Shimano GRX Components: Checkpoint

Without a doubt, one of the hottest stories of 2019 in the gravel world is the introduction of Shimano GRX. Today, we'll share Guitar Ted's impressions of the 1x GRX group he's running on his Noble GX5, and I'll give my thoughts on the 2x mechanical and Di2 versions of the group.
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Shimano GRX Components: Checkpoint

Hutchinson Overide Tires: At The Finish

I just do not feel that they hook up exceptionally well on dirt paths, although as a mixed surface tire, and on smoother surfaces, they do OK. The strong points of the Overide are what seems to be a long life to the tread and a fast rolling nature.
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Hutchinson Overide Tires: At The Finish

HED Eroica GP Disc Brake Wheels: Getting Rolling

Another surprising thing- the free hub seems to be very quiet when coasting. I guess the over-all theme here so far is "quiet strength". We'll check in on reliability and ride feel in our next post.
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HED Eroica GP Disc Brake Wheels: Getting Rolling

Marque Cycling Tools Quick Review

None of these tools are perfect. I probably would choose differently if my job required daily usage of tools like these to make a living, but for anyone that will only be occasionally wrenching, these are great choices.
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Marque Cycling Tools Quick Review

Gravel Grinder News: Almanzo Becomes “The Heywood Ride”

This morning Riding Gravel discovered on social media that the former Almanzo event, possibly the most famous free, grassroots gravel event in the World, was to become "The Heywood Ride". This news points to a new beginning for the Northfield, Minnesota based gravel grinder which last Spring was still called the Almanzo 100.
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Gravel Grinder News: Almanzo Becomes “The Heywood Ride”

Gravel Grinder News: Events, Wool, and Wheels

Here at Riding Gravel, we get press releases and offers for you, the readers, to consider that, on their own, do not really warrant their own stories. However; from time to time enough things stack up to make it worthwhile to take up some bandwidth, (and to clear out my in-box), so here we go with some news on events, a wool jersey giveaway, and a wheel trade-in program.
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Gravel Grinder News: Events, Wool, and Wheels

Featured Event: Sterile Iowan

Anyway, here is an event which has a very grass roots feel and all it takes to get in is for you to send Dan a post card with the required information and then when you come, he asks you to donate $40.00 in the pickle jar5 which helps support local trails. Otherwise, as Dangerous Dan says, "You do you".
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Featured Event: Sterile Iowan

Riding Gravel’s Gift Guide

Hello there gravel riding folks and anyone else out there that loves a bit of off-pavement adventure. The time of year when gift giving is on our minds is right around the corner. We have a list here of items which might make you happy to unwrap, or you know........to give to someone else who rides gravel like you. To those ends, here our some good ideas for gifts that might make the gravel traveler happy.
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Riding Gravel’s Gift Guide

Feetures Merino Socks: Quick Review

The socks I wore most often were the Mini-Crew ones as that's the length I most prefer for cycling. I have to admit that I am not a fan of the No Show Tab size, as that size shows nothing above the shoe line and rocks, dust, and debris are easily allowed entry into my shoes.
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Feetures Merino Socks: Quick Review

Muc-Off Shop Supplies: Quick Review

I was pleasantly surprised by the Muc-Off products and the high functionality of the solutions for cleaning, protecting, and lubrication. There isn't a clunker in the group here and the fact that Muc-Off does try to take consideration for the environment is impressive.
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Muc-Off Shop Supplies: Quick Review

PRO Discover Big Flare Bars: Checkpoint

With its massive 30 degree flare and 35 degrees of sweep, the new Discover Big Flare handlebar from PRO Bike Gear is one of the more radical gravel drop bars available today. Guitar Ted and I received early samples for testing, and here are our impressions of the bar after two months of riding.
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PRO Discover Big Flare Bars: Checkpoint

TIME Cyclo 6 Pedals: Getting Rolling

I could feel that I was a bit more "connected" to the bike, if that makes any sense. You cannot roll your foot laterally without pressing the pedal platform whereas on an SPD pedal, there is some free movement there. The cleat had some float, so this felt similar to the SPD's I was so used to, but in terms of control laterally, the Cyclo 6 was a more secure feeling pedal.
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TIME Cyclo 6 Pedals: Getting Rolling

RIDING GRAVEL IS THE HOME OF GRAVEL CYCLING

Welcome to Riding Gravel. Our goal is to connect the gravel community and bring you information and resources to improve your experience. The unpaved route is more interesting and adventurous, and (we think) it’s the best route.


TIME Cyclo 6 Pedals: Getting Rolling

I could feel that I was a bit more “connected” to the bike, if that makes any sense. You cannot roll your foot laterally without pressing the pedal platform whereas on an SPD pedal, there is some free movement there. The cleat had some float, so this felt similar to the SPD’s I was so used to, but in terms of control laterally, the Cyclo 6 was a more secure feeling pedal.

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Donnelly Strada USH 700 X 40mm Tires: At The Finish

Put these tires on if you have a lot of paved road in your gravel loops, or if the bike you have needs to do double duty as a commuter, or touring bike. Give the Strada USH smooth, dry, dirt of finer crushed rock to run on and you won’t be disappointed. In these scenarios the USH is at home. Plus, with the choice of a tan sidewall, it can class up the look of just about any bike.

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WTB Saddle Fit Right System: Quick Review

So, does WTB’s “Fit Rght System” work? Can you really measure your wrist, answer a few questions, and get a saddle for a bicycle that works well for you? Really? It sounds weird, until you dig into it, and then, it actually kind of starts making sense. I’ll leave the details to the scientists and professional bike fitters. All I know is that – yes. It does work.

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Giant Bicycles Recon HL 1600 Light: At The Finish

The Recon HL 1600 is in a hotly contested category in the bike lighting market place. New contenders are out there with similar, and sometimes better, feature sets. As always, ‘caveat emptor’ when looking at this category, but the Recon HL 1600 is a solidly built, reliable light. While it has a basic feature set, (unless you own the proprietary Giant computer which opens up more features), it holds its own at the asking price of $126.00USD.

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Featured Event: Rocktown Rambler

The Rocktown Rambler is a celebration of riding backcountry roads in the Shenandoah Valley. There will be gravel, some climbing, some descending, some singletrack, and a lot of fun! We welcome everyone that wants to have a good time – whether that is by racing, riding, or partying (or doing all three at once)! The Rambler is yours to enjoy!

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FSA AGX Wheels: Getting Rolling

So far they have been what I remembered them to be…solid performing wheels. Pick up is not the snappiest thing I have felt, but I am comparing them to wheels 300g lighter and almost twice as much money. Compared to the stock wheel set, they are like pulling off logging boots and stepping into sneakers.

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Shimano RX8 Gravel Shoes: Checkpoint

As is often said, the best apparel and components simply “disappear” while riding, leaving you to enjoy the ride. The RX8 shoes from Shimano are the definition of such an apparel item. While either walking a gnarly, muddy dirt road or riding up and down hill and vale, the RX8 just got out of my way and let me do my thing.

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by Riding Gravel 2014