BACK AND FRONT: (Opposite) The Xtracycle FreeRadical frame extension installed on a bicycle, carrying an
extended deck and panniers. (Above) Josh Muir’s black Labrador, Soupy, on the road in the cargo basket of
a Frances Cycles Small Haul.
toxic materials he uses, sourcing components
locally whenever possible. “I don’t own a car, and
drive little,” he writes. “Most all of the materials
I use are sourced within the U.S., and some come
from the Bay Area. I build framesets by hand, one
at a time, slowly.”
Photograph by Josh Muir
an extended steering column connects down to
two metal rods that run under the cargo basket
then curve back up over the front fork. In addition
to being heavy, the idler arms can get stuck when
debris or cargo jam up the steering.