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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 03-21-14, 10:53 PM   #1
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post your 26 gravel grinder conversions

Frankenbikes, gravel mutts, all rounders,,,iwant to see them with 26 wheels

[edit]: I am looking for examples of 26inch mountain bikes that were converted for use for longer gravel grinder type events, not your daily city commuter with slicks that can go over some dirt.

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Old 03-21-14, 11:17 PM   #2
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I'm pretty sure a gravel grinder with 26" wheels is called a mountain bike.

I'm new to all this bicycle stuff, though, so could be wrong.
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I'm pretty sure a gravel grinder with 26" wheels is called a mountain bike.

I'm new to all this bicycle stuff, though, so could be wrong.
Mountain bikes don't feature drop bars and almost every mountain bike sold today has suspension. A 26 gravel grinder conversions is fully rigid frame-set and has been converted to drop bars. As to you being "new to all this bicycle stuff", take this test: http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglopheni...uiz-sarcastic/
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Old 03-22-14, 08:28 AM   #6
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I'm pretty sure a gravel grinder with 26" wheels is called a mountain bike.

I'm new to all this bicycle stuff, though, so could be wrong.
Hence the words COnVERSION gravel mutt and frankenbike
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nothing , we dont do gravel grinding clubby rides around here , up river Van Wa, PDX, etc.
Valley floor is flatter .. a lot more people,too ..

drop bars are in storage mode , trekking bar bikes are the new rave , here (my house).
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Mountain bikes don't feature drop bars and almost every mountain bike sold today has suspension. A 26 gravel grinder conversions is fully rigid frame-set and has been converted to drop bars. As to you being "new to all this bicycle stuff", take this test: Personality Quiz: How Sarcastic Are You? | Anglophenia | BBC America

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So this thread is basically "Post your Commuter, Touring, and any 26er mountain bike"?

Or "Post your any bike with 26" wheels"?
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Those are 29ers wheels & tires with Woodchipper handlebars, not road bike drop-bars.

46mm wide;



42mm wide;

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So this thread is basically "Post your Commuter, Touring, and any 26er mountain bike"?

Or "Post your any bike with 26" wheels"?
NO. I am looking for examples 26" of mountain bikes that were converted for use for longer gravel grinder type events. I don't have a specific gravel grinder bike, and will be using my old MTB hardtail. I want to see how other people have set them up for such events.
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Here is Sasquatch, the 1990 (I think) Giant Rincon I converted in 2005 for gravel road riding. I don't have it anymore, though several of its parts are still in service on various bikes.

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Look at the Jones H-Bar. Most drop-bar conversions of mountain bikes are lame.
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Look at the Jones H-Bar. Most drop-bar conversions of mountain bikes are lame.
Very helpful. Thanks. Already love my midges and I am not going to but a bar on a bike that costs more than the frame is worth.
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Look at the Jones H-Bar. Most drop-bar conversions of mountain bikes are lame.
Why lame?
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Here's my conversion that I made back in 1997. I still use it right now. I love this bike! It's a 1992, Trek 950.
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'88 Schwinn Project KOM-10, for me:



'96 Univega Alpina 504, for my girlfriend:

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This was a circa 1991 Raleigh Talon mountain bike. I swapped out the quill stem and flat bar for a threadless stem adapter, drop bars and Microshift 7-speed shifters.


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There is a really long thread on mtb drop bar conversions in C&V which will overlap with this thread but a vintage mtb makes a great platform for a gravel bike. I picked up a 1993 Trek 950 that I want to turn into a gravel mutt but I haven't decided on the bars yet. I'm thinking of going with VO crazy bars.
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Christ get off your high horse that because your riding your "gravel" bike label by some company that it's superior to someone's "lame" converted mtb. My take is if you can ride a bike on gravel and it works for you then you've got yourself a gravel bike.

If someone can repurpose a bike do something else and live another life that better in my book.
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I don't know anything about 26ers but lots of guys are putting rigid forks and drop bars on mountain bikes and using them for gravel. It's not a big deal

I'm not talking about frankenbikes built from garage sale parts but serious bikes ridden by guys who win races. For example, Jayson from Gravel Cyclist who contributes here sometimes...



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If you do an image search for "drop bar mountain bike" you can get lots of pictures without all the attitude.
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It's not really a "Gravel bike" unless you drop thousands of dollars on a bike specifically made for that genre. No cross bikes or Vintage mountain bikes!

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Christ get off your high horse that because your riding your "gravel" bike label by some company that it's superior to someone's "lame" converted mtb. My take is if you can ride a bike on gravel and it works for you then you've got yourself a gravel bike.

If someone can repurpose a bike do something else and live another life that better in my book.
+ 1. We could do with fewer lame posts talking about how repurposed bikes are a joke and the only real bikes are high dollar bikes.

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