Following my own well publicised theft of my bike the other day in Barcelona, today I ordered my replacement bike from a Kona dealer here in France. Ironically, there is also Kona dealer in Barcelona! Had I realised that sooner I could have bought the new bike from there and carried on around Spain and Portugal as planned rather than come back to almost central France and be forced to alter my autumn/winter plans as there is now no time to circumnavigate Spain and Portugal before winter sets in. Still, it's nice to come back to see friends here (previous wwoof hosts) and relax a while whilst awaiting delivery. It is also enabling me to finally get around to updating the blog with all of my exploits over this past summer.
I toyed with the idea of going back to England to build up a new bike, to the exact same specifications as I had with the stolen bike - I even found a guy selling the exact same Specialized Tricross I had - but figured that the saving was too minimal and the hassle too large to do that, so I've stayed in France and ordered an "off-the-shelf" cycle tourer.
Having researched cycle touring bikes many times prior to building up my own, I knew pretty much what I wanted as a replacement and as it turned out, they had just released a new model for 2013.
So, here is the new bike - a Kona Sutra 2013...
Click on the image to view the detailed specifications on the Kona website