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Old 07-11-2010, 11:35 AM   #15151
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a righteous wind

55 miles yesterday. I've been scoping out gravel routes to try and connect a long gravel ride and found some more road yesterday to knit together. I think that a 100% gravel route will not be possible as the closest such road is 6 miles from my doorstep. I am still satisfied with what I am finding.

Yesterday's ride was mostly pavement mixed with gravel. Great weather. The wind was in my face for most of it. I've come to view wind as straight-line hills.

The righteous part was the last 25 miles due north from Northfield was all tail wind.



A rare treat, indeed.
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Old 07-11-2010, 11:51 AM   #15152
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Nothing that rivals what you guys do, but it is good to be back on a bike.



20.11 miles,1 hour 34 minutes. AHR 148, MHR 168. Enjoyed every ever loving minute of it!

Three miles of this:

Nice! Modern geometry and it looks light.

Take it easy and mind the knees.
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:18 PM   #15153
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I don't get to ride in the hills much. Here's the evidence.

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Old 07-11-2010, 07:45 PM   #15154
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I don't get to ride in the hills much. Here's the evidence.

That's why you live on the Louisiana coast right! If you lived in CO, you'd have legs the size of oak trees (with muscle) and could crank up those hills in the big ring!

Hey, is there any good DS motorcycle riding in Southern LA? NOLA and Lafayette are fun places to visit...
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:49 PM   #15155
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That's why you live on the Louisiana coast right! If you lived in CO, you'd have legs the size of oak trees (with muscle) and could crank up those hills in the big ring!

Hey, is there any good DS motorcycle riding in Southern LA? NOLA and Lafayette are fun places to visit...
I'm not well qualified to comment on that. Google Dual Sport Riders of Louisiana and visit their website.

I was screaming for a compact double or a triple on the big hills. I'm a wuss.
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:10 AM   #15156
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Nothing that rivals what you guys do, but it is good to be back on a bike.



20.11 miles,1 hour 34 minutes. AHR 148, MHR 168. Enjoyed every ever loving minute of it!

Not bad at all. Hands went a little numb other than that no issues what ever.

Two things to consider for numb hands.

The obvious, looking at your bike, is bar ends that enable you to alter your hand position.

The other is padded gloves which you may or may not be using.

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Old 07-12-2010, 09:24 AM   #15157
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What's the thinnest tire you guys would ride on a gravel surface?

Does tire size even matter?
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:53 AM   #15158
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What's the thinnest tire you guys would ride on a gravel surface?

Does tire size even matter?
Thin as in the thickness of the rubber material used in making the tire? Or are you using "thin" to refer to tire size- i.e. a 25c tire is "thinner" than a 35c tire?

Either way, it depends.

What kind of gravel? The nice soft limestoney kind that almost turns to pavement after some rain and some traffic, the sharp pointy rock kind, or maybe something else.

As you know, it comes in a variety of flavors.



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Old 07-12-2010, 09:58 AM   #15159
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I've ridden 700X18C tires at 130 psi for about twenty miles in Iowa to get off the loosey-goosey gravel from the farm over to a school and back. Washboard was the worst and getting over the big loose berm piles of gravel at some intersections. But, that wasn't so much fun. I wouldn't recommend it for travel. I'd go with a bigger tire for suspension. And my experience in gravel on my road bikes is out of date and a little limited. Less than a thousand miles I expect.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:33 AM   #15160
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I've ridden as small as 19c on gravel (and gotten 3 flats!) but prefer something a little larger: 25-28c for the 'float.'

You can find smooth-ish tread cyclocross tires that'll do well.

I'm hoping to get back on the bike here soon. I've pretty much stopped coughing.

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Old 07-12-2010, 11:24 AM   #15161
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I currently run 35C tires.

I ask because about 1/3 of the trail I usually ride is fairly soft gravel. Small chunks and it's packed pretty tight, but the pieces are a little bit pointy.

Haven't gotten any flats from it yet, but in the future I my get thinner tires or a different bile with thinner tires and I was curious if there's a threshold. Obviously there will be differences between brands and models.
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:20 PM   #15162
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:59 PM   #15163
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What's the thinnest tire you guys would ride on a gravel surface?

Does tire size even matter?
32 c on hardpack
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:44 PM   #15164
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If you are riding the TX gravel roads, those are pretty sandy. I would stick with something 32c or larger. You get too skinny and they just sink into the soft stuff.

If you are on a trail that is hard packed, you can go narrow. I know lots of folks that ride on the Wabash Trace with road bikes and don't have problems with flats.
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:59 PM   #15165
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The main part of the trail is pretty tightly packed, but there's some branch trails that go off into trees and they're a little more loose, but I like riding them because the overhead cover gives a nice cool off.
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