Some people might think that Xtracycles are catching on because of changes in the economy and people’s attitudes towards cycling. I propose that it is because they have *finally* taken my advice and improved their website 🙂 Today somebody asked about what kind of bike I rode to school and … welp, I had taken to googling Xtracycle images and showing them the picture of me that comes up fairly quickly, because the Xtracycle site, for years, had a lovely picture of… its inventors, standing there, with a lot of text talking about “you’re a ductape kind of guy…”
I really did email them occasionally about the matter. Welp, now, they really do address the shopper. They say the stuff *I* say to people who are inquiring, and of course, I’m an expert 😛 Most importantly, they actually have a picture on the home page, front and center, of their product in use.
There’s still the culture gap problem. I had some metamorphosizing to perform to understand the idea that not being able to take it off was a good thing, because when you make that transformation to “the bike is how I get around,” you really do want to be able to carry stuff *whenever,* because unlike before the morphing, you really do ride the bike *whenever,* not just when you’ve planned and considered and decided that yes, you can do it. And, conversely, it’s the Xtracycle that enables you to do that; you don’t *need* to plan and strategize as much. Because you’ve been able to use it more, you ride more, so getting ready isn’t “planning,” it’s routine.