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Old 05-03-17, 07:39 PM
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Is that poison ivy?
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Almost certainly blackberries.
Yep, it's blackberries. Thankfully there weren't many fresh thorny branches laying across the path.

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Douglas State Forest, Douglas, Mass. Awesome morning. Got a great tip on a cool trail from a woman on horseback, and got good directions from a woman walking her dog on the Southern New England Trunkline Trail. The Miyata Alumicross I built up over the winter is pretty amazing; some of the trails I used were clearly more geared toward mountain bikes.
Saw your post in C&V about that bike, really cool machine. I have a Miyata as well (1983 710), although it's still configured as a pavement bike. Miyatas have so many nice little touches, even their plastic headbadges are cool:

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I need to learn how to take better photos.
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
Yep, it's blackberries. Thankfully there weren't many fresh thorny branches laying across the path.


Saw your post in C&V about that bike, really cool machine. I have a Miyata as well (1983 710), although it's still configured as a pavement bike. Miyatas have so many nice little touches, even their plastic headbadges are cool:

Thanks! I get the sense the finished product wasn't watered down much at all from design to manufacturing at Miyata. That is one nice head badge btw. I would love a red bike at some point.
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@bonsai171 (below) and I had an amazing ride today. 40 miles with about 1/4 of that off pavement.

Almost no cars. We saw horses, cows, a flock of guinea hens, hawks, deer feeding in a field and were chased by dogs too many times to count. The ride started cold but it warmed up to the perfect temperature and the rain yesterday meant zero dust.

He can push that heavy bike really well!


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Went and did 30 miles on the Oak Creek bike trail with an amigo from MO...and then got the whacko idea to explore some MMR (Min Maintenance "Roads")....seen peeking over the hillock. No cars, only one marathon trainer. Bright, sunny, and nice.

5-15% MMR on dirt/mud rutted farm roads. Disc brakes needed on the way down....30-30 gearing needed coming back up.

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How's that Niner treating you? Looks great!
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How's that Niner treating you? Looks great!
I was going to ask the same thing of @Marcus_Ti about his carver.

I'm really happy with it, both the build and how it rides. For an MTB company, Niner has made a really nice road bike. It handles like a road bike and responds best when ridden like a road bike. I say this because somehow along the way I got caught up in the "Do it all" or "Any road" hype pushed by manufacturers. Maybe the fact that Niner is an MTB company or maybe I looked at too many video's of guys running non suspension gravel bikes on singlegrack but I tried to take it on very rough trails and it doesn't work. I had to keep reminding myself that that the original goal was a fast gravel bike.
I don't want an adventure bike. Options?
That's really what it is - a sporty endurance road bike which handles really well on gravel and is built tough like an MTB. It was ridden hard descending today and it bounces around in bumps, especially washboard on turns. Maybe it needs less air in the tires? After riding Di2 I don't want to go back to mechanical.

The Fabric Scoop saddle flexes up and down, feels really weird like a tire going flat at times. The flared bars are amazing and I don't know why every bike doesn't come with them.

The hardest part is not cleaning it meticulously when I get home. Putting it away dirty is really difficult.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
I was going to ask the same thing of @Marcus_Ti about his carver.

I'm really happy with it, both the build and how it rides. For an MTB company, Niner has made a really nice road bike. It handles like a road bike and responds best when ridden like a road bike. I say this because somehow along the way I got caught up in the "Do it all" or "Any road" hype pushed by manufacturers. Maybe the fact that Niner is an MTB company or maybe I looked at too many video's of guys running non suspension gravel bikes on singlegrack but I tried to take it on very rough trails and it doesn't work. I had to keep reminding myself that that the original goal was a fast gravel bike.
I don't want an adventure bike. Options?
That's really what it is - a sporty endurance road bike which handles really well on gravel and is built tough like an MTB. It was ridden hard descending today and it bounces around in bumps, especially washboard on turns. Maybe it needs less air in the tires? After riding Di2 I don't want to go back to mechanical.

The Fabric Scoop saddle flexes up and down, feels really weird like a tire going flat at times. The flared bars are amazing and I don't know why every bike doesn't come with them.

The hardest part is not cleaning it meticulously when I get home. Putting it away dirty is really difficult.


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Glad you like the 9er! And oh, I'm digging my carver.

Mate and I were riding out in farmland, and improved or unimproved it was a ball, even a nasty 15% descent on basically dried double-track mud farm road (thank goodness I had discs or I might have rear ended him). 45mm tires at 30-40PSI eat loose-pack dirt and gravel easy, and it is a tank WRT handling anything....but is maneuverable slow, and stable enough fast. Just a fun blast of a bike that can go most anywhere that there's something of a path.

Hard front/tail bikes will always be harder on the body than suspended on unimproved surfaces. Our track here is fairly well worn, so it is more manageable compared to wild-land DIY track.

Only have a few gripe-list things in the first 400 miles and change of shakeout, and 2/3 of them are the build rather than the frameset... (1) The IRD Defiant crankset is a bit flexy especially out of the saddle punchy climbs (it is a square taper crank, and flex is inevitable compared to modern hollow-axle external cup cranks). (2) I do miss having a wing-style handlebar for the tops, one of my mates has a stash of Specialized bar-shapers to take a round-section bar and give it a wing -so in 2 weeks I should be fixed up on that. (3) The one thing I dislike about the frameset, is the rear lower eyelet position for racks-it is a strange config that I believe even Lynskey has now abandoned.

The crank is probably going to get replaced when the new FSA finally goes on sale I'm thinking.

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I'm really happy with it, both the build and how it rides.
That's awesome, Tim. Hope you'll post more pics as you get it dirty more and more often.
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The photo's you post are amazing. Really brings back memories of my visits to the state.

Please don't hesitate to post more photos and if you can, would you post a link to the routes?

What frame pack is that? I'm thinking of an Apidura.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
The photo's you post are amazing. Really brings back memories of my visits to the state.

Please don't hesitate to post more photos and if you can, would you post a link to the routes?

What frame pack is that? I'm thinking of an Apidura.


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Darrington, WA

Mixed surface ride. It was one of those rare days when the road in front of me was good and open, I was going fast, making big power numbers, but it was so easy I could have been convinced someone else was doing the work for me.








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Stunning. That second picture looks like the Sauk Prairie area... I really need to explore the Sauk Suiattle region more.

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Darrington, WA

Mixed surface ride. It was one of those rare days when the road in front of me was good and open, I was going fast, making big power numbers, but it was so easy I could have been convinced someone else was doing the work for me.









What tires are you running?
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
Stunning. That second picture looks like the Sauk Prairie area... I really need to explore the Sauk Suiattle region more.


And it was some of your recent Darrington pics that inspired me to go out that way.
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What tires are you running?
28 mm Pro Ones. Got a sidewall cut.
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During a sidetrack from a gravel ride today, i did some singletrack to eventually meet up with more gravel roads.

Such fun on twisting single hardpack.

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Lovely ride by the lake yesterday...Fat tires back on the Fisticuff to give me one more reason to stay off pavement.

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Full moon midnight work commute.



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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
Went and did 30 miles on the Oak Creek bike trail with an amigo from MO...and then got the whacko idea to explore some MMR (Min Maintenance "Roads")....seen peeking over the hillock. No cars, only one marathon trainer. Bright, sunny, and nice.

5-15% MMR on dirt/mud rutted farm roads. Disc brakes needed on the way down....30-30 gearing needed coming back up.

Are you wearing PI sun sleeves/legs or are they warmers?
Just curious - I have them, but haven't worn them yet.
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