Wednesday, March 22, 2017

GRAVEL BIKES?


NAHBS 2017 was chock-full of so-called "gravel" bikes. Even our friend Favaloro showed one.

As you can see above in this photo of Larry back in the mid-1980's, this idea isn't really new. The bike was a Bridgestone MB-1 that Larry modified, getting it ready-to-ride just before walking into the old BDS bicycle show in Anaheim, CA to find that Bridgestone was now offering almost the exact same thing right out of the box!


Larry could have just waited a year...but who knew? This was a great bike for what they today call gravel riding, as in SoCal fire roads. Larry dragged it east to New England and quickly found out there weren't any fire roads there! This setup was far from optimal for roots, rocks and tight trails, probably why the bike wasn't a big seller?

Or was it simply 30 years ahead of its time?

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