Dream Builds: Ride Here Now, Ryan’s Light Touring Kona Rove

For today’s Kona Dream Builds post we are doing something a little different. We are going to send you somewhere else to check it out! Well, not before whetting your appetite with few inspiring photos and words. BikePacking.com recently profiled Denver based Ryan Santoski and his Kona Rove in their Riders and Rigs series and it’s an inspirational little story. Ryan runs Totem Cyclery, a service-based shop in Denver, CO. and he practices Zen and the art of bicycle maintenance on a daily basis. His shop motto Ride Here Now “is a concept I try to practice daily, the act of simplifying and cutting away the unessential to get to the heart of the thing, whatever that thing may be. The process and style of such matters; paying attention to our immediate surroundings equally so.”

We’ve posted an excerpt from Bike Packing’s story below and a few photos but you really need to head here to check out the full in-depth post that just may have you wanting to drop everything and start your own niche repair workshop!

BikePacking.com: I love your bike, it seems like a dream commuter and tourer. Why the Kona Rove?
Ryan: Its steel frame with disc brakes and big tire clearance make it a quiver killer. I use it as my daily rider, take it on longer road/adventure rides, can load it up for touring, and rip it on gravel and dirt trails. It’s comfortable enough for all-day riding but also feels nimble and responsive – sometimes I like to go fast and it seems to react to that quite well, too.

BikePacking.com: Talk us through a few of your favorite components and accessories on the build.
Ryan: The SON/Edelux Dynamo system has been my favorite upgrade, and I love the rack-mounted light. Getting the beam out in front eliminates shadow from the front wheel and I can still carry anything on the rack without interference. As far as accessories, the Sturdy Bag Designs frame bag really ties everything together – Joe is a dear friend and this was one of the first frame bags he built when starting Sturdy. Despite being courted by many other makers, I only carry two bikepacking bag brands at the shop: Sturdy and John Campbell aka Alpine Luddites out of Ouray, Colorado. I think they do some of the best work in the industry and both have personal resonance with me.