The new look Radish is working out well. The girls love going on it, it’s easy to ride and the running boards are not just nice for little feet to rest on – they are also useful for supporting luggage and trombones.

However, there is one problem. it is extremely easy, when pulling away or manoeuvring the bike, to catch the back of your ankles on the front edge of the board. Given the board is plywood, that edge has quite some abrasive qualities. And thus I have scars forming on my legs due to the near-constant grating. I keep thinking that I’ll get used to it, and automatically start keeping my legs clear. But it doesn’t seem to be happening – the design of the boards just protrudes into a point where your legs sometimes need to be. It’s a bit irritating (and painful), to be honest.

The running boards have actually been superseded by a lower-profile aluminium bar (called U-Tubes), which in the description notes have a ‘clipped front corner to improve foot clearance’. Perhaps I should have got those instead. Oh well, I’ll just have to suffer for my transport choices. At least for now, until I can afford to upgrade…

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Comment by AdamM on September 20, 2017 at 2:41pm

Looks great, Dan. I'm sure you could sort the leading edge of those running boards by either 1) trimming them with a saw and sanding them smooth so that you avoid hitting them at all, or 2) fitting something smooth or padded over the leading edge so that when you do hit them it doesn't hurt you. For 2), the quick and easy solution would be going to Clark's Rubber and buying some split foam tube to slot over. A more permanent solution could involve a trip to Bunnings and some form of copper or PVC plumbing pipe cut open and attached with screws. A short length of suitable copper pipe might look rather smart.

Comment by Bill Parker on September 20, 2017 at 3:08pm

The new look for cycling, protection for the other end of your body?

Comment by Dan on September 20, 2017 at 11:15pm

Ha ha! Yes, i thought of both things. Ultimately I think Adam's option 2  is the go. There's not much I can do to trim the boards back, as there is no overhang over the aluminum tube that slots into the frame. 

Some sort of smooth padding over the ends is therefore probably the easiest option!

Comment by back street baron on September 22, 2017 at 4:42pm

Thanks for the tip, i am about to make up some running boards for my yuba, as you found very hard / impossible to get xtracycle locally so easy option is fabricating them myself and ill be sure to include extra foot clearance!  

Comment by Dan on October 6, 2017 at 2:31pm

Solved! (or at least ameliorated...)

Comment by back street baron on October 17, 2017 at 4:10pm

That look more comfortable! Also how easy do you find the Kick back stand to use with two kids worth of weight on the back?


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