05 October, 2012

Gravel

There are countless miles of gravel and dirt roads in America. Even here, on the east coast, you can find them once you get out of town. Of course they are great for touring, but Igor enjoys blasting down them. Here are a few photos of him putting a Campeur gravel racer through it's paces.
Here's Igor's build.
1940's style bottle cage mounting.
42mm tires

15 comments:

Sean said...

Very nice. Have a question though, wouldn't barend shifters or kelly takeoffs (bonus points if you remember those) be a bit better for a gravelly environment (hey, I love dowtube shifters too, just sometimes it is easier having the controls closer at hand).

VeloOrange said...

Sean -
I chose downtube shifters as a hommage to the 40's and 50's style racers. In addition, they look awesome.

Bar ends are nice for easy access, but my daily rider is downtube friction and I am very used to it, so no problems there.

gregory said...

Love a good homage! And yes, awesome looking too. Whenever I have tried changing location on shifters I find that in moments of thoughtless reaction I end up reaching to the downtube.

John Romeo Alpha said...

I think one of those would be magnificent for ripping down Arizona fire roads. I happen to love that particular color.

Kilroy said...

Greetings,

The most impressive point in the photos is the lack of fenders. I'm working on a similiar build on an older bike and,although I want larger tires for rough roads, I feel compelled by the popular opinion to install fenders. It's hard to beat the beauty of those hammered things, but I honestly don't want or need fenders in this situation. I predict great things with this Campeur. Thanks for "freeing me".

Best regards

gypsybytrade said...

Monstrous skid! Are you finding a comfortable tire pressure on gravel?

-nicholas

James said...

Fenders keep rocks from hitting your downtube. I ride a bike with them on bad gravel roads and one without, and the one with out takes a pretty good beating when the rocks fly up and smack it. For Maryland and NOVA residents, the dirt road database might be interesting. A bunch of local riders contributed to its creation and it is open to edits. Here's a link: http://tinyurl.com/93cjd6n

VeloOrange said...

Hi Nick,

Haven't experimented too much with air pressure on these tires. They're rated for about 75 psi, I found 55-60 to be comfy/grippy on local gravel roads.

Christopher said...

Muy sexy bike, me want.

Anthony Garcia said...

What tires are these?

MDGColorado said...

Anyone found any 42mm tires under 700 grams? I'd like to outfit my Salsa Vaya like this.

VeloOrange said...

The tires are 42mm Michelin Transworld Sprint.

Matt Madden said...

I have the 35 mm Transworld Sprints and I like them quite a bit. Better than similar sized WTB AllTerrainasaurus. And they were cheap!

Anonymous said...

What model is the seat on the bike, it looks different than the models I see in the online catalog?

VeloOrange said...

That's the old model 1