Ute / Extracycle?

by DaveP   January 1, 2010  

This year I'd like to use a bike for the more humdrum 'life' stuff like going to the shops etc.. I get very panicky leaving my custom built full-suss rig outside Tesco's and my singlespeed road bike is just man enough to carry my lardy arse nevermind a weeks shopping..

So, I'm looking at getting some sort of utility bike.

Do I go for something like a Kona Ute or kit out my unused '01 Cove Stiffee with an Extracycle long wheelbase kit? Your thoughts and observations would be appreciated. Nerd

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if you've got a spare bike then i'd deffo go for the xtracycle kit - it's cheaper, and you get better load capabilities. plus you can get all sorts of cool extras like footrests and ting

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posted by purplecup [233 posts]
2nd January 2010 - 9:32


OTOH the Ute is a cracking piece of kit and a lot less faff. If you have a Cycle Scheme where you work then you could easily get a Ute (plus a second bag) on it, whereas a Free Radical kit will probably just confuse the scheme administrator. The Free Radical kit has greater versatility but the Ute is a nice easy off-the-peg solution.I don't think you'd regret either of them.

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posted by Chuffy [206 posts]
2nd January 2010 - 17:30


We're not in the C2W... Crying
(Long story)

But @ only £500 for a new '09 Ute, I wonder what a pre-loved one would cost. Smile


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posted by DaveP [467 posts]
4th January 2010 - 13:22


it's *such* a bargain at 500 notes. go and buy one immediately. Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7857 posts]
4th January 2010 - 13:40


Just found a Ute frame on Fleabay... £27.00 and counting

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posted by DaveP [467 posts]
4th January 2010 - 14:13


The Extracycle is the best invention.
Will cost you more than a UTE to get running with good components.
The V brake option is a no go on one of these.
Cos they are a big heavy bus.
But set it up with Avid cable discs & you will have a great handling bike.
A friend of mine recently did a big ofroad tour with his & really loves it.
By the way you couldnt put a Free Radical kit(Extracycle) on Cycle to Work.
Complete bike only.(No trailers/in complete bikes)
If that was your consideration.Go for a UTE.
Just that the bags wont carry as much.


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posted by bicycleworld [26 posts]
12th January 2010 - 15:36