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a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by ton » Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:30 pm

owned a jones plus, sold it after about 8 months. i tried to like it, lusted after a jones since their 1st inception. really wanted to like it, but it just wasnt for me i guess.
it felt nice offroad, but no more so than any hardtail 29er. it carried luggage well, but no better than my disc trucker, it was sublimly comfy. but it creaked, it felt too small, it felt very long too.
a odd bike, loved by some, but not by me.

so, after getting reasonably fit, and feeling pretty good, i thought i would dip a toe into the plus bike market again. it suits me i reckon. a big lump on a big bike.
i choose a surly ecr. i got the train to manchester yesterday morning, to collect my new bike from Keep Pedalling.
when Rich brought it up, i was well chuffed with how it looked. business like and not too fancy. but god, it looked huge. once my pedals were fitted, water bottle on, i said my goodbyes and set off on the ride back to leeds.

i followed the Rochdale canal out of Manchester, stopping at Todmorden for lunch, and then continued on the canal all the way back to Wakefield, and then tracks and paths back home.
66 miles with maybe 5 miles on tarmac. pretty great to be honest. the whole of the route was nice, even in manchester and rochdale. well worth the effort

and the bike was faultless. 66 miles on a new bike, that i had never ridden.i expected soreness, and to be stopping to adjust things all the time. it was just fine. very comfy ride. ace wide bars, perfect shape for my shoulder width. and rather than being perched on top of the bike, like i was on the jones, i feel like i am sat inside and behind the high cockpit.

so far so good.

Jones 0 surly 1............. so far.



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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by Lazarus » Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:52 pm

sold by Feb of next year
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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by PaulE » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:00 pm

It looks remarkably pleasant and in proportion, and that's a pretty decent first ride!
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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by GregMay » Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:42 pm

Lazarus wrote:sold by Feb of next year
:wink:
And what if he does? Who gives a f***. He's trying to find a bike that works for him. It's his time and money not yours.

It's this attitude that has made me walk away from STW and several other "communities" over the past year.

i'm going to panda myself.

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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by middleagedmadness » Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:48 pm

What bars are on that ton , are they the molokos ,if so let us know how comfy they are

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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by Lazarus » Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:51 pm

I hope he takes the joke for what it was - I do know him in the real world so pretty sure he will

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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by ton » Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:02 pm

it is a comment i have had thrown at me many times before, so to be honest it dont bother me. i see it a jelousy.
thing is, i love bikes, i love cycling, it is what i do. i dont love money, it is only any use when being spent.

so my quest for my perfect bike will continue......or maybe it may end with this present bike.


as for the bars, they are the moloko bars.
i dont know if they are wider or a differant shape to jones bars, but they feel a lot comfier. jones bars dont work for me anymore, with my fused wrists.

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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by ScotRoutes » Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:03 pm

Lazarus wrote:I hope he takes the joke for what it was - I do know him in the real world so pretty sure he will
Tony has a decent sense of humour - particularly about his bike turnover. I'm just pissed off you beat me to it!

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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by htrider » Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:39 pm

I suspect if a size L ECR had been available when I was looking to buy the Jones I would have been tempted to go with one given the price difference. People I've spoken to say its like a kramp but better :-bd (I have one of those as well :mrgreen: )

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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by ton » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:46 pm

htrider, the size or lack of it was my main reason for selling the jones.
this is the only picture i can find of myself riding it, shortly after ankle surgery.

i think we can agree that even the 25 model which this is, was too small for me.

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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by Cheeky Monkey » Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:02 am

I thought you'd given up on the biking (a post somewhere a little while ago). Glad not as it would a) dry up a plentiful supply of kwality gear (I've got a bit of it :cool: ), b) be a shame, c) lead to reduced posting, another shame.

As for the drama-postings (by others) - do please give over :cool:

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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by Gari » Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:23 am

^ :roll: :grin: :-bd

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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by Mbnut » Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:39 pm

As an advocate for cycling in all of its many guises I often get asked what bike, what spec, what this, what that...

It's pretty simple really but not always easy to nail.... if it fits and you like the colour, you stand a good chance of loving it.

Currently about 2 years into deciding what trail HT to go for... #can'tmakeupmybloodymind

Ride and be happy people.

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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by ScotRoutes » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:56 am

Is it for sale yet?

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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by Solo » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:28 am

As an owner of 2 Surly's already I can get why they feel so right from the off. My Pugs is still the most natural bike I've ever sat on from the off.

I love the ECR look but also keep admiring the Bridge Club too which has that all rounder appeal of an early MTB in my mind.

Enjoy the new bike Sir!

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Re: a tale of 2 plus bikes.

Post by ton » Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:27 am

cheers solo. hope your well mate.


re the surly. when I picked the bike up on Saturday from keep pedalling, I stood in their shop surrounded by some lovely bikes.
I stood and counted that of the 12 or so models there, I had owned 9 at one stage or another. :-bd

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