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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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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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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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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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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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Posted in Accessories Handle Bar Accessories Reviews

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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Posted in Accessories Bags Reviews

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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Posted in Gravel Races Ride report

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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Posted in Accessories Computer/GPS Devices Quick Review Reviews Tools

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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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

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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Posted in Accessories Gravel News Reviews Sealants

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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Posted in Accessories Bags Bags Bikepacking Components Gravel Bikes Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Hydration Packs Show News Tires

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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Posted in Apparel Gloves Quick Review Reviews

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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Posted in Apparel Jerseys Reviews

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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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

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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Posted in Accessories Lights Reviews

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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Posted in Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

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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Posted in Components Reviews saddles

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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Posted in Editorial Gritty Take

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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Posted in Components Handlebars Reviews

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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Posted in Accessories Bags Reviews

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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Posted in Accessories Apparel Bags Bags Bikepacking Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Gravel Races Jerseys

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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Posted in Accessories Comfort Items

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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Posted in Brakes Components Drive Train Parts Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Shifters Wheels

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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Posted in Accessories Quick Review Reviews Sealants Sealants

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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Posted in Accessories Bags Bags Bikepacking Quick Review Reviews Saddle Bags

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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Posted in Apparel Bibs/Shorts Reviews

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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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

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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Posted in Gravel Bikes Reviews

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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Posted in Accessories Bags Quick Review Reviews

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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Posted in Featured Event Gravel Races

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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Posted in Lights Quick Review Reviews

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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Posted in Accessories Lights Quick Review Reviews

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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Posted in Components Keepers Long Review Reviews saddles

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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Posted in Apparel Bibs/Shorts Gloves Jerseys Quick Review Reviews

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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Posted in Accessories Handle Bar Tape Quick Review Reviews

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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Posted in Gravel Bikes Reviews

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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Posted in Apparel Bibs/Shorts Reviews

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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Posted in Accessories Bags Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Handle Bar Tape

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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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

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.

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Posted in Components Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Wheels

Gravel Grinder News: HED Wheels Debuts Emporia GC3 Carbon Wheelset

HED Wheels, the Minnesota U.S.A. based maker of wheels, perhaps best known for their aerodynamic qualities, has released a new wheel in their Emporia range today. Dubbed the Emporia GC3, it features design cues from HED’s Vanquish RC Pro and Vanquish RC Pro Performance Series wheels and has a 30mm rim depth.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Panaracer Gravel King SK+ 650B Tires: At The Finish

So, who is this tire best suited for? I believe that the way Panaracer has made this tire and the way that they market it as the “strongest version of the GravelKing SK..”speaks to a cyclist who craves a reliable tire with volume for rougher surfaces and/or heavy loads.

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“Episode #82 – It’s Been A While!”

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

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Posted in Apparel Reviews Shoes

Bontrager Foray Shoes: Getting Rolling

There seems to be a run on green shoes of late as these are the second set I have seen in green….and I like it. Great color, in my opinion. But is it a great shoe?

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Posted in Apparel Bibs/Shorts Bikepacking Gloves Gravel Riding Jerseys Reviews

GORE Spring Wear For Gravel: Getting Rolling

GORE has been winning with me of late with clothing that really has been working well. This, after some other items that were real misses, has been a great surprise and has filled out my go-to list of staple clothing quite nicely.

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

Lizard Skins DSP V2 4.6mm Handle Bar Tape: Quick Review

Riding with the thicker DSP V2 tape was nice in that there was a bit of a reduction in buzz and the tape had a very noticeable give. It should be noted, however, that thicker tape means that your handlebar grip diameter will be larger. This may or may not be a positive for you.

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Posted in Components Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Handlebars Wheels

Gravel Grinder News: Roval Debuts New Terra CL Wheels

Today Roval announces two new wheel sets based off their flagship Terra CLX wheels. The goal was to bring carbon fiber wheels and Roval’s design ethos down to price ranges which should be a bit easier on the budget for many more riders than the range topping CLX wheels. Additionally, Roval has a new flared drop bar made in carbon fiber to talk about.

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Posted in Editorial Gravel News Gravel Races Gravel Riding Training

Get Off The Couch And Ride! Why You Need A Bike Fit

The final video in our “Get Off The Couch And Ride!” series is all about bike fit and why you need one. In this episode, Pat Casey of Peak State Fit walks Salty and Stupid Cycling’s Bobby Kennedy through a bike fit. Meanwhile, Pat shares why a bike fit is not just for racers. Anyone can benefit from being professionally fitted.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H Tires: Checkpoint

I’m pretty impressed by the Cinturato. It does ride well, handles well, especially for a tire with not much tread, and it is almost a ‘set it and forget it’ tire in terms of width and air pressure retention.

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Posted in Nutrition/Supplements Quick Review Reviews

Gu Energy Roctane Energy Drink Mix: Quick Review

Oh, and by the way, it cleans up out of your bottles really well. Just thought I should mention that before closing out here, because I hate it when something nasty starts growing in my favorite water bottles! Roctane- Check it out. I think it works well and it may help you get those big miles in this Summer and for the future.

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“Episodes #80 & #81 – Dave Pryor of the unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley and Tim Tucker of Gravel Unravel”

EPISODE #81 – TIM TUCKER OF GRAVEL UNRAVEL Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Andy and Guitar Ted are joined…

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Panaracer Gravel King SK+ 650B Tires: Checkpoint

The Gravel King SK+ tires have decent roll, are seemingly quite resistant to punctures, and have copious volume for their size. In fact, you had better have room for 50mm tires on your bike if you want to try out these 650B tires.

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Posted in Accessories Components Handle Bar Accessories Handle Bar Tape Handlebars Reviews Stems

Redshift Sports Kitchen Sink Handlebar: At The Finish

The overall design of each aspect of the system has a pretty wide appeal, in my opinion. So, yes- it isn’t for everyone. But if you are looking for a way to gain a bit more control, better ride comfort, and more versatility in your gravel/adventure riding, then the Redshift Sports Kitchen Sink Handlebars, Cruise Control grips, and Really Long Bar Tape are well worth looking into. I highly recommend the system.

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“Episode #79 – The News”

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

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Pirelli Cinturato Gravel H Tires: Getting Rolling

Okay, so I didn’t know what to expect here, but what I found has been pretty impressive so far. The Pirelli tires roll well, and set up great.

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“Episode #78 – Darts & Heaters”

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

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Posted in Featured Event Gravel News Gravel Races

unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley 2021 Announced.

unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley 2021 Announced – by Guitar Ted The shindig in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River Valley area is going to happen again…

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Posted in Accessories Lights Quick Review Reviews

Raveman Lights: Getting Rolling

The Ravemen range of front and rear lights is intriguing and some of the models have some pretty unique features promising some nice user experiences. At the asking prices, it would appear that these lights are a great value as well. Stay tuned as I get these into use and we’ll find out where Ravemen lights hit and where they miss.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Panaracer Gravel King SK+ 650B Tires: Getting Rolling

There are several sizes of the Gravel King SK+ tires in the range, we happen to have the 650B X 48mm versions. The tires we have are the blackwall versions, but Panaracer lists a skin wall version as well. None of the funky colors as with other Gravel King variants here though, which you don’t get with the SK+. Just plain black tread.

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“Episode #77 – Things are Getting ‘Rad”

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

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

WTB Proterra Wheels: At The Finish

I can see these as wheels you upgrade to which you ‘just ride’ and not give much thought to. In other words, perhaps the perfect wheel set for most people’s needs.

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Posted in Components Handlebars Reviews

Redshift Sports Kitchen Sink Handlebar: Checkpoint

The control part is what I wasn’t expecting. When things get rowdy, rough, and sketchy, the Drop Grips especially come into play and make controlling the bike a much easier task. I felt a lot more secure while holding these grips when I hit loose gravel in a turn, for instance.

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Posted in Apparel Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

New Riding Gravel Apparel Available!

Spring is here and so are a few items in the Riding Gravel storage area. It’s been a while since we have had any t-shirts available, so we have fixed that now with two designs. One is a Riding Gravel classic and the other one is a new version of a shirt we offered last time we had shirts.

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“Episode #76 – Fashion or Function …. Plus Get Your Tshirts Here!”

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

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Posted in How To Sealants Tools

Time For Tubeless Maintenance

The tubeless ‘dance’ isn’t hard to do once you get the hang of it. That said- it isn’t for everybody. Using tubes is definitely a lot easier and comes with less maintenance issues. Of course, they do fail when punctured, there is no free lunch. You’ll just have to decide which suits you better, and if all this maintenance is worth the benefits for your riding.

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Posted in Components Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Pedals

Gravel Grinder News: Garmin Unveils New “Rally”Powermeter Pedals.

The news of a new power measuring pedal product from Garmin is out now and our own MG attended the ‘virtual’ press release event. Following are the details and comments on this new pedal system for power measurement from Garmin called “Rally”.

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

WTB Proterra Wheels: Checkpoint

The WTB Proterra i23 wheels are a subtle looking, value priced wheel set at $649.00 for the pair. You get smooth EZO sealed bearings, easily serviced parts, and WTB’s proven tubeless rims. Nothing ‘shouty‘ going on here, just a workingman-like wheel set. Plus, they pass the critical ‘wobble/oscillation test’ which means they will handle well on sketchy gravel. Better than most other value priced and stock wheel sets.

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“Episode #75 – The OG Gravel Event & More”

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

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Posted in Gravel News Gravel Riding

Get Off The Couch And Ride! A Pathway To Ride Day Fitness #3

Today Riding Gravel continues the series of videos which will focus on how anyone can get from ‘zero to race day shape‘. Realizing that COVID-19 may have caused many of you to take up couch surfing and that your riding time may have suffered from a lack of focus,

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Salsa Debuts ’21 Warbird, Stormchaser Models

Salsa Cycles has announced the 2021 versions of their popular Warbird and Stormchaser models. These models reflect color and spec changes only. The designs remain the same as the 2020 models.

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“Episode #74 – UG & Who Let the Dogs Out?”

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

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Posted in Components Handlebars Reviews Stems

Redshift Sports Kitchen Sink Handlebar: Getting Rolling

The Redshift Sports Kitchen Sink Handlebar, Cruise Control Grips, and Really Long Bar Tape combine to make a system that is intriguing for the gravel and back road cyclist. Add in the loop bar section and it becomes more versatile with an added possibility for cargo bag attachment, accessories attachment points, and obviously as an aero position for riding into winds. There is a lot going on here.

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

Spinergy GXX Wheels: At The Finish

So, if you can get past the fact that the GXX is not going to win any lightweight wheel contests, the GXX wheels will give your bike a smoother, more controlled ride with less energy wasted trying to herd the bike down a rougher road. That’s worth a lot right there, in my opinion.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Challenge Tires Getaway: At The Finish

If you are racing, or if you want a great tire that makes riding to gravel and dirt roads more fun and speedy, this is your tire.

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“Episodes #73 – Get Your Stuff Now!”

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

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Posted in Gravel Riding Training

Get Off The Couch And Ride! A Pathway To Ride Day Fitness #2

Today Riding Gravel continues the series of videos which will focus on how anyone can get from ‘zero to race day shape‘. Realizing that COVID-19 may have caused many of you to take up couch surfing and that your riding time may have suffered from a lack of focus, Bobby Kennedy of Salty and Stupid Cycling has created a series of videos to help anyone get off the couch and ride.

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Posted in Maintenance Quick Review Reviews

Finish Line Maintenance Products: Quick Review

Spring is showing signs of kicking into gear and you know what that means, right? Gravel and back road riding season, that’s what! But is your bike ready? If you shoved your bike into the corner and didn’t do any maintenance, it will need doing now.

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

WTB Proterra Wheels: Getting Rolling

The WTB Proterra i23 wheels are a subtle looking, value priced wheel set at $649.00 for the pair. You get smooth EZO sealed bearings, easily serviced parts, and WTB’s proven tubeless rims. Nothing ‘shouty’ going on here, just a workingman-like wheel set.

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Posted in Accessories Chain Lube Components Gravel News Handlebars Stems Wheels

Fresh Gravel: WTB, Redshift Sports, Finish Line

Winter is hitting the Riding Gravel headquarters hard, but that doesn’t mean that things are not happening. Today we have news on some upcoming products from WTB, Redshift Sports, and Finish Line which are due to arrive soon, or already have, which we will be reviewing.

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Rose Backroad Classified

This is an interesting choice and reflects again that the gravel cycling segment is pushing road biking technology forward in a way that was unforeseen only a few years ago.

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“Episodes #71 & #72 – Doubleheader”

EPISODE #72 – SPECIAL GUEST JOHN STAMSTAD Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Andy and Guitar Ted are joined by…

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Posted in Components Drive Train Parts Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: SRAM Max 36 Derailleur and AUX Bottle Cage

Today in “Gravel Grinder News” we have a new rear derailleur and cassette from SRAM plus news of a versatile water bottle cage system from Granite Design.

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Posted in Accessories Bags Quick Review Reviews

Muc-Off Rainproof Essentials Case: Quick Review

For my uses, the cell phone, money, and card functionality makes this case an essential part of my kit now. I can pop out my cell phone easily, and I can stow money in there instead of floating it around in a sandwich baggie.

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Posted in Accessories Gravel News Gravel Races Training

Get Off The Couch And Ride! A Pathway To Ride Day Fitness #1

Today Riding Gravel is excited to announce a series of videos which will focus on how anyone can get from ‘zero to race day shape’.

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Posted in Apparel Gravel News Jackets Reviews

Showers Pass Cloudburst Jacket: Getting Rolling

The Cloudburst is a fully seam-sealed rain jacket made with a new fabric called eliteAIR™. This new fabric has the characteristic of being stretchable and very breathable. The jacket also is packable with less bulk than many seam sealed rain jackets.

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Posted in Accessories Quick Review Reviews Tools

Topeak Alien X Multi-tool: Quick Review

This tool would definitely cover a lot of needs on a long, self-supported type ride where you may need to do some repair work to keep you going. It’s got a few things in there that are pretty iffy, (the tire lever, the 8mm hex key) , but for the common repairs I think its a winner.

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Posted in Components Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Tools Wheels

Gravel Grinder News: Wheels From WTB, Spinergy Plus Dynaplug Tubeless Tool.

Today we have new wheel sets to tell you about from WTB and Spinergy. Plus a new tubeless plug tool from Dynaplug is also in the news this week.

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“Episode #70 – Congrats!”

ABOUT EPISODE #70 Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Andy and Guitar Ted keep the goods coming. Andy has some…

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Posted in Components Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Wheels

Gravel Grinder News; HED Announces Emporia GA Pro Silver Edition

HED Wheels announces today that they have a limited edition polished Emporia GA Pro wheel set on offer. These wheels feature HED’s newest rim design for gravel with an internal width of 25mm.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Challenge Tires Getaway: Checkpoint

The Challenge Tires Getaway is looking to be one of the better choices for anyone who wants a fast tire for racing purposes, or for anyone looking for a very smooth riding tire in the 40mm range.

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Posted in Accessories Bags Quick Review Reviews

Topeak Pakgo Gearpack: Quick Review

he Pakgo Gearpack is a great way to keep organized – be that at home or on the go. It’s a nice item one could keep ready and whether you ride from home or grab the bag to hit a trail head, or a destination to cycle from, the Pakgo will make sure you have what you need to hand.

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Posted in Accessories Keepers Pumps Reviews

Keepers: Silca Pista Plus Floor Pump

Classic design wasn’t compromised where it matters most with the Silca Pista Plus. The ‘guts’ of this pump are just like those of the past pumps Silca is famous for. That means that parts are available to repair this pump, when that time comes, but I know that occasional maintenance will put that day off for years- maybe over a decade.

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Posted in Components Keepers Reviews Wheels

Gulo Composites GGX-SL Wheelset: At the Finish

After six months of riding and yes, even a little bit of racing, it’s time to wrap up the long-term review of the GRX-SL wheelset from Gulo Composites.

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“Episode #69 – Ranty”

ABOUT EPISODE #69 Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Andy and Guitar Ted are in for an end of the…

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Posted in Components Reviews Seat Post

Roval Terra Carbon Post: At The Finish

I thoroughly enjoyed the ride quality of this seat post and I would not want to return to a more rigid type of post after having experienced the Terra Carbon

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

Boyd Wheels Trailblazer Carbon Wheels: Checkpoint

One of the first real rides I did on the Trailblazer wheels was a 50 mile mixed surface loop running the Touareg tires. Now I got a bit suckered into this one. You know that friend that says that “it’s a 30 mile ride with a couple of hills” and it never is? Yeah. That friend. I have one of those.

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Posted in Components Handlebars Reviews

Whisky Parts Milhouse & Winston Handlebars: At The Finish

Of course, high price cannot be forgotten, and if their is anything that makes these bars hard to consider it would be that barrier. However; try to find a competing product and it becomes apparent that if this idea is something that you’ve always wanted to see become available, well, here you go

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Posted in Editorial Gravel News

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Posted in Components Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Reviews Tires

Gravel Grinder News: Challenge Tires Debuts Getaway 700c X 40mm Tire

The Challenge Tire Getaway model is a welcomed addition to the range of fast, light, 38-42mm range of tires for gravel. It seems that this type and size range of gravel tires is not seeing a lot of new development lately with many companies focusing on larger tires not really focused on speed.

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Spinergy GXX Wheels: Checkpoint

The Spinergy GXX is a pretty good value for the dollar in terms of carbon rimmed wheels. You get a solid performing wheel set that will enhance ride quality and performance at the same time.

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Posted in Accessories Quick Review Reviews Tools

The Multi-Tool: A Quick Review of Three

All of these are not the ‘typical’ multi-tool that you would carry for three different reasons, but all of them serve a useful purpose. Outside the box can be a good thing.

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“Episode #68 – Dave Pryor of unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley”

ABOUT EPISODE #68 Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Andy and Guitar Ted do a little regular discussion and then…

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Posted in Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Gravel Races

Gravel Grinder News: Gravel Worlds Introduces 300-mile Event for 2021

The Pirate Cycling League has added a new event to Gravel Worlds 2021. The 300-mile Long Voyage joins the existing 150-mile, 75-mile and 50km events.

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Posted in Components Reviews Shifters

Archer Components’ D1x Trail Shifting System: At The Finish

As the system stands for the flat bar user, I think it presents a good value when you stack it against what is available for flat bar electronic shifting. The drop bar market will be another level altogether. Let’s see what happens, but this bears watching.

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Quick Review

Ritchey Outback: Quick Review

And I rode it on the street. And I rode it in the dirt. And I rode it on good roads and bad roads. And I began to form impressions about the Outback…

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Posted in Accessories Apparel Bags Bags Bikepacking Editorial Footwear/socks Highligted Reviews Tools Tools

Great Gifts for Gravel Cyclists – $60 and Under

The holidays are upon us, and with them comes the challenge of choosing the right gifts for friends and family. Not many folks have unlimited budgets, so selecting a great gift that’s also affordable is the goal. With that in mind, here are some gifts we’d be stoked to find under the tree this year, and all come in at $60 or less.

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“Episode #67 – Getting a Little Political”

ABOUT EPISODE #67 Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel After a couple weeks off, the guys are back on a…

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

WTB SG2 Gravel Tires: At The Finish

WTB has some really good non-puncture protected gravel/all road tires in their line, but there was no puncture protected version, until now. The SG2 gravel tires seem to be a good addition to the range as long as you understand that the width indicated on the side wall may not match the width of the tire in reality.

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“Episode #66 – Quickie”

ABOUT EPISODE #66 Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel The guys roll through a quick episode with a recap of…

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Posted in Apparel Base Layers Bibs/Shorts Gloves Jackets Reviews

Winter Clothing Round-Up With GORE: At The Finish

Winter Clothing Round-Up With GORE Windstopper® Gear: At The Finish – by Guitar Ted and Grannygear A while back we received some cold weather gear…

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Posted in Editorial

Grit, Courage, and Openness Versus Climate Change: Can Riding Gravel Help Save Us?

“an ocean of sweat
a delta of spirit
a barn full of sparrows
about to explode into the night.”
–from Ben Weaver, “The DAMn”

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

WTB SG2 Gravel Tires: Byway Checkpoint

The 700c x 40mm WTB Byway SG2 tires have now been ridden a bit more to bring us to the final mid-term article on the three SG2 tires we have on review here.

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Posted in Apparel Gloves

Q 36.5 Unique Gloves With Elastic Interface: Quick Review

Gloves for cycling have not typically kept up with the advancements in technology and new knowledge applied to cycling short inserts and that for shoes and pedals. We seem to be missing similar comfort and performance features for cycling gloves. But no more with the Q 36.5 Unique Gloves which bring a scientific, performance based design to these gloves which seems to have great promise for the gravel and back road cyclist.

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

Spinergy GXX Wheels: Getting Rolling

Spinergy has been famous for using an alternative to stainless steel spokes for years. Their spoke is based upon a use of a special fiber. Specifically a spoke with “over 30,000 strands of polyphenylene bensobisoxazole fiber”. These fibers are then coated with a chemical, water, and UV resistant material which can be colored. The PBO spokes also have three times the strength of stainless steel, according to Spinergy, at half the weight of stainless steel spokes.

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Posted in Components Reviews Shifters

Archer Components’ D1x Trail Shifting System: Checkpoint

The Archer Components D1x has been easy to use after the somewhat confusing instructions were navigated upon set up. I loved that I had an easy to operate system which could be tweaked in the field. Shifting is great, maybe not as fast as some premier electronic systems, but as good as any fresh mechanical system and this with old, tired parts.

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Posted in Gravel News Gravel Races Ride report

Ride Report: unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley 2020

Had we told you in 2019 that an event with these protocols could be called a ‘success’, you may have sneered at such draconian measures being seen in that light. However; the unPAved of the Susquehanna River Valley ended up being one of the very few high profile gravel events happening at all in 2020.

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Posted in Components Reviews Seat Post

Roval Terra Carbon Post: Getting Rolling

The Roval Terra Carbon Post is another device which has been designed to help with rider comfort. A seat post with some ‘give’, if you will. That is nothing new, of course, but Roval feels that their design does it better, so let’s see what it is that makes this seat post tic.

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Posted in Accessories Apparel Bags Jackets Reviews Shoes

Bontrager Sampler: Getting Rolling

Here we have, from Trek, a Sampler Platter: Bontrager Shoes, a waist pack, and a jacket for really bad weather.

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“Episode #65 – Cold Weather Tips, Viathon, Whisky & More”

ABOUT EPISODE #65 Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel In this episode, Guitar Ted and Andy chat about the usual…

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Posted in Components Reviews Wheels

Atomik/Berd Ultimate Gravel Wheels: At The Finish

The calling card for this wheel set is the promise of a smoother ride. In that the Atomik/Berd Ultimate wheel delivers upon that promise. The Berd spokes are unique and their qualities are what gives this otherwise fairly plain wheel set its appeal.

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Posted in Apparel Jackets Keepers Long Review Reviews

Mountain Hardwear Exposure/2 Gore-Tex Paclite Plus Jacket: Long Review

For some cyclists, the threat of rain is suitable cause to postpone or cancel a ride. For the rest of us, there’s rain gear. And while for a lot of folks, cycling-specific waterproof outerwear is a good option, I often prefer the more flexible fit and increased versatility of a hiking/backpacking jacket.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

WTB SG2 Gravel Tires: Raddler Checkpoint

This tire isn’t a ‘bad’ tire, but for the MidWest it isn’t a tire that lights a fire underneath me when I ride it. It does the job well enough, sure, but with its slightly harsher ride quality and lack of volume, it isn’t on the same plane as the Resolute or the Byway, both of which we are testing in this series of SG2 reviews.

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Posted in Accessories Bottles/Storage Quick Review Reviews

Elite Byasi Container: Quick Review

Whether or not you are in for a ‘tool keg’ or not, the Byasi Container is a brilliantly made and easy to use solution for storage on the bike.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

WTB SG2 Gravel Tires: Resolute Checkpoint

This was the model I was most concerned about going into this review. Since the standard Resolute is still my #1 gravel tire, I was really hopeful that the SG2 model would at least approximate what I liked about this tire.

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Viathon G1 Bike: At The Finish

So, what we have here is an interesting sales model and a fine bike for those who crave the ultimate in efficiency that carbon fiber can bring to the table. As a straight-up road bike, we’d have no issues with the Viathon G1.

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“Episode #64 – Waffle, GORE, Touareg, Hunt Wheels & More”

ABOUT EPISODE #64 Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Andy and Guitar Ted bring you this weeks episode of The…

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Hutchinson Touareg Tires: At The Finish

Basically, I likely would have moved on to another tire by now. But I have not. And that has actually been just fine with me, because although the heat and the smoke from multiple fires around California kept my miles low overall, the times I did ride the Touregs have been just really good to live with.

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch | “Episode #63 – CatEyes & Pictures”

ABOUT EPISODE #63 Get 10% off from Andy’s Bike Shop – Use code RidingGravel Andy and Guitar Ted give you a review roundup heavy episode….

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Posted in Apparel Base Layers Bibs/Shorts Gloves Jackets Reviews

Winter Clothing Round-Up With GORE: Getting Rolling

In the Northern Hemisphere, things are taking a colder turn in terms of the weather. That means as cyclists we will be reaching for our cold weather gear to extend our riding season into Fall and Winter. We recently received a kit from GORE featuring a few items that can make cold weather cycling more fun and more comfortable. Let’s take a look.

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch | Episode #62 – Dangerous Dan of The Sterile Iowan

ABOUT EPISODE #62 The guys are back with guest, Dangerous Dan, to discuss his event, The Sterile Iowan. Listen in to the full story about…

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Posted in Components Reviews Shifters

Archer Components’ D1x Trail Shifting System: Getting Rolling

Using the D1x is simple. To start, you depress the button on the side of the shifter box for about a second. The LED indicator will turn green, and then you depress either button on the remote until the LED flashes and you are good to go. Shifts are what you would expect from a well tuned cable operated system.

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Posted in Gravel Races Ride report

Salty Lizard 100 Recap

The inaugural Salty Lizard 100 by Salty & Stupid Cycling happened on Saturday, Oct. 3, against all the odds, in the teeth of a global pandemic, and in defiance of a relentless recession in Wendover, UT/West Wendover, NV. But it happened – it happened – and when the dust settled, a new gravel destination emerged, emptied the moon-dust out of its shoes, and passed out in a lawn chair with an unopened Coke in hand.

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Posted in Components Gravel News Handlebars Reviews

Whisky Parts Milhouse & Winston Handlebars: Getting Rolling

Recently I was tipped off to a couple of carbon fiber handle bars that Whiskey Parts was about to unleash upon the world. Whiskey Parts kindly sent them over for evaluation and review, and since now the curtain has been lifted on these, I can freely talk about them now.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Vee Tire Rocketman Tires: Getting Rolling

The Rocketman is a bit of a mystery tire from Vee Tire Company which we hope to clear up soon. Not just in terms of specs but also in terms of on-road performance. Gravel roads, that is. Andy T will be handling the 650B side of things while I (Guitar Ted) will be testing the 700c versions.

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Atomik/Berd Ultimate Gravel Wheels: Checkpoint

The Atomik/Berd Ultimate wheel set is a lightweight, configurable component that can reduce vibrations to the rider which would otherwise hinder performance and handling on crushed rock roads.

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Reviews

Viathon G1 Bike: Checkpoint