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  1. #226
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    Feels good getting back on the gravel. I get antsy if I don't ride, but get kinda burned out on MTB this time of year. Gravel is a great alternative.

    I've been pretty obsessed with Barn Find Hunter and car revival vids on YouTube. As a result, I've been paying a lot more attention to the stuff in people's fields, canopies, and barns on my rides. Turns out there are a ton of old cars along one of my go-to routes (like a '64 Impala that looks to be in pretty good shape). It's gotten me really motivated to get out and see what else is out there.
    Remind me. We'll send him a red cap and a Speedo.

  2. #227
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexC View Post
    How was this trip? I've been thinking of doing something similar.
    yup, long days, but really nice trip. Cool mix of fire roads, some singletrack, gravel roads, a bit of pushing, and a bit of pavement.

    day1 (WS to fernie) was 80km, and not single person. Camping, or hotel at Frt steele. We parked truck at the end of whiteswan for the 2 days of the trip.

    message me if you need more info?


  3. #228
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peruvian View Post
    Has anyone used their stainless water bottle as a 'cook pot' to heat water for freeze dried meals? Seems like it would save some weight/space. My 16 oz bottle seems perfect for many meals that require 2 cups of boiling water.
    That's actually an awesome idea. I use the old 'cat food can stove' with a small titanium pot, but the water bottle might actually cut some redundancy too.

  4. #229
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    Gearing question = my "gravel" bike (currently in more of a commuter mode) is in need of some desperate tlc with the drivetrain. Probably 6,000+ miles on the original sprocket and front mech, and I swapped the cassette and rear mech last summer. It's a 10spd double 50-34 front (tiagra) and a 11-36t rear with a 9spd deore derailleur. Bike has rim brakes.

    I generally liked the double for most of my rides in Oregon, but now I'm in southern Arizona. I see this bike serving more as a commuter and less daily gravel rides that I was able to loop out of my door while in Oregon with a lot of steep climbs. So, I'm sort of open to the idea of a 1x. Maybe a cheap NX 11-42 rear? shifting with a microshift barcon as a lot of the more 'modern' groups are either for road bikes (smaller cassettes) or disc brakes. Then a 36 or 38 front sprocket? Or, keep the double... I always wanted slightly lower in the front still, but the 5-bolt shimano cranks, I think, are limited to a 34 front as the smallest sprocket.

    Any ideas or comments? I can see 'upgrading' my gravel bike in the next 2-3 years anyways but this bike has sentimental value at this point and I think will always double as a perfect commuter. As such, not looking to spend more than like $200ish on new parts.

  5. #230
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    Quote Originally Posted by Groomer Gambler View Post
    That's actually an awesome idea. I use the old 'cat food can stove' with a small titanium pot, but the water bottle might actually cut some redundancy too.
    So I tested my 16oz stainless bottle on my DIY beer can alcohol stove and with 1oz of fuel, I could not get it to come to a full boil. Maybe the flames were too wide and I was loosing BTUs around the sides of the bottle. I'm going to make a cat food/carbon fiber stove to see if it works any better than my beer can version. Otherwise a wider pot will be necessary.

    FWIW - the bottle showed no obvious issues after the tests beyond needing something to grab it with when hot (as it doesn't have a handle).

  6. #231
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    If you like barn find bike stuff you'll like the full XTR early 90s mountain bike I found abandoned today. Even has grey XTR shifter and brake cables

  7. #232
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    Pics plz

  8. #233
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    If you like barn find bike stuff you'll like the full XTR early 90s mountain bike I found abandoned today. Even has grey XTR shifter and brake cables
    nice score. what bike?


  9. #234
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    Just a KHS True Temper hardtail

    Zoom in for the fork that is on it

  10. #235
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    Quote Originally Posted by Groomer Gambler View Post
    Gearing question = my "gravel" bike (currently in more of a commuter mode) is in need of some desperate tlc with the drivetrain. Probably 6,000+ miles on the original sprocket and front mech, and I swapped the cassette and rear mech last summer. It's a 10spd double 50-34 front (tiagra) and a 11-36t rear with a 9spd deore derailleur. Bike has rim brakes.

    I generally liked the double for most of my rides in Oregon, but now I'm in southern Arizona. I see this bike serving more as a commuter and less daily gravel rides that I was able to loop out of my door while in Oregon with a lot of steep climbs. So, I'm sort of open to the idea of a 1x. Maybe a cheap NX 11-42 rear? shifting with a microshift barcon as a lot of the more 'modern' groups are either for road bikes (smaller cassettes) or disc brakes. Then a 36 or 38 front sprocket? Or, keep the double... I always wanted slightly lower in the front still, but the 5-bolt shimano cranks, I think, are limited to a 34 front as the smallest sprocket.

    Any ideas or comments? I can see 'upgrading' my gravel bike in the next 2-3 years anyways but this bike has sentimental value at this point and I think will always double as a perfect commuter. As such, not looking to spend more than like $200ish on new parts.
    Sram's apex/rival/force 1x11 will all handle wide range cassettes and use a clutch derailleur with a road shifter/brake lever, as will shimano's new grx.

    I went with the sram stuff on my cx bike a couple years ago and am really happy with it. More than $200 though after you buy the shifter, left brake lever, derailleur, cassette, chainring, chain though. Apex plus a shimano slx casette and whatever chainring you can find for cheapest is still probably like $300+

    A 40t ring with an 11-42 cassette should be plenty of range on both ends.

  11. #236
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    Just a KHS True Temper hardtail

    Zoom in for the fork that is on it

    sweet score (if you want to sell/full or parts, let me know)


  12. #237
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    I'll be listing on Ebay the M900 parts, including canti brakes soon.

    I've got XTR 8 speed cassettes as well. It is time to clean out the old stuff I think.

  13. #238
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamal View Post
    Sram's apex/rival/force 1x11 will all handle wide range cassettes and use a clutch derailleur with a road shifter/brake lever, as will shimano's new grx.

    I went with the sram stuff on my cx bike a couple years ago and am really happy with it. More than $200 though after you buy the shifter, left brake lever, derailleur, cassette, chainring, chain though. Apex plus a shimano slx casette and whatever chainring you can find for cheapest is still probably like $300+

    A 40t ring with an 11-42 cassette should be plenty of range on both ends.
    Good info, that's enough to get me looking. Another option could be cheap brake levers and a microshift thumb shifter.

  14. #239
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    Gawd this Sram double tap shit sucks

  15. #240
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    Gawd this Sram double tap shit sucks
    I like my Rival brifters.

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