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What did you just buy for your gravel bike?

Old 05-07-19, 09:31 AM
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Hopefully nothing this week!

In the last week and a bit I ordered all the parts to finally build-up a F/F I've been sitting on for a few years. Selle Anatomica, Hunt 4 Seasons, (mostly) Force, Whisky bits.

After all that purchasing I hope I enjoy the bike (I am a lazy inexact person so I put it mostly together and then dropped it off at the local shop for them to do the cabling and adjusting).
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What did I just buy for my gravel bike?
A new gravel bike!

I ordered it in April and just took delivery today!
I got a Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.1. Working with Soren at the company made this an extremely easy process, and I give him a lot of credit for answering all of my questions and putting all my concerns at ease.

I have it built up with a Shimano 105 hydro groupset, Praxis Alba cranks, Easton EA50 cockpit, Easton EA70AX wheels, WTB Volt seat, WTB Nano 700x40 tires setup tubeless, and iSSi Flash III clipless pedals.

After a few years of researching bikes, coming close to buying, then backing out, I am super happy that i finally pulled the trigger!

Itís going to take me some time to get used to it, as every bike Iíve owned has been a single speed. This is also my first time using clipless pedals. I only got about 10ish miles on it so far, but I can say with absolute certainty that I love this bike and it will treat me well for many, many years!

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^^ That is a super nice bike.

You are going to have so much fun on that thing.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
^^ That is a super nice bike.

You are going to have so much fun on that thing.


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Thank you!
I am already making plans to do a 5 day / 250 mile gravel trip in Vermont, stopping at a number of breweries. I found the route here.
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Hard to go wrong with a route that brings you by Hill Farmstead - gorgeous area and amazing beer. Fan of Drop-In as well, although their taproom wasn't anything to write home about. I don't recall seeing Lawson's Finest Liquids on their route (they didn't use to have a taproom, but I just bought some of their beer the other day and the cans said something about there being a taproom now), and someone once told me that... Lost Nation I think it was, had a great taproom with attractive prices? Guy at Tour de Heifer, so I imagine it's a cycle friendly place.
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Originally Posted by LeFreakyBone View Post
Thank you!
I am already making plans to do a 5 day / 250 mile gravel trip in Vermont, stopping at a number of breweries. I found the route here.
Perfect. That's such a great website.

I'm planning the Dirty 130 soon. Maybe as a three day/two night trip.

I've also just done this... https://atlantabikerides.exposure.co...-bikes-dont-go


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@LeFreakyBone How to you like the Spork fork?
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
@LeFreakyBone How to you like the Spork fork?
I'll bet he doesn't say he hates it.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I'll bet he doesn't say he hates it.


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So far, he doesn't say.

Maybe it killed him already.

I think that is version 1.2 of the fork. They have 2.0 now, which I am coveting.

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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
They have 2.0 now, which I am coveting.
Thou shall not...
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
So far, he doesn't say.

Maybe it killed him already.

I think that is version 1.2 of the fork. They have 2.0 now, which I am coveting.
Hahaha nope hasnít killed me yet!
Correct, it is the 1.2 version of the fork. The 2.0 has even larger clearances than this one, and I believe it is what comes with their Trail Donkey frame.

I will say that I was initially a little bit nervous to ride with carbon (this is the first carbon part Iíve ever owned), but after getting in a good gravel ride today I can say it feels super sturdy and I am confident riding with it.

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Hard to go wrong with a route that brings you by Hill Farmstead - gorgeous area and amazing beer. Fan of Drop-In as well, although their taproom wasn't anything to write home about. I don't recall seeing Lawson's Finest Liquids on their route (they didn't use to have a taproom, but I just bought some of their beer the other day and the cans said something about there being a taproom now), and someone once told me that... Lost Nation I think it was, had a great taproom with attractive prices? Guy at Tour de Heifer, so I imagine it's a cycle friendly place.
Hill Farmstead is very appealing to me since it appears you cannot get it outside of that town. Iím a big fan of Lawsonís Sip of Sunshine! I really hope I can make this trip happen sooner than later.

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Perfect. That's such a great website.

I'm planning the Dirty 130 soon. Maybe as a three day/two night trip.

I've also just done this... https://atlantabikerides.exposure.co...-bikes-dont-go


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Nice! That Dirty 130 looks like it is in a super nice area of TN. I was out there a year ago on a motorcycle trip.
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To match the original wheelset. This way I have a slick wheelset for commuting, and an aggressive knobby one for gravel/trails.
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Originally Posted by LeFreakyBone View Post

What did I just buy for my gravel bike?
A new gravel bike!

I ordered it in April and just took delivery today!
I got a Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 4.1. Working with Soren at the company made this an extremely easy process, and I give him a lot of credit for answering all of my questions and putting all my concerns at ease.

I have it built up with a Shimano 105 hydro groupset, Praxis Alba cranks, Easton EA50 cockpit, Easton EA70AX wheels, WTB Volt seat, WTB Nano 700x40 tires setup tubeless, and iSSi Flash III clipless pedals.

After a few years of researching bikes, coming close to buying, then backing out, I am super happy that i finally pulled the trigger!

Itís going to take me some time to get used to it, as every bike Iíve owned has been a single speed. This is also my first time using clipless pedals. I only got about 10ish miles on it so far, but I can say with absolute certainty that I love this bike and it will treat me well for many, many years!
I really like that one.
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Originally Posted by LeFreakyBone View Post

Hill Farmstead is very appealing to me since it appears you cannot get it outside of that town. I’m a big fan of Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine! I really hope I can make this trip happen sooner than later.
If you want bottles/cans, yes, I believe you can only buy HF at their bottleroom. Also, not sure if they distribute all of their beers to the handful of restaurants I know carry them? Like, their IPAs? Not sure about those. They have a pretty wide selection on tap in their taproom.

As for restaurants that serve Hill Farmstead, Farmhouse Tap and Grille and Burlington, Prohibition Pig in Waterbury (on your map already), and I think Royalburger in South Royalston maybe, all serve at least some of their beers on the regular?

ETA: I haven't seen a total yet, but I did fail in my effort to stop buying parts for the bike I'm having built up: forgot about brakehangers and a few other sundry items. Hopefully not too expensive.
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Recently bought, finally installed, rode for the first time today a set of Crankbrothers Mallet DL pedals and a set of Salsa Woodchipper 2 bars. Love the pedals for the improved platform over the regular Mallets they replaced but they come with a slight weight penalty. The bars are so different that it will be a while before I can say for sure how I like them. This bike does double duty as a commuter so spends a fair amount of time on the road but I bought the bars with gravel use in mind. I wanted to try a set of slanted bars. Did 34 miles on the road today and thought the hoods were surprisingly comfortable. Still getting the feel for the hooks and drops.
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Redshift ShockStop 'suspension' stem. First ride coming up.
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Redshift ShockStop 'suspension' stem. First ride coming up.
Got one of those. I love it. Really takes the buzz off the handlebars. Don't expect them to feel like a RockShox fork but they do help!
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Did you leave the stock dampers in place? Also interesting how the hoods have more spring than the end of the drops due to the lever arm.
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Did you leave the stock dampers in place? Also interesting how the hoods have more spring than the end of the drops due to the lever arm.
I think I changed them initially, I was a lot heavier. I went back to the stock setup. The spring effect is a bit tricky at first but you quickly forget about it.
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Giro Cylinder shoes from gravel and CX.. my mtn bike shoes don't have any ventilation and get too hot in the summer
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Got a good price on a Shimano Metrea crankset. Which is good because afaik itís the only one with a chain guard and it actually clears my chainstay


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My carbon frame is seeing some abrasion from bikepacking bags so I just ordered a roll of Shelter tape.

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