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What did you just buy for your gravel bike?

Old 06-19-20, 02:12 PM
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Ordered a new set of tubeless Schwalbe G1's and XTR SPD's for the Niner. Found some great prices on bikebling.com, but then they told me both were backordered! I hate online sellers that don't tell you up front an item is not in stock!
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New cassette.



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Old 06-21-20, 06:45 PM
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Bell

People need a quality bell. Get this: Knog Oi Bike Bell - Luxe, best damn add-on to the cockpit.

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Old 06-21-20, 07:18 PM
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What did you just buy for your gravel bike?

I'm so glad to have found this forum of like-minded individuals - I thought I was the only one that bought gifts for my gravel bike!

Just last night, I bought my baby some flowers. I love her so much.

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Old 06-21-20, 07:58 PM
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SURLY OGRE' (fork)
Came in the mail last night.... Installed on my 700c converted trek 930 frankenbike. I didn't want to cut the steerer too low until I found out if it worked or not. Amazingly, the geometry works!!!!
What brake did you use on the rear, in order to get it to work with 700c wheels?
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Old 06-22-20, 07:00 AM
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3 sets of ultegra level flat bar shifters with brake levers. Shimano SL-R770 3x10 shifters, sweet stuff.
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Old 06-23-20, 03:19 PM
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Old 06-27-20, 12:36 PM
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Just bought a new chain and scrubbed the drivetrain. I went with the xt/ultegra level just for the siltec coating on the pins.
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Old 06-29-20, 10:17 AM
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Building up a Marin Bridgeway hybrid/comfort frame as a gravel bike.

Microshift XLE 10-spd. clutch rear derailler and M10-R bar-end shifter. KMC X10 gold chain for bling. Actually I got these months ago but I'm just getting around to installing them for my build. Kool-Stop Thin-Line salmon v-brake pads for rear. It seems that stock brake pads are too hard-compound and tear up the rim eventually.

Brooks B17 Champion Special tan saddle I bought from a friend never used but has some "shop wear". Pre-owned Trek Alpha aluminum disc fork.

Ok all I need for it (beside cable housing) is tires and the disc brake rotor and caliper.
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7020 hydraulic shifters and 7070 flat mount brakes from Merlin.

I'm finally moving away from my beloved gevenalle shifters. The hoods are great and the funky shifting setup had been flawless for years without being touched for adjustment, but im going full hydraulic.

The exposed cables in front of the bars is annoying(but not enough to motivate me tonchange). The braking quality with my cable actuated hydraulic brakes isn't what I want. Its fine and stops me great every time, and I can fully engage from the hoods with a single finger, but still the braking is...meh.
I'm sure its in part due to the pads, but I figure this investment is relatively small once i sell off my current shifters and brakes.
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Old 06-30-20, 07:34 PM
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I bought a new bike, for my gravel bike.
I just could not get comfortable on my Terra, and a great deal on an Apex 1 build come up, so I'm making the switch!

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Old 06-30-20, 09:31 PM
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Just changed up my 2021 Specialized Comp Carbon. Got some shimano xtr spd pedals with a nice pair of specialized shoes to go with them. Took the 38mm gravel tires off and put some 32mm Continental GP5000 wheels on it. Sucker flys on the concrete lol.
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Old 07-01-20, 03:06 PM
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After moving to a less small apartment I need to find a ways to stash as many bikes as possible without annoying the wife too much. I ordered these post mounts and so far so good. Between the saddle and the top tube there are two mounting heights, I guess the front wheel could be used also. They're not beautiful but they work and were easy to mount.


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Kuat Sherpa 2.0 hitch mount bike rack. Had to hack/bodge a front rim brake guard out of a pool noodle, velcro straps and tupperware lid because the front clamping arm doesnít play nice with the cantilever brakes on my vintage Specialized Hardrock.



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Old 07-09-20, 02:46 PM
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WTB Byway 40's for my Toughroad
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Originally Posted by Wilbur76 View Post
Kuat Sherpa 2.0 hitch mount bike rack. Had to hack/bodge a front rim brake guard out of a pool noodle, velcro straps and tupperware lid because the front clamping arm doesnít play nice with the cantilever brakes on my vintage Specialized Hardrock.
Glad you posted, I've been thinking about getting a rack similar to this one. I am re-thinking, thanks
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Glad you posted, I've been thinking about getting a rack similar to this one. I am re-thinking, thanks
I actually felt this issue would happen and it was confirmed when I loaded my bike. HOWEVER, I specifically chose this hitch rack after researching the alternatives like 1Up, my 2nd choice. What swayed my decision despite this shortcoming was the fit and finish, overall quality and robustness of the Kuat Sherpa. Watching countless user videos and reviews demonstrated how superior Kuat was not only in quality but in value. Speaking of value, 1Up’s Heavy Duty SINGLE is the same price as the Kuat Sherpa that is pre-built to hold 2 bikes. Adding another rack add-on to the 1Up increases the cost by another $130. Maybe if 1Up was more evenly priced I could have been swayed but the raw look of 1Up’s offerings seem primitive and coarse compared to Kuat’s polish. And, my useful hack/bodge wasn’t difficult or expensive to create so I’m happy on that front too.
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Old 07-09-20, 10:02 PM
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I recently built dynamo front wheels in 650B and 700C, in carbon rims matching my existing pairs. CX-Rays, brass nips, Son28s, all black. Built a wiring harness for hub to Forumslader, Forumslader to 12V headlight, USB to bike computer. 2nd USB slot to charge phone, or rear blinker during stops. Added a switch on the framebag with 1) all-off, 2) headlight-on / hub-off and 3) headlight on / hub on. Built a weather-resistant enclosure for the Forumslader with 3x18650:


Objective was: reduce hassle managing device batteries, especially on tour. Campground outlets are often a total cluster****. Enclosure doubles as a general-purpose large powerbank for off-bike days. Pretty stoked
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Old 07-10-20, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Wilbur76 View Post
I actually felt this issue would happen and it was confirmed when I loaded my bike. HOWEVER, I specifically chose this hitch rack after researching the alternatives like 1Up, my 2nd choice. What swayed my decision despite this shortcoming was the fit and finish, overall quality and robustness of the Kuat Sherpa. Watching countless user videos and reviews demonstrated how superior Kuat was not only in quality but in value. Speaking of value, 1Upís Heavy Duty SINGLE is the same price as the Kuat Sherpa that is pre-built to hold 2 bikes. Adding another rack add-on to the 1Up increases the cost by another $130. Maybe if 1Up was more evenly priced I could have been swayed but the raw look of 1Upís offerings seem primitive and coarse compared to Kuatís polish. And, my useful hack/bodge wasnít difficult or expensive to create so Iím happy on that front too.
I have seen their quality, very nice. I actually have a 4 bike rack but it is the older style that holds the bikes at the top tube. Works fine for most bikes except my wife's step through and some mnt bikes. I though getting this one would be nice for our extended road trips for just our 2 bikes. I will try my bike on the rack first before buying. Thanks again
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Finally the new decals arrived for my Giant Innova and have all the raw materials to give it a new look already. Got a new cassette to but put it on early for the last ride.
It's going to be grouse

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I've dealing with some creaks recently, and I think the stem is the culprit. I'm also slightly lengthening the stem reach and switching to a shorter-reach bar to try and open up some leg room at the front end of the bike.

Anyway, to rule out any potential stem quality issues, I figured I'd go nuclear on this thing and get a Pearl.







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I've dealing with some creaks recently, and I think the stem is the culprit. I'm also slightly lengthening the stem reach and switching to a shorter-reach bar to try and open up some leg room at the front end of the bike.

Anyway, to rule out any potential stem quality issues, I figured I'd go nuclear on this thing and get a Pearl.

Did you ever build up that Black Mountain frame?
Also, I didnt realize the Pearl has a loose nut on the back underside of the bar clamp. Interesting.
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Old 07-20-20, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Did you ever build up that Black Mountain frame?
Not quite. It's been sitting around half-finished.

Also, I didnt realize the Pearl has a loose nut on the back underside of the bar clamp. Interesting.
Technomic-series stems do as well, although they use a normal hex nut rather than the specially-shaped nut on the Pearl/NP.
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Old 07-20-20, 11:04 PM
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A 1up rack! And was fortunate to get a great deal on it as my coworker was moving out of country


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Got a great deal on a set of FFWD F3AD alloys from PBK, gonna use them as a road wheelset for the gravel bike, since I'm selling the road bike and will use the gravel bike to pull double duty.

Pretty light, stiff, love the DT350 hubs, I'd say go grab a set, but they're sold out. lol


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