RIDING GRAVEL NEWS & REVIEWS

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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Spring Clothing Round-Up: Castelli

IRC Boken Tires: At The Finish

Two words kept cropping up whenever Grannygear and I discussed these Boken 700 X 40mm and Boken Plus 650B X 47mm tires. Those words were fast and smooth. The IRC Boken models are some of the fastest and most comfortable tires we've tried.
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IRC Boken Tires: At The Finish

 


 

New Soma Fab Cazadero Gravel Tires

From Bikerumor.com: Soma Fab has recently released the Cazadero in a 650b x 42 and 700 x 42.  Tires are anticipated to be available starting in July in skinwalls. Read more details on Bikerumor Have something to say about these tires or others? Share it on the Riding Gravel Forum.    

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Rouge Roubaix Report

  The Rouge Roubaix is a little more of a road race than a pure gravel style race. A lot of racers seem to be running typical road setups with tires that are a little wider than normal. It’s a 105 mile race with about 20 miles of gravel and then countless miles of less-than-desirable […]

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Land Run 100 – FREE in 2015

According to the very official news source, Facebook, it looks as if the very popular Land Run 100 will be switching to a free event for the 2015 version. I’m sure that we’ll hear more about that after the 2nd annual version this Saturday. Stay tuned to here for results and updates about next year. […]

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Fix It Sticks – New Kickstarter

The fine folks at Fix It Sticks are at it again. They’ve launched a new Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their newest products – the Replaceable Edition and the T-Way Wrench . As of today, Monday, March 10, the campaign has raised almost $16,000 with 29 days still to go. They had a goal […]

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Supreme Court Ruling Could Threaten Rail Trails

Wow. We just saw this one come across and it seems that the Rails to Trails Program could be in for more expense and less access.  It looks as if there are a lot of issues pending out there. 80 cases with 8,000 other claimants… “WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s ruling in an obscure Wyoming […]

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Boneshaker Gravel Series

Spring is a flurry of gravel rides and races, so we’ll keep sharing what we find. If you have an update or some news to share, just contact us. Any race that has bridge crossings like this is cool in our book. Last weekend was the first event and it looks like the weather was […]

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Land Run 100

The gravel season is cranking up, so will keep this going here. Courtesy of Gravel Grinder News: Red dirt roads and big skies at the Land Run 100 A Closer Look At: Land Run 100- by Guitar Ted In this post we’re going to look at an event. The Land Run 100, about to kick […]

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Reviews are Coming

Stay tuned. We are currently gathering a small, dedicated crew of reviewers who will be contributing to the site. They will be riding, testing, and sharing their experienced thoughts with you. Meanwhile, check out the Bike Bag Finder page to do a little shopping for your next bag. I appreciate all of the sponsors, advertisers, […]

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