dummy have some insights you can share about the good, bad and ugly of them, which bags to get, do you need a chain device, what doesn’t and does work well etc.
thanks for anything constructive you share.Posted 3 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
I don’t have any insight other than my Xtracycle (sadly now sold) was one of the best things I ever did.
I’ve got a friend with a BigDummy and StokeMonkey and it gets used for the school run every single day year in year out. Unfortunately it’s too heavy for me to get up to my house (36 steps).Posted 3 years agomiketuallySubscriber
excellent bike, if your on a budget then the Yuba Mundo is Worth considering.
I had an early Yuba Mundo and absolutely loved it, but I just wasn’t using it to its potential and it got to the point where it needed lots of money spending on it so I sold it to Sustrans Stockton.Posted 3 years ago
I have a Yuba mundo and its a fab bike for hauling my 3 boys, and shopping etc: I also use it with stoker bars to carry passengers too!
Second the recommendation for ‘Practiclecycles’ they’re very good to deal with, and sorted a problem with my frame immediately.
Love mine, but now the boys are too big to go on the back i might be selling it soon.Posted 3 years ago
Baldysquirt – have you spoken to Matt about it? – if so what’s his thoughts? (or should I ask him myself?)
BigDummy – I might well take you up on the test ride, I’ve got a couple of old road frames I’ve gotta drop off at Argos for resprays and work, and after catching up with my sister near Windmill Hill, i’m sure i’ll have a couple of hours to kill before heading home… i’ll drop you a note nearer the time to see if it’s feasible.
thanks all…Posted 3 years ago
Mister T – I’ve had a bit of a chat with him about it. Everything’s possible, but considering I can hopefully sell my current xtracycle build as I’ve accumulated most stuff new for the next incarnation, it makes so much more financial sense to go for the tried and tested Dummy. If I could risk it costing more, I’d love to give it a try!Posted 3 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
The Dummy really is the Daddy of them all. 🙂
We had a Kona Ute.
Carried two children to school year round till they preffered their own bikes.
Hauled all manner of stuff. Giggling & tipsy Mums at BBQ’s being a speciality. 😉
Agree with Big Dummy about it turning heads. And in traffic folk did actually give it plenty of room, & waves. (Not the single finger sort).
Nice upright riding position is best.Posted 3 years ago
These types of bike waft along rather than fly.
Decent brakes are a must when loaded up.
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