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 06-28-17, 01:06 PM
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It was a beastie. The gravel days, lots 2" deep fresh dumped pea gravel. Some folks brought 3-4" class MTBs and just floated over the stuff. Me and my 45mm tires sank into it. Lots of MMR with fine-dust dirt. Oy. The other bike in the Arcadia photo, belonged to a mate who rode DK...he said the surface was way worse than DK this year.

Day 3...pavement in the sandhills with 35MPH surface winds gusting to 40+ for the first 20 miles. Lots of folks left camp in the morning only to abort and turn around and return to Day 3 camp.
DK surfaces were like a super highway this year.

I did Gravel Worlds last year and that pea gravel you folks have up there can be brutal stuff, especially when it's wet. Last year GW was fun but the first 30 miles or so were still pretty soggy from overnight storms and was an intense workout. It dried up as the day went on and was fine, but nasty when it's wet.
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Headed back the Blue Mountain Reservation in Northern Westchester NY today for a quick ride before I had to do some real work. Now that I'm getting more comfortable, it's a great place to work on getting comfortable with some steeper, rocky, rooted climbs and descents. The doubletrack trails are definitely doable on a gravel bike with some practice.

I've switched over to tubeless 40mm Maxxis Ramblers and went up to a 40 tooth rear cassette. Also testing out now a handlebar bag handles rougher trails as I'll need to have some extra storage for the D2R2 that I'm working up to.



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Wow, not being here on the forums in awhile I missed out on some really great threads, including this one. I just spent 1/2 hour looking at all the lovely pics in this thread, and it reminds me of how many beautiful places there are in this world. I love gravel riding, it brings back great memories of the rural farming community in which I grew up, in the Catskills of NYS. I've been spending the last five years identifying and riding all the dirt roads I can find from that area. Here are some photo's I've taking from around there.



















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That long lonely rural road:

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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
Wow, not being here on the forums in awhile I missed out on some really great threads, including this one. I just spent 1/2 hour looking at all the lovely pics in this thread, and it reminds me of how many beautiful places there are in this world. I love gravel riding, it brings back great memories of the rural farming community in which I grew up, in the Catskills of NYS. I've been spending the last five years identifying and riding all the dirt roads I can find from that area. Here are some photo's I've taking from around there.
Great photos. Thanks for that.

That's just how I remember the Catskills from my times hiking up there.

Any one of those photos could be a painting. Thanks again.
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Old 07-02-17, 02:24 PM
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Nice Catskills shots... and Those red clay Georgia shots brings back some memories...

I had a cold the past couple of days, but made myself get out to get a few miles in on the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. Another decent bit of bike-able dirt trail about an hour north of NYC.





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Delaware Canal Towpath

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Delaware River (New Hope / Lambertville)
James, can't remember, but is there a trail on both the Jersey and PA sides? Wondering also, are they fairly flat?

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James, can't remember, but is there a trail on both the Jersey and PA sides? Wondering also, are they fairly flat?

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Yes, the Delaware Canal Towpath is on the PA side and the Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail is on the NJ side. Both sides are almost completely flat (as far as I rode it from Morrisville to New Hope and back).
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Yes, the Delaware Canal Towpath is on the PA side and the Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail is on the NJ side. Both sides are almost completely flat (as far as I rode it from Morrisville to New Hope and back).
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It really was a beautiful ride...right up until it wasn't.






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It really was a beautiful ride...right up until it wasn't.

Derailleur drop into the spokes?
Awful to see. Condolences.
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Derailleur drop into the spokes?
Awful to see. Condolences.
Not sure what happened.

Was coming out of a downhill and did a synchro-shift downgear....heard a terrible noise and came to a stop fast...fortunately I was on gravel and stopped quick otherwise the wheel would have failed.

Already ordered a new RD ($169), new hangerx2 ($34)....and need to price out a wheel rebuild (with a new hub).

A lovely 17mile ride...final cost $200+USD.
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Good lord- $170 for a rear derailleur? Is it gold plated? An ultegra is something like $50, right?

Well thats really rough to hear the wheel is shot too.
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Good lord- $170 for a rear derailleur? Is it gold plated? An ultegra is something like $50, right?

Well thats really rough to hear the wheel is shot too.
Di2 ultegra. Yea. FML.

Free hub already has bite, and the spokes were damaged...and bitex doesn't make a better harder free hub...so off to find a better hub

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Ah, di2. Got it.
Makes sense that if the freehub is too soft, just start ver with the whole rear setup.
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[QUOTE=Marcus_Ti;19696256]It really was a beautiful ride...right up until it wasn't.

Curious, how did you manage to get home? Were you far? That sucks, looks like a real nice bike.
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Would be nice to determine failure mode and root cause.


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So I mentioned in May that I had some business on the other side of a bridge that I needed to get around to. Today was the day.

I didn't set out in the direction of the bridge, though; it's not the important bit, and coming at it from the other side works just as well. Starting my ride, I left southbound out of Darrington on Washington's Mountain Loop Highway.

Mountain Loop Highway starts out paved:



Around 8.5 miles in, Mountain Loop Highway stops being paved. And the gravel portion of Mountain Loop is very beautiful. However, while I did see the "pavement ends" sign on the highway, I did not ride any of that gravel. Because at the same spot is a left turn onto another unpaved option: National Forest Road NF-23, also known as White Chuck Road:



Which I took, because White Chuck Mountain was the object of my circumnavigation today:



After traveling farther east along NF-23, here's a view of White Chuck Mountain from the Southeast, with the White Chuck River below:



While NF-23 has lots of potholes, for the most part it's a reasonably chill gravel road. But eventually, it swerves north, looks skyward, and becomes NF-27. NF-27 carves a path up through the hills behind White Chuck Mountain, over to the Suiattle River valley.

It's only around 3 miles to the top, but the grade averages nearly 9%, and the surface is rocky and loose. My 24T chainring came in handy.



NF-27 is currently listed as impassable because of a washout, and there were barriers across enough of the road to block motor vehicles from approaching the spot. But without any explicit road closure signage, I figured I'd keep going.



You get a very exciting view at the top: a level, quality road surface:



But, the important bit.

The top of NF-27 is Rat Trap Pass.

So... here's some Rat Trap Pass on Rat Trap Pass.


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Then came the challenging part of the ride: the descent on the far side, north into the Suiattle River valley.

The opposite side of White Chuck:



And here's an interesting concrete non-bridge. I knew I'd brought fenders for a reason!



The road surface on the north side wasn't much different than the south:



Eventually, NF-27 ended and I made my way onto NF-25, which continues heading north until getting to that bridge over the Suiattle River:



From there on, things were all paved, as I went west and then south back to Darrington.

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Beautiful!

Thanks for those pictures and the narrative.

Riding the tire's namesake was brilliant.

No snow capped peaks here in Georgia LOL.

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What quill stem is that? Looks like a 0degree in a couple pics.

ETA- ha ha, well that wasnt the pic I meant to post! It was the closeup of the stem.

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