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Dirt is suddenly resplendent.

Old 08-23-19, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I don't know if wearing kit and getting your macho on are compatible?
Wait till Mossy Oak and Carhartt start making cycling gear.
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Old 08-23-19, 12:22 PM
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Wait til Carhartt starts making razors to shave your legs with.
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Old 08-23-19, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Wait til Carhartt starts making razors to shave your legs with.


They might put Harrys out of business. Heck, a person could pick them up on the weekly trip to Bass Pro shops or Cabelas.

"Give me a box of Remington 12ga. 6's, a Mossy Oak cycling rain jacket and some of them Carhartt triple blades. Does the jacket come with a auto glass logo sticker?"

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Old 08-23-19, 01:08 PM
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IMO, riding gravel and dirt roads IS “road biking”. .
East is East and West is West and the twain shall never meet. People, however, are welcome to disagree.
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I mean, gravel roads and dirt roads are, by definition, roads.
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Old 08-23-19, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
East is East and West is West and the twain shall never meet. People, however, are welcome to disagree.
West is west, gravel roads are roads, and riding a bike on a road is road cycling. People can disagree but I don't understand how.
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Old 08-23-19, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
What I found really interesting is that the same thing is happening with runners, migrating from the road to the trail.
Better air, better scenery, safer. Heck yeah.

(Or should I say more resplendent air, more resplendent scenery...)
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Old 08-23-19, 01:26 PM
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Resplendent is a surprisingly difficult word to type!
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I always thought the word was "resplendid".

Glad I came across this thread before I uttered it out loud and embarrassed myself in finer company.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
East is East and West is West and the twain shall never meet.
The mental image I'm getting is that, where you live, transitions between paved and gravel roads are banned. Any person who creates a "pavement ends" sign in defiance of the regime is sentenced to death. There's a paved road network and a gravel road network, but they don't connect to each other at all.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
What I found really interesting is that the same thing is happening with runners, migrating from the road to the trail. I'm not much of a runner, I've seen friends doing it though. Trail running is actually fun, road running always seemed tedious to me.
My friends who trail run tell me that they find running on pavement to be harder on their bodies.
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
I always thought the word was "resplendid".

Glad I came across this thread before I uttered it out loud and embarrassed myself in finer company.
Not only must you correctly pronounce it, you must correctly use it: Remember, it means shining or brilliant. It is no a synonym for "increasing in popularity" as the author of the Outside article seems to be using the word.
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You're in good company, I thought it was in the linked article too, but the word choice contained in the thread title was actually our own Seattle Forrest's.
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
There's a paved road network and a gravel road network, but they don't connect to each other at all.
Kind of like the 7 and any of the 6th or 8th Ave subway lines in NYC.
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
You're in good company, I thought it was in the linked article too, but the word choice contained in the thread title was actually our own Seattle Forrest's.
No, the article says "Dirt is suddenly resplendent."
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Old 08-23-19, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
IMO, riding gravel and dirt roads IS “road biking”
Sometimes.

Local to me, there's a big state park. The route through there in many parts is yes, dirt road/gravel road. So would qualify for what you say. Road biking.

Then, there's a few miles of trail in there that are NOT what I'd consider "road biking". I have ridden 28's through there, and others do, but most eventually regret it and pop a tube or eat ****. Or get tired of getting passed by riders on 30psi off-road tires.

The reason around here you see gravel and cross bikes on the road is that we ride them from the house to the trail, we don't drive. If it's within 10mi each way, I'd ride there and back. The cross course in town is about 8 hilly miles away, the state park gravel about the same. Gives a good warmup. I can take greenway for 1/2 of the way to the state park, or more if I wish.
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
My friends who trail run tell me that they find running on pavement to be harder on their bodies.
Running on pavement is totally unresplendent.
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
My friends who trail run tell me that they find running on pavement to be harder on their bodies.
Trail running promotes a bit of core strength as well.

Twists and turns, ups and downs, uneven surfaces, constantly slight or sometimes drastic changes in direction all require balance and some amount of core strength.


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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
Not only must you correctly pronounce it, you must correctly use it: Remember, it means shining or brilliant. It is no a synonym for "increasing in popularity" as the author of the Outside article seems to be using the word.
That shiny dirt, right off the factory floor, is a many splendored thing. Loses its luster once it gets dirty though.
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Old 08-23-19, 06:28 PM
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I hope to be covered with much resplendence tomorrow.


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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
That shiny dirt, right off the factory floor, is a many splendored thing. Loses its luster once it gets dirty though.
So in other words, you're saying that it's essentially no longer the the April rose that only grows in the early spring?

I wonder if the intended word was "resurgent"? But "resplendent" had more "bling".
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