Monday Motivation: Open Roads!

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The snow is melting fast!

Monday Motivation: Open Roads! For many of us in the Upper Mid-West, the season is changing over from Winter to Spring. Along with that change we are putting away our fat bikes, getting out the gravel road bikes, and looking forward to March and April when the bulk of the calendar for gravel events is scheduled. We’ve noticed many of you posting to social networks about your early season rides and we can feel the excitement.

We’re excited as well. Get out there and get ready, because the roads are open!

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about gravel bikes, gear, events and anything else on the Riding Gravel Forum


Author: Guitar Ted

Guitar Ted hails from Iowa. Home of over 70,000 miles of gravel and back roads. An inaugural member of the Gravel Cycling Hall of Fame and Co-creator of Trans Iowa in late 2004- Guitar Ted has been at the forefront of the growth of gravel events and riding since then. Creator of Gravel Grinder News in 2008, he produced the premier calendar of gravel and back road events. GT joined forces with Riding Gravel in late 2014.

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5 thoughts on “Monday Motivation: Open Roads!

  1. So many posts about Barry-Roubaix training rides stuffing my Facebook feed. Can’t wait to get out there this Sunday. Registration closes soon with over 2500 already signed up.

  2. Tamland down! Tamland down!

    Hey question for you Ted … what bars and tires did you settle on for that bike?

    Your evaluation of the bars in your review of the Tamland were spot on, what a terrible choice of bars by Raleigh. I have a new Willard and after 70 miles I’ve ordered Salsa Cowbell bars for it.

    For tires, I’ve found the Clements to be very fast, but lacking in tread when it comes to the extremely loose sand/gravel mix I encounter in a lot of areas north of me. I’ll likely swap out the Clements for a set of the higher TPI Kinards that are languishing on my old gravel rig.

    Thanks for the article and continued inspiration!

    1. Alan, I still am using the Cowbell on my Tamland. Great bars and for the positioning and purposes I have for that bike, they are perfect.

      Tires are always changing since I review so many. However; I did really enjoy the Challenge Tires “Gravel Grinder” 38mm tires when they were on this bike. Right now I am running the Soma Cazaderos which are another really nice tire. I’ll have another update on my review of those this week, as a matter of fact.

      1. Thanks for the info; those Somas look like they have a nice flat profile. I’ll be looking forward to your update.

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