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Old 04-29-21, 02:44 PM
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Vintage gravel bike conversion

I rode my old 3 speed on a gravel path and now it's a gravel bike. Is there any way to convert it back?

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Old 04-29-21, 02:55 PM
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Have you tried riding it on the road again?
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Old 04-29-21, 03:46 PM
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if you use the kickstand a couple of times, and put something back into the wicker basket up front, it should remember it's a 3-speed.
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No. Sorry Matt. It's permanent. The only option now is to buy another bike for non-gravel use.
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You tried that without disc brakes? R U insane?
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Once you go gravel, all else unravels.
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Old 04-29-21, 07:24 PM
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Schrodinger's 3 Speed

As there are no pics.
It didn't happen.
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Old 04-29-21, 07:25 PM
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Just be sure to press the gravel/not gravel button.
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The surface selection is automatic. Ride it on gravel and it's a gravel bike. Ride it on pavement and it's a road-ish bike. Ride it in the mountains and it's...still a 3-speed.
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Old 04-29-21, 10:34 PM
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it's a 1x. it's destiny was always a gravel bike!
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I've jumped a few curbs with my 1951 Raleigh Sports.

It's a BMX bike.

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my 3spd got stolen years ago. it's just a byecycle, though

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Originally Posted by niliraga View Post
if you use the kickstand a couple of times, and put something back into the wicker basket up front, it should remember it's a 3-speed.
Then it becomes a city bike...
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Old 04-30-21, 02:52 AM
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Originally Posted by mharter View Post
I rode my old 3 speed on a gravel path and now it's a gravel bike. Is there any way to convert it back?

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Matt
The best post of the week winner! I have been mocking the young guys over here in Sweden in the same manner but using an old French touring bike...
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Once the bike gobbles gravel it will grumble, no matter how much you grovel, it will still want to remain a gravel gobbler. There is a trick to pave the way to helping it return to the pavement - patience!-)
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Old 04-30-21, 05:15 AM
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The best post of the week winner! I have been mocking the young guys over here in Sweden in the same manner but using an old French touring bike...
such fun, right? Always a kick to end up at the top of the trails with lugged steel & chrome & general-purpose tires -- the "I just spent a fortune for the gear to ride up here" crowd usually stares in wonderment.
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Old 04-30-21, 06:50 AM
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My 1980 Raleigh Sports has a kickstand.

It kicks me every time I try to stand up.

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So does this sort of work like alchemy? You ride your bike on gravel and the frame automatically morphs from steel into pure carbon fiber then sprouts some hydraulic disc brakes and is now worth $3,000. OH! and don't forget, it will lose a few spokes as well.
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Old 04-30-21, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
My 1980 Raleigh Sports has a kickstand.

It kicks me every time I try to stand up.

-Kurt
well, good thing there's no motor. otherwise, you'd have a kickstart, too! <<har, har>>
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It'll just require a ride in a tweed jacket with elbow patches and wool trousers.
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