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Old 08-15-19, 07:48 AM
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This is the closest actual gravel road to me. Just a farm lane with some 10% grade hills thrown in. It's about 40 minutes away on decent paved roads. Can pick up a rail trail from here to complete the loop home. Nice little two hour ride.
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Old 08-15-19, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by medic75 View Post
20 was a little low, but the terrain that I was riding on was not civilized, as you can see in the photo, and the rim only bottomed out twice over 10 miles. The grip & ride were great. It was little more interesting once I got back on the tarmac. Handling in the corners was concerning to say the least. This is a 38 mm GK slick on a 21 mm wheel. I had been running 30 psi on non-tarmac, but I think that will be 25 or lower for future gravel rides.
If the rim is bottoming out at all then pinch flats or damage to the tire or the rim is a concern.

I'm not trying to lecture or beat you over the head. I hope you don't take it that way. Its just that I've seen tires ruined that way.

Experimenting with pressure is good though. I thought my tires sucked until I learned how to corner and thought my bike sucked on rough surfaces until I lowered pressure significantly. Pressure is the number one thing IMO.
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Old 08-15-19, 07:59 AM
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Did you ride it?

Even just a little?

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Not your typical gravel ride!
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With such low pressure do you not end up bouncing when pedaling under load or high cadence ?
It was a mistake & I forgot to grab my pump for the ride. With that said and with the exception of the two times the rim bottomed out, it was an awesome ride. Gravel performance was great. It reminded me of the first time I rode my 29+ MTB with only 12 psi in the front tire. It seemed wrong, but the performance & ride told me it was perfect.
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Old 08-16-19, 11:39 AM
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Up or down, I walk this section. Too slippery for my Crosscuts
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Old 08-16-19, 11:51 AM
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Gravel Ride, Newport, OR; Aug 10, 2019



OK, so I'm on the right road...


...but where the heck is the road????


First view of the ocean.


If you look carefully, you can see the top of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport.


Panorama looking back toward home.


Looking the other way, further into the Coast Range.


You can't tell but this is looking downhill. That descent in the background is where my Garmin decided to part company with my bike. (Don't worry, I retrieved it.)


Narrow Winding Road - my favorite kind!
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Old 08-17-19, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
Did you ride it?

Even just a little?
I did, a few times. Can't hit it as fast as I would on my full suspension unfortunately.
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Old 08-17-19, 04:48 PM
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Another trip from Rattlesnake Lake up to Snoqualmie Pass and back via Denny Creek campground and some hike a bike


Three very different gravel setups
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Old 08-17-19, 04:56 PM
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Oohhhh .. their cider was SOOOO good :-) Could of stayed there a few hours instead of just one :-)


Shame about the builders bags spoiling the view but hey ho


View of the builders bags from the opposite side :-)


Looks like a big hill ahead :-)



Just off the gravel path ... lovely pub!!!




Mr Steve .. posing ... NOT :-)
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Old 08-17-19, 05:29 PM
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This photo makes me want to load up my bike and go bikepacking right now.

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Old 08-17-19, 07:10 PM
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These bridges might not be very good at being bridges, but they make great bike stands.

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I rode some nice gravel last week on the hardtail. Headed up to Willliams, AZ to escape the heat for a couple of days.


Johnson Creek Canyon


Johnson Tunnel


Returning from Sycamore Falls. San Francisco Peaks in the background


Looking the other way, Bill Williams Mountain in the background.


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A relaxing 3 hour Sunday ride along one of my favorite local mixed surface routes. Farmland, historic wagon roads, gravel dikes and trails. I can either add 3 hill climbs for a workout or keep it relatively flat for the FG.

Some corn porn



Hops for the craft beer crowd



The metropolis of Arnold. A total of 1 four way stop signs



The Barrowtown pump station. Without this the fertile Sumas Prairie would revert back to march



A tobacco drying barn. One of two along the dike
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This thread has the best pictures.
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This thread has the best pictures.
These pictures have the best thread.
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Old 08-19-19, 03:11 PM
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i don't know what's wrong with me, but i really like loose and rutty climbs apparently. so far the best elevation per mile gain type rides i've found around here is exploring different routes up to our local cell/radio towers. a couple friends told me about this single track trail that takes you up that i haven't checked out before, so i went for a ride yesterday to see what it's about. super fun ride, tho the decent made me glad i chose a 26er to build as my cheap go anywhere bike rather than an old 700c like i originally planned. it's just too bad it won't fit a dropper post, the seat likes to smack my cheeks any time i catch a little air.
https://www.strava.com/activities/2631377315



trail shrine




awesome view of coos bay up here, tho my pictures didn't really capture it


decided to climb the bare, not-in-use tower to get a better view, but i'm scared of heights so i only made it like 20' haha.


found this thing on the way back down



really happy with this old univega so far! need to rebuild the rear hub tho, found it to be a bit loose at the end of this ride.

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What does "Pende" mean?




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What does "Pende" mean?

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tire was blocking the tag, it says pendejo
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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.

...

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

I hope nobody minds if I add some photos to go along with this excellent ride report. White Chuck is a 7,000' mountain that towers over the town of Darrington; that may not sound like much if you live in Colorado but the town is 400' above sea level. You can see the summit shrouded in clouds, a large, rocky obelisk.

There is a long, rough dirt road that goes to 4,800', ending in a lovely meadow, with a faint trail. The trail doesn't go very far, about a mile through some trees to a meadow. From there, there's a loose and exposed gully leading to the west ridge. From here, the climbing is straightforward, but more sketchy than words can get across. I invited @HTupolev to join me on this, thinking it would be a walk in the park, I'm so glad he had the good sense to decline. For more than a mile, the ground is down sloping, and either loose and crumbly, or slabby with pebbles to trip you, all of this with cliffs immediately below. One wrong step and it's all over. I wanted to be on belay, but the route wasn't protectable, there were a few parallel cracks several rope lengths apart.

Here's what the upper mountain looks like.

Exiting the gully and attaining the ridge, Stillaguamish Valley behind us.Veronica ascending the meadow.Hi Sloan Peak! You look formidable today.You can see this spire to the right of the summit in @HTupolev's photo:Nick ascending the slabs. Just below the bottom of this photo is an obvious death fall. Don't try this at home!Looking down. You'd fall about 500 feet if you lost your footing here.Time to go. I've never fully trusted Camelots, and they were the only protection I could set. One is a micro-cam. Sketchy as ****. I did realize my error before I weighted this. (Nick chose to downclimb, and cleaned the anchor.)White Chuck Glacier below. There was a mountain goat nearby, but he wasn't cooperative - no pee, no picture.An eagle soaring over the Stilly G Valley and Whitehorse Mountain, wildfire smoke blowing in from the west.
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Wow, after all the effort I put in to getting that formatted correctly, what a mess.
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Miles and miles of straight gravel with no traffic.

Turn the corner and you're riding on twisting undulations, looking for birds on every pond in the low lying terrain. This road is fun to ride with constant up and down without any hills longer than 30 seconds for 5 miles.
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Old 08-20-19, 02:31 PM
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I've never fully trusted Camelots, and they were the only protection I could set. did realize my error before I weighted this. (Nick chose to downclimb, and cleaned the anchor.)
Whats wrong with C4s? That rock looks super chossy, I would have been more worried about that
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Wow, after all the effort I put in to getting that formatted correctly, what a mess.
Not much bearing on the title gravel ... and the secrets in the next word .... "RIDE" pics but hey ho ... each to their own.

Now if you'd carried the bile up strapped to your back and rode it back down again we might have been impressed
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Whats wrong with C4s? That rock looks super chossy, I would have been more worried about that
Just feels like you're relying on magic. I've had mine long enough to need to get them reslung, and they've never let me down. They're often the only things that will work. But it makes me just a little nervous every time.

For the record, I screwed that anchor up, but noticed before I weighted it.
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Wow, after all the effort I put in to getting that formatted correctly, what a mess.
Don't worry about it. I was able to follow along, at least sort of.

Really nice pics.
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