Pedicab upgraded

The new parts have been installed. The Maxxis Hookworm tires fit in the front forks (that was a concern), but there was a different, and unexpected issue.

Brad calls me and informs me that the new handlebars aren’t going to work because there isn’t enough straight bar in the grip area. It is too short. He says he’ll just use the old bars that were on there. Well, I greatly dislike those crappy mountain bike bars, so this is not a good outcome. Brad’s taking up his wife’s garage with the Pedicab, and so waiting until tomorrow is also not a reasonable option. So, I pack up the kids and we go to Bob’s Bicycles just before they close. They have bars that look like the ones I bought, but are longer in the grip area. These worked.

Brad got everything put on the new bars, including the new trigger shifter on the right and the Ergon grips. He mounted up the tires, which are slimed and have Kenda downhill tubes (26″ x 2.4″-2.75″) inside. The tubes are a crazy 2.25mm thick. These came in a Giant brand box, but are available in a Kenda box, a Pyramid box, and who knows who else’s box.

Here’s a video showing the current state of the Pedicab:

I still need a different saddle on there, and the back is making noise which I’m sure I’ll address later. The grips are great. The new handlebar is a massive improvement, and trigger shifters are nicer than the stock setup of grip shifters in my opinion.

Brad has the Shimano 21 speed system dialed in nicely, which is much appreciated. The poor shifts were annoying, and the chain drops were not fun. Those days are over.

Mom is letting me borrow a 10 year old Garmin GPS, and it had a new handlebar mount, which I took out and installed on the handlebars. I’m still not sold on GPS for pedicab use, but I’ll give it more time.

Component weight

Tires and BryceThe new parts are in. As you can see, Bryce has inspected the new Maxxis Hookworm tires. I asked him if they were Bryce approved, and he nodded yes.

Something that shows up a lot in cycling-related blogs is concerns about weight. Road bike guys go crazy about weight. It makes me giggle when I see a road bike person that has clearly spent some money on their light ride but could drop 20 lbs. from themselves, but I digress.

The 2003 Main Street Pedicab Classic is my sport rickshaw. It’s notably lighter than the Rickshaw I’ve had for half a decade now. It’s also more capable (stability, high speed handling, brakes, gearing). So, when I went to order parts, was I thinking “How much is that going to weigh?” No. I’m more concerned about function and look, in that order.

Still, this a cycling blog, so I should weigh parts at least once, right?! Why not. Here’s a few:

Component Weight each Qty. Total
Maxxis Hookworm Tire 2lbs 6oz 3 7lbs 2oz
Wald 5 inch rise handlebar 1lbs 8oz 1 1lbs 8oz
Ergon grip 2.9oz 2 6oz (rounded)

I’m not taking the shifter out of the packaging to weigh it, so there you go. Three tires, handlebar, and grips weigh in at nine pounds.

Let’s compare to some road bike component weights I grabbed from Weight Weenies:

Component Weight each
Maxxis Hookworm Tire 2lbs 6oz
Maxxis Xenith Equipe Legere 148g (5.2oz)
Difference in Weight 2lbs 0.8oz


Component Weight each
Wald 5 inch rise handlebar 1lbs 8oz
Kestrel EMS Pro/SL (42 cm (c-c)) 175.7g (6.2oz)
Difference in Weight 1lbs 1.8oz

So, notably less weight for both. Sure the road bike parts are also far smaller, but the priorities are different. Still, my handlebars weigh over three an a half times what the road bike ones do, and each Hookworm tire weighs about seven and a half times what a road bike tire from the same company weighs.

Road bikes don’t have the added weight of a third wheel, let alone passengers. The priorities are different.

Parts on order

As noted before, the (new to me) 2003 Main Street Pedicab (MSP) Classic has seen some battles. I decided to throw some more money at it, which I suppose makes it officially a hobby.

Here’s the parts I ordered, and the plan:

From Bike Stop:

Details Name Unit Price Quantity Total
LD8752 Shimano STX Right Rear Shifter (Pod) $11.95 1 $11.95
33036 Wald MTB High-Rise Handlebar #803, Black, 25.4 $12.95 1 $12.95
HT1700 Ergon Performance Grips Small $29.95 1 $29.95
Special:  – Price Match $-6.96   $-6.96
  Sub Total: $47.89
  Shipping: $11.99
  Grand Total: $59.88

The price match was on the Ergon grips.

From Main Street Pedicabs:

Qty Name SKU Each Subtotal
3 26 Maxxis Hookworm Tire MAX_HT $26.99 $80.97
Subtotal $80.97
Shipping: UPS Ground $15.30
Tax Total $0.00
Grand Total $96.27

MSP has very competitive prices and they were quite helpful on the phone when I called. I probably paid a little extra in shipping since I didn’t get everything from Bike Stop, but MSP earned my business. Company founder Steve Meyer is who I spoke with. Here’s a video with him I found on YouTube:

…and here’s an article about MSP:

So, my ride just got way more expensive, but it’ll be nice. I think I’ll be glad I went with trigger shifters on both sides (there’s already one on the left) rather than returning to a stock twist shifter setup, and the Ergon grips look like they’ll be nice. The handlebars are almost the same size as the new stock MSP ones, but I wanted black. I still haven’t figured out a saddle yet, but I’ll get there.