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Old 05-11-14, 12:07 AM
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drool... so glad to find this thread. i just got the 2014 redline conquest team carbon frame, so can't wait to build her up.
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This is actually my second Straggler. the first one was sent back to Surly on Friday due to a frame alignment issue. just got this one built up. I had profile cranks and an Alfine wheel on it before. taking those off saved me about 6 pounds. now I'm trying to find buyers with zero luck.

But I'm stoked with the bike again, can't wait to slap some 105 on it.
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Old 05-12-14, 02:09 AM
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My disc trucker in it's current incarnation;


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Great Hampsten!

That Disc Trucker is awesome too!
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Just picked this up for the wife, It has older 5600, with 6600 f/r derailers, but couldnt pass it up.

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It's called the Stig!

My latest addition is a Santa Cruz Stigmata which replaces my beloved Cross Check. I can't believe how much I like this bike, stiff, light, super responsive, yet comfy. Ready for Almanzo and the daily commute.
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Old 05-14-14, 11:51 AM
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Hello from Belgium!

Obviously there are plenty of local cyclocross bike manufacturers here in Belgium, but still, I was drawn to a legendary American frame, which I built up with SRAM Force, TRP brakes, DT Swiss/Tune wheels and a lot more Ritchey stuff. It rides brilliantly, especially on longer rides. For proper cx racing, carbon fibre is the way to go, but I use this bike on 2-3 hour rides where my friends are on MTBs, and on anything bar very rocky downhills, they are at a disadvantage.
















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Yaay! It's here! It's here! And it is awesome.

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Yaay! It's here! It's here! And it is awesome.

Congrats! I almost bought the same bike but instead I bought a CAAD10 given that I already have a CX bike. Very nice choice!
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Here is my 2013 Motobecane Fantom

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Old 05-24-14, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by chumlypogward
My disc trucker in it's current incarnation
Nice Disc Trucker! What size tires are you running?
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Old 05-24-14, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv
To add the retro aesthetic philosophy while enjoying the the go-anywhere freedom of a slightly wider tire, I added an Italian recently.

A good hand-built lugged steel-framed bike adds a little individuality to the ride.1997 Simoncini Special Cyclocross is ready for the road or trail. Everyone needs a retro lugged Columbus steel CX bike.




Beautiful bike; vintage cross bikes are relatively rare but it's always fun repurposing older bikes.

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Old 05-24-14, 02:28 PM
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I like all the different kinds of bikes people use for gravel grinding. I also like the way this brings cycling back to where it started. Cyclists pushed for good roads and now that cars have taken those over, cyclists get to enjoy the bad roads again.

I've used different bikes for fire roads but I'm getting ready to rebuild my 1993 Bridgestone XO-2 as a gravel grinder. It was more or less designed to be a gravel grinder even though no one used that word in 1993. It is a very sure footed bike though with road geometry, cantis, and 26 inch wheels. I have't quite decided on the final build but I'm leaning towards a lighter wheel set (I'm running a sun rhyno lite up front but it's pretty heavy), STIs or maybe the retroshifts, and probably a triple crank:
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Originally Posted by Chris Pringle
Nice Disc Trucker! What size tires are you running?
They are WTB Nano 2.1 - very very tight in there

In reality I need something smaller, the main problem being that the tyres pick up bits of gravel and roll them into the inside of the steerer tube. The gravel cannot get past the front of the crown as it is much tighter, so it just rolls around inside there until I stop and go backwards...

Still, it looks pretty mean.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
I like all the different kinds of bikes people use for gravel grinding. I also like the way this brings cycling back to where it started. Cyclists pushed for good roads and now that cars have taken those over, cyclists get to enjoy the bad roads again.

I've used different bikes for fire roads but I'm getting ready to rebuild my 1993 Bridgestone XO-2 as a gravel grinder. It was more or less designed to be a gravel grinder even though no one used that word in 1993. It is a very sure footed bike though with road geometry, cantis, and 26 inch wheels. I have't quite decided on the final build but I'm leaning towards a lighter wheel set (I'm running a sun rhyno lite up front but it's pretty heavy), STIs or maybe the retroshifts, and probably a triple crank:
Yes, that is a distinctive bike and a true classic.
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Originally Posted by chumlypogward
They are WTB Nano 2.1 - very very tight in there

In reality I need something smaller, the main problem being that the tyres pick up bits of gravel and roll them into the inside of the steerer tube. The gravel cannot get past the front of the crown as it is much tighter, so it just rolls around inside there until I stop and go backwards...

Still, it looks pretty mean.
Have you thought about trying the 700x40 nano tires? Might be a nice little step down for the bike. I keep eyeing them on the shelf for myself...
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Trying to outrun the coming storm!
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Old 05-25-14, 06:32 PM
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2014 Giant Anyroad all stock at this point. 200 miles on so far mostly as urban commuter and only about 10 miles of gravel as of yet. Very pleased with it.

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Originally Posted by TinkerinWstuff
2014 Giant Anyroad all stock at this point. 200 miles on so far mostly as urban commuter and only about 10 miles of gravel as of yet. Very pleased with it.
I am really happy to see more manufacturers building bikes like this. They make a lot more sense than most of what people get tricked into buying simply because they see it winning races.

Sweet bike!
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Originally Posted by chriskmurray
I am really happy to see more manufacturers building bikes like this. They make a lot more sense than most of what people get tricked into buying simply because they see it winning races.

Sweet bike!
Thanks. I tried the racier bikes and found they were not comfortable maintaining speed with a 3yr old toddler on a strider bike to the park. This geometry really seemed the best all-rounder and still able to do 18miles/day commuting. Glad I did my diligence shopping.

love the thread, there are some real beautiful and classic bikes.
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Originally Posted by TinkerinWstuff
2014 Giant Anyroad all stock at this point. 200 miles on so far mostly as urban commuter and only about 10 miles of gravel as of yet. Very pleased with it.

I got about 600 miles on my Anyroad 2. I got the 2 because I wanted the triple. I love mine.
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My 2007 Specialized Tricross Comp on the Illinois Prairie Path (far west suburbs of Chicago). This was from today.
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Originally Posted by Ray Dockrey
I got about 600 miles on my Anyroad 2. I got the 2 because I wanted the triple. I love mine.
I just bought a bike. In my search the Anyroad series kept popping up. If I hadn't gotten a good deal on the leftover I bought, I might have snagged one. It just looks like a great do everything bike.

As soon as I figure out my next purchase, a rack, or handle bar bag, or some other sort of luggage, I
will post up a picture of mine in some dirty location.

I have been slowly sifting through this thread, you folks have some pretty bicycles!

Thanks for the inspiration,
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Isn't the Anyroad a hybrid fitted with drops?
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It's pretty much the same geometry as the giant cypress, their comfort hybrid, with drops and swoopy tubing...

Then again, that seems to be the sort of fit many "gravel grinding" types are going for these days. Seems comfy at least
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