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  1. #1
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    Back to Riding! New Bike!!

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    I just couldn't make the Cross Check work for my back and neck. I finally went in for a bike fitting (we haven't had a professional fitter in Rapid City until now). I initially wanted to make more changes to the CC, but I ended up trading her in on this Rove. So far I'm loving the bike, the fit, and, surprisingly enough from this Shimano girl, the SRAM 1x 11 components. It feels so good to be back in the saddle after such a long time. Rode for hours today with no pain!

    Deb
    2016 Kona Rove ST (M/L 54) WTB Volt
    Camp Stove Green Surly Karate Monkey (M) WTB Volt
    Kona Dew Deluxe (54cm) Brooks B67-S

  2. #2
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    Yay! No pain is always good. Welcome back and enjoy the new bike.

    - Gray Trek Madone 4.7 road bike, mystery crack in top tube repaired by Calfee, Bontrager Affinity RXL saddle
    - Red Trek 6000 mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
    - Silver Trek 2000 road bike
    - Two awesome and worn out Juliana saddles

  3. #3
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    Good for you! A bike that fits is pure gold. And, hey, a steel bike, to boot. Steel is, and always will be, my favorite.

  4. #4
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    That's a gorgeous steed -- I love the color! You have it set up like I have both my roadies now, with the handlebars higher than the saddle. It's the only way I can ride comfortably these days on the road.

    ENJOY!
    Emily

    2011 Jamis Dakar XC "Toto" - Selle Italia Ldy Gel Flow
    2007 Trek Pilot 5.0 WSD "Gloria" - Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow
    2004 Bike Friday Petite Pocket Crusoe - Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow

  5. #5
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    Congrats. It's great you found something that works for you so well. Hope you get miles of smiles while riding.
    2016 Specialized Ruby Comp disc - Ruby Expert ti 155
    2010 Surly Long Haul Trucker - Jett 143

  6. #6
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    I like that set up, and such a cool looking bike. Wishing miles and miles of happiness.

    Electra Townie 7D

  7. #7
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    Like the look of that bike, gorgeous! Is that the Kona Rove?
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

  8. #8
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    Yes. It's the 2016 Rove. It wasn't even on my radar. I was looking at steel touring bikes. It is a little lighter and shorter than the Kona Sutra. It feels quite a bit lighter than my Cross Check. I have had great luck at this LBS with my Dew and when I heard that they had a fitter... long story short... I have a new green bike!
    2016 Kona Rove ST (M/L 54) WTB Volt
    Camp Stove Green Surly Karate Monkey (M) WTB Volt
    Kona Dew Deluxe (54cm) Brooks B67-S

  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackhillsbiker View Post
    Yes. It's the 2016 Rove. It wasn't even on my radar. I was looking at steel touring bikes. It is a little lighter and shorter than the Kona Sutra. It feels quite a bit lighter than my Cross Check. I have had great luck at this LBS with my Dew and when I heard that they had a fitter... long story short... I have a new green bike!
    I was interested in the Rove back beforehand got my CAADX. Found the CAADX on sale, that shop was a Kona dealer, but didn't have the Rove, so I've never even seen one. I was on my phone when i looked at the picture yesterday, so the details were impossible to see. That bike is stunning!
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
    Specialized Romin Saddles

    Surly Krampus!

  10. #10
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    Thanks! I love it a little bit more each day. I've never been comfortable in the drops and yesterday I realized I rode home most of the way in the drops. There was a brutal headwind for part of the ride. I didn't even notice that I didn't get right back up on the hoods as soon as I could. This is a new feeling for me. All 3 bar positions are comfy and the brakes and shift lever are accessible. They put a compact bar on and adjusted the brake reach. The tires are perfect for commuting. And steel.... so smooth...
    2016 Kona Rove ST (M/L 54) WTB Volt
    Camp Stove Green Surly Karate Monkey (M) WTB Volt
    Kona Dew Deluxe (54cm) Brooks B67-S

  11. #11
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    Congratulations on finding the bike that works for you. And such a pretty, sharp-looking one, as well

    Quote Originally Posted by emily_in_nc View Post
    That's a gorgeous steed -- I love the color! You have it set up like I have both my roadies now, with the handlebars higher than the saddle. It's the only way I can ride comfortably these days on the road.

    ENJOY!
    I agree - and my handlebars are higher than the seat, too.

  12. #12
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    This was at the end of our anniversary ride. That vacation was so much fun and so needed. I hated to see it end.
    2016 Kona Rove ST (M/L 54) WTB Volt
    Camp Stove Green Surly Karate Monkey (M) WTB Volt
    Kona Dew Deluxe (54cm) Brooks B67-S

 

 

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