Sunday, June 12, 2016

Minus Ten Review- 23

From a ride in 2005 I did which became part of the first GTDRI course
Ten years ago on the blog here I introduced a ride idea that I figured would be a dud when it came to folks wanting to join in. I know that many of you out there might find that notion a little incredible, but think about what the scene was like just ten years ago.

There had bee two Trans Iowas run by that time with a grand total of 9 finishers. There had been one Dirty Kanza 200, and nobody really had heard of that event back then yet. There had never been an Almanzo 100, Barry-Roubaix, or Gravel Worlds. Never.

"Gravel grinding" was something roadies did to train in the early Spring here in the Mid-West. It wasn't a term known to describe any sort of racing or riding for fun and recreation. Gravel travel was waaaaay under the radar back then. So, by announcing a ride on gravel of 100-150 miles just for the heck of it- no prizes, no glory, nothing other than just to ride, was unheard of for the most part. Sure, there were pockets of that sort of thing happening. Lincoln, Nebraska comes to mind, but for the most part, this was an off the wall idea, and then I went and called it the "Guitar Ted Death Ride Invitational" just to make it even more absurd.

And folks responded. 

I had a great group the first year out, and it just never quit after that. Obviously. It is a thing now! 

I had two other main subjects that week ten years ago. One was a tandem project with George Wissell who ran a shop in New Hampshire back then. We did a two part series about riding with tunes or without them. The other article I wrote up was about how was going to do a 29"er vs 26"er test to see which was best. Well, the protocol for the test was so full of holes that even a Mid-Western goofball like me could see right through it. The thing caused a huge uproar, then it died down only to resurface a couple of years later with custom bikes built to eliminate the variables. However; to this day I do not think I ever saw a conclusion to this test, and of course, it doesn't matter anymore anyway.



Doug said...

Not a comment on this post per se but I'd like to get in touch w/you. Like you, I have more than a few bikes w/a variety of tire sizes. I put together a spreadsheet for tire pressures that utilizes a formula I found on the web which is supposed to be based on the Berto 15% tire drop method of ideal pressure. I've found it to be very useful. That is, it's pretty much spot n for all my bikes and for a couple the recommended pressures were eye opening. Anyway, I'd love to send it to you and get your feedback. Thanks, Doug

Guitar Ted said...

@Doug: You can always contact me via e-mail @