Category Archives: gravel
Exploring Northern Tasmania by Bike: the Central Highlands Loop
Bush hairpins.

Tasmania, or Tassie for short, has long been on the list of places I’ve wanted to visit my whole life. Even as a kid with his nosed pressed in nature magazines, the landscape, flora and fauna of this island inspired many daydreams about trekking throughout the backcountry. Over the past few years, trips to Australia came and went, never allowing the extra time to explore this island, its roads and tracks. Each time, locals would say, “mate, you’ve gotta go to Tassie next time!” Everything I’d seen made it look like an exceptional place to ride bikes and with a handful of newly-opened mountain bike parks opening, I began to make moves… (more…)

Nov 21, 2016 25 comments
Riding in the Barcelona Hills with Legor Cicli
Last light.

Barcelona, at least as far as I’m concerned, is Los Angeles’ European sister city. Not so much in terms of its urbanism, or gracious public plazas, or the seemingly lack of vehicular congestion, but in terms of the riding. Mediterranean climates make for photogenic trails and even in the winter months, this city is a joy to ride in. When we arrived in Barcelona, I had no idea what to expect. Mattia from Legor Cicli and Ken from ENVE told us (meaning myself and photographer Jeff Curtis, who came along to document the trip for ENVE) we’d be riding dirt roads and trails all within the city limits. (more…)

Mar 15, 2016 9 comments
I Ride for Her

The Dirty Kanza is a race where personal discoveries are made… In this video Salsa explores some of those.

Mar 15, 2016 5 comments
2016 NAHBS: Cielo Base Racer with Olive Drab Chris King 40th Components
2016 NAHBS: Cielo Base Racer with Chris King 40th

Chris King‘s in-house bike production label Cielo has really grown over the years, branching out from sportif road bikes to cross racing bikes and now, the Base Racer gravel machine. We took a look at this model late last year in Portland, when it was dubbed the “Stereo.” After some in-house tweaking, Cielo decided on Base Racer. The name wasn’t the only thing to change. The head tube got shorter across the six sizes and the chainstays were lengthened.

Look closely though, because this one sports the new olive drab Chris King 40th components, as well as the T47 bottom bracket standard. Also, check out the annodized Spurcycle bell ringer! So what’s my consensus? I gotta get my hands on that 40th group!

Ordering the 40th anniversary components will commence later this spring, so stay tuned to Chris King.

Feb 26, 2016 19 comments
A Weekend in the Sierra Mountains at Giro Cycling’s Grinduro!
NUKE!

When Joe Parkin approached Giro’s Dain Zaffke about a new race format a few years back, the initial reaction the two had was more than a chuckle, rather than any degree of seriousness but the seed had been planted…

Why not make a new race format? Part gravel grind and part enduro. Grinduro. You get the best of both worlds, competition and socializing on bicycles. A few segments would be timed: a fire road climb, a fire road descent, a road time trail and a singletrack descent. The event would prove to bring about a rather interesting dialog: what is the most diverse bicycle in your stable? (more…)

Oct 12, 2015 31 comments
Seeking Versatility with the Stainless Brodie Wolff – Morgan Taylor
Seeking Versatility with the Brodie Wolff – Morgan Taylor

In recent years, bikes of all kinds have been segregated into smaller and smaller categories, marketed to more and more specific uses. Meanwhile, riders are looking for a performance machine that allows them to enjoy a wide range of riding. Splitting the difference between categories can make for a confusing experience while looking for a bike. The Brodie Wolff is one such bike, with DNA from a variety of places. I’ve spent the past few months ripping the Wolff on roads, trails, and everywhere in between.

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Sep 29, 2015 38 comments
DeFeet’s Adventures of the Graveled High Rouleur

Here’s an entertaining video from the makers of literally everyone’s “boutique” socks, DeFeet. You can also enter for a chance to win some sick prizes including: Raleigh Tamland 1 Gravel Bike, Industry 9 Ultralite Disc CX Wheels, DeFeet High Rouleur Socks, AVEX Sundowner Rocks Glass, DonkeyLabel Jersey, Cane Creek Headset and Thudbuster.

Check out the easy entry at DeFeet.

Sep 15, 2015 2 comments