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Vittoria Terreno XC 2.1″ Tires: Checkpoint

The profile of this tire, which is a low, peaked one, allows the Terreno XC to ride and conform right over crushed stones, making for a really smooth, controlled ride

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch – Episode #45 – Heavy on the Tires

ABOUT THE EPISODE The guys get on it for another week. You get the usual format – a discussion of some of the recent news…

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Gravel Grinder News Gravel News

Gravel Grinder News: Cannondale Debuts ’21 Topstone Carbon Lefty- Carbon Gravel E-Bike

Gravel Grinder News: Cannondale Debuts ’21 Topstone Carbon Lefty- Carbon Gravel E-Bike – by Guitar Ted Just about a year ago, Cannondale upended the gravel…

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Teravail Tires: Rutland, Cannonball, Ehline- Getting Rolling

Teravail has a wide range of gravel and mountain biking tires available, but these three represent some of their better choices for gravel travel, along with the narrower Rutlands already reviewed.

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Hutchinson Kraken 29″ X 2.3″ Tires: Checkpoint

In the intro’s ‘First Impressions’ segment I shared that I thought these tires were very damped feeling. This is to say that the Kraken really feels smooth and helps to cut down on vibrations. That to me is the best quality of this tire yet.

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Posted in Apparel Helmets Quick Review Reviews

Bontrager Starvos WaveCel Helmet: Quick Review

If you have a larger head size, as I do, now you have something that will not only fit better, but takes no prisoners in terms of protection, which previous “big-headed’ helmet options often did compromise on. Plus, it doesn’t cost a small fortune to buy into WaveCel with the Starvos. Well done, Bontrager!

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Posted in Components Keepers Long Review Reviews Tires

Continental Terra Trail and Terra Speed Tires: Long Review

It’s amazing how good gravel tires are today, and these new Continental tires are great examples of the progress we’ve made. They’re not much heavier than a road tire, yet are true 40c semi-knobbies that can confidently be ridden in nearly any gravel conditions.

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Riding Gravel Radio Ranch Episode #43 & 44 – The RGRR Double Feature

<Back to Podcast Home | ABOUT EPISODE #43 Special Double Feature release of the Riding Gravel Radio Ranch. In the first episode, the guys contemplate…

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Posted in Components Gravel Grinder News Gravel News Tires

Gravel Grinder News: Panaracer Introduces The Gravelking SS Tires

Panaracer Gravelking tires have been some of the most popular tires used for gravel riding and racing for several years. The tires have been used to claim several important victories on the gravel racing circuit in the U.S. Panaracer now announces an addition to the Gravelking family of tires with the new Gravelking SS and SS+ models.

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Posted in Accessories Quick Review Reviews Sealants

Orange Seal Tubeless Products: Quick Review

What a mixed bag of results! The sealant is really top shelf stuff. Orange Seal has a high reputation with many riders and deservedly so. I can heartily recommend the sealant.

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Vittoria Terreno XC 2.1″ Tires: Getting Rolling

The tires feel light and pliable in the hand. The sidewalls on these are a bit more brown than tan, but the tires look handsome none the less. The resemblance to the Terreno Dry 40mm tires is unmistakable. This bodes well, in my opinion, because those tires are some of my favorites in that size class.

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Teravail Rutland 700c X 42mm Tires- Quick Review

Teravail admits in its marketing that these are not the fastest rolling tires out there, but that they motor on though where those tires might fail. I think that summation of what the Rutland is about tells us all we need to know. The ride performance bears this out, in my opinion.

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Posted in Gravel News Podcast

Riding Gravel Radio Ranch Episode #42 – News & Reviews Updates

<Back to Podcast Home | ABOUT THE EPISODE Guitar Ted and Andy bring you an episode filled with some more in-depth and “behind the scenes”…

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Reviews

Salsa Cycles Stormchaser: Checkpoint

The Stormchaser’s mission is to perform well in the worst of conditions, and I think it has the characteristics to make a name for itself in those situations. But let’s face it- This bike also has to hold up as a gravel bike in normal situations as well. I feel that, besides a couple of quirks in the handling and fit departments, yes, this bike does gravel well.

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Posted in Accessories Pumps Quick Review Reviews

Tubeless Set Ups With Grannygear – Topeak

There was no floor pump in existence that was going to seat that tire and it was air compressor time. But, the Tubibooster X came through like a boss.
Award it a silver medal.

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Posted in Gravel News Podcast

Riding Gravel Radio Ranch Episode #41 – Event Updates, Dirty Kanza Name Controversy & News/Reviews

<Back to Podcast Home | ABOUT THE EPISODE Big news in Iowa with RAGBRAI. Guitar Ted and Andy get to answering a question. The guys…

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Posted in Components Seat Post

Redshift Sports ShockStop Seat Post: At The Finish

MG called the ShockStop seat post a ‘game changer’, and I would agree. It hits all points: Good looking, effective, and easily set up. If you’ve been shying away from riding gravel due to the roughness and vibrations, get the Redshift ShockStop post and match it with a ShockStop stem. You’ll be amazed at what control and comfort that set up will give you. Game changer indeed.

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MG GT Grade Carbon Pro
Posted in Bikepacking Gravel Bikes Keepers Reviews

GT Grade Carbon Pro: At the Finish

I’ve been riding our 2020 Grade Carbon Pro long-term test bike for about eight months now, and it’s time to offer up my final impressions of the bike.

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Posted in Apparel Bibs/Shorts Components Jerseys Tires Wheels

Gravel Grinder News: Pirelli Tires, I-9, PEdALED

Gravel Grinder News: Pirelli Tires, I-9, PEdALED – by Guitar Ted Although the cycling industry is reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide,…

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Posted in Gravel News Podcast

Riding Gravel Radio Ranch Episode #40 – Salsa Stormchaser, Odd Creaking, and More

<Back to Podcast Home | ABOUT THE EPISODE Guitar Ted sits down Andy from Andy’s Bike Shop to get the second episode in the shop…

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Posted in Components Reviews Tires

Hutchinson Kraken 29″ X 2.3″ Tires: Getting Rolling

Hutchinson Kraken 29″ X 2.3″ Tires: Getting Rolling – by Guitar Ted The title of this review might cause you to look strangely at your…

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Posted in Apparel Bibs/Shorts Reviews Shoes

Bontrager Adventure Series Clothing – GR2 Shoes: Getting Rolling

If you are not a big fan of Lycra or you tend toward more casual options, then technical clothing like this Adventure line from Bontrager falls into the gap between hucking and crits. This approach of a snug fitting short, not loose like a full baggie, and good looking enough to wear around town, when combined with casual looking jerseys or shirts in high tech fabrics…well it reminds me a lot of what was called ‘Touring Clothing’ in days gone by.

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Posted in Editorial Gravel News Training

Coronavirus Protection, With Notes for Gravel Riders

Coronavirus Protection, With Notes for Gravel Riders – by John Ingham Note: This post is concerned with prevention and should not be taken as a…

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Posted in Gravel News Podcast

Riding Gravel Radio Ranch Episode #39 – Andy’s Bike Shop

<Back to Podcast Home | ABOUT THE EPISODE Guitar Ted sits down Andy from Andy’s Bike Shop to kick off the start of shows right…

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Posted in Gravel Bikes Reviews

Salsa Cycles Stormchaser: Getting Rolling

Salsa Cycles Stormchaser: Getting Rolling – by Guitar Ted Recently we learned of a new bike coming from Salsa Cycles, a single speed gravel bike….

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Tubeless Set Ups With Guitar Ted

Tubeless Set Ups With Guitar Ted – by Guitar Ted This is the post, as promised in Grannygear’s tubeless set up post, which will feature…

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Oreo Roubaix

The Oreo Roubaix Gravel Ride is a supported road and gravel ride featuring three distance rides that all begin and end at the November 14th,…

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Conasauga Crusher 52 Mile Gravel Grind

The 2020 Conasauga Crusher Gravel Grind will be based out of the Ocoee Retreat Center in Ocoee, TN. As far as the course, expect mostly…

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Strade Boro Gravel Fondo

Strade Boro takes place on the dirt roads of Bulloch County Georgia, near the city of Statesboro. Bulloch County is home to hundreds of miles…

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Death March Revival

Wrap up the 2020 cycling season with the ultimate backwoods challenge on Saturday, NOVEMBER 7th at MULBERRY GAP! The route – an 88-mile gravel grinder…

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Mt Lemmon Gravel Grinder p/b REI

The Mt Lemmon Gravel Grinder is held annually on the last Saturday in October and leverages the 3C Ranch to provide a complete family-friendly experience….

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Born to Grind – Copper Canyons

A Gravel Grinder style endurance biking event like no other, in the majestic lands of the Sierra Tarahumara, home to the world’s greatest endurance running…

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LOWELL CLASSIC GRAVEL ROAD RACE

The Lowell 50 is a classic old world style gravel road race. You’ll race along the banks of the Flat River and through rural Ionia…

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Big Ring Gravel Series: Gordon Loop

Race 1 – Saturday October 17th Race 2 – Sunday October 18th Race 3 – Saturday October 24th Race 4 – Sunday October 25rd Championship…

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Maple Leaf Gravel Grinder

Join us this fall for the annual Maple Leaf Gravel Grind.  The MLGG will offer 16, 35 and 70 mile course options again in 2020 that…

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Gravel & Grog Gravel Grinder

Gravel & Grog Gravel Grinder Grind your way through Kewaunee and Door Counties on the Ahnapee State Trail and drink in the amazing fall colors….

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