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    pan y agua merlinextraligh's Avatar
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    show us your Gravel Grinder

    Thia ia mine, in Dirty Kanza 200.

    Just a cheap Bikes Direct Cross bike, with the addition Psimet built wheels (Chris King Hubs, and Hed Ardennes rims)

    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    insomuch as my gravel grinders are outfitted and used for overnight and touring trips.....

    Trek 520 circa 2007,snoqpassultralite.jpg Surly TravelersCheck circa 2010, bikeultralite..jpg

    Origin8 CX700 circa 2013 bike ultralite.jpg(wouldn't ride this in a gravelgrinder race, but my go-to recreational gravelgrinder - sandsled bike of the moment.) My one bit of advice, from having done this for a while, is - Forget the "which knobby tire is ideal" dilemma. Simply choose fat, street oriented tires. I've been very happy with the performance of even straight street slicks on dirt - the 32c Bontrager Racelite slicks on gravel are very fast, very flat resistant, and suitable for finepack gravel, a little outgunned on washboard.
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    Soma Double Cross Disc
    H Plus Son Formation face hoops with SRAM X7 hubs built by Universal Cycles
    Running Panaracer Urbanmax 700x35 for commuting
    mix of SRAM Force and X9 drivetrain
    BB7 road disc brakes

    I've since added a Selle Anatomica Titanico X saddle.
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    Specialized Roubaix - Canfield Brothers Yelli Screamy - GT Karakoram SS - Soma Double Cross Disc

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    Here is mine. Also doubles as my race bike. 05 Poprad recently powdercoated.

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    Custom built Moulden XC bike.


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    pan y agua merlinextraligh's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bekologist View Post
    My one bit of advice, from having done this for a while, is - Forget the "which knobby tire is ideal" dilemma. Simply choose fat, street oriented tires. I've been very happy with the performance of even straight street slicks on dirt - the 32c Bontrager Racelite slicks on gravel are very fast, very flat resistant, and suitable for finepack gravel, a little outgunned on washboard.


    That was pretty much my conclusion. I went with 40mm Schwalbe Marathon Extremes for Dirty Kanza. They have some tread, but a pretty much continuous center bead so they roll fairly well.

    I had a little bit of an issue with the rear tire slipping on some short very steep, loose patches climbing while standing, but that was manageable.

    And the tires appear to be bulletproof. No issues over 225 miles, while I watched maybe 50 people fixing flats.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
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    Here's mine:
    http://www.pedalroom.com/bike/salsa-vaya-11157

    and for single speed gravel and offroad adventures:
    http://www.pedalroom.com/bike/surly-cross-check-11160

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    Unique Vintage Steel cuda2k's Avatar
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    Current (90's Schwinn Crosscut, powder coat w/ custom decals)


    New (All-City Space Horse, Campagnolo Veloce w/ Shimano Deore in back)




    As far as tires go, using the Clement LAS on the Schwinn right now, the tight diamond pattern gives just a little bite in the loose surface dust. The new rig is going to be running Conti TravelContact tires, wide smooth center with some good teeth on the edges.
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    I had four, but the Soma was recently stolen;

    This will be used for the 2013 L'Eroica in Chianti in October. It's a 1983 Trek 970, the last of the handmade Columbus SP race Treks. I'll use 700x27 challenge Paris Roubaix tires and a 3x7 drivetrain.

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    Have bike, will travel Barrettscv's Avatar
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    This is my 2012 Pedal Force CX2 with 700x32 Vittoria Hyper tires and a 30 speed drivetain;



    This is the 2010 Origin 8 CX700. I'll use 700x50 Schwalbe Supreme, 700x47 Schwalbe Smart Sam, 700x35 Schwalbe Winters and other tires. 27 speed Deore drivetrain with a 48, 36 & 22 chainring set.



    And my 2008ish Soma Double Cross with 700x40 Vittoria Hyper tires and a 30 speed drivetain.

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    I picked up a Specialized Crux last Summer for cross season. After cross season when wet weather picked up I put back on the original tires and used it for a wet weather commuter. Last month I slapped on a set of knobby Kenda tires and out on the gravel I go. My road bike is getting very lonely in the garage.
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    Lousy cell photo but a great bike..


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    Salsa Vaya (in commuter mode):


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    GRAVELBIKE.COM - ride everything

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    Here is mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    This is my 2012 Pedal Force CX2 with 700x32 Vittoria Hyper tires and a 30 speed drivetain;



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    just keep riding BluesDawg's Avatar
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    My first gravel grinder was my Salsa Casseroll

    11-28-12 by BluesDawg, on Flickr

    Next came the Black Mountain Cycles Monster Cross

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    And the latest is my Specialized Crux Elite EVO Rival Disc

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    Currently testing the All-City Space Horse:

    GRAVELBIKE.COM - ride everything

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    I don't take it off-road often, but here is my Bianchi Volpe. I think it's a mid-90's model. I ride this more than my (too-many) other bikes.

    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    Another Origin 8 700CX



    And when camping (which is almost always on a gravel grind kinda ride),I usually ride this,2000 Trekstracycle...
    Vintage mtn bike,CX'er,29"er SS,and a Do It All Surly

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuda2k View Post
    New (All-City Space Horse, Campagnolo Veloce w/ Shimano Deore in back)
    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighMark View Post
    Currently testing the All-City Space Horse:

    That looks like a great frame with all the right features, including long chainstays, plenty of rack mounts and ample room for 700x40 tires. I assume it can take a road or MTB crank. The large gaps between sizes is the only issue I have with the frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    That looks like a great frame with all the right features, including long chainstays, plenty of rack mounts and ample room for 700x40 tires. I assume it can take a road or MTB crank. The large gaps between sizes is the only issue I have with the frame.
    It definitely can take a road crank (complete bikes ship with a 34/50 Tiagra).
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    Gaps in sizing isn't as bad as it seems at first look. With the higher bars, the 55cm fits me perfectly where my custom Kirk is a 58x56cm
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