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Enough already with the Gravel Grinding !

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Not seen any 'Gravel" special bikes used on this years Paris-Roubaix,

Those ancient basalt cobbles are a lot rougher than a gravel road..





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That's good to know.....
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Not seen any 'Gravel" special bikes used on this years Paris-Roubaix,

Those ancient basalt cobbles are a lot rougher than a gravel road..





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Is dental care part of the healthcare systems over there? My teeth hurt watching PR today.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Not seen any 'Gravel" special bikes used on this years Paris-Roubaix,

Those ancient basalt cobbles are a lot rougher than a gravel road..





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I read an article on tire sizes being run on that race, and there are two reason for that....

1- because the cobblestones actually make up a relatively small part of the race. The advantage of the thinner tires on the rest of the course apparently outweighs the time advantage of the wider tires on the cobblestones.

2- they don't care how comfortable they are, only their fastest time over the entire course.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Not seen any 'Gravel" special bikes used on this years Paris-Roubaix, Those ancient basalt cobbles are a lot rougher than a gravel road.
There's no gravel bikes in Paris-Roubaix, because there's no gravel. Clearly they're riding Cobble Grinder bikes, which is half way between a gravel bike and road bike (coming to an LBS near you in 2019!)
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Paris-Roubaix cobblestones are tame compared to the gravel in North Georgia.
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The title of this thread makes me smile. I picture my wife saying it as I thrill her with yet another rehashing of my adventures

I'm having a blast on my latest bike. So much fun for $50. Wed I went for 1:45hr's of hard effort riding and today I put in another 3hr's.

This thread needs more cowbell - and pictures!

The reward:









...and the other reward
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Originally Posted by General Geoff View Post
"Hybrid" bikes are only called that because the segment was created at a time when gasoline-electric hybrid cars were becoming very popular with consumers, so the bike industry borrowed the name to help with marketing.
No, the term was coined in the late '80'', early 90's. Bianchi had a full suite of them. Sold dozens...
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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
There's no gravel bikes in Paris-Roubaix, because there's no gravel. Clearly they're riding Cobble Grinder bikes, which is half way between a gravel bike and road bike (coming to an LBS near you in 2019!)
Well of course!
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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
There's no gravel bikes in Paris-Roubaix, because there's no gravel. Clearly they're riding Cobble Grinder bikes, which is half way between a gravel bike and road bike (coming to an LBS near you in 2019!)
I vote for “cobble gobbler” 😆
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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
There's no gravel bikes in Paris-Roubaix, because there's no gravel. Clearly they're riding Cobble Grinder bikes, which is half way between a gravel bike and road bike (coming to an LBS near you in 2019!)
Remember the K8-S that everyone was hot to proclaim as the future of bikes being premiered at Paris-Roubaix.....that summarily made history not winning anything?

Team Sky unveil Pinarello Dogma K8-S for the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix | Cyclingnews.com

What you prognosticate in sarcasm has been happening already...you're many years late.
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Originally Posted by Happy Feet View Post
The title of this thread makes me smile. I picture my wife saying it as I thrill her with yet another rehashing of my adventures

I'm having a blast on my latest bike. So much fun for $50. Wed I went for 1:45hr's of hard effort riding and today I put in another 3hr's.

This thread needs more cowbell - and pictures!

The reward:


Wonderful, wonderful pic.

What are those handlebars? How is the handlebar-do the horns approximate a position on the hoods with drop bars?
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Originally Posted by Sullalto View Post
Wonderful, wonderful pic.

What are those handlebars? How is the handlebar-do the horns approximate a position on the hoods with drop bars?
They are flipped cruiser type bars with bar ends.They pretty closely approximate the hand positions for shallow flared drops (more or less).

The bar ends are more aero than hoods. I would say the hood position is like the bend where the brake levers are. That is a very comfortable wide rest with easy access to the brake.

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"Gravel" is a marketing term in the best sense, because it focuses the mind and opens new possibilities. There are no road surfaces called "hybrid" where I live, but I am surrounded by gravel. I immediately get why I would want a gravel bike, and the riding possibilities such a bike opens to me fire the imagination. The term likewise focuses the mind of brand managers and gives them a target to optimize toward. I readily understand that a gravel bike can span the range from rough pavement through to easy singletrack. I hybrid bike is a mishmash designed with no clear goal, whereas a gravel bike has a clear purpose that spans a range of real-world surfaces surrounding where I live.
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A bike just like this was my first "gravel" bike, we road hundreds of miles on the country roads as kids on bikes like this...........


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I've been checking out the new gravel bikes from Trek. I have a Trek FX right now, the 7.4 with a carbon front fork. Yeah the gravel bikes are nice, but they do appear very similar to the hybrid I already own.

From this thread, it's good for me to see that I'm not the only one who thinks that.
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Originally Posted by highrpm View Post
I've been checking out the new gravel bikes from Trek. I have a Trek FX right now, the 7.4 with a carbon front fork. Yeah the gravel bikes are nice, but they do appear very similar to the hybrid I already own.

From this thread, it's good for me to see that I'm not the only one who thinks that.
I have ta friend with a FX 7.5, and I think it is a great platform for a flat bar gravel bike with the right tires.

I think in some cases, what people call a hybrid is just a gravel bike with a flat bar. My wife rides my old Salsa Casseroll. This can easily be called a gravel bike, and it is a very good one at that. But as soon as I switched the drop bars to a flat bar for her, everyone started calling it a hybrid.

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I had a Trek 7.5 fx and thought it made a fantastic gravel/do all bike.
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I forgot to mention that I swapped the regular tires on my FX for the Bontrager CX3's that come on the cyclocross bikes now. On cement they're okay, but much better on gravel and dirt than the stock tires.
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