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Exploration is Fun

Old 05-07-23, 10:54 AM
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Exploration is Fun

This thread wonít be a surprise to most who own a gravel / all-road bike.

I split my time between road and gravel. Iíve lived in the same general area since I started cycling. When I started on the road, I remember finding side roads that were completely new to me (hadnít driven on them in a car). Within a couple years I had ridden every paved road within 100k from home. That first couple years was fun. That was 18-20 years ago. Since owning a gravel bike (8 years or so) Iíve been able to explore way more. With the gravel bikes I had owned, I spent over 5 years finding new gravel roads and trails. That period was mainly on road style gravel bikes with avg 40mm tires. Since picking up a Salsa Fargo recently Iíve found new trails every ride! With 2.2Ē tires and more mtb geometry Iíve been more confident to go down virtually anything that looks ridable. I think the ability to explore by bike has to be top 2-3 reasons to ride, for me.

I can go into some examples later, with photos, but for now Iím looking forward to reading about your exploration by bike (any bike!).
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The funniest thing about exploring the gravel roads in the hills is when after a day of being passed (respectfully) by all manner of lifted Jeeps, 4x4 Baja and beater toy/hobby trucks alike, there is always some guy in a Prius just motoring along, doin' his thing out to whatever lake side cottage is up there.

Good on ya' for getting out there.
I shouldn't have to "make myself more visible;" Drivers should just stop running people over.

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