It has now been about 100 days since we acquired our Haul a Day. Just like our previous longtail, it has become an indispensable part of our lives. I’ve already racked up more than 150 rides on this fine machine. In the meantime, it has been gradually tweaked to better fit our needs.
The latest additions have been a set of wider cargo rails, and a taillight mount.
The cargo rails are “Cargo/foot rails Wide-w/wheel/bike holder-set” part #18866, and are not listed on the Haul a Day accessories page. One of the issues that I had with our Big Foot footrest was that they were a bit narrower that I would have liked. Here is a comparison of the two rails:
Then I first ordered these over the phone, Robert told me that they have a wheel holder, and I didn’t get what he meant. The wheel holder is the inner loop. We’ll get to that feature it a bit….
One note on these is that they took a bit of elbow grease to fit into the frame. More so than the bigfoots. Perhaps this is because of a little distortion when the inner loop member is welded in.
In this rear shot, you can see that the new rail (left hand side) sticks out a few inches farther.
This makes it just a little hard to get to the kickstand, but this is a minor quibble.
Here is the acid test: now I can set grocery bags on the rails before buttoning them up with the straps.
All set to go!
One other thing that I will note is that the stock bags are already wearing out. Three out of the four cords with cord locks on the end flaps have already failed because the cords were not properly bartacked.
This is the last one standing.
I was told that G&O customers have had the same experience. I have my eye on the Carsick Cargo Slings. I saw a set at G&O and they looked a lot better. Their website was updated at the end of July, and it is now easier to order them.
About that wheel holder feature: Here is our 24″ wheel Opus Rambler under tow.
and a 20″: folder. I tested this out on a short ride, and it seemed pretty stable.
This is less of a hassle than folding the bike up, although that works too.
Now the taillight mount. My earlier solution was carried over from the Xtracycle.
If you order HaD rear light mount – 5EL part # 8589, this is a short piece of Al with a star fangled nut inside to provide a post mount.
I was told that they have a different bracket for dynamo taillights.
Here it is installed.
The taillight is in a position where it shouldn’t get smashed when I stand the bike up on its end.
the wider cargo rails: two thumbs up. They are wider, they have the wheel holder feature, and the are cheaper than the bigfoot rails ($90 versus $120). They have the additional advantage that they don’t clank when the bike goes over bumps. In betweeen changing the rails, and putting a rubber bumper on the kickstand, the bike is much quieter. The one advantage of the bigfoot rails is that they are better as foot rests for smaller kids.
the taillight mount: this is a nice to have feature. One tip: don’t put these in a carry on when you fly. It
will might get flagged by security as a bomb component.
the stock cargo slings: I’m afraid that I can’t recommend them. They are much cheaper than the Carsick ones, but they don’t hold up. If the straps were bartacked better, then that would be an improvement, but the material of the bags is still a bit flimsy.
BTW: it is a long shot, but if anyone in the Toronto area has or is thinking about a Haul a Day, I have a pair of Bigfeet for sale for cheap, say half the original price in $US, and I could be talked into giving up the Whoopie Deux safety rail as well.
Nothing wrong with the Whoopie Duex; it’s just that my girls have out grown it.
Happy trails everyone!