Newbie’s Corner

Newbies / Beginner’s Corner, where the Gravel Cyclist crew will attempt to unravel some of the mystery behind riding, racing and having fun on gravel roads.

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Gumby enjoying the view on a South Australian gravel road.

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5 comments on “Newbie’s Corner

  1. I have been using Sturmey Archer’s 70 mm drum brakes on my bike for 5 or 6 years now and love them. Pros, they take all of about 30 seconds max to adjust to very little lever free-play, they are more immune to dirty, water, mud or snow than any other bicycle brake, more than enough power for me to stop, 240 lbs 6’3″, with very good modulation, less likely to be damaged compared to other type brakes. Cons, they are heavier than rim brakes, due to needing heavier forks and chain stays to take rotation from reaction arms, just as do disc brakes, and like all drum brakes, they do not shed heat as well.

  2. Jom,
    I am not sure how to fix my lack of YouTube comment ability, so I will leave you with this. You are providing me with great ideas and inspiration in my quest to get away from asphalt. Hit in 2020 by a pick up truck while riding a loop from Gun Barrel City, Texas around Cedar Creek Resevoir, made me buy a gravel bike. It arrives some time early winter 2021/22. In the mean time, I’ll keep riding my old Cannondale around Dallas and in organized weekender road rides. Keep up your brand of humor and I will see you…In the next video.
    Jon

  3. Hi JOM
    Been watching your videos but just subscribed. Very helpful. I’m 65 and am switching to gravel from road in Wisconsin and SE MN.

    Curious, how fast are you riding I the Georgia red clay ramble video?

    What was your tire width?

    Thanks

    1. Hello Ken, good luck with the transition. I’ve ridden a couple of different editions of the Red Clay Ramble. The faster editions have averaged close to 18mph, tyre width was anywhere from 35mm in the early days, up to about 38mm / 40mm later. Hope this helps!

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