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UBER-CLYDE with a Kona Jake

Old 05-28-07, 07:55 AM
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UBER-CLYDE with a Kona Jake

Hello Community,

I am back in the saddle with another noob question.

I recently purchased a Kona Jake and have a question on the rims.

Do I have to replace the thin rims and tires because of my 300lbs of body weight?

Can I get away with purchasing better tires and keeping the factory rims?

I would like to make this bike my commuter and this entails a 35+ ride per day round-trip.

I did not post this in the cyclocross forum because I need advice from Heavy weight riders not twiggies.

Thank you Everyone!

-Danny
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Old 05-28-07, 08:00 AM
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I don't see any need to go to a wider tire or rim, frankly, just watch the air pressure (check it each ride and run the rated max pressure), and watch the wheel truing. Ride "light", as one of our clyde's says....learn to read the pavement and ride to minimize the impact on your wheels.

Cyclocross wheels are already built stout to start with.
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Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
Ride "light", as one of our clyde's says....learn to read the pavement and ride to minimize the impact on your wheels.

Mr. Stormcrowe,

I love the "light" in parenthesis...lol...all 315 light pounds of me!

I did not receive my Jake yet but when I do, I want to road ride it like the Dickens.

I can not believe how much I enjoy bicycle riding as exercise, it has given my life a new dimension.

I go through the work week wondering where I am going to ride that weekend, even so contemplating when and how far I will ride that night in my neighborhood. I am working on a harmonious balance between cycling, work, fishing, family, school and my beloved reptiles.

I am definitely hooked on cycling, it is like a narcotic isn't it?

I purchased two bikes ($1,000+) and a whole load of gear ($500.00) in under a month.
Where does it stop? When I pick up that 07' Allez Elite for $1,300.00 ...lol.

Thank you so much for your response,

-Danny M.
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Originally Posted by DMSPECIALIZED
Mr. Stormcrowe,

I love the "light" in parenthesis...lol...all 315 light pounds of me!

I did not receive my Jake yet but when I do, I want to road ride it like the Dickens.

I can not believe how much I enjoy bicycle riding as exercise, it has given my life a new dimension.

I go through the work week wondering where I am going to ride that weekend, even so contemplating when and how far I will ride that night in my neighborhood. I am working on a harmonious balance between cycling, work, fishing, family, school and my beloved reptiles.

I am definitely hooked on cycling, it is like a narcotic isn't it?

I purchased two bikes ($1,000+) and a whole load of gear ($500.00) in under a month.
Where does it stop? When I pick up that 07' Allez Elite for $1,300.00 ...lol.

Thank you so much for your response,

-Danny M.
No prob.....by the way, I'm pretty informal, just call me Tom(...or your Lordship)

Actually, Tom's fine

By the way, the urge to buy gear never quits and the drug you are addicted to is health, so have at! If you wait til next year, all you'll be is a year older, to steal a line from Warren Miller!
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Originally Posted by DMSPECIALIZED
I go through the work week wondering where I am going to ride that weekend, even so contemplating when and how far I will ride that night in my neighborhood. I am working on a harmonious balance between cycling, work, fishing, family, school and my beloved reptiles.

I am definitely hooked on cycling, it is like a narcotic isn't it?

I purchased two bikes ($1,000+) and a whole load of gear ($500.00) in under a month.
Where does it stop? When I pick up that 07' Allez Elite for $1,300.00 ...lol.
-Danny M.
First off, as His Lordship (I just had to...) said, the OE wheels should work fine. Just keep an eye on their trueness. If you have trouble with them not staying straight, the spokes aren't being tensioned evenly, which is important for wheel and spoke longevity.

Save your energy, stop working on the harmonious balance, it just isn't gonna' happen.....

Always keep in mind that cycling IS NOT like a narcotic, the narcotics are cheaper.....

And it will never stop, as my father is more than willing to tell EVERYONE..... Geez, he stops by a bike shop with me one time, so I can drool over the $5K machine I'm currently lusting after, and suddenly I'm spending a lot of money on this "hobby"!!! If he only knew.....
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Thank you guys....

Your responses are welcome....... anyone with Kona Jake experience please steer me the right way.

Thank you guys for your replies.

Be safe,

-Danny
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I have a JTS. Kona makes REALLY nice bikes, especially for the money, especially in the Jake series.

Your biggest challenge will be the position if you're not used to it. Definitely builds core strength after an MTB, definitely takes it out on wrists and elbows before that strength is there.

Project 2 fork is very nice and very smooth, albeit a little on the heavy side. These are very versatile bikes.

Some will tell you the aluminum is a little harsh...it's not, at least not on the JTS.
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Danny,
Do what I am doing, commute. Even if you live too far away from work you could drive half the distance or more then bike the rest. Balance, this 375 clyde ain't got no balance...just look at my road rash!
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