Xtracycles are wonderful things. They are the El Camino or Minivan of the bike world, and they are immensely popular here in the Northwest. When I first built up my Xtracycle two and a half years ago, I’d only seen one or two others around town. Now I see them everywhere. I think I still might be the only one in Eugene who rides one without kids, however. Mine is mainly used for commuting loads, juggling gear and unicycles, groceries, free piles, and giving drunk friends a ride home from the bar.
Xtracycles do have one minor flaw.* They were originally designed for use down south in California, and thus are not ready for a Northwest winter without a little modification. But, never fear, those modifications are cheap and easy and I’m here to show you how to waterproof your Xtracycle and gear. I’ve put over 7,500 miles of daily, rear-round riding on my Xtracycle with these modifications, and I have almost no rust in my frame and my Snapdeck still looks like new (sort of).
Take the jump for the steps you can take to make sure your Xtracycle lasts for years and years!