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Old 04-15-19, 08:40 AM
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This route ended up being blocked.

Looks like a location shot from Terminator 2!
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Old 04-21-19, 08:46 PM
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1989 Bianchi Axis finally finished...

Before: Rusted, few OEM parts, frame dented, bent...



Strippped, powder-coated, decaled, new bits added...

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Old 04-22-19, 08:04 AM
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Before: Rusted, few OEM parts, frame dented, bent...



Strippped, powder-coated, decaled, new bits added...

Damn...that looks like a brand new bike! Nicely done
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Old 04-25-19, 08:28 AM
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Ah what the heck, here's my cross/gravel bike. Mostly ride it on single track and very bumpy paved trails, nothing too serious... so converted to 2x.
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Old 05-10-19, 02:17 AM
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Finally have mine looking how I want. I couldn't pass up the chance to take a photo in the flowers this morning.

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Old 05-10-19, 03:11 PM
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Everytime I see those flowers I pause for a second and think "Queen Anne's Lace or Giant Hogweed?"
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Originally Posted by irwin7638 View Post


Hunqapillar. With 50mm Bid Bens, it's the ATV in my stable.

Marc
Technically, it's a roadster:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadster_(bicycle)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utility_bicycle
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Old 05-19-19, 07:56 PM
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The one I used yesterday

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Old 05-20-19, 06:54 AM
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Nice job - great rescue!
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Old 05-20-19, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by iCollector View Post
Nice job - great rescue!
If that's for me, thanks

This is my other groomed gravel bike:




I know the newest trend is sexy but I'm too function over form for that and dang it this old rigid mtb delivers all seasons, right across the board.
























Originally a 1992 Marin Pine Mountain, I bought it for $50 at a thrift store. It was well used but really just needed new shifters yet I stripped it to bare chromo metal and rebuilt it anyway. It was my main loaded touring bike for a while and I have since added new rims, a 42/32/22 crank and 7 speed 11-36 cassette. It's also run the gambit of flats, trekking and drop bars along the way.With a new touring bike this has become my singletrack/off road touring bike and I've added a low travel suspension fork and more aggressive tires but it still rolls fast(ish).

For the terrain around here it works because we can easily go from pavement, groomed gravel to single track - gnarly in a single ride. On the groomed stuff a road style gravel bike will prevail but on rocky rutted stuff the suspension fork takes the hesitation out of the lines and I can go faster. Plus it's a low geared mule that can go light or heavily loaded as required. I would have to say bikes like this are the ultimate atb's.

If I want to just go fast on groomed gravel a road bike with tire clearance will do really. I have an endurance bike that fits 32's in 700c and for a couple of hundred could convert to 650b and beef that up to 40-45 easy. But as soon as one gets off groomed into single track or sketchy downhill the non suspension, geometry and drop bars tend to make me far more cautious and slow. A full suspension mtb is great downhill but too heavy and slow for flat riding. I like exploration far better than speed that way and this meets in the middle. I only wish it could take wider tires for more float on sand mud and snow.

On our ride a couple of days ago my friend and I were considering that the next evolution for us may be fat bikes with dropper posts or something like the Surly ECR/Krampus to take full advantage of off road opportunities.

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Old 05-21-19, 05:47 AM
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Trek Checkpoint ALR 4 with some upgrades.
650b wheels with 2.1" Kenda Small Block Eight PRO tires.
Son 28 dynamo front hub
Edelux front light
Ultegra RX rear derailleur
SLX 11-36 cassete
PRO Discover Big Flare handlebar



And there's my 29er that can also serve as gravel bike, when I know that there'll be lots of climbing I prefer to go for this one.
It's a 2013 Kona Kahuna that has had every single part upgraded over the years.


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Old 05-28-19, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by MAGAIVER View Post
Trek Checkpoint ALR 4 with some upgrades.
650b wheels with 2.1" Kenda Small Block Eight PRO tires.
Son 28 dynamo front hub
Edelux front light
Ultegra RX rear derailleur
SLX 11-36 cassete
PRO Discover Big Flare handlebar


How do you like the 650b wheelset? According to Trek, this should be impossible. If the 2.1" tires work, this might just be the quiver killer I'm looking for.
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Old 05-28-19, 12:51 PM
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Trek says you cannot run 650b due to the frames low BB but I measured my 650b wheels with 2.1 tires against the stock 700c wheels with a maxxis rambler 40c tire and it's pretty much the same height.
The checkpoint will clear even a 2.2 tire I tried with a Continental X-King 27,5 x 2.2 and it fits even with the sliding dropout as far forward as it'll go. I saw someone on instagram running 650b wheels with bontrager XR2 with 27,5x2.2 tires on the carbon Checkpoint. But tires vary a lot from brand to brand, the Kenda Small Block Eight Pro i'm currently using is actually wider then the x-king 2.2 I tried before, the tire comes real close to chainstays so you wont have much mud clearence. With that said for the local dry rocky terrain more tire volume was excelent I'm a lot faster now and I dont worry about rim strikes as much.
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Old 06-02-19, 05:18 PM
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Getting really close to finished
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Old 06-02-19, 08:49 PM
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Youzah! that's a cassette
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Old 06-03-19, 07:13 AM
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My 2019 Giant Revolt Advanced 0.
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Old 06-04-19, 10:56 AM
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Youzah! that's a cassette
I know; it won't work with my new setup, pity. I can only go up to 42t and this cassette is a 50t.
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Old 06-04-19, 10:29 PM
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My 2019 Giant Revolt Advanced 0.
Nice!!!
what size is it? The top-tube looks more in line with the rear triangle than on the bike shown on their site.
i only got to check the Revolt out this past weekend, but didnít ride it. Iím impressed.
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I have a 2015 Giant AnyRoad CoMax (photo is old...probably from 2016). I got this particular bike new in January 2015, after my mountain bike got stolen. I wanted a bike that can handle rough roads/gravel and yet be nimble on pavement. At the time, this bike fit the bill. I also bought the Liv Invite for the wife.
I was also looking at the Specialized Diverge and Crux, but since I was buying TWO bikes, they were out of my price range.
So far, I have only needed to change the saddle; got a Specialized 155mm Power Expert. Everything else is stock.
I eventually want to install 40ís on it for full off-road capabilities and get a dedicated road bike like a Roubaix Sport or Defy Advanced...something still within my price range...
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Old 06-05-19, 09:36 AM
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Nice!!!
what size is it? The top-tube looks more in line with the rear triangle than on the bike shown on their site.
i only got to check the Revolt out this past weekend, but didnít ride it. Iím impressed.
I'm guessing that's a S or XS. I test rode and ordered a M/L, and there is def more separation between the seatstays and toptube on the M/L. Mine should be here this week, can't wait!!


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Old 06-07-19, 08:11 AM
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Brought her home last night, only got to ride her around the parking lot since it was late and we had just finished the shop group ride. Can't wait to take her out today!!

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Nice!

Gorgeous bike. Enjoy!!

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Brought her home last night, only got to ride her around the parking lot since it was late and we had just finished the shop group ride. Can't wait to take her out today!!

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Some better shots, love this orange!!



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Gorgeous bike. Enjoy!!
Thanks!! I love it, so comfortable! Took her out for a test ride yesterday, hit a few small trails and a short gravel road, she did great!! Getting ready to go do some real gravel, more pics to come!
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Uh oh... gravel just got better.

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