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datlas 05-02-22 12:09 PM

I had a good ride today. Rode from Asheville up to Mt Mitchell and back. It was fun, and not too flat!

big john 05-02-22 12:13 PM


Originally Posted by BillyD (Post 22492322)
Riding dirt and gravel holds no appeal for me. I'm a smooth surface guy, paved roads. MUPS and all it's hazards will do fine, I don't need to ride 25-30 mph.

If I lived in your area I would want a fat bike for the snow. I rode my mountain bike in the snow quite a bit when I lived in the mountains. It was fun, depending on conditions, of course.

Velo Vol 05-02-22 12:16 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22492331)
I had a good ride today. Rode from Asheville up to Mt Mitchell and back. It was fun, and not too flat!

Kudos on an epic, gravel-free ride. Pics?

Velo Vol 05-02-22 12:16 PM

Gross. Why would anyone live in such a place?


indyfabz 05-02-22 12:21 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22492289)
I see. I started riding motorcycles in the dirt in around 1980 and sold my last dirt bike around 1991. Started riding fully rigid mountain bikes around 92, I think, but always mostly a road rider. I went to a front suspension, then a better suspension, then a full suspension bike in 1998. Broke that bike in 2008 and got a better full squish then in 2018 bought an enduro type bike which has more suspension than my first motorcycle.

Now thinking about a "gravel" bike seems like regressing. No suspension, smaller tires, and less capable than my mtb has me concerned. I have joined a gravel ride with my mtb and it's a disadvantage on smooth climbs and road sections, for sure. Around here there are dirt roads which can be linked with road sections. Group rides with no cars sounds pretty appealing. I have better photos at home.
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...87d80397df.jpg

I have ridden this road in MT fully loaded three times. It's a fun ride with some ups and downs and free range cattle.

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...082fe69c77.jpg

datlas 05-02-22 12:22 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 22492340)
Kudos on an epic, gravel-free ride. Pics?

Here are a couple of your bear friends!


https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...6c4ebe831.jpeg

They were hanging out on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I stayed about 200 feet away and waited about 5 minutes for them to walk into the woods.

Velo Vol 05-02-22 12:23 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22492351)
Here are a couple of your bear friends!

<==jealous

datlas 05-02-22 12:24 PM

Summit pics:


https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...2c7f393e4.jpeg
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...afdf4c7d6.jpeg
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...39a185f62.jpeg
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...449bf6f77.jpeg
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...8ef796ac5.jpeg

datlas 05-02-22 12:26 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 22492354)
<==jealous

The pavement on that section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is PERFECT. No gravel.

big john 05-02-22 12:31 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22492348)
I have ridden this road in MT fully loaded three times. It's a fun ride with some ups and downs and free range cattle.

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...082fe69c77.jpg

How many miles were you on it? Looks a little washboardy. When we went across country in 1990 we did a few dirt roads. I had a Nishiki Seral touring bike with 32s at the start but had to buy a 28 on the road because that's what I could get when the rear tire wore through. The dirt roads were not planned but weren't a problem.

Velo Vol 05-02-22 12:34 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22492359)
Summit pics:

Did you look westward to the Great State of Tennessee, like Moses looking to the promised land from Mount Nebo?


https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...849de94d61.png

phrantic09 05-02-22 12:44 PM


Originally Posted by indyfabz (Post 22492348)
I have ridden this road in MT fully loaded three times. It's a fun ride with some ups and downs and free range cattle.

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...082fe69c77.jpg

This looks seriously fun

indyfabz 05-02-22 12:48 PM


Originally Posted by big john (Post 22492373)
How many miles were you on it? Looks a little washboardy. When we went across country in 1990 we did a few dirt roads. I had a Nishiki Seral touring bike with 32s at the start but had to buy a 28 on the road because that's what I could get when the rear tire wore through. The dirt roads were not planned but weren't a problem.

It's about 20 miles. Washboards in some places. There was bear rock for a short stretch. Some of it is on BLM land, hence the cattle.

DIVIDE BRIDGE C.G.-TWIN BRIDGES - A bike ride in Butte, MT (ridewithgps.com)

indyfabz 05-02-22 12:53 PM


Originally Posted by phrantic09 (Post 22492385)
This looks seriously fun

The last time I rode it I stopped at one spot and realized that I could not hear any manmade sounds. Only the wind rustling the grasses, birds and insects buzzing. Maybe 4 cars total in three rides. None the last time.


https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5d48b02cdf.jpg

Velo Vol 05-02-22 12:53 PM

Will this make me a faster cyclist?


genejockey 05-02-22 01:01 PM


Originally Posted by datlas (Post 22492359)

Nice looking bike! The black R8000 kit works with Ti. This week I'm going to spend the evenings tearing down/building up the Litespeed with R8000. For now, I'm sticking with the 7410 crank. I'm planning to get an R8000 one, but I haven't decided between 52/36 and 53/39. SO I'm going to see how I like 53/39 x 11-32, compared to the 52/36 x 11-34 on the Canyon.

genejockey 05-02-22 01:02 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 22492402)
Will this make me a faster cyclist?

https://twitter.com/isaachasson/stat...98346236485632

Not downhill.

Bah Humbug 05-02-22 01:07 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 22492342)
Gross. Why would anyone live in such a place?

https://twitter.com/WeatherNation/st...88017460760577

Dry air, lots of sun, excellent quality of life outside of the cold. Would you rather have a sauna outside 8 “”eight months a year?

Velo Vol 05-02-22 01:17 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 22492417)
Dry air, lots of sun, excellent quality of life outside of the cold. Would you rather have a sauna outside 8 “”eight months a year?

Not sure what you mean by sauna, but I wish summer here lasted eight months, instead of three.

Bah Humbug 05-02-22 01:21 PM


Originally Posted by Velo Vol (Post 22492430)
Not sure what you mean by sauna, but I wish summer here lasted eight months, instead of three.

You can move to Texas. Lots of people do. It’ll challenge your notions about prehydrating though

Bah Humbug 05-02-22 01:23 PM

AG was supposed to take a short trip home tomorrow during her unemployment, but we got the cal yesterday that her mother got Covid by not masking while the guy was fixing cabinets (prolly). A day after her second booster, which of course didn’t help her yet.

One of my mother’s friends, too. She’s finally internalizing why I want her to mask in the stores.

Mojo31 05-02-22 02:01 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 22492434)
You can move to Texas. Lots of people do. It’ll challenge your notions about prehydrating though

Thanks friend. You'll be long gone and I'll have to deal with him in Texas bi*ching about something.

Velo Vol 05-02-22 02:17 PM


Originally Posted by Bah Humbug (Post 22492434)
You can move to Texas.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...bb0451d756.jpg

WhyFi 05-02-22 02:18 PM


Originally Posted by Mojo31 (Post 22492482)
Thanks friend. You'll be long gone and I'll have to deal with him in Texas bi*ching about something everything.

fify

datlas 05-02-22 02:25 PM


Originally Posted by genejockey (Post 22492412)
Nice looking bike! The black R8000 kit works with Ti. This week I'm going to spend the evenings tearing down/building up the Litespeed with R8000. For now, I'm sticking with the 7410 crank. I'm planning to get an R8000 one, but I haven't decided between 52/36 and 53/39. SO I'm going to see how I like 53/39 x 11-32, compared to the 52/36 x 11-34 on the Canyon.

As you know, gearing is very personal. I am a convert to compact gearing, and am running 50/34 and 11-28 on the Habanero.

I was a fool in my 20’s and ran 53/42 and 13-21. I shudder today at the idea of going up a 15% climb in a 42 x 21 but somehow did it BITD.


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