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

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

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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WTB Saddle Fit Right System: Quick Review

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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Giant Bicycles Recon HL 1600 Light: At The Finish

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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Featured Event: Rocktown Rambler

A Tale Of Three Bars: Giant Contact SL XR Dfuse Bar

Now then…the ride quality. It is smoother under sharp impacts than any alloy bar I have used. It is noticeable.
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A Tale Of Three Bars: Giant Contact SL XR Dfuse Bar

Shimano GRX Di2 Components: Getting Rolling

We've been talking about Shimano's new GRX components for nearly five months now. Back in September, we introduced you to our review of the GRX 800 mechanical (2x) group. Now, it's time to give you the first installment of our GRX Di2 groupset review, which we have installed on our 2020 GT Grade Carbon Pro test bike.
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Shimano GRX Di2 Components: Getting Rolling

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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FSA AGX Wheels: Getting Rolling

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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Shimano RX8 Gravel Shoes: Checkpoint

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.


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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