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What's next? After gravel, what's the NEXT BIG THING?

Old 08-08-19, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
But I also personally know several people who have either moved to the south or moved here from the south and they universally say that stray animals are a way bigger problem down there.
There isn't real winter in the south. I'm sure in Michigan that the stray animal population is fairly close to zero when winter is over.



Also, gravel riders seem to care far more about stray animals, rednecks and shooting sports than the next big thing, haha.
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There isn't real winter in the south.
Winter in Georgia is six weeks of pure hell.


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Old 08-08-19, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Caliper View Post
Also, gravel riders seem to care far more about stray animals, rednecks and shooting sports than the next big thing, haha.
Oh my god, you're right! The next big thing in cycling is redneck animal shooting! For only $3,499.99 I can sell you a bear with a rifle and a Confederate flag, guaranteed to put motivation in your sprint.
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Old 08-09-19, 06:07 AM
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This thread officially sucks now.


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Originally Posted by Caliper View Post
There isn't real winter in the south. I'm sure in Michigan that the stray animal population is fairly close to zero when winter is over.



Also, gravel riders seem to care far more about stray animals, rednecks and shooting sports than the next big thing, haha.
I think Biathlons, done on gravel bikes instead of skis, might be fun. Could be done year-round in the South.

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Old 08-09-19, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
This thread officially sucks now.


-Tim-
Hopefully it isnt because of the stars and bars joke, but guessing it is.

I understand how it can be tough to acknowledge and laugh at the shortcomings of the area you live. It helps me to know that everything is a tradeoff and compromise and that is especially true when it comes to where you live.
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Old 08-09-19, 08:52 AM
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In Canada we often have to deal with locals who are extremely apologetic.
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Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
I think Biathlons, done on gravel bikes instead of skis, might be fun. Could be done year-round in the South.

A lot (most?) Nordic ski trails are gravel roads. I ride some of them in dryland season. They look better in the winter.
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Funny how you never see MTB'ers talk about packing heat or being assaulted by animals or people in the actual woods but it sure is a problem for gravel riders all of a sudden. Since most gravel riders are ex-roadies it makes all the sense since they all love the drama.
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Old 08-09-19, 12:17 PM
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Most MTB trails are part of a larger park system within urban or suburban areas, which is very common nationwide in the US. Most gravel routes are extremely rural where service, including law enforcement will not be as readily available. The same way an individual walking along in an urban area can get "interviewed" by an enterprising criminal happens on gravel, it's happened to me and it wasn't a comfortable experience. Gravel roads aren't a monolith and the experience of one person in one part of the country is never the same as another. We see it with dog encounters all the time. I rarely have encounters with dogs but there are guys who ride similar routes that have several in the same time period.

Although really even for MTB it's definitely a point of discussion, self defense from both humans and animals. There's almost always 1-2 active threads in the MTBR sub-forums, there's one right now in the general discussion section of that site. The vast majority of gravel riders I've met in Georgia and Alabama have come from Cross or MTB.

I will admit the thought of a roadie astride the latest carbon bike, clad in a aero skinsuit, carrying a snakeshot-filled revolver is kinda funny. Hope that wheelgun is scandium
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
I will admit the thought of a roadie astride the latest carbon bike, clad in a aero skinsuit, carrying a snakeshot-filled revolver is kinda funny. Hope that wheelgun is scandium
Only a C&V roadie would carry a wheelgun (despite the obvious pun) Any modern roadie would want a stainless semi auto in an aero carbon fiber holster.


So what would be a good name for cycling biathlon? Bikathlon?
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Originally Posted by gus6464 View Post
Funny how you never see MTB'ers talk about packing heat or being assaulted by animals or people in the actual woods but it sure is a problem for gravel riders all of a sudden. Since most gravel riders are ex-roadies it makes all the sense since they all love the drama.
I've seen several bears while riding on gravel roads. Never saw one MTBing. I've seen 2 or 3 in an area I've hiked in for years and never seen one from the trail there.

Not that you need a gun for Cascade bears.
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Old 08-09-19, 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
Most MTB trails are part of a larger park system within urban or suburban areas, which is very common nationwide in the US.
Is this true? Sad if so. I don't own a MTB because what you describe is the only kind of riding for one around here. My experience of MTB is renting them, and riding remote, wild trails. I always thought I was being entitled, not being able to want to ride a MTB in urban areas.
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Old 08-13-19, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
E-Goatbikes. In 2022, the National Park Service finally decides to allow so-called "e-bikes" on trails, but dictates that they need to blend in with the natural environment and appear to be animals, so as not to be as scary to pack horses they might encounter along the the trails.


What is that? It's the perfect answer to a question I had the other day. What would the bike that Conan the Barbarian rides look like.

It's just really fantastic.
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post

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What is that? It's the perfect answer to a question I had the other day. What would the bike that Conan the Barbarian rides look like.

It's just really fantastic.
Sorry man.. I'm out. Just visualize what you would look like riding that thing. All you need to complete the mental image is a pair of rubber boots.

A lot of sheep farmers are going to get jealous...
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Old 08-14-19, 08:57 AM
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The Next Big Thing? Who cares? I'm going for a ride.

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Old 08-14-19, 08:59 AM
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O wow so edgy
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Bike seats will be eliminated, and rear brakes will become sphincter-controlled.
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Bike seats will be eliminated, and rear brakes will become sphincter-controlled.
It's still better than flying!
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Flintstone bike racing:

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Until texting gets treated like the DUI level offense it is, I see no reason for gravel to be supplanted by something else. It's a pragmatic choice to get good miles and good scenery without being run over.
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Until texting gets treated like the DUI level offense it is, I see no reason for gravel to be supplanted by something else. It's a pragmatic choice to get good miles and good scenery without being run over.
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Originally Posted by gus6464 View Post
Funny how you never see MTB'ers talk about packing heat or being assaulted by animals or people in the actual woods but it sure is a problem for gravel riders all of a sudden. Since most gravel riders are ex-roadies it makes all the sense since they all love the drama.
There are many epic gun threads over on MTBR.
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