The more I ride it around, the more I like it.
This bike is making me rethink what a commuter bike should be. Before I built this up, I was riding my Crosby with disc brakes, hope hubs, fenders and all the other wiz-bangs. It was good, but I really didn't need all that stuff. It took me 12 minutes to ride to class on the Crosby and it takes 15 on the Gnar Check v2.
Once I got to class on the Crosby, I had to spend the day clacking around in very un-fashionable spd shoes. Now I can wear my blue leopard print pumas whenever it strikes my fancy.
I don't have to worry about adjusting crap and making sure my discs don't rub. The bike is even less maintenance than a brakeless fixed gear.
On a fixed gear, I always have to check the chain tension, but on the Gnar Check I could care less. If the chain wants to fall off, I'll let it. The coaster brake doesn't really work anyway.