Utility Cycling - Help on a bike (KONA Ute)
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01-20-09, 01:48 PM
I'm new to commuting, I ride 23 miles each way to work and 90% of it is on a bike path. I try to ride at least 2 to 3 times a weak because I have to get the kids to practice's etc. I have been using my Trek 2300 road bike and just finished putting together a Specialized commuter bike with all my old Mtn bike parts. The bike is about 15 yrs old and a friend was going to throw it away, So I built it up and went threw it and put panniers and a rack. I painted it flat black and I rode the bike to work two times and both times two different guys wanted to buy it from me, Im thinking of selling it and buying a Kona Ute.
I was wondering if anyone has seen or has any input on this bike. I live in Phoenix Arizona and the weather is great for commuting as long as you have enough water.
The Kona Ute is for hauling groceries, I've got one and wouldn't consider it as a commuter bike.
02-04-09, 01:57 AM
Long bikes are awesome. Have you considered putting an Xtracycle Freerad (http://www.xtracycle.com/home/hitchless-trailer/technical-specifications/) on your mtn bike? I've got one and I love it. I bet theres a few other people around here who could tell you about theirs too.
02-04-09, 12:31 PM
I don't think there is anything wrong with commuting on a Ute. As a longtail, it can carry quite a load to work, or from the grocery store. Or not. There is no law that says you have to commute on the fastest, most efficient bicycle. I was able to find the money for a Surly Big Dummy frame. I wanted to ride it some, and I ride mostly to work and back. So, I took the components off of my commuter bike and put them on the BD. It's a little bit slower than my Surly 1x1custom built commuter, but I don't mind. I can haul everything I want in the Freeloaders and I have yet to run out of room for stuff. Plus, I can take my oldest son for rides and we can take a picnic lunch, jackets, toys, etc.
Point is, don't let someone talk you out of a bike that you like and can use just because they have placed a label on the bike that it is not a commuter.
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