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Old 08-13-18, 12:20 PM
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Just picked this up to replace my Cross bike which was too aggressive for daily commutes. Did a little 90km ride last night to dial everything in and well worth the $$$.


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Old 08-15-18, 07:48 AM
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My main commuter. I finished building it in 2014, it survived a minivan hitting me at 40 mph and is my favorite bike to ride.

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Old 08-15-18, 10:22 AM
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That's wild. It's like a recumbent, but normal bike height off the ground. (I'm captain obvious here, I know)

Is it hard to get going or stop? Seems like it would be awkward to keep your balance with a high center of gravity for that first few seconds after you lift your legs up until you get moving.

But...I bet once you're moving you can ride for a lot longer without needing a rest since you're in a reclined sitting position without any weight on the handlebars. I imagine your legs get tired like a normal bike but your hands and butt don't.

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That's wild. It's like a recumbent, but normal bike height off the ground. (I'm captain obvious here, I know)

Is it hard to get going or stop? Seems like it would be awkward to keep your balance with a high center of gravity for that first few seconds after you lift your legs up until you get moving.

But...I bet once you're moving you can ride for a lot longer without needing a rest since you're in a reclined sitting position without any weight on the handlebars. I imagine your legs get tired like a normal bike but your hands and butt don't.
Stopping is easy. Apply brakes and put both feet down. Starting is a little trickier but not hard once learned. My legs are just long enough to touch the ground and hold up the bike when I am at a stop. I am 5'8". Something that I quickly learned and did not know until I started to ride was that with one foot down and reclined, my leg is pushing backwards on the bike and I have to use a brake to stay stationary. That made things a little tricky learning because you want to start out with one foot down. So with the left foot down, push on the pedal with my right foot, let off on the brake and go forward 1 ft then stop. I am ashamed to say that on the first day of trying to ride to work, I was stuck at a traffic light with a slight incline and had to walk through the intersection because I could not get started. I finally got the hang of it when I learned to take my left foot off the ground and just go with it. Now it is second nature.

You are right that there is much less fatigue. I cannot ride my road bike every day because my bottom cannot take it. At best I can ride every other day on my road bike which I did for a number of years. On my recumbent, I ride every single day and when I am done, my legs might be tired but there is no soreness. Bonus, no need for chamois cream.

Here is part of my commute home yesterday so that you can see me starting out at a light and you can see what it looks like riding a high racer.

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Old 08-16-18, 09:43 AM
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I want to try it! It looks cool!

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Stopping is easy. Apply brakes and put both feet down. Starting is a little trickier but not hard once learned. My legs are just long enough to touch the ground and hold up the bike when I am at a stop. I am 5'8". Something that I quickly learned and did not know until I started to ride was that with one foot down and reclined, my leg is pushing backwards on the bike and I have to use a brake to stay stationary. That made things a little tricky learning because you want to start out with one foot down. So with the left foot down, push on the pedal with my right foot, let off on the brake and go forward 1 ft then stop. I am ashamed to say that on the first day of trying to ride to work, I was stuck at a traffic light with a slight incline and had to walk through the intersection because I could not get started. I finally got the hang of it when I learned to take my left foot off the ground and just go with it. Now it is second nature.

You are right that there is much less fatigue. I cannot ride my road bike every day because my bottom cannot take it. At best I can ride every other day on my road bike which I did for a number of years. On my recumbent, I ride every single day and when I am done, my legs might be tired but there is no soreness. Bonus, no need for chamois cream.

Here is part of my commute home yesterday so that you can see me starting out at a light and you can see what it looks like riding a high racer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNabeenbheg
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Old 08-16-18, 10:26 AM
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I started commuting to work last month. I am starting with only doing it on Fridays as the FL heat and humidity can be a bear. Im hoping to increase it to two to maybe three times a week in the Fall. It's about a 9-10 mile ride depending on which way I go.

Recently added a rear rack, panniers, cargo net, and fenders.


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Old 08-19-18, 09:19 PM
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I started commuting to work last month. I am starting with only doing it on Fridays as the FL heat and humidity can be a bear. Im hoping to increase it to two to maybe three times a week in the Fall. It's about a 9-10 mile ride depending on which way I go.

Recently added a rear rack, panniers, cargo net, and fenders.

Great looking rig! Is that one of the USA made frames?
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Old 08-19-18, 09:36 PM
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Great looking rig! Is that one of the USA made frames?
Not sure...How do you tell? Is it a good or bad thing that it's made in the USA?

And thank you for the kind words.
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Old 08-19-18, 09:55 PM
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Not sure...How do you tell? Is it a good or bad thing that it's made in the USA?

And thank you for the kind words.
Many or all of the USA made Cannondale frames were made in my home state of Pennsylvania. I think that PA made Cannondales are the most desirable. This is not to be negative toward the non-USA versions.

This should help you identify your bike.
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Old 08-19-18, 10:47 PM
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Many or all of the USA made Cannondale frames were made in my home state of Pennsylvania. I think that PA made Cannondales are the most desirable. This is not to be negative toward the non-USA versions.

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Non-USA model. It was "Made in China."
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Old 08-20-18, 09:19 PM
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That's a serious machine. I saw you post it on Facebook, too, in Bicycle Commuter. So tell us, how does a commuting cyclist in Oregon not want fenders?
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That's a serious machine. I saw you post it on Facebook, too, in Bicycle Commuter. So tell us, how does a commuting cyclist in Oregon not want fenders?
I hate fenders. I have had a set for every bike I have owned and have tried to like them. I always end up taking them off and regret spending money on them. The first thing I did to this bike is remove the fenders. Here's a pic of it before I owned it.
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My new to me daily driver.
that is a sharp looking bike. I really like the color. I put fenders on my old commuter thinking i would take them off after the winter. I was wrong I left them on mine all the time.
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that is a sharp looking bike. I really like the color. I put fenders on my old commuter thinking i would take them off after the winter. I was wrong I left them on mine all the time.
Thanks I am really liking it. I may put some skinny tires and fenders on when it starts raining and give them another try. I have been commuting for about 5 years now and inevitably always end up taking them off. My biggest issue with them is the rattling. My commute is 36 miles round trip on some gravel covered and rough roads and the fenders end up rattling and I hate it. I'm not a fan of how they look either. I wear water proof shoe covers and don't seem to get any wetter without fenders.
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My ride has been pimped! New Jones loop bar with clear silicone grips, new Shimano Alivio shifters, Jagwire cables and brake hoses, Specialized computer, and Deuter bag. Coming up is a new mirror, bar wrap, and Velo Orange steel fenders; down the line is a new drive train and crank arms. Still dialing in the fit, but she's fun to ride.


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My ride has been pimped! New Jones loop bar with clear silicone grips, new Shimano Alivio shifters, Jagwire cables and brake hoses, Specialized computer, and Deuter bag. Coming up is a new mirror, bar wrap, and Velo Orange steel fenders; down the line is a new drive train and crank arms. Still dialing in the fit, but she's fun to ride.
That's super cool. I love my jones loop on my Krampus. Are those jones-brand grips or something else? A handlebar bag is perfect to occupy that new space. Although someday I want to install a Narwhal (admittedly more for the look than because I 'need' to get aero)
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That's super cool. I love my jones loop on my Krampus. Are those jones-brand grips or something else? A handlebar bag is perfect to occupy that new space. Although someday I want to install a Narwhal (admittedly more for the look than because I 'need' to get aero)
Yes, they are from Jones; they're these. What's a Narwhal? Besides a whale.
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Yes, they are from Jones; they're these. What's a Narwhal? Besides a whale.
Oopx sorry, I didn't realize Jones spelled it Gnarwal. Because who doesn't want their bike to be a unicorn?

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Oopx sorry, I didn't realize Jones spelled it Gnarwal. Because who doesn't want their bike to be a unicorn?
Ah! I have seen this. The trick will be to find a pointed, spiral grip for it.
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Ah! I have seen this. The trick will be to find a pointed, spiral grip for it.
You're right! Jones makes a foam grip for it, but you could always wrap with bar tape! The point would be the tricky part
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