Tuesday, September 8, 2009
After a week of riding with a load on our road bikes and countless adjustments and breakdowns, we shipped the road bikes back home and upgraded to Kona Sutra touring bikes. The touring bikes weigh 31.5lbs compared to the 17lbs the road bikes weighed. They are steel framed and have larger wheels and tires. The wheels have 36 spokes where our road bikes have 23-26 depending on the day. haha. The Kona touring bike also has disc brakes which are better for stopping a heavy load that we are carrying. One other difference is the shifting. The touring bikes have bar end levers that click into each gear. It's old fashion, but stronger.
James and I picked up the bikes on Saturday and spent the past 2 days upgrading the Konas with some aluminum and steal brackets on the front fork. We then attached a milk crate above the front wheel to transfer some of the weight off the rear wheel. The bike rides like a tank. If anyone is thinking of going cross country on a bike, do not attempt to do so on a true road bike if you have a load over 25lbs plus your weight. We are around 50 - 70lbs and these touring bikes seem to be a great fit.
If you have any questions on the two, we will try to answer the best we are able.
Posted by Steve at 6:12 PM