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Living Car Free Do you live car free or car light? Do you prefer to use alternative transportation (bicycles, walking, other human-powered or public transportation) for everyday activities whenever possible? Discuss your lifestyle here.

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Old 01-05-14, 08:39 PM   #1
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All terrain bike?

Sitting here in Toledo and work was cancelled because of the weather. This year I want to get rid of the cage. Looking for a all weather all terrain bike. The Kona UTE has my Interest. I currently have a 80's Fuji and 2003 Jamis road bike looking for a good hauling vehicle. Any suggestions or ideas would be very helpful. I currently use a backpack which I'm trying to get away from.
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Old 01-05-14, 09:02 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what you mean by all terrain bike. That makes me think of a mountain bike. The bike you mentioned, Kona Ute, is a longtail utility bike. Can you clarify what it is that you're interested in?
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Old 01-06-14, 05:14 AM   #3
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Your right, I need a utility bike not a mountain bike. Just don't know anyone who has one or previously owned one. Thanks for pointing that out for me.
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Old 01-06-14, 05:32 AM   #4
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Maria Leijerstam has an all terrain bicycle ...
http://www.icetrikes.co/community/ic...rld-record-set
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Old 01-06-14, 05:51 AM   #5
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Maria Leijerstam has an all terrain bicycle ...
http://www.icetrikes.co/community/ic...rld-record-set
Well, he's not going to the South Pole, so that's probably not a helpful suggestion. Although with the weather here today, I wish I had one.
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Your right, I need a utility bike not a mountain bike. Just don't know anyone who has one or previously owned one. Thanks for pointing that out for me.
sorry, I've never owned a utility bike, so I can't help you much. You'll probably get some useful suggestions here eventually. In the meantime, you might want to scroll through the Utility Biking subforum.

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If they're cancelling work because of the weather, maybe it is appropriate.

I don't ever recall work being cancelled because of winter weather in Canada when I was there, but I do recall walking part way to work or uni on a few occasions, on a bitterly cold days and/or through deep snow, because only certain busses were running and/or the snow was too deep to cycle through. Sometimes walking works better than cycling or busses in bad weather.

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Old 01-06-14, 06:27 AM   #8
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Brrr, Brrr, Brrr. I know someone who has a UTE and uses it to haul her children. She seems pretty happy with it. I have a Yuba Mundo, and I like it a lot, but have never tried out a UTE.
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Old 01-06-14, 08:34 AM   #9
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How about a Pugsley? Your 80's Fuji might make a pretty 650B conversion. Whether it can accept 42mm wide tires depends upon the chainstays, but it will accept 38mm wide tires. It wouldn't be an all terrain bike, but an allroad bike. Studded tires would help in the snow and ice
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Old 01-06-14, 08:07 PM   #10
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Define what YOU want in a utility bike. I used an 80's vintage MTB as my utility bike, I also have a 1971 Raleigh Sports that I consider a utility bike. "Utility" means different things to different people. For me a utility bike is one to haul groceries and beer on from the store up to 5 miles. For someone else it might be hauling firewood from the forest to the house.

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I agree with Aaron; these genres of bikes/riding have a lot of blurry lines and overlap. What works for some might not for others, due to varying perceptions, needs, and conditions.

I will say that the Ute doesn't seem as overbuilt as the yuba Mundo, having seen both bikes in the flesh (but having ridden neither). What will you be carrying?
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