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Old 06-19-22, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Sactown_Albert View Post
This brown Kona started as my son痴 beater bicycle for going to school. Always liked the frame and thought it would build into a good gravel adventure bike. Put on a full Shimano Ultegra drivetrain and some Mavic Allroads set up tubeless. First paint job I did was a blue rattle can effort that did not come out so great. Was going for an old suitcase look and missed the mark. The bike rode beautifully, so I decided to have a friend who paints motorcycles repaint it more professionally. He had some extra Harley Davidson Midnight Blue left over from a project so I ordered the decals in a powder blue to contrast. I get positive comments all the time with people asking about it. The picture doesn稚 really capture the metallic sparkles in the paint. Great riding cyclocross bike with rack eyelets that allow me to set it up for light touring adventures.


Sweet! The sparkles do come through a bit in the pic. There's just something about the aesthetics of round tubes and cantis that I like so much.
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Old 06-20-22, 07:26 PM
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This bike started as a flat bar road oriented hybrid, but with my latest revision it's definitely closest to a gravel bike - larger tires, 1x11 drivetrain, disc brakes, etc.
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Old 06-22-22, 06:50 AM
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Here she is - Dawes Galaxy (1981?) - reynolds 531 DB main tubes, updated with mountain 9spd cassette and RD, 9spd brifter, 700c 19mm wheels, new long-reach brakes, etc. No bar wrap yet - I'm going to add wider, more-flared bars first! ... a few other changes as well - new saddle, pedals and seatpost. But happy with how it's turned out so far!


tubeless tires - able to run psi down in the 20s, which is really nice for traction and damping on rough stuff

(don't actually ride on the tracks, just using this as a prop)
So, that was a cold-set from 126mm to 135? How'd that go?
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Old 06-22-22, 12:40 PM
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So, that was a cold-set from 126mm to 135? How'd that go?
Actually it was originally 120mm and needed to go to 130mm... it wasn't that bad - I used a pair of bush trimming shears (maybe an unusual method, but it worked really well) - basically, i padded the metal contact surfaces and used the shears as levers against the rear fork ends, taking care to keep the center/hinge of the shears aligned with seat tube (to ensure equal spreading on each side), and then measuring after each attempt (it did take several attempts, as you really have to pry with some force to get it to bend beyond its elastic deformation point to get some permanent spread). I stopped when I got to about ~129mm width, which is plenty wide to get the 130mm in there - in fact, I'm pretty sure if you have a 126mm rear hub spacing, you don't even need to cold-set in order to get 130mm in there. It's just too much of a stretch (literally) to go from 120 to 130 (especially that it would always be a lot of effort, each time you needed to remove the wheel).
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Old 06-22-22, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by stefan320 View Post
Actually it was originally 120mm and needed to go to 130mm... it wasn't that bad - I used a pair of bush trimming shears (maybe an unusual method, but it worked really well) - basically, i padded the metal contact surfaces and used the shears as levers against the rear fork ends, taking care to keep the center/hinge of the shears aligned with seat tube (to ensure equal spreading on each side), and then measuring after each attempt (it did take several attempts, as you really have to pry with some force to get it to bend beyond its elastic deformation point to get some permanent spread). I stopped when I got to about ~129mm width, which is plenty wide to get the 130mm in there - in fact, I'm pretty sure if you have a 126mm rear hub spacing, you don't even need to cold-set in order to get 130mm in there. It's just too much of a stretch (literally) to go from 120 to 130 (especially that it would always be a lot of effort, each time you needed to remove the wheel).
Thanks. Got it. (I cold-set my Miyata from 126 to 130, no issues.) I saw you were using an MTB cassette and thought you might be using a 135mm MTB hub as well.

I really like your take on building a gravel-ish bike from an 80's steel road frame. I’m amazed you could fit 33mm tires between the stays. I measured my Miyata and it would be *real* tight.

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Old 06-23-22, 10:14 AM
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1995(?) Giant ATX 760

Someone was going to send it for scrap after not using it for 20+ years and letting it sit in their garage and I was able to convince them to let me take it off their hands.



I replaced the flat bars with a drop setup and bar end shifters (it's what I had lying around so I hope to upgrade in the future) I threw some heavy tread commuter tires on it and now it's the perfect commuter/gravel trail bike. It's no cyclocross bike but it gets the job done


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Old 06-23-22, 03:29 PM
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hey here's another 1x9 drop-bar conversion I just finished, this one is based on an old Giant FCR4 hybrid frame, and the geometry was just perfect for it:



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Old 06-24-22, 01:27 PM
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Old 07-02-22, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris View Post
looks very dry over there! has it been very dry in the past weeks/month?
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Old 07-03-22, 03:10 AM
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Originally Posted by cyclezen View Post
looks very dry over there! has it been very dry in the past weeks/month?
Yea it痴 been a hot and very dry June, a couple of weeks ago I was out in the morning and it hit 90 by 1100.
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Old 07-04-22, 02:47 PM
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Old 07-05-22, 09:19 PM
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Gravel bike with carbon spoke wheel



1300g Carbon spoke wheelset 45mm depth,fast responsive a lot better in term of speed and accelaeration,maybe because its weightsaving,but fast and stable enve in crosswind condition.
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Old 07-06-22, 10:39 AM
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Have deeper wheels on the road bike, so put my 56mm LB wheels on the gravel bike, I'm liking it!

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Old 07-06-22, 05:29 PM
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Another Gunnar on its way

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Well this is a great bike, fit and like everything about it. So I ordered another Gunnar frame and fork, a Rocktour II. The color of the month is dark blue pearl same as the Crosshairs so it will have the same paint scheme. I bought that Crosshairs 8 years ago.
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Old 07-07-22, 12:46 AM
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My State Bicycle Co Thunderbird - ultegra 8020 with 40mm WTB Raddlers

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Originally Posted by jaseyjase View Post
My State Bicycle Co Thunderbird - ultegra 8020 with 40mm WTB Raddlers

I know phone cameras do fun things to bikes but that bottom bracket looks really high, even high for a cyclocross bike
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Old 07-07-22, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris View Post
I know phone cameras do fun things to bikes but that bottom bracket looks really high, even high for a cyclocross bike
54mm drop.
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris View Post
I know phone cameras do fun things to bikes but that bottom bracket looks really high, even high for a cyclocross bike
Being eccentric, its currently set at the 'top' at the moment. Might make it look that smidge higher than normal
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This 1996 Torelli Cyclocross bike came from the collection of an old guy in my area that passed away. According to Chairman Bill, less than 100 of these were made. The frame is Colombus Brain and the fork is Oria, mixed parts are from the old guys stash. I added the shorty triple crank as I like to climb, but I am also old, LOL! I also added the second bottle cage because AZ is hot.


1996 Torelli Cyclocross

Frame is Columbus Brain, Fork Oria

Built from random parts
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Old 08-09-22, 05:40 PM
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Marinoni Sterrato steel.
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Old 08-10-22, 08:23 AM
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Marinoni Sterrato steel.
Nice fade. 32mm tires currently?...do you run a couple wheelsets or just use it for road and hardpack dirt?
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Nice fade. 32mm tires currently?...do you run a couple wheelsets or just use it for road and hardpack dirt?
Yes, gp5000 32c in all-road mode. The bike is so fast and comfortable I have not wanted to change a thing. I have another bike with larger tires for adventure rides.
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Old 08-10-22, 10:21 AM
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I got back into road riding last year after @ 20 year hiatus, then my friends urged me to start riding gravel with them.

I found a relatively inexpensive Scott Team CX a little over a month ago to give it a try...



Rode it a few times, then decided to go ahead and jump into the deeper end of the gravel "pool" and ordered an Obed Baseline (more road oriented than their Boundary, but it'll do double-duty as my road/gravel bike with two wheelsets, and I won't be bikepacking so I didn't need the extra mounts).

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Old 08-15-22, 04:42 AM
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New Gravel


Ribble Titanium
Decided to get a gravel bike for some offroad fun and Titanium looks great I reckon, only had a gew months but its has been superb.
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