Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational) This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 10-24-16, 10:01 AM
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My 2 Gravel rides

Here are my two current gravel rides:

2013 Salsa Vaya - lately delegated to touring and commuting duties
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...after I converted an 87 Schwinn Cimarron for CX/Gravel duties
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Here's the 87 Schwinn Cimarron on a recent ride...
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Old 11-02-16, 04:20 AM
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This is my Sensa Fermo SL. I have only had it three months or so but my road bike is definitely getting less use since then (which obviously was part of the plan).

I use 28mm slick tires on the slightly crappy original wheels for urban riding, the occasional "Strade Bianche" type ride or even for normal road riding when it's wet and generally too horrible to get the road bike out ..when most of the ride is on dirt roads or off-road I put my nicer Easton wheels with CC-tires on...it's a lot of fun in all those scenarios, wish I'd bought it sooner...
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Most recent iteration of my Foundry Auger:



Just baaaaarely fit a 700x40 in back.
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Is this the result of your post from a couple days ago on the C&V forum about a new bike?
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Old 11-16-16, 04:25 PM
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Is this the result of your post from a couple days ago on the C&V forum about a new bike?
It is...Couldn't beat the sale price.
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It is...Couldn't beat the sale price.
Looks nice. What is it?
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Looks nice. What is it?
2015 Charge Plug Sora, retail $1,100 picked up today at Performance Bike for $500.
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Hard to go wrong at that price. Not to say it can't be done.
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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
2015 Charge Plug Sora, retail $1,100 picked up today at Performance Bike for $500.
Good lord thats dirt cheap.
You probably dont need reassurance, but... the sora stuff right now is really solid. My wife's roadbike rocks Sora and its trouble free and accurate. Been that way for 2 years of medium use riding.
Really good stuff...but at the prixe you got the bike for, you could replace the drivetrain due to it completely falling apart and still vome out ahead!
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I'll keep the Sora for awhile, but keep my eye out on sales. Maybe pick up a piece here and there. But first I need a new saddle. Today is hitting the 70's and I was planning a long ride, just got called into work for overtime. My ride will have to wait till tomorrow when it's in the 40's.
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Sora is great, I run it on my racer and it just goes and goes. The first three gravel races I ever did were all in wet, crappy conditions and I had no issues. Reliability has continued as I've put another 5k miles of road riding on the group. If you do decide to upgrade - keep in mind getting a full group from the UK is almost always cheaper than piecing together over time, especially in the winter. Although really I switch between 105 5800 and Sora 3500 and am hard pressed to tell the difference.


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Finally got a 9 speed chain and was able to finish my build
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The Charge Plug is a really nice looking bike for the $$.
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Here is my all arounder, a Specialized Secteur. I've owned a lot of Specialized bikes and like this bike a lot. Not even sure if gravel grinder was a term when I bought this bike. 33mm tires on it, and thats about max that will fit in the rear due to the chainstay cross brace/fender mount being close to the tire. Its mostly a pavement day tourer when I do rides with the wifey.

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Here is my all arounder, a Specialized Secteur. I've owned a lot of Specialized bikes and like this bike a lot. Not even sure if gravel grinder was a term when I bought this bike. 33mm tires on it, and thats about max that will fit in the rear due to the chainstay cross brace/fender mount being close to the tire. Its mostly a pavement day tourer when I do rides with the wifey.

Nice build on that Sectuer!
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Thanks BD! I've always managed to upgrade over the years.
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These two also work for me
A Centurion Pro Tour


And a Fuji Stratos


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Finally got a 9 speed chain and was able to finish my build
That turned out nice!
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And a Fuji Stratos
Looks like pretty large tires. Is that a 650B conversion?
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Nope, they are Panaracer 700c, a 35mm Tour Gard Plus on the front and a 32mm Tour Gard on the back
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Here is my all arounder, a Specialized Secteur. I've owned a lot of Specialized bikes and like this bike a lot. Not even sure if gravel grinder was a term when I bought this bike. 33mm tires on it, and thats about max that will fit in the rear due to the chainstay cross brace/fender mount being close to the tire. Its mostly a pavement day tourer when I do rides with the wifey.


Is that the stock fork that came with the bike?
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Is that the stock fork that came with the bike?
Yes its the stock carbon fork Colonel. Crank, wheels & bar tape are not. The Sram cranks were one of the lightest at the time (on a 105 bike).
And Stans wheels are always light too. I guess I went a littler overboard.

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