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Am I hip enough for gravel?
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This image is all over this site... can't escape it. So the question is, are you hip enough?


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if that's hip.... count me out.

My bike is pimp.. that's all that matters
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [dalava] [ In reply to ]
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As they say, "If you have to ask..."



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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [dalava] [ In reply to ]
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Nice thing about the gravel scene is that nobody cares what you’re riding, wearing, etc.
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [dalava] [ In reply to ]
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I'm not hip enough, I've been working on my beard for 17 years, nothing to show for it.

I ride gravel anyway. As someone said, in the gravel world no one cares what you ride, wear or anything.
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [AndysStrongAle] [ In reply to ]
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AndysStrongAle wrote:
I'm not hip enough, I've been working on my beard for 17 years, nothing to show for it.

I ride gravel anyway. As someone said, in the gravel world no one cares what you ride, wear or anything.

"Gravel. Making it socially acceptable to wear lycra off-pavement again" :-)



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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [spntrxi] [ In reply to ]
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spntrxi wrote:
if that's hip.... count me out.

My bike is pimp.. that's all that matters

I'm too damn old to be hip. Someone needs to tell that guy how to wear a cap!
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [FatandSlow] [ In reply to ]
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FatandSlow wrote:
spntrxi wrote:
if that's hip.... count me out.

My bike is pimp.. that's all that matters


I'm too damn old to be hip. Someone needs to tell that guy how to wear a cap!

A few posts mentioned that it was nice how no-one cared what you wore in the gravel scene.
I was about to ask if people cared a whole lot in general, outside of the pure road rider scene.
Apparently you do. Pure road cyclist by any chance.... or was this supposed to be in pink?

So, it would seem many consider you to be part of the problem. I agree.
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [dalava] [ In reply to ]
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Did the guy from "Love the Pain" give up tri's?
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [txtyree] [ In reply to ]
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No, but Leon faked his death to get out of the business and has been enjoying the quiet life of a gravel flaneur for the past 25 years.



I would not question the guy.
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [brando] [ In reply to ]
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one of my fav movies ^
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [dalava] [ In reply to ]
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You do need a handlebar bag to fit in though! Gravel riders are making randonneurs guys cool....(kind of in pink).

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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [Bonesbrigade] [ In reply to ]
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Serious question: why do we gravel?

Disclaimer: I considered myself a roadie, and I have plenty of good roads to ride around me. I do, however, have a nice gravel bike with very few miles on it. Once in a while, I enjoy the change but it never pulls me.
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [dalava] [ In reply to ]
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dalava wrote:
Serious question: why do we gravel?

Disclaimer: I considered myself a roadie, and I have plenty of good roads to ride around me. I do, however, have a nice gravel bike with very few miles on it. Once in a while, I enjoy the change but it never pulls me.

for me it's a quick workout and not having to deal with too many vehicles. I'm 2 miles from some fireroads and singletrack. 20 miles on the trails is like 40 on the road.
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [dalava] [ In reply to ]
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dalava wrote:
Serious question: why do we gravel?

Disclaimer: I considered myself a roadie, and I have plenty of good roads to ride around me. I do, however, have a nice gravel bike with very few miles on it. Once in a while, I enjoy the change but it never pulls me.


First of all, I really don't like the term 'gravel' as it really doesn't capture the kind of riding that I do at least. I prefer to refer to my 'gravel bike' as my mixed condition bike as that's what I use it for.

The kind of riding I like to do is explore, ride in areas that generally have low or no cars, and have terrain that I would consider to be more technically difficult - particularity when speed is introduced. So an ideal ride in my area that ticks those boxes is a long 4 to 5 hour ride that is remote, and includes pavement, double track through mtn bike trails, gravel roads, and unmaintained roads. I like to explore new areas that give me that sense of adventure. Another big draw to this type of riding is setting up my bike and tweaking it so it works best in these demanding conditions.

Edit: This type of riding is also more conducive to socializing with guys in my club.

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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [brando] [ In reply to ]
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brando wrote:
No, but Leon faked his death to get out of the business and has been enjoying the quiet life of a gravel flaneur for the past 25 years.



I would not question the guy.

It was a favourite movie of mine. Through my woke glasses it's not quite the same. :-(
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [dalava] [ In reply to ]
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [Ai_1] [ In reply to ]
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Yeah. Old roadie. Nice surmise. Said in jest, though.

There's a problem?


You don't by chance suffer from the belief that roadies ride with brims up as a fashion statement?
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [Tom A.] [ In reply to ]
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Tom A. wrote:

"Gravel. Making it socially acceptable to wear lycra off-pavement again" :-)

The XC MTBers already crossed that bridge over a decade ago.
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [trail] [ In reply to ]
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trail wrote:
Tom A. wrote:

"Gravel. Making it socially acceptable to wear lycra off-pavement again" :-)

The XC MTBers already crossed that bridge over a decade ago.

Suspension ranges for clothing:

100mm or less - Lycra
110-130mm - you can choose either Lycra or baggies (depending on other factors)
140mm + - baggies only

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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [Bonesbrigade] [ In reply to ]
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Bonesbrigade wrote:
trail wrote:
Tom A. wrote:


"Gravel. Making it socially acceptable to wear lycra off-pavement again" :-)


The XC MTBers already crossed that bridge over a decade ago.


Suspension ranges for clothing:

100mm or less - Lycra
110-130mm - you can choose either Lycra or baggies (depending on other factors)
140mm + - baggies only

Take your "rules" and shove 'em... ;-)



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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [dalava] [ In reply to ]
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Hipness is what is, and sometimes hipness is what it ain't.

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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [FatandSlow] [ In reply to ]
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FatandSlow wrote:
spntrxi wrote:
if that's hip.... count me out.

My bike is pimp.. that's all that matters


I'm too damn old to be hip. Someone needs to tell that guy how to wear a cap!

I prefer the bill down, who cares. I always wear a cap now, it only takes one bee in the helmet to start wearing a cap every ride.
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [trail] [ In reply to ]
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trail wrote:
Tom A. wrote:


"Gravel. Making it socially acceptable to wear lycra off-pavement again" :-)


The XC MTBers already crossed that bridge over a decade ago.

Over a decade ago? We started making MTB stuff out of Lycra in 1994.

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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [dalava] [ In reply to ]
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dalava wrote:
This image is all over this site... can't escape it. So the question is, are you hip enough?

He looks like a sad version of the Love The Pain guy. But in the end I'm sure he's happier because he actually got the clothing he ordered.

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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [Tom A.] [ In reply to ]
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Ha, where would we be without rules?!? Cycling anarchy!

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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [Emilio] [ In reply to ]
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Emilio wrote:

Over a decade ago? We started making MTB stuff out of Lycra in 1994.


I don't know, I'm a roadie! I just know there as a cultural war at some point, and little black stretchy pants won.
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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [Bonesbrigade] [ In reply to ]
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Bonesbrigade wrote:
Ha, where would we be without rules?!? Cycling anarchy!

Ummm...riding "gravel" (AKA, "alls the roads") :-)



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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [trail] [ In reply to ]
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trail wrote:
Emilio wrote:


Over a decade ago? We started making MTB stuff out of Lycra in 1994.



I don't know, I'm a roadie! I just know there as a cultural war at some point, and little black stretchy pants won.


Actually...the baggies "won" for the majority of off-road biking EXCEPT for the XC racers...hence, my initial comment.

BTW, even pre-94 (as far back as '86) I was wearing lycra shorts off-road (it only made sense, after all). Lycra cycling shorts and T-shirts (or road jersey's with cut off sleeves) were the common off-road attire back then...at least around here.



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Re: Am I hip enough for gravel? [dalava] [ In reply to ]
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Pfft. That dude is way too old to be hip. He can ride gravel on a unicycle with a wide tire. Hall pass for Seniors.
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