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Gear Talk / Re: Jones Bar
« on: February 28, 2020, 09:25:12 pm »
I have a Jones H Bar installed on my Kona Sutra. I used this set up to tour cross country last summer. 5200 miles over 112 days. I was very satisfied.

I found there  many hand positions to use.  I used the Jones grips and did not tape the bars.I loved the heads up riding position. There is a lot of space on the bars to mount any needed accessories. The bike shop installed an adjustable stem beneath the regular stem, on the steerer tube so I would be able to use a standard handlebar bag. Shimano Deore trigger shifters and Mountain bike brake levers were used.



Gear Talk / Re: Busch and Muller luxos U IQ2 bike light
« on: September 16, 2019, 01:50:42 pm »
Again not the same model, my IQXS just crossed the country with me, 5200 miles 112 days, not one problem.

Routes / Re: Northern tier #10 Cananda alternative
« on: August 25, 2019, 08:44:40 pm »
I made the ride to Niagra without incident. I started up the bridge to Grand Island and turned around. The wind was blowing pretty strong and I chickened out. Had a good day at  the Falls and spent the night a hostel in Niagra Falls. The next night I wild camped on the canal outside of Albion and then to Palmyra. Your instructions were great to follow and spot on. Thank you. Bob

Routes / Re: Northern tier #10 Cananda alternative
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:46:56 pm »
Wow, thanks for the long detailed instructions. At first they sounded confusing untill I was able to follow them on the map. In reality if you can read a map the instructions are very detailed and accurate. 

I am staying at the Buffalo Hostel on Main Street. I think I will make my way in the morning to the waterfront and join your route there. Have you ever crossed over to and ridden on Unity Island? The folks here at the hostel said to ride that. It looks like all it is is water treatment plant. This way I would avoid  some of Niagra St.

Riding at a tourist pace (10-12mph) how long do you think it will take to get from Buffalo's  waterfront to the rainbow Bridge in Niagra Falls? I still need to plan for my overnight  stop. I'm  not sure I will have the time to make it to Lockport that night.

Routes / Re: Northern tier #10 Cananda alternative
« on: August 18, 2019, 09:42:50 pm »
jcontanz I am interested in more details about my ride near Niagra. I would like to take the scenic route along the river that you suggested. Would you be able to provide more detailed instructions to the route I should follow. Google maps often leads you astray..

Routes / Re: Northern tier #10 Cananda alternative
« on: August 12, 2019, 09:24:08 pm »
Thank you for the replies. I need to look at my maps and decide. If I need any more help I will ask. Thank you jcostanz. I like your suggestions. Let me look more before I contact you for advice.

General Discussion / Tire pressure
« on: July 31, 2019, 12:36:38 pm »
I wonder what tire pressure others run when they are on tour. I am about to replace the tires on my Kona Sutra. I am going to install Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700c × 38. The bike loaded is 70 lbs. I weigh 170 lbs. Do you run high pressure (75-85 psi) for less rolling resistance, or lower pressure (60-65 lbs) for comfort? Does tire pressure affect rolling resistance that much? I know it effects comfort levels.

Routes / Northern tier #10 Maps 126-127 To Avoid Canada Alternate
« on: July 31, 2019, 12:22:48 pm »
I am sitting here today with sometime  on my hands reviewing my up coming route. The Northern Tier route goes into Canada near Niagra Falls. I did not realize  this before. I do not possess a passport. Is there an alternative route that will keep me in the U.S?

Google maps shows 2 alternatives
1- north from Peace Bridge on rt 266 along the Niagra River to rt 31 that then goes to Lockport
2-RT 5 Main St Buffalo northeast  on surface streets to the University of Buffalo then continuing northeast to rt78 to Lockport.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you all. I have shipped my bike by Bikeflights to a hotel in Astoria. They were happy to accept it, and were not surprised when i asked. I fly into Portland on Saturday, hoping to start riding on Monday. Now if the sun would only come out.

This forum has answered so many of my questions without having to ask. Almost everything I needed to find out was answered previously in other post. Thank you.

I am flying to Portland Oregon May 18th to start my first major tour. Trans Am to the Underground Railway, north to the Northern Tier and on to Maine.

I'm looking for suggestion as to where to ship my bike using Bike flights. I have seen the another post recommending Bikes and Beyond in Astoria. Are there any shops in Portland you would recommend. I see there is public transportation from Portland to Astoria that accepts bikes. is that a viable option?

I am a confident bike mechanic and I have the ability to assemble my own bike. Has anyone ever shipped there bike to a hotel in Astoria? If so what hotel do you recommend.

My thought was to rent a car in Portland, drive to Astoria, spend a day or two getting ready (obtaining provisions, building the bike etc.) before starting out. Or doing the same thing in Portland and using public transportation to Astoria.

Any thoughts and recommendations are appreciated.


Gear Talk / Re: Charging
« on: November 12, 2018, 09:09:22 pm »
What power bank do you recommend?

General Discussion / Re: 2019 Kona Sutra front rack recommendations?
« on: September 29, 2018, 08:19:08 pm »
I recently purchased a Sutra. The shop that I bought from installed a Tubas Tara Lowrider rack. It fits very well.  My Ortlieb back packer panniers fit and ride fantastically.

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