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


Go Back   > >

Winter Cycling Don't let snow and ice discourage you this winter. The key element to year-round cycling is proper attire! Check out this winter cycling forum to chat with other ice bike fanatics.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-01-06, 06:52 AM   #1
flipped4bikes
ROM 6:23
Thread Starter
 
flipped4bikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Coastal Maine
Bikes: Specialized Tricross Comp, Lemond Tourmalet, Bridgestone MB-5
Posts: 1,713
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Monocog 29er winter commuter?

I cross posted this in the Commuting forum. Does anyone use this rig to commute? I love the idea that it is a singlespeed, 700c wheels, and cheap! Less than $400 for the '06 from my LBS. I want to get the 15" size, and wondering how it rides. The only drawback I can see is that the frame doesn't have eyelets for racks or fenders...
flipped4bikes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-06, 11:58 AM   #2
mihlbach
Senior Member
 
mihlbach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Long Island, NY
Bikes:
Posts: 6,400
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I normally commute with more road oriented bikes, but in the nastiests of conditions, I use my 26" Monocog. It works well..I usually take an alternate offroadish route when I commute with it. The 29er is basically the same bike with larger wheels and would probably work even better in snow. During the summer I use it as a mountain bike...during the winter it becomes my nasty weather commuter. It doesn't get better for the price.

The lack of fender eyelets is a drawback...but there are simple workarounds. When its raining/sleeting/snowing, I put on a pair of planetbike clipons. The fork crown of the monocog is not drilled, so mounting the front fender is a challenge. You could either drill a hole, or install a starnut into the bottom of the fork steerer tube. I opted for the latter and now I simply bolt the front fender into the fork from below. Becasue of the suspension corrected geometry, you have to run the front fender above the v-brake. Its not optimal...but once you get the star nut installed, its farily easy to set up and it works very well.
mihlbach 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 10:09 PM.