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Noonievut

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After riding only tarmac last year it was nice to use my new CX bike on a mixed surface ride today. It was cold, but much colder in the wind. Started on the road, found some gravel roads, then singletrack, more gravel. At times the gravel roads were tightly tree lined and it was nice and cozy in there. Loved exploring some new roads/trails in an area I was visiting for the day. Definitely missed this last year!
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Yeah, gravel bikes are definitely one of the most versatile machines in bike world.
Recently, I tried to make some changes on my bike so it would be a bit faster than it is... 
Among other changes I put skinnier tires and can say that I made a mistake for not putting them sooner (700x32-33)... I don't ride on gnarly tracks and my off road rides are not that long normally up to 40-50km... so a bit skinny tires work really nice there.

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Yeah, gravel bikes are definitely one of the most versatile machines in bike world.
Recently, I tried to make some changes on my bike so it would be a bit faster than it is... 
Among other changes I put skinnier tires and can say that I made a mistake for not putting them sooner (700x32-33)... I don't ride on gnarly tracks and my off road rides are not that long normally up to 40-50km... so a bit skinny tires work really nice there.

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I hear you on skinnier tires. Previously I had 40mm heavy tires on a heavy bike. Now I have 32mm tires that are 1/2 pound lighter on a lighter bike and I feel more nimble. Sometimes the gravel Inride is smoother than paved roads!
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I hear you on skinnier tires. Previously I had 40mm heavy tires on a heavy bike. Now I have 32mm tires that are 1/2 pound lighter on a lighter bike and I feel more nimble. Sometimes the gravel Inride is smoother than paved roads!

Yep, I’m in exactly same boat :) ... I also had 40s on, and although nice, they change bike nimbleness to worse... I had Schwalbe Smart Sam front and Hurricane rear... now I have Panaracer Gravelking SK that is like half weight... so I really feel bike being more lively and rigid (don’t mean rigid in bad sense, rather “road rigid” which roughly translates to faster :D )...
Sure thing, for prolonged, enduro trips on gravel main concern would be comfort so I guess fatter tire beat skinnier...

One final thought... I’m relatively new in the world of cycling (about 6 years), but I find it really weird that gravel/cx bikes aren’t among most popular bikes in the world and that they are really upping in popularity in the recent few years... all right, they were here before that too, but it was a niche market from what I can see... amazing.
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Lots of folks attribute the rise in popularity to marketing by bike companies and safety on roads (safer on rural gravel roads).

I think right now the best deals are in cross/gravel bikes that do NOT have thru-axles and hydraulic brakes. As these two things are now showing up almost as standard, shops are clearing out the bikes with QR and mechanical dics. I got my cx bike for $700 less thanks to this marketing direction!
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First gravel road ride of the season. We had good weather in the Toronto area for a few weeks but I didn’t get a chance to ride gravel roads...just mixed surface by my house, or road. Thought I would go mainly gravel today, but the roads were still wet and had snowy bits (not typical for April) from a bad week of weather. Bike got nice and dirty. I stopped 1/2 way at a cafe and got lots of odd looks thanks to being covered in dirt.
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