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Cino 2023 July 22-23

Old 03-31-23, 04:55 PM
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For a 100% dirt/gravel ride I like the Gravel Kings also. My experience jibes with rccardr in that they mount up a little skinner than advertised on a vintage rim. My 28s always come out as 26. Since most of my rides on gravel involve some pavement too, I tend to go with Vittoria Open Pave, 25 and 27 mm and Challenge, I think its the more expensive 300 tpi Strada Bianca which comes in a 30 mm. The Gravel Kings handle just fine on pavement but I like the others better for zipping down fast descents. Vittoria also makes a gravel specific tire, the Tirreno which comes in a variable knobby pattern, including the Zero which is nearly smooth. I like those too, have the Zero and the Dry.

Edit, also Nick, keep an eye on the brake bridge as IME with vintage bikes will limit tire clearance sometimes more than the chainstays.
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Originally Posted by VRJAKE View Post
Can't add any new tire suggestions, other than to advise widest tires you have, and not too low of tire pressure to avoid the pinch flats as you'll undoubtedly experience some unavoidable hard hits. Two spare tubes and a patch kit advised. In 2021, ran into a fellow riding a fixed gear, pal was helping him fix his 6th flat! Think he won an award for that, an award I can do without!
I think I donated 3 tubes to that cause that was day one. no flats day 2
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I know it is 3 months til Cino, but I am coming upon a decision point.
edit: Cancel this request. 4/28/23
Is anyone from the Puget Sound attending Cino who could ferry a bike to & fro'? I'm a few miles south of Issaquah.

The bike will be for a friend from Houston (with a Bozeman timeshare), who is trying to make the adventure easy by putting the bike duty on me. I'm going by train and was told only one oversized box per customer - and on 'Empire Builder' route, no storage car allowing fully assembled bikes.

I told him that in the Spirit of the Event (even tho' i only believe in alcoholic spirits) he needed a vintage gravelish ride for the Montana timeshare. Even space there for a zero bike! Is there no Spirit in Houston's older men?

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