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Old 02-16-12, 10:41 PM
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OK, I just put 37mm Paselas on the Appalachian and plan to put in some serious gravel runs this weekend. Will report back.
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Old 02-16-12, 11:01 PM
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switch to flatbars, cx knobbies (white) and deore pedals, lowered the gear down to 42/17 for the winter, but that's my trusty old raleigh usa / technium right there.
Woah, that thing looks like Mad Max's Gravel Grinder!
It's had a hard life. The fact that it's still going strong shows the Techniums can dish it out. I wasn't aware there was a hybrid/crossover model using Technium construction.
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A single speed sounds ideal for the Valley.

Here's mine, a 94 Schwinn Crosscut. 1st pic is of its conversion when I completed it.


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Gravel-tested, owner-approved. A fun and fast ride.

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I'm sorry, but something that was built when I was in high school is not allowed to be considered C&V. I rebuke it. (nice bike, though!)
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Old 02-17-12, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by kiwigem View Post
I'm sorry, but something that was built when I was in high school is not allowed to be considered C&V. I rebuke it. (nice bike, though!)
The part about anything built in high school part would rule out anything built after 1970 in my case.That would make most of the bikes talked about on this forum modern.
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Old 02-17-12, 09:03 AM
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The part about anything built in high school part would rule out anything built after 1970 in my case.That would make most of the bikes talked about on this forum modern.
I shall try to achieve your state of zen.
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Old 02-17-12, 09:13 AM
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I shall try to achieve your state of zen.
I am zen like today , its true. It is to be nice enough to ride the modern bikes Ive been working on all winter. A day of vacation is always good no matter when you were in high school.
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Old 02-17-12, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by kiwigem View Post
I'm sorry, but something that was built when I was in high school is not allowed to be considered C&V. I rebuke it. (nice bike, though!)
Actually, that is one definition of "C&V." Like muscle cars.
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A steel frame with a threaded steerer, bar ends, and a square taper bottom bracket is c&v material in my book. I don't care who was in high school when. Time and tech have left bikes like this behind. The bike in question I closer to the 1970s than it is the 2000s.

Keep in mind many people my age haven't experianced a road bike that doesn't have integrated brake/shift levers. Bike evoluton went fast in the 90s

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Old 02-17-12, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by RFC View Post
Actually, that is one definition of "C&V." Like muscle cars.
You're making me cry.
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Old 02-17-12, 01:55 PM
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I judge it as C&V along thirdgenbird's perspective. Design elements such as the quill stem, 1" threaded headset and steerer, Cr-Mb db tubing, internal cup BB, and lack of V-brakes, makes it old-school. Plus, Schwinn was still SCHWINN in 94. Granted, its sloping top tube is a sign of the modern era. The mid 90s is my personal cutoff.
I'd be in trouble like oberthecat, HS was 78-82 for me and the cream of the 80s road bikes would be off limits.

And thanks for the compliment. I like her a lot.
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Originally Posted by WNG View Post
kiwigem:

I judge it as C&V along thirdgenbird's perspective. Design elements such as the quill stem, 1" threaded headset and steerer, Cr-Mb db tubing, internal cup BB, and lack of V-brakes, makes it old-school. Plus, Schwinn was still SCHWINN in 94. Granted, its sloping top tube is a sign of the modern era. The mid 90s is my personal cutoff.
I'd be in trouble like oberthecat, HS was 78-82 for me and the cream of the 80s road bikes would be off limits.

And thanks for the compliment. I like her a lot.
I guess it didn't read that I was yucking around. Still, you guys make it hard for a girl to be in denial!
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Ah, no problemo! Mid 90s in high school?...eh, you're still a spring chicken! You're only as old as you feel.
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Old 02-17-12, 05:52 PM
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Specialized RockHopper, about a 93/94 was my go to all arounder for several years but has'nt seen much love as of late

The 83 Miyata 610 is a work in progress to take the RockHoppers place. It's had a few modifications that I'm still getting dialed in.

An 89 Schwinn World that I was inspired to build because of this thread.
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Old 03-03-12, 07:17 PM
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I've been grinding some gravel recently:

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Originally Posted by Puget Pounder View Post
I've been grinding some gravel recently:

The RB-2 looks great as a gravel grinder!
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Yesterday, late afternoon/early evening, I had a chance to do a 42 mile gravel grind (12 to and from trail head and 30 on the gravel) from Pima Road east along the Salt River Project canal through the Pima Reservation agricultural lands to Granite Reef Dam. There are gravel roads on both sides of the canal. The road on the south is the SRP access road and in fairly good consistent shape. The north road is for access to the adjoining fields and in varying condition, including fast packed dirt and small gravel, washboard and washouts, a few small steep hills, and moderately technical deeply rutted rocky road with piles of cobblestones, not to mention a few gates that have to be jumped.

It was a perfect day. I decided to take the more difficult north out and the south road back when my ass hurt. A good decision.

For someone like me who is a road biker first, this is a great way to see the countryside while getting an excellent workout. And my grinder 1.5 inch Avocet Cross tires did just fine. I only had to get off the bike once when I washed in the piles of loose gravel on one of the small hills.





















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Old 09-12-12, 07:43 AM
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I've posted this a few times but I took some pictures of my recent face-lift for my Miyata Triplecross.


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'92 Miyata Triplecross frame & fork
Wheels: Mavic CXP22 x Formula hubs
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Drivetrain: Shimano 105, controlled by 7 speed barcons
Brakes: Deore V-brakes/ Tektro levers
Saddle: San Marco Rolls
Tires: Vittoria Randonneur Hyper 700x35.

I use this for commuting but would love to find some gravel to grind.
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Old 09-12-12, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Puget Pounder View Post
I've been grinding some gravel recently:

That's a gorgeous looking ride!
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Old 09-12-12, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Orrery View Post
I've posted this a few times but I took some pictures of my recent face-lift for my Miyata Triplecross.


IMG_1839 by orrery84, on Flickr

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'92 Miyata Triplecross frame & fork
Wheels: Mavic CXP22 x Formula hubs
Bars/stems: Nitto
Crankset: Stronglight Impact
Pedals: MKS GR-9
Drivetrain: Shimano 105, controlled by 7 speed barcons
Brakes: Deore V-brakes/ Tektro levers
Saddle: San Marco Rolls
Tires: Vittoria Randonneur Hyper 700x35.

I use this for commuting but would love to find some gravel to grind.
Looks great!
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That's a gorgeous looking ride!
Thanks, Scozim! This was merely a test to play around with 650B. I have since built it up with 700C and STI and sold it.



I decided I liked it enough to to build this Rodriguez up: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ead?highlight=

Not quite done yet, but it's getting there.

Would you happen to know of any good gravely rides around the area?
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Originally Posted by Puget Pounder View Post
Thanks, Scozim! This was merely a test to play around with 650B. I have since built it up with 700C and STI and sold it.

I decided I liked it enough to to build this Rodriguez up: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ead?highlight=

Not quite done yet, but it's getting there.

Would you happen to know of any good gravely rides around the area?
Not sure about your area but there is the Iron Horse trail and lots of Forest Service roads in the mountains. I ride gravel roads all the time on the mtb here and take my drop bar conversion Trek Antelope on them frequently. It's running 26" X 1.75" Forte Gotham tires and does well.

Further east in the Spokane area and south of Spokane there are miles and miles of gravel and dirt roads
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Sigh...
Why am I always on my my road bike whenever I come across an irresistibly idyllic dirt trail, but always manage to be on my lumbering, buzzy-tired 29er mtb whenever pretty girls go by on road bikes?

Ah well; neat bikes gents!
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I'm still tweaking mine. I'm trying to decide between the Michelin Mud2 or Michelin Cyclocross Jet for a set of tires. The 35mm Speed Kings are causing problems currently. They're rubbing the brakes and chain stays. I had to totally remove the dropout adjustment screws to get the rear tire to not rub. From time to time, it still does.
The front brake is rubbing the tire on one side too. It seems like the arm on that side is actually shorter and doesn't reach the rim. I've adjusted in every way I can, and can't seem to solve the problem. It's an odd one.
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I'm still tweaking mine. I'm trying to decide between the Michelin Mud2 or Michelin Cyclocross Jet for a set of tires. The 35mm Speed Kings are causing problems currently. They're rubbing the brakes and chain stays. I had to totally remove the dropout adjustment screws to get the rear tire to not rub. From time to time, it still does.
The front brake is rubbing the tire on one side too. It seems like the arm on that side is actually shorter and doesn't reach the rim. I've adjusted in every way I can, and can't seem to solve the problem. It's an odd one.
What's the model of bike?
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What's the model of bike?
1988 Peugeot Nice. I had to swap the calipers. The SLR's didn't have any clearance for larger tires. I had a set of dual-pivot Omegas from a Cannondale handy and threw them on there. I have a dual pivot tektro caliper somewhere, I just can't remember if it's a front or rear. It's really quite strange though. The rear brake is fine, and the drive side arm of the front is long enough. It's like the NDS arm is just shorter.
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