RIDING GRAVEL NEWS & REVIEWS

Topeak Torque Wrenches: Quick Review

I never even thought about using a torque wrench for working on bikes until carbon happened. Then we had to worry about over-doing things and crushing expensive components. Now to be fair, using a torque wrench is good even when you are not working with carbon bits....
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Topeak Torque Wrenches: Quick Review

Gravel Grinder News: Gravel Worlds Expo

This past weekend saw the 10th running of the Gravel Worlds gravel races out of Lincoln, Nebraska. At the registration site, there was a bit of an expo featuring some of the sponsor's wares and a few reps were about sharing some knowledge with the racers in attendance. Following are a few tidbits I managed to glean as I toured the expo tents.
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Gravel Grinder News: Gravel Worlds Expo

Gravel Grinder News: Knolly Debuts Steel Cache Gravel Bike

This is an unusual debut, not only because it is from Knolly, and their first steel offering, but also because it isn't another carbon fiber framed gravel bike. Let's be honest, if you heard that "Brand X" was going to announce a high end gravel bike tomorrow, you'd expect it to be a carbon fiber frame. That Knolly decided to lead out with a hand featuring titanium and steel is very different, and noteworthy in today's market.
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Gravel Grinder News: Knolly Debuts Steel Cache Gravel Bike

Giant Charge Elite Shoes: Quick Review

Giant Charge Elite Shoes: Quick Review - by Grannygear The classy looking color is something Grannygear liked about these shoes. But
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Giant Charge Elite Shoes: Quick Review

Resurrecting the Dead: Bringing New Life To Old 29″er Wheels

Lately it got me thinking that there are quite likely a metric ton of old 29"er wheels out there that have great possibilities for modern gravel bike use.
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Resurrecting the Dead:  Bringing New Life To Old 29″er Wheels

Shimano GRX Components: Getting Rolling

In May, Shimano caused quite a stir when it announced GRX, the world's first dedicated gravel road components. It’s a bold move from the Japanese component giant, and it’s a sign of the direction they see cycling moving in the future. We recently got an exclusive first ride on Shimano’s GRX mechanical group and here are our first impressions.
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Shimano GRX Components: Getting Rolling

Giant Bicycles Line Shoes: Checkpoint

As long as it isn’t too hot, these are actually pretty nice shoes for pedaling out on the gravel. My thought is that these would be better choices for warm to cool weather climates. Hot, humid areas will require shoes with more venting than the Line shoes have. Wide feet? These could be your shoes then.
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Giant Bicycles Line Shoes: Checkpoint

A Look At Gearing For Gravel – Part “2X” (part duex)

I applaud the coming of ‘adventure’ geared cranks and kudos to Shimano for finally jumping in. I think that the 46/30 is a nice thing to have for a large segment of the gravel population, bike packers, etc. Unfortunately, if it is not perfect for your needs, it’s not like you get a chance to choose a different crank set-up when you buy your bike, forcing you to make what could be a costly swap to get what you want.
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A Look At Gearing For Gravel – Part “2X” (part duex)

A Look At Gearing For Gravel – Part “2X”

But frankly neither one are what I want. What would I want? How about a 46/36 or 46/34 with an 11-40 rear cassette? Not with the components I have though, unless I could make it work with something like Wolftooth’s Road Link, but with 2x, I still have to deal with the capacity of the rear derailleur to handle chain slack.
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A Look At Gearing For Gravel – Part “2X”

Saddle Up! Riding Gravel’s Saddle Round-Up: Part 4

Well we are finally wrapping up the saddle reviews with the final three contenders. One is a real surprise and my pick of the bunch.
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Saddle Up! Riding Gravel’s Saddle Round-Up: Part 4

SPANK Flare 25 Vibrocore™ Drop Bar: Checkpoint

The Flare 25 definitely does have a different feel. The vibrations I felt were......not muted, they were there, but not the same frequency, for sure. Other bars had a "zing" to them, which I could say might affect me negatively, but as for this SPANK bar, I cannot say at this point that it is "better" for me
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SPANK Flare 25 Vibrocore™ Drop Bar: Checkpoint

Giant Bicycles Shuttle Flat Shoes: Checkpoint

Giant Bicycles Shuttle Flat Shoes: Checkpoint - by Guitar Ted Flat pedals are definitely a "thing" for mountain biking these days,
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Giant Bicycles Shuttle Flat Shoes: Checkpoint

 


 

Spring Clothing Round-Up: Castelli

It was a sweaty, moist day in the saddle and the breath-ability of the shorts worked in my favor, never feeling swampy. Around the 80 mile mark I typically get achy and start to shift around in the saddle to find a position that does not offend the nethers. But it occurred to me that I was not doing that. At all. I was just sitting and pedaling, still happy after 5 hours in the saddle. Excellent.

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Saddle Up! Riding Gravel’s Saddle Round Up- Part Three

I have heard from several industry wags that a 143mm saddle fits 90% of the male riders out there. On the 143mm I was more aware of sit bone pressure as that was the primary area of contact. It was not bad, just different. Interesting in a way, as sometimes you have to try a saddle rather than go by the numbers. Width does not always play out the same between models.

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Noble Bikes GX5 Gravel Bike: At The Finish

Over the last two months (!!) that the final part of this review lasted, I have ridden the Noble GX5 as a “daily driver”, taken it out on some of the nastiest roads we’ve seen in years, and ridden it on “normal” Mid-West roads. Through it all, I have remained impressed with this carbon fiber bicycle with roots going back to another gravel bike I really like.

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Giant Bicycles Line Shoes: Getting Rolling

The Line model from Giant is actually a development in conjunction with the Giant racing team and aimed at enduro mountain bikers. These types of shoes typically have more foot protection and a nod to walk-ability and with that, traction off the bike. Giant felt as though these might also be traits a gravel road rider might be interested in.

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by Riding Gravel 2014