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gravel tires..32's??

Old 05-07-21, 03:23 PM
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gravel tires..32's??

can i call my bike a gravel grinder while riding 32's Ritchey tires? Entering my 1st gravel event on 23 of may here in NJ.
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When I was running 30c, I called mine a “dirt dancer” rather than a “gravel grinder,” hoping to evoke a sense of the grace and elegance required to successfully hustle a relatively narrow tire at speed down a rough, dirt road. 😄

Personally, I think 32s are more dancers than grinders.

Maybe we can call bikes with 32, 35, and 38c “rubble rounders,” and leave the grinding to the +40c fatties…
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Old 05-07-21, 05:54 PM
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I’d call that cyclocross bike.
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
can i call my bike a gravel grinder while riding 32's Ritchey tires?
No, I’m sorry. If they were Gravel King 32s you’d be cleared, but the committee has made it pretty clear that Ritcheys won’t cut it. Please correct this and resubmit your request.
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^^^Haha- I ride some GK slicks in 32. Nice tires but with my mediocre handling skills, I can only ride smooth, hard packed dirt. Kudos, OP if you are able to enjoy a gravel event using 32s. Full report after, please.
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Originally Posted by Ghazmh View Post
I’d call that cyclocross bike.
How can you be cyclocross if you don’t do cyclocross?
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Everyone was going to laughat you behind your back at the race. But now that you have 32mm tires, they will openly laugh at you.


All seriousness, ride what works for you and call the bike whatever you want.
I am not sure if I have ever called my bikes 'gravel grinders'. That term is...just not for me.
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It grates on my nerves just to type "gravel gr----" -- okay, I couldn't do it.

I have no idea what the gravel is like in NJ. Around here, I am not sure 32mm tires would work. Now I'm curious how many people do Keystone Gravel on tires that size. I hear about people riding D2R2 with smaller tires, more power to them.

I rode for a year with 30mm cx tires. They were pretty nice at low pressures, but I got 20 flats that year. At high pressure they were too skittish.
I really don't remember what pressure I rode them at. I never measured them, they always seemed bigger than 30mm
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
can i call my bike a gravel grinder while riding 32's Ritchey tires? Entering my 1st gravel event on 23 of may here in NJ.
Are you riding it on gravel?
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I ride 32mm GP 5000's on gravel sometimes. It's cool. They're super fast on hard pack dirt and dry gravel roads. Gets a little sketchy when things are loose.
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Originally Posted by Badger6 View Post
Are you riding it on gravel?
I assume so. not sure of the course may 23 nj gravel ride.
i do ride on rail trails with out issues.
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Then I'd say you can call it a grinder...I rode slick 32s for years on the gravel forest roads in Germany, it's not the size of the tire, it's how you use it. (Though bigger is comfier, for sure!)
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My Domane came with 32mm Bontrager slicks and I rode them on everything until I got a second set of wheels. With the 32's, I would keep the pressure around 40 psi if I was going to ride a lot of gravel roads and 60+ if I was riding mostly road. At 60+ psi, it was a handful on gravel.
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Originally Posted by Badger6 View Post
Then I'd say you can call it a grinder...I rode slick 32s for years on the gravel forest roads in Germany, it's not the size of the tire, it's how you use it. (Though bigger is comfier, for sure!)
God, how I love biking on those forest roads.

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can i call my bike a gravel grinder while riding 32's Ritchey tires? Entering my 1st gravel event on 23 of may here in NJ.
Yah, back in the day, Gravel grinding was done on 28x1-1/4" tires.
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God, how I love biking on those forest roads.
Just to make you jealous... 😉

Since I live in Belgium, it's a just a short trip back to Stuttgart...so after visiting my dad in Northern Michigan (with my gravel machine, of course) next week, upon my return to the continent in June, I will work for one week then go visit some friends and ride several hundred Kms in the forests above and around the Kessel then ride in the Schwarzwald. I've got a big summer planned, now that I'm vaxxed! Denmark and Sweden are on the agenda too.

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i completed the 28 mile version Never knew we had so many dirt roads....it was a blast

used 32 tires worked well but got beat up .
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Bow down and pray to the god of gravel that we have a good race and don't get flats. ;-)
Glad you had fun!
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I ride/rode on Kojak 35-406 on the Fosse way (Roman Road in it the UK) and ex-railway track. As these are "hard pack" even a slick works. I used to do 17miles of gravel commute to that often lead to longer commute on nice summer evenings.



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