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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

Shimano GRX Carbon Wheels: Checkpoint

The GRX Carbon wheel set is a definite contender in its price-point for carbon wheel sets meant for all-road riding.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

WTB Vulpine 700 X 40mm Tires: Getting Rolling

We really liked the speed, ride feel, and grip that this ‘on the skinny side’ gravel tire had. Not surprisingly, we hoped that WTB would opt to offer a wider version of this great tire.

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Posted in Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: WTB & Pirelli Tires, Wolf Tooth, Mosaic Cycles

Gravel Grinder News comes at you today loaded with news from tires to tools and bikes.

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Posted in Accessories Bags Quick Review Reviews

Redshift Sports Kitchen Sink Handle Bar Bag: Quick Review

Today Redshift Sports introduces their Kitchen Sink Handle Bar Bag, a bag custom fit for the loop on the Kitchen Sink Handle Bar.

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Posted in Accessories Bags Bottles/Storage Pumps Reviews Tools

PRO Smart Cage System: Getting Rolling

There is a lot to break down with this set up, so this post will focus on the overall impressions of the pieces sent to us and the system set-up and how it worked on the bike….

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Posted in Apparel Eye Wear Helmets Reviews

Bolle’ Volt Glasses & ECO React MIPS Helmet: At The Finish

Bolle’ Volt Glasses & ECO React MIPS Helmet: At The Finish – by Grannygear Editor’s Note: The introduction to this Bolle’ review can be seen…

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

Shimano GRX Carbon Wheels: Getting Rolling

I like the inner rim width and the stance that this allows my Touaregs to have. The wheels look great, albeit maybe too generic!

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: BMC Launches Kaius Gravel Bike

Today BMC, the Swiss based bicycle company, launches a new bicycle specifically for gravel racing called “Kaius”.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Ritchey Design 700 X 40mm Speedmax WCS Tires: At The Finish

This tire seems to me to be the “mountain biker’s gravel tire”. A tire for rougher adventures, dirt roads, mountains, and even light single track.

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Posted in Podcast

“Episode #98 – Guest (and almost regular visitor…) Dave Pryor”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Dave Pryor is the most frequent guest on the podcast and he joins Guitar Ted to discuss a…

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Posted in Accessories Bags Reviews Tools

A Box Full Of Topeak: Introduction

Recently Riding Gravel was sent a box from Topeak containing a varied array of products. This post is intended to introduce to you what we have. Individual and group posts will follow with reviews. Let’s dig in now and see what was in that box!

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Posted in Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Salsa Cycles, SILCA, & Showers Pass News

Time for some news here and Gravel Grinder News has three bits from Salsa Cycles, Showers Pass, and SILCA to share today.

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Posted in Accessories Racks/Adapters Reviews

OMM Elkhorn Rack: Checkpoint

I’ve been really pleased with the way the Elkhorn Rack has performed so far under loaded conditions.

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Posted in Apparel Belts Quick Review Reviews

Arcade Performance Stretch Belt: Quick Review

The Arcade Ranger Long belt is definitely a keeper.

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Posted in Accessories Lights Reviews

A Spectrum Of Lights: Planet Bike Dual Blaze 1500

So, overall what do I think? Well it is not a terrible light in many ways.

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Posted in Components Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Wheels

Gravel Grinder News: Logos Components Wheels Announced

Today news comes from a company called Logos Components regarding new wheels in carbon fiber featuring a recent open standard technology many of you might be familiar with.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

American Classic Kimberlite 700 X 40mm Tires: At The Finish

Now with several more rides in on these tires, my impressions have only been solidified and so, it is time for a final verdict on the Kimberlite tires.

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

Hunt 35 Carbon Gravel Disc X Wide Hookless Wheels: At The Finish

And here is a thing to consider and debate over a flask of whiskey around a campfire: “When it comes to gravel bikes, smoother is faster.” True or?

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Ritchey Design 700 X 40mm Speedmax WCS Tires: Checkpoint

I found the Speedmax to be stable on loose gravel, and capable in a bikepacking situation on deeper gravel as well.

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Posted in Apparel Bibs/Shorts Jackets Quick Review Reviews

GORE Summer 2022 Kit: Quick Review

As for the Fernflow Shorts, these are the best so far for gravel bike rides and I think they would be quite good for adventure and bikepacking outings. Now, the Lupra is a viable garment for me, as I am not so interested in wet weather protection.

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Posted in Editorial Gravel Bikes

Project All Road: New Life For an Old Gravel Bike- Part 2

I remember when this Warbird was my only gravel bike. It was very nice to ride and I recall thinking that it would make a quite decent road bike…..

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Posted in Accessories Racks/Adapters Reviews

OMM Elkhorn Rack: Getting Rolling

The Elkhorn Rack is a great addition to a pack system, or a stand-alone, light touring rack.

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Posted in Podcast

“Episode #97 – It’s Us, Not Them”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS How do you pronounce BikeReg? In this episode, they discuss RAGBRAI, MIWT (Minimum Iowa Width Tires), gravel events,…

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Reviews

Project All Road: New Life For an Old Gravel Bike.

So what is the dealio with all my road bike dissatisfaction? Not sure. I know my wife just shakes her head and smiles. She is a patient woman and I am determined to find that ‘just right’ bike.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

American Classic Kimberlite 700 X 40mm Tires: Checkpoint

It (the Kimberlite) felt less wooden and stiff than the previous versions of American Classic tires and more akin to a tire costing much more.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Goodyear County Tires: At The Finish

The County is the tire one should look to for mostly paved riding or where the unpaved roads are typically harder, smoother, and not covered in deep crushed rock.

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Posted in Accessories Pumps Reviews

Fanttik X8 Apex Battery Powered Air Compressor: At The Finish

I am spoiled, I think, and now a floor pump seems like a hand crank telephone in comparison.

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

Hunt 35 Carbon Gravel Disc X Wide Hookless Wheels: Checkpoint

I had a sneaking suspicion that I was going to find this to be a firm riding set-up, and once I got into the dirt, I was right.

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Posted in Apparel Components Forks Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Jackets Wheels

Gravel Grinder News: Wilde Fork, Showers Pass, Reynolds & More News

This week, Eurobike is happening after being muted or cancelled due to the pandemic the last two years. That means a lot of news is coming out this week.

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Posted in Components Quick Review Reviews saddles

Ritchey WCS Skyline Saddle: Quick Review

Ritchey components can tend to fall under the radar, but I have seldom been disappointed in one.

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Posted in Accessories Bikepacking Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Racks/Adapters Touring

Gravel Grinder News: OMM Elkhorn Rack

Old Man Mountain (OMM) racks have a stellar reputation as being very tough, durable, and very versatile.

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Posted in Accessories Handle Bar Accessories Handle Bar Tape Quick Review Reviews

Ergon BT Gravel Handlebar Tape: Quick Review

Ergon has done a smashing job of providing gravel/allroad riders with a tape that has grip, looks great, (as long as you are in to the earthy color palette), and provides some vibration damping.

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Posted in Podcast

“Episode #96 – Play the Damn Guitar Already”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Guitar Ted and Mr. Dave are back for some more. They’re getting crazy with some Bubly! In this…

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Posted in Advocacy Gravel News

Garmin Gravel Worlds Achieves Goal of 1000 Women For 2022 Event

According to Garmin Gravel Worlds co-promoter, Jason Strohbehn, the movement started from conversations with sponsors, who said 28% women’s participation at Gravel Worlds 2021 was nearly double the industry average.

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Posted in Brakes Components Drive Train Parts Gravel News Shifters

Shimano Announces 105 Di2 Group

Just like with this example of 105 Di2. It doesn’t take much imagination to see that some of these features would be welcome additions to Shimano’s GRX range.

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Posted in Accessories Pumps Reviews

Fanttik X8 Apex Battery Powered Air Compressor: Getting Rolling

Now when I was first approached for reviewing this item I immediately thought of Mrs. Grannygear. She does struggle a bit with some floor pumps

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Ritchey Design 700 X 40mm Speedmax WCS Tires: Getting Rolling

The Ritchey Speedmax WCS 700 X 40mm tires have an iconic look, an aggressive looking tread pattern, and seem pretty stout with their Stronghold casing.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Goodyear County Tires: Checkpoint

In this post, I want to get to what I found out about the County tires on gravel, how they rolled on pavement, and anything else noteworthy.

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

Hunt 35 Carbon Gravel Disc X Wide Hookless Wheels: Getting Rolling

Opening the box and looking at a 25mm internal rim, they sure look wide, especially with the hookless rim design.

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Posted in Apparel Eye Wear Helmets Reviews

Bolle’ Icarus/Volt Glasses & ECO React MIPS Helmet: Getting Rolling

At Sea Otter I was able to visit the Bolle booth and look at some of the newer items they had for 2022. Here are two things we have on review.

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Posted in Podcast

“Episode #95 – The Radio Ranch Lives!”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Guitar Ted is back with a new partner-in-crime, New York Roll. It’s been quite a while since the…

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Posted in Apparel Base Layers Bibs/Shorts Jerseys

Sportful Spring/Summer Wear: At The Finish

I like the direction Sportful is going with their ‘Fun Focus’ and the adventure aspects of some of the items I had were right in there.

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Posted in Apparel Bikepacking Jackets Quick Review Reviews

Sportful Super Giara Puffy Short Sleeve and Hot Pack Easylight Jacket: Quick Review

During my talks with Sportful, they asked if there was anything else I wanted to try. And I thought of the times I went into my closet and reached for a lightweight jacket, not a rain piece…no, just a simple piece, almost like a vest with arms.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

American Classic Kimberlite 700 X 40mm Tires: Getting Rolling

The Kimberlite is a tire that American Classic says is meant for pavement and mixed-surface rides. However; here at Riding Gravel’s home, we have found that a minimal amount of tread works fine on deeper, loose gravel.

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Posted in Components Reviews Seat Post

Ergon CF Allroad Pro Carbon Setback Seatpost: Getting Rolling

The unique and long awaited gravel road capable version of the Ergon seat post is here and it looks pretty unique.

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Posted in Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame Installs Inaugural Class

Gravel Grinder News: Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame Installs Inaugural Class – by Guitar Ted Emporia, Kansas: Last Wednesday evening in Emporia, Kansas’ Grenada Theater,…

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Posted in Components Drive Train Parts Gravel Bikes Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Wheels

Gravel Grinder News: Shimano Announces GRX Carbon Wheels And GRX Limited Components

Shimano has chosen this week to announce new GRX level components in conjunction with the lead-up to this coming weekend’s Unbound Gravel event.

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Posted in Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Salsa Cycles Announces New Colors, Spec On Warbird, Warroad, Cutthroat

Salsa Cycles released information today on new colors and specifications for their Warbird, Warroad, and Cutthroat drop bar bikes. These represent the core of Salsa’s road, gravel, and bikepacking segments. there are no design changes nor any news on a new model in this category.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Goodyear County Tires: Getting Rolling

Okay, so we have a tire from a brand you know well, but not for bicycle tires. It looks a heck of a lot like a competitor’s tire, which we just so happen to have, and so we will be comparing the two.

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Posted in Apparel Bibs/Shorts Jackets Jerseys Reviews

Sportful Spring/Summer Wear: Getting Rolling

It was a few years ago now, when cruising through a cycling clothing shop in a small town in Italy, that I ran across Sportful as a brand name.

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Posted in Components Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Wheels

Gravel Grinder News: Atomik Wheels And Route Finder News

Today we have news about a new wheel set from Atomik and how Continental Tire and Trail Forks have partnered up to share gravel ride routes. Let’s go!

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Posted in Apparel Jackets Reviews

Showers Pass Century CC Jacket: At The Finish

I wouldn’t go looking for anything better at this price point in rain gear. In fact, this out-performs jackets I’ve tried which cost a lot more than the Century CC does.

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Posted in Components Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Wheels

Gravel Grinder News: Campagnolo Levante Gravel Wheels

Campagnolo has made the new Levante wheel set with carbon fiber rims, of course, but stuck with a bit more traditional based bearings using a cup and cone set up …

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Posted in Components Reviews Seat Post

Redshift Sports ShockStop Pro Seat Post: At The Finish

At the end of the day, I have mixed feelings about this seat post.

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Posted in Gravel Riding Ride report

Ride Report: Riding Gravel in the Carrizo Plains

Located roughly between the farmlands of Bakersfield and the Central Coast of California is an area that I had heard of but never been to. It is not a place one would just drive by on the way to somewhere because it is pretty much in the middle of the proverbial nowhere.

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Salsa Cycles New Journeyer Debuts

Salsa Cycles announces an all-new model today dubbed the Journeyer. This new model builds on the legacy of the Journeyman, which debuted in 2018 and was a big success for the brand.

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Posted in Accessories Bags Quick Review Reviews

Craft Cadence Top Tube Bag: Quick Review

The season for gravel events is getting started now, and we’ve got a review of something useful for you from Craft Cadence in their new Top Tube Bag that might make those events a bit more pleasant.

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Posted in Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Show News

Gravel Grinder News: Sea Otter Review 2022

Sea Otter Classic, I did miss you! It had been a long time since I had trod the gravel paths and grassy patches, passing all those vendors in pop up tents, each one hoping for good return on their investment. It was, based on what I saw, a good show.

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Lauf Introduces The Seigla Gravel Bike

Lauf decided that they wanted to be able to fit a wider tire. (700 X 57mm) So they went with a few choices to get there which are, as a group, quite a bit different than typical gravel bikes out there.

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Posted in Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame Announces Inductees

The Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame, announced just this past January, has now unveiled the inaugural class of people associated with gravel cycling’s modern era, pioneering days. The first class of inductees are as follows:

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Showers Pass Century CC Jacket: Getting Rolling

Showers Pass is a well known and respected name in cycling rain wear which is celebrating 25 years of business in 2022. To mark this occasion they chose to introduce the Century CC Jacket.

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Posted in Hydration/Electrolyte Nutrition Quick Review Reviews

LMNT Electrolyte Additive: Quick Review

Then, last year, I was watching a YouTube video from The Move with Lance Armstrong and his merry men commenting on the Tour de France. One of the sponsors was a company called LMNT, an electrolyte additive to a water bottle.

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Posted in Apparel Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Helmets

Gravel Grinder News: Lazer Introduces KinetiCore

With the goals of producing safer, lighter, better ventilated bicycle helmets that use less plastics to produce, Lazer has introduced KinetiCore technology.

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Posted in Components Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Tires

Gravel Grinder News: American Classic Tires Updated

News breaks today of updates to that range of tires. The company has a new puncture protection system and has lowered weights across the range as well as engineering in a lower rolling resistance for their tires across the range.

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Posted in Accessories Lights Reviews

A Spectrum Of Lights: Outbound Lighting

You would think by this time I would have enough lights in my light box for just about anything, but no. Not quite.

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Posted in Components Reviews Seat Post

Redshift Sports ShockStop Pro Seat Post: Checkpoint

So, right up front I have to address the weather. Yes- the weather. We Mid-Westerners always seem to start out conversations with chatter about the recent weather, but in this case, it really has some bearing on how the ShockStop Pro Seat Post worked for me.

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Posted in Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: New PCL Event & Spinergy Stands With Ukraine

Today in Gravel Grinder News we have a new commemorative PCL event from Nebraska and news from Spinergy Wheels. Let’s jump in.

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Posted in Bottles/Storage

Polar Breakaway Bottles: Quick Review

While bottles for your bicycle are not one of those things you might think about as being important – They are ‘just water bottles’, after all- These utilitarian devices for cyclists are a detail that could be a key part of a successful run at your next event.

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: STORMCHASER GRX 810 1X SUS Debuts

Want a geared Stormchaser? Well, your wait is now over as Salsa Cycles announced today that they have a new STORMCHASER GRX 810 1X SUS model.

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Posted in Accessories Apparel Bags Bottles/Storage Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Jackets Quick Review Reviews

Gravel Grinder News: Craft Cadence, Showers Pass, Polar Bottle & More

In today’s Gravel Grinder News we’ve got upcoming reviews to talk about on products from Showers Pass, Craft Cadence, and Polar Bottle.

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Posted in Accessories Quick Review Racks/Adapters Reviews

Scoutset Bag Brace: Quick Review

The Scoutset Bag Brace is a unique, titanium device which stabilizes and carries bags (or maybe even other light loads) well with a simple clamp which takes the place of a steer tube spacer on a threadless steer tube set up. It makes a bicycle with no front rack mount capabilities into a front load carrying bike, or it could be that perfect stabilization device for the bike packer using a large handle bar roll.

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Posted in Accessories Lights Reviews

A Spectrum Of Lights: GloWorm Alpha G1.0 RF

It (The GloWorm Alpha 1.0 RF Light) is what I would grab for a night ride that saw me out there in the dark for an hour or more.

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Posted in Components Quick Review Reviews

Astral O.N.S. Seatpost : Quick Review

Okay, so having an emergency kit- is this an idea for you? That’s the number one question to answer here, in my opinion. I think that answer is “Yes” for some riders, but with some qualifications.

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Posted in Featured Event

Featured Event: The Theoi

Much like the sacred battles on Olympus, The Theoi is designed to challenge participants both physically and mentally. There are three parts to this event: an intermediate-distance triathlon, a near-vertical gravel time trial (bike) up the mountain, and a demanding off-road/gravel bike race.

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Posted in Components Interviews

Q & A With Enduro Bearings’ Matt Harvey

Q & A With Enduro Bearings’ Matt Harvey – by Grannygear Enduro BearingsBearings. Those hidden, greasy, spinning balls of mystery. Who can really know them?…

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Posted in Accessories Bags Quick Review Reviews

Astral Handle Bar Bag: Quick Review

“…the Astral handle bar bag is really quite good. It is easy to get into and is a very useful size.”

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Posted in Accessories Reviews Sealants

WTB Sealant: At The Finish

So, once again I see a sealant product with great initial set up traits, longevity in terms of use, but with a question mark in terms of its tire sealing capabilities.

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Posted in Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Grinder Nationals, Gravel Worlds News & More

The news keeps coming and first up we have event news from Grinder Nationals. Plus Gravel Worlds gets a title sponsor, doping controls make their debut in the gravel scene, and more.

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Posted in Components Reviews Seat Post

Redshift Sports ShockStop Pro Seat Post: Getting Rolling

Redshift Sports could have kept on doing what they were doing and could have considered the ShockStop Seat Post a success, but they didn’t. They went straight away in to finding ways to improve upon the idea ….

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Posted in Bikepacking Gravel Bikes Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Moots Debuts Routt ESC Model

Today Moots announces a new titanium gravel/adventure bike dubbed the Routt ESC. This new model is a 700c wheeled rig set for those riders which like to go from the gravel to a bit of single track and back again.

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Posted in Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame Announced

Today it has been announced that a “Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame” organization, and in the future, a physical home for the hall, will operate out of Emporia, Kansas

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

WTB Vulpine Tires: At The Finish

This tire is kind of an oddball in WTB’s line up. The other SG2 cut protected tires I’ve tried are good, but this Vulpine is so much nicer riding

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Posted in Apparel Helmets Quick Review Reviews

Bontrager Circuit WaveCel Helmet: Quick Review

The Bontrager Circuit WaveCel helmet is a lighter, sleeker offering with the added protection that the WaveCel liner affords a rider.

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Posted in Accessories Reviews Sealants

Finish Line FiberLink Sealant: At The Finish

Okay, so FiberLink seems to have an impressive lifespan, it seems to have a pretty good ability to clog a sealant injector nozzle, so I assume a good performance in the field, and it seals up tire casings quite nicely. But, is it a better choice than the most popular brands?

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Posted in Apparel Jackets Quick Review Reviews

GORE C5 GTX Thermo Jacket: Quick Review

What don’t I like? It’s black and that scares me a bit for daytime use on trafficked roads although it sure looks good. And at my age, I need all the sexy I can get. But not DEAD sexy.

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Posted in Uncategorized

Riding Gravel RX

From time to time, I have experienced great joy along when mountaineering or riding gravel…. but this summer took such experiences to another level.

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Posted in Accessories Bags Handle Bar Accessories Quick Review Reviews

Lead Out Bags: Quick Review

A hundy gets you a couple of bags from a small US company looking to make a dent in the industry, seemingly off to a good start.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Kenda Alluvium Pro Tires: At The Finish

But I really would like to try these with a good sprinkling of ‘pixie dust’ on them. A dust that would allow the tire to give me a more compliant ride across all conditions.

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Posted in Accessories Handle Bar Accessories Handle Bar Tape Reviews

Grepp Handle Bar Tape: At The Finish

Grepp Handle Bar Tape: At The Finish – by Guitar Ted The unusual Grepp Handle Bar Tape has been used on three different bicycles in…

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Posted in Accessories Lights Reviews

A Spectrum Of Lights: The Amazon Lights

A causal search of Amazon for bike lights will show a huuuuge availability of lights…small to large…pretty much all from China, and at reduced prices compared to the mainstream brands. Like really reduced.

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Posted in Components Reviews saddles

Ergon SR Allroad Core Comp Saddle: At The Finish

Folks looking for a better saddle in 2022 and beyond really need to make an effort to try out these Allroad saddles from Ergon. They are not like the old Ergon saddles, (which is good), and they deliver on the promise of great fit and comfort on gravel.

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Reviews

State Bicycle Co. 6061 Black Label All-Road: Getting Rolling

In 2020, State launched the bike we have in for review – the 6061 Black Label All-Road. Designed as a lighter, faster, yet still affordable option, the 6061 Black Label All-Road features a heat-treated alloy frame, full carbon fork and unique State-branded 1×11-speed drivetrain.

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Posted in Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Wilde Bicycle Co. Debuts

Today a new U.S. based company has been announced called Wilde Bicycle Co. The company is headed up by former All City Bikes founder and leader for 11 years, Jeff Frane.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

WTB Vulpine Tires: Checkpoint

Oddly, the Vulpine isn’t as fast a rolling tire on gravel which is loose, chunky, and deep as other tires with similar width. However; once you get out of situations where the terrain is loose and deep, the Vulpine begins to show up as a fast, controllable tire.

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Posted in Accessories Bags Tools

Topeak Gravel Gear Bag: Quick Review

Just what the heck is this thing? It has straps like a frame bag, but it isn’t really a frame bag, or a bag at all. It has elements of a tool roll, but it doesn’t go under your saddle. It is shaped like an overgrown wallet, but the permanently attached front strap kind of takes it out of that category.

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

Astral Wanderlust Wheels: At The Finish

Maybe what we want is a wheel to cross a county on. Or a continent on. Or a world. And so flash is second to longevity, value, and solid, long days in the saddle. And I do think that the Wanderlusts hit that mark.

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Posted in Uncategorized

Craft Cadence Recycled Performance Jersey: At The Finish

The recycled fabric seems tough, stretchy, and washes well in the laundry. I have no issues with the fabric and the recycled element to it makes me feel good about my impact on the environment.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Kenda Alluvium Pro Tires: Getting Rolling

I liked the tread pattern. It looked right up my alley, an alley paved with asphalt mixed with dirt roads.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

American Classic Tires: At The Finish

So, in the end, I come back to that old adage: “You get what you pay for”. In terms of the American Classic Wentworths, that’s not saying they are bad.

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Posted in Components Handlebars

Whisky Parts Co. Spano Drop Bar: At The Finish

It is the bar for those who don’t like the weird, laid-out levers look, and for those who don’t want a lot of flare to the drops. It’s the flared drop bar that looks ‘normal’. It’s the drop bar that takes advantage of what carbon fiber can bring to the table where other carbon handle bars have not. It’s got great ergonomic features, and it rides really well. What more could you ask for in a drop handle bar for gravel riding?

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Posted in Accessories Lights Reviews

A Spectrum Of Lights: Bontrager Ion Elite R

Moving on with our light review round-up, we have the light from Bontrager. As we mentioned in the intro post, what I received from Trek was the Ion Elite R which is one step down from the top of the line light.

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Posted in Accessories Bags Quick Review Reviews

Craft Cadence Cycling Wallet: Quick Review

The Craft Cadence Cycling Wallet is a fine way to protect sensitive smart phones and to carry things like money, credit cards, keys, and more in an organized, safe way.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

WTB Vulpine Tires: Getting Rolling

What we have here is a new tire from WTB with an old name that has a new mission: Be fast on gravel.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

American Classic Tires: Checkpoint

Remembering that these are $35.00 tires (each) means that we probably should not be looking at the American Classic offerings as being equal to, or better than tires costing more, despite what “direct-to-consumer” marketing may seem to indicate here.

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Posted in Accessories Lights Reviews

A Spectrum Of Lights: NiteRider Lumina 1100 Boost

The NiteRider Lumina 1100 (and likely the 1200 version) would be my pick for road focused or higher speed gravel rides as well as city cruising.

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Posted in Components Reviews saddles

Ergon SR Allroad Core Comp Saddle: Checkpoint

Every time I did this I felt like I could not feel as much- or any- vibrations coming through the saddle like I was through my hands and my feet. It did not seem to matter if I had a chamois on or if I was in my street clothes, this seemed to me to be the case. That Infinergy® stuff really seems to knock down the higher frequency stuff really well.

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Grepp Handle Bar Tape: Checkpoint

Grepp tape is reusable, washable, and recyclable which makes this tape unique amongst the category. I found that it seems to have durability and a stable nature on the handle bar.

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A Spectrum Of Lights: Light and Motion VIS Pro 1000 Trail

The VIS Trail Pro is my choice of the test for a light that is mostly used in the dirt and at speeds under 30mph. The warm color tint and the useful UI; the quality build with high levels of water resistance…it’s a very nice light.

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Craft Cadence Handle Bar Bag: At The Finish

The Craft Cadence Handle Bar Bag is a very sturdy, well made bag which has a lot of versatility and is simple to use.

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Race Report: Salty Lizard 100

This race report is brought to you by the Salty Lizard 100’s Race director, Bobby Kennedy. The Salty Lizard 100 just took place in October

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“Episode #94 – Bobby Kennedy of the Salty Lizard 100”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Guitar Ted is flying solo in this…

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Reviews

Masi Brunello: At The Finish

I will miss the Masi and I hope there are many more bikes like this for us to buy and enjoy. Bikes that are solid and of good value; bikes that don’t break the bank.

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Posted in Components Handlebars Reviews

Whisky Parts Co. Spano Drop Bar: Checkpoint

This handle bar actually has features that make a difference in ride feel and comfort. Plus, it is fairly light. That’s always a nice thing.

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KOM Cycling Products: Quick Review

A package of KOM Cycling products arrived some time ago and I have been playing around with the bits and pieces for a while now.

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Posted in Gravel Races Ride report

Ride Report: unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley 2021

The unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley happened again on October 10th and by all accounts, it was a rousing success, with a big turnout and lots of happy faces.

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WTB CZR Wheels: At The Finish

I give the CZR wheels a ‘highly recommended’ score here. While certain singular features on competitor’s products may seem more appealing, the CZR wheels have a complete feature set, are a part of a systemic tubeless range, which not many other choices in wheels can lay claim to, and a wheel set which performs at a very high level in very demanding conditions.

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WTB Sealant: Getting Rolling

ealant is a lot like tires are when it comes to opinions. What is legend and what is fact gets lost in the passionate takes some folks have concerning which one is ‘best’. So, as far as this opening introduction goes for this new sealant from WTB, many of you may, no doubt, dismiss it out of hand because of your choices. That’s fine. This review is not being done to evangelize anyone. But those who have a more open mind to new ideas should read on.

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Gravel Grinder News: EVOC Hydro Pro, Trek Bags, Challenge Tires & More

The most recent news for the gravel and back road rider is here. Sea Otter has come and gone, the first to be held since the pandemic struck in 2020, and a few things came out of that show/festival. We also have a couple of news items from recent press releases. Let’s check it out!

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Lizard Skins Glove Sampler : Quick Review

Lizard Skins was kind enough to supply a couple of the new offerings for 2021 in their cycling glove line. One pair is long fingered and one pair is short fingered and both are what I would call a light weight glove as far as warmth/fabric. I have used them for a bit now, one pair much more than the others…see below about that…and here are my thoughts.

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Craft Cadence Recycled Performance Jersey : Getting Rolling

The Craft Cadence Recycled Performance Jersey comes to us with a responsibly sourced material used to make a racy-snug fitting jersey which promises to have a performance to match its cut.

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Posted in Accessories Lights Reviews

A Spectrum Of Lights: A Riding Gravel Round-Up – Part 2

Thank you for joining me for Part 2 of this Round-Up. Hit that link above if you need to read Part 1 yet. Now then, let’s get back to the lights at hand. I am just doing a quick overview for now. When I look at these one at a time I will fill in more details.

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American Classic Tires: Getting Rolling

When you hear or read the name “American Classic”, you probably are not thinking about tires. But that’s what we are looking at here.

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A Spectrum Of Lights: A Riding Gravel Round-Up

It’s almost Fall. Of course in So Cal that does not mean much except that the days get shorter and it is not 105 degrees. No leaves will fall as they have all died of drought and have already fallen or they have burned up in some forest fire.

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Gravel Grinder News: Fezzari Shafer Gravel Bike Announced

Today Fezzari Bikes, the direct to rider company, announces their take on a gravel bike, the Shafer. It is a carbon fiber frame and fork gravel bike with a lot of nice details and a forward-thinking geometry which pushes the boundaries of what gravel bike geometry can be going forward.

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“Episode #93 – News & Roundup”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Guitar Ted and Andy get right after…

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Posted in Accessories Handle Bar Accessories Reviews

Grepp Handle Bar Tape: Getting Rolling

The Grepp tape is based on a synthetically produced, plant based fiber called TENCEL­­™ which comes from trees. The wood pulp is made into a base from which the fibers are then woven into threads. This is what faces your hands with the Grepp tape.

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Ergon SR Allroad Core Comp Saddle: Getting Rolling

One of my longest rides this year was done on the SR Allroad Core. It was a 112 mile gravel ride with a little pavement mixed in here and there with towns passed through. The ride was 10.5 hours long and I experienced no saddle discomfort at all…

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Gritty Take: Opinions On The UCI Sanctioned Gravel Series/World Championships

You just knew this was going to happen one day, didn’t you? The UCI- that big, evil, fun-ruining organization was going to come in and destroy everything you loved about the gravel event scene.

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Whisky Parts Co. Spano Drop Bar: Getting Rolling

The bars were easy to set up and no more difficult to wrap than a standard handle bar, in my opinion. Once everything was set, I set my hands into the drops and pushed down. Whoa! These bars have some noticeable give.

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Craft Cadence Handle Bar Bag: Getting Rolling

The over-all shape of this bag is unusual, being that it sets on the bike flatter against the head tube and reaches downward toward the front wheel, rather than setting outward, or lengthwise, as many other bar bags do. It is more like a handbag in that way than anything I’ve seen for a bicycle.

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“Episode #92 – Red Bull, Mike’s, Shipping, Honey & More”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Guitar Ted and Andy chat about some…

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“Episode #91 – Dan Roberts of the Snaggy Ridge 105”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel The guys are joined by Dan Roberts…

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Gravel Grinder News: GPS Navigation News, Craft Cadence Gear & More

In today’s Gravel Grinder News we have a new Ride With GPS feature debuting and news about review items from Craft cadence. Plus we have information regarding a new gravel grinder to be held in Southwestern Texas in November. Let’s jump in!

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Astral Wanderlust Wheels: Getting Rolling

There have been a lot of recent reports and discussions on how much of a difference ‘better’ wheels make on a bicycle and if they are worth the cost of the upgrade. Do lighter wheels actually matter? Is aero everything? Are red hubs really faster?

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WTB CZR Wheels: Checkpoint

The WTB CZR wheels not only are light weight, very competitively priced, and super-subtle in looks, but have excellent lateral rigidity which enhances handling and reduces rider fatigue.

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Honeybutt Chamois Creme: Quick Review

Honeybutt Chamois Creme: Quick Review – by Guitar Ted The subject of chamois creme is rarely talked about in casual conversation, with some exceptions, of…

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Gravel Grinder News: New Dura-Ace, Ultegra Show Hints Of Gravel Tech Future

Our look at the new Dura-Ace and Ultegra 12 speed and what- if any- implications it may have for a future GRX offering, and gravel tech in general.

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Finish Line FiberLink Sealant: Getting Rolling

Finish Line’s new FiberLink sealant is a latex based sealant that acts a lot like what you would expect. Initial set up remind me very much of how the competion’s latex selant formula sets up tires, and that is a good thing.

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Three Tool Rolls: Quick Review

With plenty of miles on each of the tool rolls here, I am ready to give my thoughts on what each one does best and what they don’t do so well. As a bonus, I will also have a quick look at KOM’s “Tube Strap”, which is even more minimalist than a tool roll!

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“Episode #90 – Gravel Worlds Recap”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Guitar Ted gives his full recap of…

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Showers Pass Gravel Shorts: At The Finish

I give these Gravel Shorts a high recommendation. The caveat being that they are shorter in the inseam than many baggies. If that suits you, these shorts are winners.

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“Episode #89 – Greg Knoll of The Dirt Bag”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Andy and Guitar Ted chat with guest,…

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“Episode #88 – Big Pile of News “

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Andy and Guitar Ted have a lot…

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WTB CZR Wheels: Getting Rolling

The CZR range will include trail bike wheels and these gravel/road wheels which we have in for testing. Focusing then on the gravel side, the WTB CZR wheels will feature an internal rim width of 23mm, reinforced spoke hole beds, and WTB’s “4D” spoke holes which aim each nipple and spoke out to the hub at an angle which removes stress on the spokes which typical straight holes in rims cannot do.

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Masi Brunello: Checkpoint

So far the Masi Brunello has been smooth riding, good accelerating (especially with the Astral wheels on there), and quite willing for multi hour rides across varied road surfaces.

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“Episode #87 – Getting Things”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Andy and Guitar Ted are sans guest…

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Posted in Drive Train Parts Forks Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Handlebars Sealants Sealants Seat Post Shifters Wheels

Gravel Grinder News: SRAM XPLR, Easton Carbon Drop Bar and More

Today in Gravel Grinder News we have views on the new SRAM XPLR group, news of a carbon drop bar from Easton, and a new sealant from Finish Line. Let’s go!

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Three Tool Rolls: An Introduction

Tool rolls- Those minimalist storage ‘bags’ which snuggle up under your saddle. You may have seen a few in the past. Well, we at RidingGravel.com have decided to check out three offerings. The SILCA Seat Roll Asymmetrico, the KOM Cycling Saddle Tool Roll, and the Topeak Burrito Pack.

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Featured Event: Moran 166

Featured Event: Moran 166 – by Guitar Ted The Moran 166 is a new gravel event which will take place this September in the Upper…

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Ravemen Lights: Quick Review Part 3

As I wrap up our look at Ravemen lights, I have a go with some of the more budget oriented lights in Ravemen’s range.

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“Episode #86 – Tyler Tafelsky of Bearclaw Bikes/Moran 166”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Andy and Guitar Ted are joined by…

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Ravemen Lights: Quick Review Part 2

The PR800 is a great light with features that make it a bit more versatile and useful for the long distance cyclist.

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Ravemen Lights: Quick Review Part 1

My take on these two lights is that they would be great for the serious night rider who is out in the dark on a regular basis.

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Fizik Terra Argo X3 Saddle: Long Review

While it’s true everyone has different needs in a saddle, I’ve found the Terra Argo X.3 to be remarkably comfortable and smooth-riding. It also offers a generous fit range, so it can meet the needs of a wide variety of riders’ needs.

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“Episode #84 – Crystal Ball”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Andy and Guitar Ted are back at…

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GORE Summer Wear For Gravel: Quick Review

Now I often ride pure roadie wear on my gravel rides if they are long and fast over mixed surfaces…a typical gravel experience for around here. But for less of a ‘pace’ or for stuff like light bikepacking, I would grab the Explore stuff every time

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Wolf Tooth Supple Lite Handle Bar Tape: Quick Review

I liked the overall feel and tacky grip, (when it was dry), of this tape. It does damp out some vibration – not all of them – so you end up with a nicer experience in regard to hand comfort. I liked how the cross-section allowed for the tape to have that soft-ribbed grip which aids in situations that might be a bit rowdier than your typical road surface.

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Masi Brunello: Getting Rolling

…here is the Masi Brunello GRX 22 and it has more shaping in it’s frame than anything made of metal I have ever ridden. And my first impression is that it works. It works well. But that is getting ahead of myself.

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Showers Pass Gravel Shorts: Getting Rolling

Showers Pass, probably best known for rain gear, does have a new pair of shorts out called the “Gravel Shorts”. Of course, this distinction is the ‘buzzword du jour’ these days, but it does differentiate this pair of shorts from the similarly plainly named “Cross Country Shorts” which we reviewed back in 2018.

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Gravel Grinder News: New Bar Tape from Wolf Tooth – New Storage Items From KOM

In today’s Gravel Grinder News we have a new handle bar tape offering from Wolf Tooth and some new on-bike storage solutions from KOM Cycling. Let’s dig in…..

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“Episode #83 – Bobby Kennedy of Salty & Stupid Cycling”

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY BIKE RAGS Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Andy and Guitar Ted get a chance…

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Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H Tires: At The Finish

So who is this tire for…..They are the kind of rider that wants a bullet-proof, easy tubeless set up, a tire that doesn’t require baby-sitting in terms of air pressure retention, and a tire that wears well. That is a tough combination to get right, but I believe that Pirelli did get this right with the Cinturato Gravel H tires.