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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 08-13-13, 12:05 PM   #26
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This used to be a bunch of rocks until I crushed them into dust...

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Old 08-13-13, 12:11 PM   #27
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two quick questions:
fork? handlebar?

nice machine!
Which bike?
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Old 08-13-13, 12:19 PM   #28
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oops - the 05 red Poprad
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Old 08-28-13, 02:09 PM   #29
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1988 Peugeot Triathlon, 49d cranks, DC centerpulls, orig 105 derailers, unfortunate Easter egg color. It fits better than I could have ever imagined a bike fitting. I worry that I will break it someday. That will be a sad day.

I wish I could find a pump long enough to use the li'l peg under the top tube.





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Oops, just saw this. The fork is an Easton EC90x and the bars are Salsa Cowbell 3's. Thanks

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That is an amazing bike! Based on appearance though I think I'd need better legs than i have to power it. How much does it weigh?
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That is an amazing bike! Based on appearance though I think I'd need better legs than i have to power it. How much does it weigh?
32 pounds... half of that weight is the wheels and the rack is just under 2 pounds.

It is a far easier bike to propel than one would think... I have one leg that does not work at 100% and the low contact pressure on those 4 inch tyres offsets the weight, the lower gearing, and fact it maintains it's speed fairly easily means that a gimp like me can ride this over a lot of challenging terrain.

It climbs really well with the gearing it has (3 speed) and an 8 speed wheel is in the works for more of that.
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32 pounds... half of that weight is the wheels and the rack is just under 2 pounds.
I was following Bianchi's road bike wheel review earlier this year and did my own comparisons using the various wheels we have. I found that the "heavier" wheels, we're talking a difference of 1.5 lbs, were slower climbing but sure seemed to carry speed on the flats. I can only imagine that those tires would carry a bit of momentum. Would be interesting to try out, however none of my bikes (yet) would accept tires that wide.
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It is a far easier bike to propel than one would think
I've never ridden a bike with tires that big, but my test ride of a Krampus a few weeks ago taught me that appearances can be deceiving.
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I like the clean country air associated with dirt/gravel roads along with forest service roads. I just use my ATB/Trekking/Utility bike....... I like to run 15-25 miles on gravel then get a cup of coffee.......






My Tekking/Utility/ATB in it's typical mode.

Enjoy the outdoors..........
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Old 09-01-13, 12:48 PM   #36
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Nice fat bike. In particular I dig your rack/utility fashion........
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My rychtarski in gravel mode with 32mm tyres.

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Nice bike! Tell us more. Have you changed gearing or tires? How does it ride and handle?
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Bone stock right now. May change out the rear cassette at some point to give more hill climbing gearing but it is not an absolute necessity.
Handles very well on the road and in the trails/fire roads. The brakes absolutely SUCK, doing some research to investigate alternative set ups.
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Pretty much a good do all bike. Dirt roads, trail, cross racing.



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Great bikes guys, keep them coming!
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First ride today! Anyone else's hands kill them from having to hold on so tightly?


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Is it just me or the left shifter much lower than the right one?
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You should try and relax your grip and let the bike just float over the rough stuff as much as you can. Many times i am barely gripping the bars and just letting them float in my hands over really rough stuff. It does take some time to get comfortable with skinny tires on dirt but you will get to a point you can relax a little more.
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You should try and relax your grip and let the bike just float over the rough stuff as much as you can. Many times i am barely gripping the bars and just letting them float in my hands over really rough stuff. It does take some time to get comfortable with skinny tires on dirt but you will get to a point you can relax a little more.
Thanks for the feedback. I did that a little towards the end of the ride but I think I was too far gone at that point Oh well just gotta keep practicing.
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Thanks for the feedback. I did that a little towards the end of the ride but I think I was too far gone at that point Oh well just gotta keep practicing.
We have all been there. I have been riding my CX bike on gravel grinders and single track for years and I still have to remind myself to loosen my grip on rough terrain at time!

Welcome to the gravel grinder club btw, it is lots of fun.
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