Used Big Dummy – save gas, haul kids, groceries, more

We have a couple of nice used sports utility/cargo/family bikes to clear out, to make way for some new stuff when our new store opens in a few weeks.

If you don’t like the price, please make us an offer… we will consider it. For folks outside central NC, we can ship the bikes, but we will have to partially disassemble them for shipping. So we want to make sure that they’ll be put back together properly at the receiving end. Our preference is to ship to your favorite bike shop to have them do the assembly, but that is negotiable.

First up is a very lightly used

. It is an 18″ frame, good for medium-tall folks. This is the nicest longtail bike available on the market. This bike was lovingly built by one of our employees, then he ended up deciding to move out of the state. We bought the bike back from him and are now offering it for sale.

Combining Surly’s impressive frame-building with Xtracycle’s unique cargo-carrying system, this bike will do everything your car used to do –
without the gasoline
. You can safely tote up to 200 lbs. of cargo and passengers on the Xtracycle’s top deck and in the specially-designed panniers. Here’s an excerpt from the Surly website:
“What does a Big Dummy do? Using Xtracycle plug-in components, it hauls your groceries, tools, human and animal friends, surfboard, work duds, briefcase, vacuum cleaner, firewood, moonshine, camping gear, banjo, mulch, and anything else you can imagine, while providing the functionality, durability, and sweet ride characteristics that Surly bikes are known for. Use the Big Dummy for commuting to work, running errands, taking the kids to school, farm/yard work, touring, or just riding around cuz it’s fun.
“What are some advantages of the Big Dummy vs. other cargo carrying systems? 1) It’s shorter than a bike + trailer system, so it can be easier to maneuver through traffic. 2) Compared to messenger bag or backpack, it won’t put strain on your back and shoulders. 3) Two wheels, vs. three or four on a bike + trailer system, keep rolling resistance, rotating mass, and overall weight to a minimum. 4) A longer-than-average wheelbase makes it predictable and comfortable for the long haul. 5) It offers more cargo capacity than a bike + rack system, while keeping most of the weight low and centered between the wheels for increased stability. 6) It’s modular and versatile. You only have to carry the accessories that are needed for your task. 7) It rides like a bike, on- and off-road. No trailer-induced death sway, no weird front-end shimmy.”
We’re selling this bike gently used. The frame and fork are in great condition, with no scratches or dents, and the bike’s been given a complete tune-up. Aside from a couple scratches on the Xtracycle deck and dirt on the fenders, the bike looks nearly new.
Here’s what we’ve got built up:
Surly Big Dummy frame and fork, TIG-welded Surly 4130 CroMoly steel, military green
Frame measures 18” center of BB to top of top tube
Suspension-corrected rigid fork has both disc and canti brake mounts
Four bottle cage mounts; braze-on guides with continuous cable housing
Medium-width steel cruiser handlebar with red Oury grips
SRAM X.7 grip-twist shifters, Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic brake levers
TruVativ Team stem
Cane Creek Solos 1 1/8” threadless headset, blue
WTB Dual Duty XC 26” front wheel, black w/ black spokes
Schwalbe Marathon tires, 26 x 1.75
Avid Juicy 3 disc brakes w/ 160 mm rotors
Planet Bike hardcore wide ATB fenders, yellow
TruVativ Blaze ISIS Drive triple crankset and sealed-cartridge BB
GT platform pedals
SRAM X.5 top-pull front derailleur
Guizzo suspension seatpost
Brooks B-17 saddle, black
SRAM X.7 rear derailleur
SRAM PC991 chains
9-speed rear cassette
Hebie spring-loaded kickstand
Xtracycle longtail accessory kit, including side rails (V-Racks), panniers (FreeLoaders), and custom-painted red removable top platform (Snapdeck).
The Big Dummy is compatible with all Xtracycle accessories and add-on components, including Footsies (foot platforms for your passengers!) and the Adventure Rack (put in place of the V-Rack on one or both sides, it allows you to use two regular bicycle panniers per side). If you need any other accessories (lights, bags, bottle cages, etc.), just ask.
The frame alone retails at over $1000; our complete build was around $2200. This one-of-a-kind vehicle is yours for $1940.
If you’re ready to come see it in person, we’ll be set up at Johnny’s Sporting Goods, 901 W. Main Street in Carrboro, on Saturdays in November from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. You can also call or email to set up a weekday appointment at our Carrboro office.


Freeloader panniers are in good shape
Avid Juicy Hydraulic discs brakes with Sram twist shifters
Crankset and platform pedals

WTB Dual Duty wheels

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