Introducing Barney Big Dummy

Since the summer of 2006 Byron has integrated an Xtracycle longtail cargo bike into his family’s life and blogged about it here on bikehugger. The affectionately named “Bettie,” has seen several iterations. Bettie 1.0 was a Karate Monkey equipped with an Xtracycle Free Radical. Most recently, Bettie 2.5 has emerged as a Surly Big Dummy with custom mounted Stoke Monkey electric assist. No matter where we go, the sport utility bike turns heads. When we’re spinning up bike blended smoothies at a crit race, or just out with the kids at soccer practice, everyone wants to know more about Bettie. We’ve become such fans of Xtracycle cargo bikes, that we’ve doubled down. I’m pleased to unveil “Barney” Big Dummy. Mark V, recently completed the build of Barney at Elliot Bay Bikes. You can check out photos of Barney step’in out with a down low glow on his first trip to “Full Throttle Bottles,” Beer store in Georgetown. We look forward to comparing Barney’s Rohloff drive train performance to Bettie’s Nuvinci after I get a chance to put some rubble under Barney’s tires.

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Now that is one beautiful utility bike. I’ve become a big fan of the Big Dummy frames, and unlike some people I actually also really like the color. It looks even better with those cream Fat Franks. I couldn’t get too close of a look at that front rack, but it looks like one of the really nice ones with a wood bottom.

The powdercoat has been durable and that’s good, cause we beat it up and there are inevitable scuff marks on the top tube, when you step on/off the bike—that’s my peeve, standover height.

Where’d the beautiful rack come from? That’s a really nice light mount/guard -why no dynohub?

Here is a link to the rack. It was made in Madison Wisconsin by the “Rack Lady.”

I’m a new Big Dummy owner and IMO, it’s hands down the best commuter/urban/touring bike ever. Yeah, it’s heavy and slow to get going, but once it’s rolling, you don’t notice the weight. I commute 27 miles round trip and give my work mate a ride to lunch.  I’ve also outfited mine with 2 kids seats for my 4 and 2 year old.  It’s a killer rig!

There’s a Facebook group called:  ” I love my Surly Big Dummy ” with lots of pictures.  You can see how I set it up for kid hauling.

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