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 12-12-18, 04:04 PM
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Curve Grovel built up with a mish-mash of parts.
Nice, I follow Curve and a bunch of the folks associated with it on various social media and their bikes and whole vibe are pretty cool. Definitely would put "riding in the outback" on my bucket list. Especially this time of year when the weather is gross in the northern hemisphere.
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Old 12-14-18, 11:34 PM
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Old 12-15-18, 09:04 PM
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A few deer out around sunset.
It got up to 50deg today- little wind and no clouds. Fantastic mid-December day!

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Old 12-16-18, 05:57 AM
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Riding along the Central Arizona Project.

IMG_20181213_111114603 by Lester Luallin, on Flickr
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Old 12-16-18, 07:32 AM
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Old 12-16-18, 10:50 AM
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I got the shiny bike very dirty today.

We are having a very unusually warm weekend here in Northern Illinois. Sunny and in the high 40s! I actually got to ride in shorts and just a long sleeve jersey for once!

I had planned on a 30 mile loop that I had done earlier this summer, but ended up missing a turn and ended up on a very steep, very sloppy gravel road. Fun times on 28c tires and 40-28 bailout gear Oh, and this bike really needs compressionless brake housing. The brakes are really more of a kind suggestion than anything, which makes things interesting.

Ended up with 32 miles, and new plans to tear down, clean, and overhaul the old SLT over the next few days.





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Old 12-16-18, 01:40 PM
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Love the chrome LT!
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Old 12-18-18, 09:30 AM
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@abshipp I tried putting gravel tires (non slick) on my sweet quill stem bike. I learned pretty quickly that knobby tires and downtube shifters don't play well together.
Going for a shift and brushing against a knobby tire at 20+ mph kinda hurts.

@bigredgrad01 I like the fenders. I always wonder about people who espouse the fowl weather benefits of disk brakes yet don't seem to understand the benefits of fenders (especially on gravel this time of year).

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Old 12-18-18, 11:18 AM
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This is really nice.

I can smell the ocean and feel the chill in the air.

When someone asks why we ride bikes, just hand them a copy of this photo.

Well done.

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Old 12-19-18, 09:09 PM
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Sonoma Coast by djk762, on Flickr
So great. I'm a NorCal guy transplanted to SoCal, and wasn't riding when I was up there. Gonna have to fix that--going up for the holidays.
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Old 12-21-18, 10:08 AM
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Old 12-26-18, 08:34 AM
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Yesterday, Christmas Day, I rode a section of the Burma Road in the Jerusalem foothills. In 1948 the road was cut by Israeli independence fighters so they could provide supplies to the Jewish population of Jerusalem. The main access road had been blockaded and the Israeli's were taking heavy losses trying to break through. This road was hidden and clear of enemy mortar fire and snipers.

From the parking lot the grade quickly went above 10%. Around 13% I could feel the back wheel slipping and that's when I needed to do a little hike-a-bike. The road down was definitely nerve racking as I am definitely more a roadie than an MTBer. In the picture the road looks like it curves to the left but it actually just drops down more. I walked that little section, too. My bike GPS said it was 16%.

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Old 12-30-18, 01:57 PM
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Yesterday, Christmas Day, I rode a section of the Burma Road in the Jerusalem foothills. In 1948 the road was cut by Israeli independence fighters so they could provide supplies to the Jewish population of Jerusalem. The main access road had been blockaded and the Israeli's were taking heavy losses trying to break through. This road was hidden and clear of enemy mortar fire and snipers.

From the parking lot the grade quickly went above 10%. Around 13% I could feel the back wheel slipping and that's when I needed to do a little hike-a-bike. The road down was definitely nerve racking as I am definitely more a roadie than an MTBer. In the picture the road looks like it curves to the left but it actually just drops down more. I walked that little section, too. My bike GPS said it was 16%.

Beautiful. What an amazing place to ride.
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Just took my dog Molly out for her first beside the bicycle run today. I have trained her to always walk on my left and correct whenever she tries to cross in front and it has paid off as she just ran beside for 20km's (with one mishap when the sound from a wooden bridge spooked her).

A rare sunny day in what seems like a weeks worth of deluge.




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Old 01-02-19, 11:27 AM
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Just took my dog Molly out for her first beside the bicycle run today. I have trained her to always walk on my left and correct whenever she tries to cross in front and it has paid off as she just ran beside for 20km's (with one mishap when the sound from a wooden bridge spooked her).

A rare sunny day in what seems like a weeks worth of deluge.


Cool looking dog. Is she a shaggy Poodle? We had a black one nice dogs.
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Old 01-02-19, 04:12 PM
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Cool looking dog. Is she a shaggy Poodle? We had a black one nice dogs.
Thanks. She is a labradoodle which is a mix between a labrador retriever and a poodle. In this case she came from a labradoodle b-tch and full poodle stud so 3/4 poodle.
They make wonderful companion dogs that are usually hypoallergenic (several family members have asthma) but rugged enough for an outdoorsy lifestyle.
Went for another 12km ride yesterday with lots of leash time passing other walker/dog groups and she did exceptionally well

It's a good training activity because she gets a super workout but has to pay attention to me on a regular basis. It also re enforces the role of my being leader because I control direction and speed and can actually outpace her this way if I want (she's not always on leash).

It's cool to see the thrill and joy of a dog running long distances.

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Old 01-13-19, 10:45 AM
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Some summery landscapes for those in the cold part of the world:








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Old 01-13-19, 12:28 PM
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Some summery landscapes for those in the cold part of the world:
That looks beautiful. How's the riding in Brazil, overall?
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Old 01-13-19, 12:58 PM
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That looks beautiful. How's the riding in Brazil, overall?
​​​​​​Overall, hein? Well, at least where are I am, there are many unpaved roads and lots of green rolling hills. The weather is good for riding year round (except for some strong rains and heat). On the other hand there are lots of reckless drivers, widespread DUI, risk of being robbed or kidnapped. When out in the wild there's risk of coming face to face with a jaguar or being bitten by a snake or a spider or simply coming in contact with a hairy caterpillar. For some of these reasons people tend to ride in groups. I prefer to ride alone so that limits me somewhat. Bikes and parts are extremely expensive and knowledgeable mechanics rather hard to find. But the riding culture is on the rise and things are rapidly changing. Hopefully we'll catch up with the more developed places in the years to come.
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Old 01-13-19, 07:14 PM
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not dramatic, just my neck of the woods

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Old 01-14-19, 06:45 AM
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Exploring around in the hills.
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Old 01-16-19, 03:18 PM
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​​​​​​Overall, hein? Well, at least where are I am, there are many unpaved roads and lots of green rolling hills.
Where in Brazil, Hein? I lived in Sao Paulo for a couple years. I loved seeing the forests and would have loved to get out into them more, but they always spooked me out a little too much..

These photos from Belo Horizonte look amazing:

Brazilian Exploration #1 - PCR GRAVIER
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