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    staring at the mountains superdex's Avatar
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    hey you-- are you a gravel grinder? I has questions!

    I'm curious about this whole, "road bike on dirt" thing, and as the year starts to turn towards cooler temps and fall colors it's natural to start exploring less "training" rides and more "just ride" rides. Wandering around the Colorado back-country without having to pick out pavement-only routes would be nice.

    To that end, I tried 28mm tires on last night, and they don't fit (bah). Commence search for new bike! --In the meantime, what are you guys running for tires on dirt --I'm in the Denver area, so I'm talking about the nice dirt roads we have around here. For example, the Wife and I drove up Boreas Pass last weekend, and a road bike would be fine.

    Have you found disc brakes a worthy investment (frame, wheels, brakes)?

    Are 25s wide enough --for a 200-pounder? (to note, I have been on Griggs Rd a few times with what I have, but not the most confidently)

    Do you worry about random bike explosion? (without a cx or gravel bike) --I'm a little hesitant with my road fork, mostly (carbon w alum steerer)


    And hi! it's been a while, but I'm still here lurking every once in a while...

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    Hey Dex, great to hear from you again!!

    I run 32 tires on my gravel bike and they work great, especially when you hit those soft spots of deep dust or sand. The big advantage is in ride, they are a bit smoother and absorb some vibrations. I run them at 65 -70 lbs. pressure.

    Disc brakes give great stop power and with dust and grit, they don't wear the rims like rim brakes.

    A touring frame or cx frome will be better since they have a longer wheelbase, so more stable and comfortable. I went with a touring frame, it's very solid and perfect for down hill rides. I also have a triple crank on it for the climbs on some of your roads and rough spots.

    When you get started take your bikes to Colorado Springs and ride Gold Camp road. Loads of great gravel roads all over Colorado, get out and see the Aspen trees turn gold.
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    Gravel roads sound like fun. I should get some different tires for my Miyata and go exploring.
    My Bikes: 2009 Breezer Uptown EX | 1980 Miyata Six Ten | 1970 Hercules Three-Two-Speed
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    staring at the mountains superdex's Avatar
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    Thanks Shifty - I think I was drifting towards that conclusion, just wanted that little push. Whee!

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