The longbike is nearly complete now; photos are attached although a Thomson seatpost has since been added – the old single-bolt seatpost is a useless piece of crap by comparison – and I still am looking to get a few more oddments before I can call it completely finished.
New to the bike are the 56cm Nitto Albatross handlebars on a Raleigh adjustable stem; the stem is maxed-out for height meaning that it has almost no “throw” forwards; on most bikes this would be very twitchy to ride but since this is an Xtracycle the long wheelbase compensates a lot.
I have the gearlevers and brakes in my favoured positions, but rather than waste money on bar tape while I faff with ergonomics I’ve cut up an old innertube, cable-tied it to the bars and polished it with Mr Sheen silicone polish, in lieu of grips; it’s not brilliant but it’s better than bare metal, it’s free, and will last a couple of months which is all that’s necessary.
Above illustrates the bike loaded with about 50lbs of books being taken to the local charity chops for disposal/resale. The momentum of that much luggage makes riding a treat, if a bit wobbly when the load is too far rear-wards. Improves when properly loaded.