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I am so hooked and my new AWOL

Old 09-26-16, 03:26 PM
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I am so hooked and my new AWOL

Historically the only time I've ever ridden off pavement was accidental. Two weeks ago I bought a 2016 Specialized AWOL (for credit card touring and just a road bike) and last week I spent time riding on gravel trails at the Pedernales Falls State Park and the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge (Texas Hill country). Holy cow I am hooked and now I get it. I can't wait to spend much more time riding on gravel (and less than gravel).

The gearing is neither mountain bike nor true touring but major fun was accomplished.

I'm running a stock bike and other than possibly switching the slick tires (Fat Boys 700 x 45) for something with a little tread I am absolutely delighted with my purchase and this is the first road bike I have owned that is comfortable and doesn't hurt my back or neck, keep in mind I have only owned 4 road bikes but still.

Anyhow, what a hoot this is!!
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Looks like the stock AWOL based on the Sora STIs?
If so, thars a neat group they cobbled together. Road triple crank and an Alivio RD with an 11-36 cassette. A lot of range with that setup, at least compared to many stock touring bikes.
Should make for a lot of great adventure rides!
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Originally Posted by Mr_Christopher
Historically the only time I've ever ridden off pavement was accidental. Two weeks ago I bought a 2016 Specialized AWOL (for credit card touring and just a road bike) and last week I spent time riding on gravel trails at the Pedernales Falls State Park and the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge (Texas Hill country). Holy cow I am hooked and now I get it. I can't wait to spend much more time riding on gravel (and less than gravel).

The gearing is neither mountain bike nor true touring but major fun was accomplished.

I'm running a stock bike and other than possibly switching the slick tires (Fat Boys 700 x 45) for something with a little tread I am absolutely delighted with my purchase and this is the first road bike I have owned that is comfortable and doesn't hurt my back or neck, keep in mind I have only owned 4 road bikes but still.

Anyhow, what a hoot this is!!

Great pics.


What front rack is that?


Are you going to also put on a rear rack?
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Excellent!

I bought one this year. Built up custom.

Thread here: https://www.bikeforums.net/recreation...-new-awol.html
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders
Great pics.


What front rack is that?


Are you going to also put on a rear rack?
Thanks and the front rack is a Specialized "Pizza Box" which came with the bike, I had a 20 year old Topeak rack in the garage that I slapped on, its hard to see it in the photos.

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Originally Posted by dgodave
Excellent!

I bought one this year. Built up custom.

Thread here: https://www.bikeforums.net/recreation...-new-awol.html
I saw that thread, what tires are you running? Never mind those details are in your thread :-)

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Glad you are enjoying your rig!
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Congrats on the new bike! Looks like a fun ride.
I'll be taking my bike on its first gravel grinding adventure next week, though my local landscape is not nearly as beautiful as yours (I live in a desertic area).
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Congrats, how were the trails at those parks?

I'm looking for some good trails that aren't technical MTB-based to take my gravel bike.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2
Congrats, how were the trails at those parks?

I'm looking for some good trails that aren't technical MTB-based to take my gravel bike.
Pedernales Falls State Park trails were fantastic, the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge had a lot of trails that were far better suited for a mountain bike but I managed. Plus the PFSP has many more miles of trails. Next time I'm in that area I'll spend much more time at Pedernales.
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Good for you bud! I just picked up a '16 Awol Comp a few weeks ago and love the simplicity but maintained gear range of the 1x11. It is a heavy bike to be sure but it was built for heavy riding. It is a surprisingly spry bike. Here is mine!

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Wow man, and I thought cleburne state park was pretty. I have to check that place out.
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Originally Posted by cellery
...It is a heavy bike to be sure but it was built for heavy riding....
It's a pretty typical weight for that type of frame, no heavier than a Disc Trucker, Vaya or Soma Saga. I rode one several times whilst working at an LBS and I thought it was a nice riding bike with great optics, esp compared to my Saga Disc colored in baby poop brown.
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Originally Posted by Mr IGH
It's a pretty typical weight for that type of frame, no heavier than a Disc Trucker, Vaya or Soma Saga. I rode one several times whilst working at an LBS and I thought it was a nice riding bike with great optics, esp compared to my Saga Disc colored in baby poop brown.
Yeah I mean it's not even that heavy compared to some touring bikes, but as a former weight weenie - old habits die hard. I actually like the weight (I'm guessing around 25 lbs unloaded) - the heft combined with low bb and long wheelbase just feels so right and stable over loose gravel roads and worse stuff.
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Here is a question for my fellow AWOL owners, have you found a light bracket for the slot in the front of the Pizza Rack? I'm using a handlebar bag that blocks much of my handlebar mounted light and I want to move that light to the Pizza Rack. I've been searching for light brackets but so far I'm not finding what I'm looking for.

If you look closely at the center of the rack you can see the receptical


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