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Old 02-08-12, 07:01 PM
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Miyata Alumicross,$25.00 estate sale find which I bought to resell but decided I liked it too much to sell. Picture is as I found it,I have since cleaned it up and changed the seat.
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Old 02-08-12, 07:18 PM
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God, I hate Yuma........
You should try living there. after I got a car I kind of enjoyed it a bit.
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Old 02-08-12, 07:43 PM
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With Pasela 27 x 1 1/4 tires this Gitane handles quite well in the loose stuff.
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Old 02-08-12, 08:36 PM
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You should try living there. after I got a car I kind of enjoyed it a bit.
I was in jail for a week (long story)....kinda colored my view.
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Old 02-08-12, 08:51 PM
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God, I hate Yuma........
Yes, Yuma sucks big time. It is not part of the Sonoran Desert. I can explain the differences if anyone cares.
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Old 02-08-12, 08:54 PM
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A build I did quite a while ago. Its an aussie 83 Ricardo Varsity designed for 27 inch wheels now with 700c it accepts 35c tires.

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Old 02-08-12, 09:55 PM
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Old 02-09-12, 08:58 AM
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Here is my early 90s Schwinn Cross-Something. I bought it as a bare frame for $10 on ebay. No decals, only a headbadge. The color doesn't match anything in the Schwinn catalog.









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Wow some beautiful bikes in this thread - much nicer than what I'd take out on gravel!

I generally used my 1984 Bridgestone 400 on gravel rail trails but picked up the Univega Via Carisma as a more dedicated trail tourer. The other one is me ready to do laps around our circular gravel driveway..
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Originally Posted by RFC View Post
"Gravel ginding" is becoming an increasingly popular for of cycling recreation. It's not rocky singletrack MTB riding. It's gravel roads, rails to trails, etc riding and is done solo, organized rides and races. In Phoenix, we have an extensive canal trail system.
Oh, you mean "riding a bike."

I do that.

Maybe it's just because I've gotten into cycling as recreation and from the bike trails where I live- I don't see a difference in a paved trail and a gravel trail. A quarter of my commute is "gravel" or dirt. Only 8-10 miles of the 50+ miles of the Glacial Drumlin trail are paved. Most trails I like to ride are "gravel/crushed limestone" surface.
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thirdgenbird, what tires are you running on the Bianchi?

I have a MTB, but now I realize I need a gravel grinder, too. N+1 strikes again!
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This is my bike that gets the most miles. I ride more now on gravel trails than on the road.

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Old 02-09-12, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by XLR99 View Post
That's what I've been thinking looking through this thread. Lots of very nice bikes!!
Check out the P-R video that Elev12k posted on this thread (post#10) for some nice bikes on crunchy roads.
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Check out the P-R video that Elev12k posted on this thread (post#10) for some nice bikes on crunchy roads.
The video on post #1 is very cute and should appeal to you guys.
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Old 02-09-12, 04:29 PM
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I was going to ask, what's so special other than sufficiently wide tires and sufficiently low gears? I'd happily ride my UO8 with 28mm tires and a compact double on any of the trails picture here. Ah, I assume you don't ride them but so fast, right?
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It could be whatever you like. But there will be a set up that's most efficient and comfortable to dispense the miles, given the type of trails local to you. Here, it's flat mostly, unless you go up into the mountains. I prefer wide 700C-wheeled bikes over a MTB with narrow 26x 1.xx" tires.
A U08 and wide tires is perfectly suitable. I like hybrids/crossovers as a low-cost and readily available platform for modding to play in dirt (roads).
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
thirdgenbird, what tires are you running on the Bianchi?

I have a MTB, but now I realize I need a gravel grinder, too. N+1 strikes again!
they are 700x30 kenda kwick tires. i dont have a lot of experience with cross tires but i hate these. it feels like you are riding in a bucket of wallpaper paste. i got them for free from a local guy that took them off his new cross bike in favor of something much nicer. he said new tires made a world of difference.
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they are 700x30 kenda kwick tires. i dont have a lot of experience with cross tires but i hate these. it feels like you are riding in a bucket of wallpaper paste. i got them for free from a local guy that took them off his new cross bike in favor of something much nicer. he said new tires made a world of difference.
Casey,

I tried some last summer and they didn't work for me either.

I have friends that swear by them, but then again, they aren't the most discerning bunch.
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Casey,

I tried some last summer and they didn't work for me either.

I have friends that swear by them, but then again, they aren't the most discerning bunch.
it may depend on where you ride. i used them on the local single track and they seemed fine (the 10 mile ride to get there sucked though)

the bike is mainly used for running around town and they are ok for that. i would hate to ride them at speed on a geared bike.
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it may depend on where you ride. i used them on the local single track and they seemed fine (the 10 mile ride to get there sucked though)

the bike is mainly used for running around town and they are ok for that. i would hate to ride them at speed on a geared bike.
We ride on the Mississippi river bottoms from Sibley House in Lilydale to Chaska/Chanhassen.

Sand, muck, fire roads, abandoned unpaved roads, and on and on.

No roads though, except from our house in Highland Park/Mac Groveland to the Mendota bridge.

Then down to the river bottoms.

Big fun.

I usually use Challenge Grifos or Richey Speedmax Pros.

The widest I can fit.
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the richey tires are already on my radar for when i replace these
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the richey tires are already on my radar for when i replace these
I have a brand new set of Speedmaxs sitting here if you need some.

Still in packaging.
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my freebees havent worn out or driven me completely insane yet. i plan to wait sill summer. the kendas will get more than one thorn through them this spring.
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I use this 1994 Manitou FS. There are no mountains here where I now live so I sometimes get this out. I also have a Trek 7.? FX cross bike but I really don't like it much.



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