“… if all I ever did was fun, adventure based, shorter rides, I would take a pass, most likely, on these Endura shorts. But I will tell you this: If a long ride in hot weather with a lot of gravel is on my radar to tackle, these will be the first shorts out of my drawer to ride in.”
It’s amazing how good gravel tires are today, and these new Continental tires are great examples of the progress we’ve made. They’re not much heavier than a road tire, yet are true 40c semi-knobbies that can confidently be ridden in nearly any gravel conditions.
Keeping a chain lubed and clean is a huge step towards an efficient and long lasting drive train. And it seems relatively straight forward to lube a chain, does it not? But the devil is in the details and many compounds that would keep a chain slippery are also an unholy mess that gets over all everything and actually attracts dirt like a magnet. That mess also gets all over you. Know what a chainring tattoo is? Inside, right calf muscle.