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Old 03-26-09, 10:41 PM   #1
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Kona Ute Commuter

I recently bought a Ute to use as my primarily bike in 2009. I am working towards having 1 regular bike to use for commuting and completing household errands. I also have an old folding bike I am fixing up for days when the bus seems more appealing. The Ute completed the 8 mile commute effortlessly, but it is not without its faults. I started a small blog to document and review the bike and my modifications since I struggled to find content on the web.

Anyone considering a good do it all bike should take a look at the Ute, and you can check out my blog to find more detailed information as I work to personalize it to fit my needs.

http://utercommuter.blogspot.com/
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Old 03-27-09, 12:08 AM   #2
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Thanks for the link to your blog and the info on the Ute.

Definitely one I'm interested in particularly because of the 700c wheels.
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Old 03-27-09, 03:06 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info! What do you do with the Utes bags when you get to work? Seems that with the added ability the haul stuff, its just more stuff you have to carry with you when you get places? Let me know!
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I don't think the ute is my cup of tea, but I love the blog. It is always good to read unbiased long term reviews.
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I am lucky enough to be able to leave the Ute and bag right outside of the building on camera with the security guard 12 feet away. I do agree that the large bag increases the tendency to carry more, but I also think some people carry more just by default. You can see this everywhere. 2 people coming to work: One with a cup of joe and another with a rolling bag, a duffel bag, and the list goes on. You just need to self regulate. I am the one that would be attempting to carry half of my possessions for an 8 hour shift - go figure that I bought a cargo bike.

Here is my always list
.work pants, undershirt, underwear, socks, and shirt
.deodorant and Axe
.some type of lunch (left-overs)
.carving knife and a piece of wood (i am a woodcarver - spoons and ladles)

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.laptop
.various work related documents
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I love the idea of long/cargo bikes, but I can't see myself commuting to work on one. I can haul what I need in panniers on my regular bikes, and a long bike would be overkill. I definitely think I could make use of something like the Madsen for hauling the kids around on the weekends though.
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I so badly want one of these, but I just can't justify their use. ;-)

However, I do have a question. When you are riding it, do you "feel" it? Is it noticeably heavier? harder to handle? slower? or does it seem to go like a normal bike? Would it make a decent primary/only bike? or would you still want a shorter, normal bike for riding around? TIA

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I do notice the bike is longer which does translate into less nimble. Being longer the bike more stable and smoother as well. I have never been great at track stands and I can track stand this bike sitting down a very long time. I do not notice the bike being heavy, slow, or hard to handle.

I can bunny hop it, almost ride a wheelie (need a few more practice sessions), and it stops on a dime with the front disk brake. It does wobble riding no hands, so I need to determine if that can be eliminated - it is almost like a vibration. My goal is to make this my only regular bike and keep a folder for those times where the long bike just does not make sense.

2009 is going to be my personal year of voluntary simplicity
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Old 03-27-09, 09:53 AM   #9
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I recently bought a Ute to use as my primarily bike in 2009.
I was just wondering if you cross-shopped the Ute vs. the Surly Big Dummy or Rans Hammertruck bikes?
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Old 03-27-09, 10:29 AM   #10
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I have no experience with the RANS, and I really like the Big Dummy, but the price was just too much. I have also rode several bikes with front cargo areas. I like those, but they ride less stable then the rear cargo bikes. The Ute just fit in terms of price and utility.
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