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    Share your gravel travel, pictures & stories.

    Des Plaines River Trail in Lake County, Illinois

















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    The towpath in the Cuyahoga National Park;















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    I so need to get over and ride that Des Plaines River Trail. Got together with some team mates tonight and did 30 on the Prairie Path (Bartlett High School, up to Elgin, around, and back).

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    A local blogger friend of mine has done several gravel road rides from his home. The most recent one had a larger than expected turnout.


    That's me on the right.

    Here are a few pics from my writeup about the ride.





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    Nice pictures! Wish there were trails like that around here.

    That said, hardly a cyclocross topic.

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    Those aren't trails in my pics; they are roads. Lots of unpaved farm roads around Chris's house.
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    A local blogger friend of mine has done several gravel road rides from his home.
    Here are a few pics



    Great pics, looks like a great area to ride when the sun is being kind.
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    My buddy Rob and I like to do gravel/Class-B routes when we can. It's a lot of fun, and I'm going to try to do the NCC Gravel Metric next year.




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    I am total bike nerd! While the roads make me jealous, the thing that caught my attention was the barely noticeable 35+ year old Cannondale handlebar bag. I had one of those, along with Cannondale panniers, a daypack, and sleeping bag, back when they were mostly a backpacking company and hadn't even thought of making bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    My buddy Rob and I like to do gravel/Class-B routes when we can. It's a lot of fun, and I'm going to try to do the Gravel Metric next year.




    T-S,

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    a ride in the mountains of WA



    a ride in the greater Seattle suburban area



    a rails to trails ride up to Snoqualmie Pass, WA including the longest tunnel open to hikers and bikers in the USA



    some light gravel in Leavenworth WA



    I've even found some gravel within the city limits of San Francisco..... talked about cyclocross bikes with a fellow rider at the top of the highest point in SF....



    of course there's great gravel just across the GG bridge in Marin and the GGNRA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    T-S,

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    Cedar Rapids corridor area. Those first three pics are from a 26-mile loop around Mt Vernon, and the last is from a route just south of Amana. BTW, I now use my Diamondback fixie-conversion rather than that crummy Schwinn for off-road stuff.

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    and the new store run

    I can now hit some dirt and gravel on the way to the store for groceries!
    That is too cool!

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    I like to mix in a little gravel to all my rides. The bike is a Dawes Lighting cross with 35c road tires.
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    This thread needs bumpage. Here's a shot of the group with whom I did a New Year's Day gravel metric:



    I wasn't able to take very many pictures since my fixed-gear turned out be a seriously bad choice for long gravel rides on uber-windy days. Oops.

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    More gravel yesterday. We did a metric, but only 65% of it was gravel since we fell behind schedule and needed to get back to town quickly.

    (Click the pictures for larger versions!)

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    Yep, I'm riding my road bike with 700x30 tires. Badass or dumbass -- you decide.

    We even threw in some B-roads:
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    Here is where the skinny tires and tight clearances got me in a little trouble. The ground was not really muddy, but it was soft enough to clog between my brake calipers, fork, and tires.

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    It wasn't strictly gravel, but on the 3 Volcanoes 300k back in 2010 there was a 10 mile stretch of gravel going 7 miles up and 3 miles back down from Babyshoe Pass.
    My brevet bike at the time was a touring-ish outfitted Cross Check with 32mm Pasela TG tires, so the loose gravel wasn't too much of a challenge for me, but it certainly wasn't like rolling on the asphalt.

    Where the pavement ends, the fun begins:


    SIR riders Kole and Michelle heading up to the pass. Kole was rolling on a 23mm front and 25mm rear!


    Our merry band of misfits at the pass summit sign. Amy and Peg were the first tandem team to finish the 3V300K.


    Here's a good pic of what the gravel looked like for much of the downhill portion.
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    Yikes, I thought 30mm tires were pushing it with loose gravel like that, let alone 25s or 23s! Props.
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    I like to do a 30 mile loop up and through the local MTB park. Bike has 35c Kenda Supreme Kross tires which work great on the trails.



    The ride is about 60% gravel path/dirt trails and 40% pavement.



    The view ain't bad either.



    But like any ride, it has to end...until next week.
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    BUMP....








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    I enjoyed a little winter trekking this week

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    Took out the new bike for a 33 mile shakedown run.
    the trails where a little wet.


    The creeks where flowing.


    The trails where moist.


    The geese where swimming across the trail.


    The new bike was holding up fine. I had to stop and adjust the Avid BB5 road disc brakes a few times for squeaks.


    I had to re-tension the rear spokes when I got home, they loosened up a little. Everything else seem to be in good shape, so far I'm happy with my low buck build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jet-flashman View Post
    Took out the new bike for a 33 mile shakedown run.
    the trails where a little wet.


    The creeks where flowing.


    The trails where moist.


    The geese where swimming across the trail.


    The new bike was holding up fine. I had to stop and adjust the Avid BB5 road disc brakes a few times for squeaks.


    I had to re-tension the rear spokes when I got home, they loosened up a little. Everything else seem to be in good shape, so far I'm happy with my low buck build.
    Very Nice! Tell us more about your build and where you ride!
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    Seeing all that water made me smile, like I wanted to back up and make a run for it. Nice pictures!

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    Hey jet-slashman, are those trails in the same park they have the cx race series up there? Looks sweet...

    I'm in SF but my brother lives in Sebastopol. Might have to bring the bike up there some time to check that area out.

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