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  1. #1
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    Advice please: Touring on Kona ***** Tonk - gearring....

    I'm planning a tour round Northern Europe this summer (route not precise just yet, but hoping to hit north denmark, southwest sweden and possibly south norway), am currently riding Kona ***** Tonk 2009 (full spec at bottom of post, only difference is now using 700x25c conti gatorskins), but just wondering whether it'll get me round alright or whether i'll struggle with the lack of low gearing once loaded with gear.

    The lowest gearing is 34-25, the furthest i've gone so far with a loaded rack is 15 miles across london, and with about max. climb of 30m twice, was fine then, but am worried that if i go for a longer time and distance and up a steeper hill, that i'll spend a lot of time pushing my bike around!

    What do you think? And if people recommend highly that i go with a different gear ratio, is it easy to change the chainrings? Or is it not worth the trouble? i'm also going to swap in 700x28c schwalbe marathon tyres i think, and perhaps get a more comfy saddle, so is it actually just worth me looking for a different bike to do this trip?

    Any advice would be great! (also any recommendations on riding in that part of europe also very welcome!!!)



    Frame:Kona Cromoly Butted
    Fork:Kona Retro Road
    Front Derailleur:Shimano Tiagra
    Rear Derailleur:Shimano 105
    Shifters:Shimano Dura-Ace Downtube
    Chainset:FSA Gossamer
    Chainrings:34/50 tooth chainrings
    Bottom Bracket:RPM 7420
    Cassette:Shimano Deore (11-25 tooth range, 9 speed)
    Chain:KMC HG53
    Pedals:Wellgo LU-A9
    Front Brake:Tektro R538
    Rear Brake:Tektro R538
    Brake Levers:Tektro R200A
    Handlebars:Kona RD
    Stem:Kona RD
    Grips:Kona Cork Tape
    Rims:Alex Race24
    Front Hub:Formula
    Rear Hub:Shimano Tiagra
    Spokes:Sandvik Stainless 15g fr/14g rr
    Front Tyre:Continental Ultrasport 700x28C
    Rear Tyre:Continental Ultrasport 700x28C
    Saddle:Velo VL-1017
    Seatpost:Velo VL-1017
    Seat Binder:Kona Clamp


  2. #2
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    Jan 2011
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    so, how was your trip? i have a ***** tonk now as well and am wondering how its touring qualities are.

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