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imwjl

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I guess I've been a gravel grinder since the 1960s and didn't know it.

What got me here was interest in a more versatile bike and considering options for when MTB trails are wet, building fitness beyond 1-3 hour MTB rides, and a 160 mi off road ride associates do called B.A.L.L.S. Big A$$ Long Loop Shindig that starts from Madison, WI in April.  Add interest in more off road cycling. I'm an IMBA chapter leader where we have cyclocross community leadership on our board and we do more than just single track and bike parks.

I'm hoping this is not so image crazy or bike as life style seen in other areas. I just like bikes and riding. I still have my 1960s Schwinn Typhoon but was called not really a single speeder when that was the rage. With two fatties in the garage and being the groomer of a trail system I created I'm not fat bike enough for some. I just like bikes and pedaling but confess to hating road riding and making jokes about the clothing.

I probably had a gravel grinder with my 1980s WTB drop bars that spent time on a Bridgestone and one of my Fat Chance bikes (picture here). I thought of recycling them again recently but that bike's on a trainer and the 2016 Fargo is modern version.

One of my teenage sons is REALLY getting into pedaling and that's part of this. He usually hammering the pedals on a gravel route when his mom and dad are shredding single track. He thinks the barely use Fargo we picked up is one of the coolest things ever.

Our original, mid-term and new gravel grinders. I say ours thanks to same height wife and kids.

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Welcome to the gravel grinding forum. Sounds like you live in a great gravel grinding area. Not so much here in Pa. as most of the gravel is in the mts. and then is more single track than gravel. Be very careful gravel grinding riding/racing can be very addictive. I probably could be coaxed into coming out and doing that Balls ride sometime.

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Love the crank arms on that schwinn, did you make them yourself? [wink]

Welcome to the site! May you always find the best track.
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Love the crank arms on that schwinn, did you make them yourself? [wink]

Welcome to the site! May you always find the best track.


I'm not sure if you're kidding. The bike is 100% stock or original but of course has replacement tires and tunes and a bent seat tube has been reported.

I also have an old Wald easy off steel basket with handles. The bike mostly makes beer and ice cream runs with that basket if not small trips on the gravel rail trail by our cabin.
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I was just playing; the crank arms have a low tech look to them. Bit of a joke, not trying to razz or offend.
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I was just playing; the crank arms have a low tech look to them. Bit of a joke, not trying to razz or offend.
  

Alan I think that look is called old school which is all good. Not sure how old you are but you would for sure get a laugh out of my first cycling computer. 1970's some version which is about 3-4 times as big as what they have today and a ring was put around the front wheel to pick up the measurement.

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