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posted 4/16/2017
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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
thread edited on 4/18/2017 at 3:26:12 PM

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posted 9/20/2018
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Really enjoyed this ride even though I had to walk a couple of hills.

Zman


What's the gearing on your bike?
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ptsbike it's not about the bike it's all about me being out of shape. Working retail and standing on concrete for 8 hrs. a day and borderline plantar fasciitis. Raining for 3-4 weeks before the ride and a week of 100 deg. F heat index didn't help. I have also been nursing a sore right hamstring. Bottom line is I didn't get enough long training rides in. Going from a 2 1/2 hr ride to 7 hrs on the bike and lots of hills wasn't a good mix. Gaining 20 lbs from my collarbone nerve pain last year doesn't help out on the hills either.

My gearing was/is The Sram Rival 1x with 11x42 and I switched out the front from 42 gearing to 38. I am not sold or really liking the Sram gearing and probably getting it change out to 2x Shimano over the winter. There is a big jump in gears and when riding with a group of riders it seems like you are always in the wrong gear.

Zman


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posted 9/20/2018
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The Sram Rival 1x with 11x42 and I switched out the front from 42 gearing to 38. I am not sold or really liking the Sram gearing and probably getting it change out to 2x Shimano over the winter. There is a big jump in gears and when riding with a group of riders it seems like you are always in the wrong gear.

Zman


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My smallest is a 23 front and 30 rear. That gives me a 7 cog difference which is good for everything except really steep stuff. I do have a 12x36 cassette that I could put on or a 12x32. It's nice to have small enough gearing so that those long steep climbs are not so much of a grind.

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posted 9/20/2018
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Zman, I ride a Surly Troll non-suspension MTB type frame with 26x2 Schwalbe Big Apple tires. I use a Shimano 11x34 9 speed rear cassette with 24 and 36 tooth chain rings on the front. This gets me over almost any hill I would need to climb. Anything steeper and I might as well walk. I also have enough high end gears to move along paved roads without running out of gear.

I use Shimano 9 speed bar end shifters mounted onto Velo Orange flat bar adapter brackets, which turn them into old school indexed thumb shifters. These are wonderful, extremely simple shifters.

My Surly Troll served as a good touring bike this summer. I was in Germany for nearly 3 months, and pedaled almost 4000 kilometers. I carried Ortlieb back roller panniers on the rear rack, and a saddlebag. The Troll handled all sorts of road conditions on my tour: asphalt, old concrete slabs, gravel, cobblestone, dirt. Although the majority of my cycle routes were paved, thank goodness I was not riding a regular road bike on this tour. It would have been misery or impossible on some stretches, especially the cobblestones. I love the ability to drop my tire pressure down to 2 or 2.5 bar / 30 to 35 psi. This lets me pedal along the rough cobbles without shaking my bike or myself to pieces.

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posted 9/21/2018
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Haven't posted anything here for awhile and looks like not much interest from anybody else.


Dont give up the ship...keeping the thread going will hopefully get others encouraged.
Despite all thats been going on with you Zman-you gotta give yourself credit for going out of state and in to the unknown. Your adventures are enjoyed!
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