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I have spent the last 2-3 days trying to get all the info I can on gravel grinding bikes. Like handyhannah and others on this forum I have my eye on some eye candy. It's not the question of whether I am going to buy a gravel grinding bike or not, It's what kind of gravel grinding bike I am going to buy.

Of also interest is a ride in the Ozark mts. on Sept. 8-10

Pig Tail Gravel grinding. Sure looks like a blast to me and although I thought I would love to do cyclocross at one point in my life I think this looks like a blast.

Anybody else on here done any gravel grinding races/rides?

Any input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Zman
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Used to love going for 3-4 hour hiway rides . Now it's all about 3-4 hour gravel rides. Next to no traffic. The traffic that does come along is usualy more respectful of cyclists and slow down. Back deeper into farmland and solitude. Just better for me

The plus for me is a better workout for Cross racing. Gravel races participated in have had a more adventure aura. Where it is more the accomplishment of completing the event . So there is a great mixture of riders from racers, take your time riders and have a good time rider attitude.

All in good fun

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I asked my bike mechanic whats difference between my cross bike and the new gravel grinders. He said geometry. He said gravel grinders could be more relaxedin comparison to cross..

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Like OC stated, I love the solitude of gravel grinding on a relaxed recumbent. No cars, no hassle, just the lonesome road perfection.

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Well I have the bug bad as I have spent the last 3 days looking for bikes and this morning leading into this afternoon I have already been looking into 12HR/24HR/200 milers and more gravel grinding races.

Zman

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I asked my bike mechanic whats difference between my cross bike and the new gravel grinders. He said geometry. He said gravel grinders could be more relaxedin comparison to cross..
-- posted by handyhannah


What cross bike candy do you own?

Zman

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I asked my bike mechanic whats difference between my cross bike and the new gravel grinders. He said geometry. He said gravel grinders could be more relaxedin comparison to cross..
-- posted by handyhannah


Handyhannah I thought I owned my share of bikes. I looked at your profile and you have the craving for bike candy every now and then right. I think I have pretty much made up my mind on what bike to buy. Over at Bikeforums they listed a code that you could go on Raleighs website and set up a corporate account and get a killer deal on a bike.

code was CYCLE4TAW

My 2016 Tamland bike that I was looking at lists for $1600 I can pick up for a sweetheart of a deal of $799. I think I have found my gravel grinding bike.

handyhannah don't get any ideas the team needs you riding some miles instead of working extra shifts for new bike eye candy.

Anybody have any ideas what a fair price would be for the LBS to assemble it for me?

Zman

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ZmN-i am not working for more eye candy -YET. Remeber i had that dental expense with a broken tooth after finding a bone in the boneless porkchop. Well after months of regeneration around my implant its tooth time. I just got my temporary so my gum can get used to having aa tooth again. In 2 months i get real deal. It will have been a full year process for this.
I will not lie-i have been ogling a bike or 2 for the back burner..

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ZmN-i am not working for more eye candy -YET. Remeber i had that dental expense with a broken tooth after finding a bone in the boneless porkchop. Well after months of regeneration around my implant its tooth time. I just got my temporary so my gum can get used to having aa tooth again. In 2 months i get real deal. It will have been a full year process for this.
I will not lie-i have been ogling a bike or 2 for the back burner..
-- posted by handyhannah


Well I hope you got some reimbursement from either the food company or the restaurant when you found that wonderful delictible boneless pork chop. I doubt that you received as much as that United airline customer has in store for him but every little bit helps.

I will let the cat out of the bag and tell you that I purchased a 2016 Raleigh Tamland 56cm gravel grinder today.

I will also let you know how you can get a sweetheart of a deal if you ever want to buy a Raleigh at a cut rate price. So I went to Raleigh USA set up what they called a Corporate account(private by me) and then entered their current code to set that account up.

My price on my bike.
$799.99 + $48.00 tax no shipping charges.

Cost of bike at Raleigh Dealer
$1799.00

super deal IMHO I went to my local Raleigh dealer today to get sizing. He said he would charge me $75 to assemble it. I think I can afford that.

Zman

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Like OC stated, I love the solitude of gravel grinding on a relaxed recumbent. No cars, no hassle, just the lonesome road perfection.

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-- posted by GeeWizMan


GW I hope to be able to ride some roads like that real soon. I also have thoughts in my head of doing some 50 miler 100 miler, possibly 200 miler or 12 hr and 24 hr. gravel grinder rides. There sure are lots of rides like that out there. Just another form of ultra riding that I looke forward to. One of the closest to me is what they call the Whiskey Rebellion ride close to Philly Pa.

Zman

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Well I have the bug bad as I have spent the last 3 days looking for bikes and this morning leading into this afternoon I have already been looking into 12HR/24HR/200 milers and more gravel grinding races.

Zman
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