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Old 05-12-2014, 10:54 AM
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love love love this bike

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:01 PM
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love love love this bike

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So do I.

Top shelf, no doubt.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:58 AM
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the RJ has been in touring mode recently for a few weekend trips

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Old 06-12-2014, 09:13 AM
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This is distracting me from work as I imagine bike packing now... Sweet ride.
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:49 AM
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Beautiful bike and photos, those cranks go so well with the build. Defitnetly on my list of upgrades.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:07 AM
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so nice
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Old 08-05-2014, 05:46 PM
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the RJ took her first airplane ride recently down to TN and GA for a week of riding and camping. Loving this bike more and more the more I ride it.
Some pics below, and pics and rambling here:
http://curvesandcorners.tumblr.com/p...e-this-time-my











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Old 08-05-2014, 05:51 PM
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Lovely pictures! One of my favorite bikes in the gallery.
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:01 PM
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dude! nice pics!

any thoughts to share about the ride quality/handling characteristics created with a front load like that?

I have only ever ridden with rear panniers so I've been curious...
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:12 PM
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Thanks. When I had this frame made I told Rick that I wanted to occasionally use it as a touring bike and it would be loaded with panniers on the front.

It does have provisions for a rear rack but I haven't tried putting the panniers on the back to compare on this bike, but compared to my old bike which I did have the load on the rear and just a small rack and bag on the front, I prefer loading the front. When you stand up and pedal hard, there's no sway with the load at the front and I think this is the biggest advantage. The handling is very stable and predictable. And it is probably just in my head but it feels easier to me pushing the weight on the front rather than pulling the weight on the rear wheel. The Ortliebs pictured are rear panniers by the way and I don't have any clearance issues.

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dude! nice pics!

any thoughts to share about the ride quality/handling characteristics created with a front load like that?

I have only ever ridden with rear panniers so I've been curious...
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:43 PM
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Beautiful. I'd love to do some touring someday. Love that fork. I don't think I've ever seen a segmented one with curved blades. Cool.
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Old 12-13-2014, 02:24 PM
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Oh wow, just about everything about this bike is perfect. I especially love the color, the matching stem and its retro looks.
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:31 AM
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updated my Rick Jones recently with new brakes and tires. Tires are just the fatter cousin to the paris roubaix's, the strada bianca now. Just as great a ride but even better suited to the riding I've been doing as of late since this bike now lives in the Catskills. Brakes switched from the Paul cantilevers to mini V's. Was getting some shuddering from the front and never quite got the stopping power I wanted from the cantilevers. I could stop pretty quickly, but I always felt like it should be a little better.

So I tried the mini v's and am very happy with them. They seem to work better and required no fiddling around at all because of shudder or squeal or anything. Maybe I just got lucky. Coincidentally I put the canti's on my commuter bike which has wider mountain rims and they seem to work way better on that. So both bikes stop great.

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Old 07-30-2015, 02:31 PM
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Nice, love the new brakes, My next bike will certainly have those!

I have to ask, why downtube shifting instead of bar end or brifter? Just a thing you are used to or is there a more practical reason? On longer rides i really dislike reaching down there to shift... in town, not so bad as its mainly flat.
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:02 PM
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thanks. I always thought the mini v's were kinda ugly with the curvy and asymmetric arms, but once I put them onto the bike, I didn't mind them so much. Especially when they stop me better.

As for the downtube shifting,
+ the biggest reason was to keep things easy for packing the bike since its an s&s coupled frame. The dt shifters just makes that a little simpler and i think the brake levers w/o shifting bits maybe a little easier to fit into the nooks. I had visions of having a second townie bar handlebar setup with cables cut to easily swap with the brake cable splitters, but I never actually bothered with that.

+ Also cheaper and easier to replace if and when something gets broken.

+ I also am used to dt shifters so dont mind them. I actually really like them and find it's easy to sweep through a few clicks and I think they have a really satisfying crisp click when shifting.

- I have been considering switching back to brifters though as I've been doing a lot more gravel and rutted roads. I dont mind the dt shifters at all on paved roads but when the roads are rough reaching down to shift can be a bit hairy.
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