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A roadbike for "gravel"

Old 12-26-16, 05:55 AM
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A roadbike for "gravel"

Hey everyone! I'de really like to participate in a race in my home state next year, called the Overland. Its billed as a gravel race, but the terrain isnt quite as rough as what I normally associate with "gravel biking" (although I'm about as inexperienced in this department as it gets). If you look at their website, the second image down shows basically the worst that it gets.
My question is, can I pull off 28 tires on that? I'm a pretty good bike handler, but it seems like quite a long shot. If not I always have another bike that can take bigger tires, but I'd really like to use my steel frame LeMond. thanks!
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Gravel racing can cover a pretty wide spectrum of conditions, so some local knowledge would be best. If possible, try to ride some parts of the route, to gauge how the bike handles. If your bike is already compliant over pot-holed streets, railroad crossings, etc., then put on some wider tires and go for it. Remember, don't just squeeze in the widest tire that clears the frame. You need some room for mud and debris, or you could lock up a wheel if something gets wedged in there.
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Originally Posted by Pompiere
Remember, don't just squeeze in the widest tire that clears the frame. You need some room for mud and debris, or you could lock up a wheel if something gets wedged in there.
Yeah, the biggest that will fit on it are actually 30's so I was gonna go with 28's, does that seem like enough clearance for basic dirt and such? I dont expect heavy mud, but its always a possibility.
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The problem with mud and a road bike is the lack of clearance at the brakes.
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That 2nd picture is gnarly for a roadbike.

There is a reason why the first picture contains 2 fatbikes and 1 2.5" tire mountainbike.
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The cobble in the second picture looks rough, I would think the tire pressure you would need to run 28's at would let to flats.
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Ok, you guys are probably right. There's some road sections as well, so I definately won't run a mountain bike, but I have another old steel frame that'll fit much thicker stuff. Thanks everyone!
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Early Tour De France was Raced over gravel roads ..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Early Tour De France was Raced over gravel roads ..
Not sure what this has to do with the thread topic. Are you comparing gravel roads to what is in that 2nd picture? If so, thats nuts.
If you arent, then im not sure what the point is.
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr
That 2nd picture is gnarly for a roadbike.

There is a reason why the first picture contains 2 fatbikes and 1 2.5" tire mountainbike.
+1

I wouldn't use a road bike unless the road was flat, firm and smooth. That's clearly a steep, soft and technical trail.
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I think trying your other frame and going with a wider tire is probably your best bet!
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