Paceline Podcast 152

Paceline Podcast 152

Patrick is back from the Sea Otter Classic so we are back on our normal schedule. This week he reports on a new gravel bike, one that happens to be fully suspended, to be released later this year.

The Niner MCR offers 40mm of travel in the fork and 50mm of travel in the rear. The potential is pretty interesting.

Do you stretch before a ride? Do you do yoga? Selene takes on a reader question about stretching and its utility to cyclists.



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  1. Dan Murphy

    Man, Patrick, that’s a hell of a close. I imagine helping people that are in their own situation can only help yours. Thanks for reaching out.

    On a lighter note…

    Given a FS gravel bike, would that mean that a rider would put more air in their tires, especially in a competitive situation like DK?? Just a curious question as my “competitive” days are long over. Not to brag or anything, but I did win the Vet beginner class in a local mt bike race once in ’94. 😉

    I wish you well.

    1. Author

      Thanks Dan. I came close to editing that and re-recording it, but I know Selene wouldn’t have been okay with that. To say I was keeping it real would overestimate my control of the situation.

      Tire pressure and full-suspension gravel bikes: You wouldn’t change inflation at all. The higher the inflation on the tire will decrease rolling resistance a bit, but at a certain point, an overinflated tire will see its rolling resistance increase. You want to keep the inflation in its ideal range to keep the wheels from bouncing over rough stuff. Everything should work to keep the bike in contact with the ground and you in control.

  2. Neil M Winkelmann

    Hey, don’t be down on getting old. It sure as hell beats the alternative.

    I don’t want suspension on gravel bikes to become a thing. I don’t want more complexity. I don’t want obsolescence. Can’t we just agree that suspension belongs on mountain bikes?

    Cleaning disc brakes to prevent squeal seems an exercise in futility to me. The first wet road ride and the oil and gunk from the road instantly contaminates everything again. (Off road where it’s more mud and rift than oil, it might be different) Silliest advice I’ve read is that you must clean discs with a “lint-free” cloth. How on earth could a product designed for the real world require that level of cleanliness? The squealing of wet discs is one of the great disappointments from going to discs on my gravel/commuter (along with the short pad life). I’ve tried everything. Still deafening until they heat up and dry out.

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