First of all, thanks for all of the comments on the post yesterday. Many of you seemed to be interested in what it was I was using for sealant. Even to the point of crying "blog foul!", which made me laugh.
Look, I was pretty loathe to reveal the "secret sauce", since the stuff wasn't developed by me. It was my good buddy MG's stuff which he worked real hard on making over years of experimentation. You just don't go handing out knowledge like that without asking.
Fortunately, if you need to know, MG popped in and graciously shared the secret to his brew in yesterday's comment section. Go there if you want to know. Thanks!
Yes, the gravel rides on Friday are still happening. Two weeks ago we got rained out, and last week I was out of town. I'm not out of town this week, and so I will be planning on meeting anyone of like mind at 5:30pm at the usual spot.
I have a bit of a twist on the route I want to try out this time, so it will be something new for anyone that has already ridden this with me.
Expect to ride about 20-25 miles this go around. It is going to be a longer route with average rollers. Nothing crazy, but it is time to start picking up the mileage a bit now since the sun stays up pretty late these days.
Which leads me to a few comments about "gravel road bikes". First off, I have a couple things I need to get squared away here concerning bikes. I am resurrecting the Fargo Gen I bike, which is coming along slowly. I had grabbed the bar end shifters off it for the RetroShift levers I reviewed (here, and here) , and so the Fargo has no shifting levers! I also needed to do something about tires and wheels, so that was addressed. Finally I need to do something with a chain ring for the crankset. That should get squared away here real soon, and then I'll be using the bike for.......well, you'll just have to wait and see what I will be doing there.
|Gettin it back together|
The Singular Gryphon will retain the fat tired single speed crown for now. (Actually, I don't see that ever changing, but you never know.)
Finally, there has been a lot of talk around about what a "gravel bike" is and even to the extent of considering what gravel roads are. (Really- there are different connotations and definitions depending upon where you live.) This ranges from mostly dirt roads to crushed rock of varying levels.
Why does this all matter? Because it will dictate what someone uses for a bicycle, and therefore what a "gravel road bike" is. Here in Iowa, it means one thing, while up in Southern Minnesota, it is something quite different.
Interestingly, Salsa Cycles is teasing their new introductions and many are being brought out in the public eye at gravel road races this spring. Their take on what a "gravel road bike" is should only feed the discussion on this topic even further. I can't wait to see what they have cooked up.
Okay, that's all for today. Have a great weekend and take some pictures on your adventures this weekend!