Greetings! I found my way over here from the C&V forum, and have been lurking for a week or so reading various topics of interest.
I picked up a Kona Smoke 2-9 last fall, and I have had a blast riding it. It has full fenders and 700*47 tires. I do a significant part of my 30 mile round trip commute on old rail beds and roads in poor condition, and I feel my Kona 9'er may possibly be a great way to try some local touring adventures (2 nights or so). I am looking to work with what I have; I did not think about the possibility of short tours when I purchased this bike.
It's a 4130 cromoly frame with both rack and fender mounts on the rear, but none on the front fork I currently use the largest Wald basket I could buy to haul my gear to work. The advantages of having the load distributed lower is (now) very apparent I need to fabricate some long rack struts for my rear rack to attach to the rack mounting holes, and I suspect that some weight in the rear will definitely help. The chainstay length is 45.5cm and the wheelbase is 109cm.
Is there a 29'er fork out there that can fit my tires and fenders? If not, what is the largest tire/fender combination that will fit under a commercially available fork? I emailed Surly about the LHT fork and have not heard back yet.
Thanks all, see you out on the road,