Gallery: Kevin’s Mongoose Tyax Comp Xtracycle

Kevin from Terracycle sent me these photos of his Free Radical conversion. The bike is a Mongoose Tyax Comp that he uses for commuting and everyday utility use. For winter riding he has a backup wheel set with studded tires. You can see photos of the bike before the conversion here. A few component details include Paul Sykes fenders and Terracycle accessory mounts for the bank of 4 headlights. Of particular note is the new TerraCycle Xtracycle idler kit (recently debuted at Interbike) using the Sport Idlers and mounts from Terracycle (last two photos).

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14 Responses to “Gallery: Kevin’s Mongoose Tyax Comp Xtracycle”

  • cb says:

    Sweet ride. So many accessories! Has a real “Captain Dashboard” look to it.

    And thanks for introducing me to the concept of idlers. Hadn’t heard of them before this post. Very interesting.

  • ToddBS says:

    4 headlights and 2 taillights and no dyno hub? Man, I hope he has stock in Duracell! :)

  • todd says:

    what is the purpose of the idler on the top, tensioned side of the chain?

    are there plans/is there product to accommodate internal gearhubs and/or Big Dummy with an over-the-bridge idler for the lower chain run?

  • todd says:

    ps: i realize i could just call kevin (same neighborhood!) but public is better.

  • Joe says:

    Neat bike, what are those light holders on the fork?

    Thanks,
    -Joe

  • Alan says:

    @Joe

    Those are Terracycle accessory mounts: More Info

    Alan

  • ToddBS says:

    I like those accessory mounts. We need more products like that, and the stuff from Problem Solvers.

    I like the Free Radical. I may have to pick one up some day and convert my Specialized Hardrock to an Xtracycle bike. I need to get on that before 2012. It would make a fine post-apocalypse bike ;-)

  • kevinPDX says:

    Todd, the two idlers are to keep the chain from sliding and wacking the frame. The top one is a Sport Power Idler and the lower one is a Sport Return idler. The chain is so much quieter than before, when it would wack on the frame.
    kevin

  • john g says:

    Greetings — may I post a picture of this Xtracycle on my blog?

    http://www.xtracyclegallery.com

    Naturally I will attribute and link and so forth…

    Thanks in advance!!

    John

  • kevinPDX says:

    I will post some to your site after work tonight. All the pictures are on my laptop.
    kevin

  • Bryan says:

    Those idlers are just what I’ve ben looking for. Do you know if they’ll work with the Xtracycle KickBack kickstand installed? Every chain tensioner I’ve seen won’t. Will a specific Xtracycle kit be appearing on your site or would I just order the Sport Power Idler and Sport Return Idler?

  • kevinPDX says:

    The new mounts and idlers will be offered as a kit real soon. I will bug the powers that be to get on it.
    kevin

  • Pat Franz says:

    Yes, a Big Dummy version is in the works. It’s a little more complicated due to the oval tube. We have a first prototype machined and are testing it.

    And yes, the KickBack sweeps up a wide area and it’s really hard to have it not touch the chain. We are still scratching our heads over that one. I’m pretty sure that something reasonable is possible.

    –Pat

  • Idlers TerraCycle para a Xtracycle « Blog da Cenas a Pedal says:

    […] Já agora, um idler é uma roda (ou um carreto) que suporta e orienta a corrente mas não muda a sua posição/direcção. O objectivo de um idler numa bicicleta ou triciclo reclinados é oferecer um pouco de tensão à corrente, e evitar que ela salte (as corrente das bicicletas e triciclos reclinados são significativamente mais longas do que nos convencionais, exceptuando, talvez, os que têm FWD – Front Wheel Drive). Uma Xtracycle também sofre um pouco deste problema porque a corrente é uns 80 cm mais longa que numa bicicleta sem o kit FreeRadical. Nas nossas Xtracycles, que usamos no dia-a-dia, temos uns idlers DIY, por isso foi com agrado que soubemos pela lista dos RootsRadicals que a TerraCycle iria passar a disponibilizar um modelo pensado para a X. Vejam as fotos do Kevin: […]

 
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