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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 02-10-14, 03:01 PM   #151
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crank addict - Let me know if you come across any. I saw some on ebay, but they were fairly small. Would love a 4'x3' size.

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Old 02-10-14, 06:56 PM   #152
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My Gravel Grinders

My first gravel grinder (29er Mountain Bike/Monster Crosser)


geared with 2.1 Nano raptors and road drops


geared with 38c and Salsa Woodchippers


Singlespeed, Monster Cross, 1.95 Kenda Klaws


Singlespeed, Monster Cross, Pro Pulsion Gary I bars, 1.95 Vee Rubber


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2010 Surly Cross Check

I just sold the Qball (last night), and the Cannondale went last month, and I picked up the Cross Check around Christmas, hence the sale of the two other bikes. By far, the Cross Check is the best Gravel Grinder, as well as commuter, and winter workout bike.
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Old 02-17-14, 02:07 AM   #153
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heres mine. 2001 GT ZRX. 105 9 speed with some aksiums and conti cyclocrosss speeds. around here its more like moss grinder then gravel but it dries out from time to time.
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Old 02-17-14, 02:21 AM   #154
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heres mine. 2001 GT ZRX. 105 9 speed with some aksiums and conti cyclocrosss speeds. around here its more like moss grinder then gravel but it dries out from time to time.
This belongs in your "epic" thread.
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Old 02-17-14, 08:02 AM   #155
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^^^ Great bike, I love those triple triangle GT frames.
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Old 02-17-14, 10:45 AM   #156
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thanks! i love GT's also. the wacky triple triangle has been around for awhile. i think gt just made it their trademark back in the 80's and 90's. here is an old school version. 1951 Thanet Silverlight (not mine)

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The old Trek 700 series framesets make great gravel grinders, that's what mine is. You can squeeze up to a 45mm tire on depending on the tread and brand. Schwalbe Smart Sam 40mm work great and give you enough clearance to shed a little mud and debris. They are extremely tough and comfortable framesets and can be had inexpensively. If you find a Trek 730 of about 1990 vintage, you have a treasure with the full cro-mo stays and fork. The 700s of that era had a cro-mo main triangle but hi-ten stays and fork.
They sure do. I use to use my Soma ES for this type of riding, but recently switched to my old 89 Trek 950. Does awesome on this type of surface.
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Nice wheels.... do some commuting/touring with that rig too?
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I have been using this Mongoose Crossway 450 to ride gravel trails. It is an early 90's hybrid in the largest (23") frame size I could find. I still needed the Nitto techmonic stem to get the handlebars up high enough. The early hybrids are great for tire clearance, these WTB's are wide at 42 and it could probably take a 45.



My other bike trail riding bike is a Salsa Casseroll, not a true gravel bike because of the dual pivot brakes but it will still take wide tires.



At this point even though I am happy with the way both of these perform. I don't like the way they look with all the stem and seat post showing, so I may consolidate both of these into a Soma DC or a Surly Straggler.
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Thanks.
No commuting. I've been looking into doing some touring this year. Never have before.

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My everyday backroad bike is a 2001 Bianchi Axis that has been setup in many many configurations over the years. It currently is set up with a road triple crankset and MTB cassette and rear derailer. In a moment of stupidity, I traded off the all steel Fierte. Still regretting it but I really never rode it much. I always grabbed the Axis.
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My other bike trail riding bike is a Salsa Casseroll, not a true gravel bike because of the dual pivot brakes but it will still take wide tires.
Why do you say the Casseroll's caliper brakes make it not a true gravel bike? My 2009 Casseroll with those brakes can easily run 35mm tires and it was the bike that started my infatuation with dirt road/gravel riding. With its low bottom bracket, it makes a better gravel grinder than many cyclocross bikes.


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I suppose you are right on the calipers not kicking it out. I oly had one instance where they loaded up with mud and that was after a lot of rain andi went a little farther off road than usual. I am surprised at the tire clearance they have. Originally I went with 38's.
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Discs or even canti's aren't necessary for gravel/all-road bikes. My Black Mountain Cycles sees plenty of unpaved miles, and it sports standard-reach (47/57mm) sidepulls.
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Discs or even canti's aren't necessary for gravel/all-road bikes. My Black Mountain Cycles sees plenty of unpaved miles, and it sports standard-reach (47/57mm) sidepulls.
You re right about the type of brake used for GG'n.
Like Kobe just mentioned before you, there are times where road calipers have a slight disadvantage.
That being said, any type of bike can be use to GG, same goes for components.
All the little "creature comforts" make things a bit more comfortable/less things to worry about.
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^^^ Great bike, I love those triple triangle GT frames.
Ditto that. Love that look.
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With cross season behind us, I've pressed my Major Jake into gravel grinding duties.



It seemed like a good time to install the Retroshift levers I've been wanting to try.

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With cross season behind us, I've pressed my Major Jake into gravel grinding duties.



It seemed like a good time to install the Retroshift levers I've been wanting to try.

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It seemed like a good time to install the Retroshift levers I've been wanting to try.
What do you think of the Retroshifts? Seems like they would be easier to use than bar ends, unless you use the drops a lot.
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What do you think of the Retroshifts? Seems like they would be easier to use than bar ends, unless you use the drops a lot.
I like 'em a lot. They're much easier to use than bar ends, and as anyone who has used bar ends would expect the front shifting is WAY better than STI's. (I had this bike set up 1x10 with 105 shifters before.)

I've got pretty small hands, so there are a couple of positions where I can't quite reach the shift lever from my normal hand position on the hoods, but it's actually really easy to just pivot my hand around a bit to make the shift ("reach around technology"). I experimented briefly with setting the left shifter up in "joystick mode" (see below), but it turns out that shifting from the big ring to the small ring (the shift that requires the reach around) is just as easy with the shifter installed "correctly" and shifting the other way works better with the correct setup.



Fear of the small hand issue had me hesitant for a while about going the way of the goats, but a couple of juniors on my CX team use Retroshift with no problems so I figured it could at least try it.
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Thought we recognized that bike, your local Andy (Portland!).

We have a picture of one of your junior team mates you mention right here:

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I can only dream of being as awesome as Brian. He's even using a high gear.

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Here is my gravel grinder and primary commuter bike. This picture was taken a month or so ago when we had quite a bit of snow so I was running the 2" Knobbies. I'm looking forward to doing some longer distance gravel rides this summer. It's taken me awhile to figure out how to improve braking performance after putting the drop bars on. Initially the braking was pretty poor with the drop levers and the canti brakes, they worked OK for commuting but not satisfactory for trails or wet weather. I finally took the time to figure out how to improve the braking performance (tossed the z-line deal and put on a straddle and yoke set-up(after this pic was taken)) and now I am really into this budget gravel grinder, I mean, where can't this thing go!? It's fast enough on the pavement when it's sporting semi slicks, tough enough to ride off curbs and tear up the trails/gravel roads alike.


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Nice job with your Soma. I'm eager awaiting to hear or find a ride report/review for this bike. Your (were) waiting for our horrible winter in MN to be over, right? I'll bet you are riding it now. Maybe I'll see you and your bike at Dirt Bag or Almanzo or something else??

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