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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
    I like all the different kinds of bikes people use for gravel grinding. I also like the way this brings cycling back to where it started. Cyclists pushed for good roads and now that cars have taken those over, cyclists get to enjoy the bad roads again.

    I've used different bikes for fire roads but I'm getting ready to rebuild my 1993 Bridgestone XO-2 as a gravel grinder. It was more or less designed to be a gravel grinder even though no one used that word in 1993. It is a very sure footed bike though with road geometry, cantis, and 26 inch wheels. I have't quite decided on the final build but I'm leaning towards a lighter wheel set (I'm running a sun rhyno lite up front but it's pretty heavy), STIs or maybe the retroshifts, and probably a triple crank:Attachment 382624
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    Quote Originally Posted by chumlypogward View Post
    They are WTB Nano 2.1 - very very tight in there

    In reality I need something smaller, the main problem being that the tyres pick up bits of gravel and roll them into the inside of the steerer tube. The gravel cannot get past the front of the crown as it is much tighter, so it just rolls around inside there until I stop and go backwards...

    Still, it looks pretty mean.
    Have you thought about trying the 700x40 nano tires? Might be a nice little step down for the bike. I keep eyeing them on the shelf for myself...

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    2014 Giant Anyroad all stock at this point. 200 miles on so far mostly as urban commuter and only about 10 miles of gravel as of yet. Very pleased with it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TinkerinWstuff View Post
    2014 Giant Anyroad all stock at this point. 200 miles on so far mostly as urban commuter and only about 10 miles of gravel as of yet. Very pleased with it.
    I am really happy to see more manufacturers building bikes like this. They make a lot more sense than most of what people get tricked into buying simply because they see it winning races.

    Sweet bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriskmurray View Post
    I am really happy to see more manufacturers building bikes like this. They make a lot more sense than most of what people get tricked into buying simply because they see it winning races.

    Sweet bike!
    Thanks. I tried the racier bikes and found they were not comfortable maintaining speed with a 3yr old toddler on a strider bike to the park. This geometry really seemed the best all-rounder and still able to do 18miles/day commuting. Glad I did my diligence shopping.

    love the thread, there are some real beautiful and classic bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TinkerinWstuff View Post
    2014 Giant Anyroad all stock at this point. 200 miles on so far mostly as urban commuter and only about 10 miles of gravel as of yet. Very pleased with it.

    I got about 600 miles on my Anyroad 2. I got the 2 because I wanted the triple. I love mine.

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    My 2007 Specialized Tricross Comp on the Illinois Prairie Path (far west suburbs of Chicago). This was from today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Dockrey View Post
    I got about 600 miles on my Anyroad 2. I got the 2 because I wanted the triple. I love mine.
    I just bought a bike. In my search the Anyroad series kept popping up. If I hadn't gotten a good deal on the leftover I bought, I might have snagged one. It just looks like a great do everything bike.

    As soon as I figure out my next purchase, a rack, or handle bar bag, or some other sort of luggage, I
    will post up a picture of mine in some dirty location.

    I have been slowly sifting through this thread, you folks have some pretty bicycles!

    Thanks for the inspiration,
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    Isn't the Anyroad a hybrid fitted with drops?
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    It's pretty much the same geometry as the giant cypress, their comfort hybrid, with drops and swoopy tubing...

    Then again, that seems to be the sort of fit many "gravel grinding" types are going for these days. Seems comfy at least

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    I just changed my fork for a full carbon disc fork (460g). So moving the bar is much more lighter and sensitive.


    This is a titanium cyclocross disc frame that I bought for an indecent price when I was on holiday in Ta´wan one year ago. I had the opportunity to visit a small factory that was producing only titanium frames, and got back home with two frames like this in my case. The other one is mounted as a randonneur with mudguards and carradice saddle bag.

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    the bike during yesterday's ride, sexy flower modjo in Picardie
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    Here's my "Stealth Fighter". 1x10 40T w/11-36. All Deore XT drivetrain. It is proving to be very a versatile ride.

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    I have two bikes I use on gravel, this one is steel with a long wheel base, and as such is quite comfortable. I bought this as a single speed, but built it up myself as a geared bike meant for touring, gravel, paved. It has hand built wheels, DA down tube shifters (lol - I'm under 40--just--but I love down tube shifters! Flawless), and a mix of Shimano parts.

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    I have two bikes I ride on gravel, both high end steel. (I'm not counting my trail bike, a head-shock Cannondale that is fine on gravel but not very fast or fun).

    I have a '97 Rivendell Road, made more gravel friendly with 650 x 38 tires.
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    And I just finished a drop bar conversion on my '88 Schwinn KOM-10.
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    I'm really falling in love with the KOM; I rode 50 miles (about 60% gravel) on it yesterday!

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    Ridiculous as a gravel grinder. The monster front tire makes current fat bikes look like midgets!

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    I like the styling of the Rivendell.

    I find lately I'm so uninterested in the typical carbon bikes put out by so many companies, and so much more interested in finding an older steel bike to stare at. I have four bikes right now, two are steel and the other two aluminum...I just can't see myself buying a carbon go-really-fast bike anytime soon.

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    Here is my $500 Gravel Grinder. Purchased to run the GAP/C&O Canal Towpath. Have put 3.5K miles on this so far since purchase, most on gravel or dirt.
    2009 Focus Arriba cheapo AL hybrid with Shimano 8-speed drivetrain. Easton Carbon bar, Ritchey barends, and my favorite WTB seat are about the only mods I have made.
    Also have a bell mounted for Rail-Trail and MUP duty, haha.

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    Gravel bike number one, 1984 Specialized Expedition


    Gravel grinder 2, Salsa Mamasita
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    Rode on some of this...

    Country Roads
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    ...to get to this...

    Country Roads
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    ...on this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
    Gravel bike number one, 1984 Specialized Expedition

    I love this. What tires?
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    I love this. What tires?
    They are WTB All Terrain 32/ 700c. They work well here since the back roads stay wet so much of the time. I bought the bike new, we've had some adventures together over the years.
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    My possible starting point, really like the bikes on this thread.

    Just need to find the right tires in 27", any suggestions?

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    I'm a big fan of the Continental Gator Hardshell.
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    Specialized Crux Pro

    My custom build with di2 enve cockpit, and i9 wheel set. Couldn't be happier with this bike!
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