Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-06-14, 11:40 AM   #1
echale3
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Roanoke, VA
Bikes: Gary Fisher Mamba (circa 1995 or so), 2012 KHS CX300
Posts: 60
New Bike for Christmas.

Here's the bike I got for Christmas--a KHS CX300.

Aluminum frame, SRAM Rival drivetrain, FSA crank, carbon fork and seat post, Avid Shorty 4 brakes, 2x10 gears, Mavic rims, etc.... I really like it, it is way nicer than my 20 year old mountain bike.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg NewBike2.jpg (85.1 KB, 157 views)
echale3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-14, 11:51 AM   #2
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1979 Austro-Daimler
Posts: 8,405
Sweet!
__________________
My Bikes
Andy_K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-14, 11:53 AM   #3
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Bikes: 2010 Expedition, 03 GTO
Posts: 29,021
Smooth...
__________________
[SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI
10 Wheels is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-14, 12:49 PM   #4
no motor?
Senior Member
 
no motor?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Chicagoland
Bikes: Specialized Hardrock
Posts: 4,821
You must have been very good or very bad last year.....
no motor? is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-14, 03:10 PM   #5
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Moto Fantom29 ProSL hardtail
Posts: 5,056
Need pic of drivetrain side, against garage door, valve stems hidden behind fork/stays, etc...

Otherwise, seems pretty schweet!
RubeRad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-14, 10:49 AM   #6
echale3
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Roanoke, VA
Bikes: Gary Fisher Mamba (circa 1995 or so), 2012 KHS CX300
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
Need pic of drivetrain side, against garage door, valve stems hidden behind fork/stays, etc...

Otherwise, seems pretty schweet!
Is there a forum rule regarding the aesthetics of a bike picture that I'm breaking?

Anyway, I'm left-handed so it's entirely natural for me to point my bike from right to left rather than from left to right, hence the orientation noted in my non-professional photo.....

It is a pretty fun ride, I just wish I was over this cold and it wasn't freezing outside so I could ride it, LOL!
echale3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-14, 11:31 AM   #7
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West Village, New York City
Bikes: too many
Posts: 26,636
That looks like loads of fun. Please provide road reports and pictures.

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by noglider
Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
Tom Reingold, noglider@pobox.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog
noglider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-14, 11:42 AM   #8
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Moto Fantom29 ProSL hardtail
Posts: 5,056
Quote:
Originally Posted by echale3 View Post
Is there a forum rule regarding the aesthetics of a bike picture that I'm breaking?
Ha, not forum rules, just aesthetic guidelines. Some are more picky than others, but I consider it at least a bare minimum to show off the side of the bike that has all the bits on it. Otherwise, it's like watching last night's season premiere of Justified -- naked women flouncing around and you only get to see butts! (I have to confess though, the butts (and the butt-side of your bike) still look pretty good...)
RubeRad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-14, 07:19 PM   #9
wsgts
Senior Member
 
wsgts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Panama City, FL
Bikes: 2013 Surly LHT, 2013 Surly Pacer, 2011 Raleigh One-Way
Posts: 149
Very nice!!!!
wsgts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-14, 09:27 AM   #10
echale3
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Roanoke, VA
Bikes: Gary Fisher Mamba (circa 1995 or so), 2012 KHS CX300
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
Ha, not forum rules, just aesthetic guidelines. Some are more picky than others, but I consider it at least a bare minimum to show off the side of the bike that has all the bits on it. Otherwise, it's like watching last night's season premiere of Justified -- naked women flouncing around and you only get to see butts! (I have to confess though, the butts (and the butt-side of your bike) still look pretty good...)
My bike is shy, it's teasing you by just hinting at "the goods".

Nice tie-in with the season opener of Justified, though--I thoroughly enjoy that show! The butts the other night weren't half bad, IMO.....

So far, I've only gotten a chance to ride it a few miles due to weather and having a cold.

My preliminary take on it is that the SRAM shifters take a bit of getting used to, but they are not hard to figure out, and after a short ride, shifting seems pretty natural. Shifts are very fast and accurate, even when being shifted while putting some "oomph" on the pedals. It rides nice and smooth--I didn't feel a lot of road vibration being transmitted to my arms/butt, probably due to the CF fork and seat post. The Avid Shorty 4's stop the bike well and are easy to modulate.

I'll probably trade out the knobby tires that came on the bike for a set of straight road tires because I'm primarily going to use it on the street for general getting around and commuting. I'm looking for something with good puncture resistance and low rolling resistance. Anybody got any good advice on that front? Continental Gatorskins seem to get high marks for both, but I'm amenable to alternative suggestions, especially less expensive ones, LOL!
echale3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-14, 09:39 AM   #11
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Moto Fantom29 ProSL hardtail
Posts: 5,056
Quote:
Originally Posted by echale3 View Post
I'll probably trade out the knobby tires that came on the bike for a set of straight road tires because I'm primarily going to use it on the street for general getting around and commuting. I'm looking for something with good puncture resistance and low rolling resistance. Anybody got any good advice on that front? Continental Gatorskins seem to get high marks for both, but I'm amenable to alternative suggestions, especially less expensive ones, LOL!
There is no end of tire discussion threads in the commuter forum. "I want a tire that is light and fast and responsive and comfortable and 100% flat proof in goathead country, and oh yeah, I want to pay only $9.99. A pair". It's too many conflicting goals, this tire doesn't exist. You gotta choose at least a couple goals to compromise on.

I can't quite tell, but your tires don't look all that knobby, many would prefer a tire like that for commuting: wider = lower pressure = more comfortable = better for commuting. For flat protection, my choice is Mr Tuffy liners. $15 for a set (which is less than the extra cost of effective flat protection built-in to a tire) and they can move from tire to tire.
RubeRad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-14, 10:51 AM   #12
echale3
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Roanoke, VA
Bikes: Gary Fisher Mamba (circa 1995 or so), 2012 KHS CX300
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
There is no end of tire discussion threads in the commuter forum. "I want a tire that is light and fast and responsive and comfortable and 100% flat proof in goathead country, and oh yeah, I want to pay only $9.99. A pair". It's too many conflicting goals, this tire doesn't exist. You gotta choose at least a couple goals to compromise on.

I can't quite tell, but your tires don't look all that knobby, many would prefer a tire like that for commuting: wider = lower pressure = more comfortable = better for commuting. For flat protection, my choice is Mr Tuffy liners. $15 for a set (which is less than the extra cost of effective flat protection built-in to a tire) and they can move from tire to tire.
The tires that are on the bike now are 700 x 35 Kenda small block 8 folding tires.

I don't live in goathead country, but some of the streets I ride on have a fair bit of broken glass to dodge and some rough surfaces. Flat protection was my bigger concern than having a "fast" tire, so the liners would certainly do the trick for me. Good call, that, and thanks for the advice. Guess I'll be calling my LBS to see if they have any in stock....
echale3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-14, 01:20 PM   #13
acidfast7
http://www.538.nl
 
acidfast7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: England / CPH
Bikes: 2010 Cube Acid
Posts: 6,016
Don't really see many KHS bikes over here ... quite a few emblems too many emblems for my taste.

But interesting, none the less ... love to hear about your tires.

I run cheap 23-622 coloured Kendas on one bike and they seem OK so far for 5 a tire!
acidfast7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-14, 02:07 PM   #14
echale3
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Roanoke, VA
Bikes: Gary Fisher Mamba (circa 1995 or so), 2012 KHS CX300
Posts: 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
Don't really see many KHS bikes over here ... quite a few emblems too many emblems for my taste.

But interesting, none the less ... love to hear about your tires.

I run cheap 23-622 coloured Kendas on one bike and they seem OK so far for 5 a tire!
They do seem to be rather proud of their company name, don't they? I did see a few spots that they failed to cover in "KHS" logos, though

As far as tires, I decided to look up the set that came with the bike on Amazon.com, and they seem to have good customer ratings, so that's cool. Normally, I'd expect a manufacturer to cheap out on the tires, but these seem like they'll do what I need them to, especially once I get a set of liners to protect against broken glass and such.
echale3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-14, 08:26 PM   #15
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Moto Fantom29 ProSL hardtail
Posts: 5,056
Yes, Kenda sells a wide range of tire qualities. I have the impression the small block 8 is a fairly decent cyclocross tire.
RubeRad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-14, 08:39 PM   #16
mstraus
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Bikes:
Posts: 598
Quote:
Originally Posted by echale3 View Post

I'll probably trade out the knobby tires that came on the bike for a set of straight road tires because I'm primarily going to use it on the street for general getting around and commuting. I'm looking for something with good puncture resistance and low rolling resistance. Anybody got any good advice on that front? Continental Gatorskins seem to get high marks for both, but I'm amenable to alternative suggestions, especially less expensive ones, LOL!
For what its worth I have had very good luck with my Gatorskins in terms of puncture resistance. Not a flat since I put them on my bike (knock on wood) and I have run over plenty of glass, etc. They are not cheap, and there are tires with better grip out there, but all tires have a compromise. You can find deals online, and my LBS actually price matched an online price I found.
mstraus is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:56 AM.