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My Real AWOL Test Ride: 87 Beautful Miles

Old 06-18-16, 09:01 AM
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My Real AWOL Test Ride: 87 Beautful Miles

Biggest ride yet on the newish AWOL. Dolores CO loop to Glade Lake up in the Natl Forest.

87 miles
6500' to 8500' elev
5300' climbing

A few miles of pavement got me to here. This was very difficult 6 miles of lumpy powdery 2 track more suited to a fatbike, followed by a nearly unridable 800ft drop loose dirt descent.


Along the Dolores River Valley, finally on good gravel.


Then up up up into the forest.


Glade Lake for lunch and and a nap.


Then higher still through meadows.


And finally on the way back to Dolores.


Oh yeah... the bike performed great. I'd consider the 47mm tires a minimum for this kind of ride.

87 miles total. (Though I had planned for 101. I think that first barely ridable section wore me out!)

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Nice pics from your ride. What frame bag are you using? How do you like the bars you installed compared to the stock bars? I haven't put very many miles on my AWOL yet. Probably less than 100 miles. It's competing with my Gazelle, Miyata and Trek road bikes along with my mountain bike for attention
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Nice pics from your ride. What frame bag are you using? How do you like the bars you installed compared to the stock bars? I haven't put very many miles on my AWOL yet. Probably less than 100 miles. It's competing with my Gazelle, Miyata and Trek road bikes along with my mountain bike for attention
The AWOL is a custom build, so Ive never tried it with stock bars other than some short test rides on a floor model. I really like the Oxford bar, and the position is quite different from drops. But its a personal thing.

Frame bag is Revelate Tangle. Works great. Capacity is pretty minimal at this size.
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I also brought a brand new hydration pack with 2.5L of water.
plus (3) x 26oz bottles
plus (1) x 22oz bottle

After 11 hours (I stopped a lot for food, nap, pictures... and I'm slow) I had appx one 26oz bottle left. It was hot.
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Neat ride, hell of a long one!
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Neat ride, hell of a long one!
At around mile 70 I was wondering how the f people do the DK 200.
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As a less than a mere mortal, I cannot comprehend a 300km dirt race, but hey, good on them tough as nails guys and gals.
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