Its looking to be in the 40’s this weekend and ongoing the next 10 days. We are having a green Christmas here in Wisconsin. That’s always sad when that happens. It’s too warm for the beach riding and now too muddy in the woods. In fact the frost is coming back out of the ground making it pretty greasy. We are reduced to road riding.

Waiting for tires.

All I have to ride is the fat bike. So now what do I do? So I had this Domane ALR 4 frame sitting around. I also had a full Tiagra Hydro group in a box. Some other stuff from a BMC that was parted out.  So I built this up yesterday to ride in this so called springtime. I think we could call this “Indian summer” since we did not get one in November. Or “Native American summer” for those politically correct. I sure am glad I did not order those skis.

So the bike is 10 speed Tiagra which is pretty much Ultegra from a few years ago. The wheels are the ones that I had on my Checkpoint for awhile. And on my 920 last year. I think whose wheels were actually on at least 5 different bikes, I’ve had them about 4 years.

I am trying to figure out how big a tire I can run. I put on 28’s and had a lot of room. I put on 35’s and the tire fit in the frame but rubbed on the arm of the front derailer. I considered just leaving the front D off but would be too much work to eliminate it and I dont have a one by crank for it anyway. So I ordered some 32c gravel tires that will be here today. I hope they fit. If not its the 28c’s then.

So the group ride tomorrow will be mostly a road ride. Maybe a little woods but I’ll just skip that. Its pretty tame woods but Im fine not doing it on this bike. Ongoing it might be road rides for  awhile. Now I wish I would have ordered that replacement Checkpoint but I really thought I would not need it. I was planning to skip that build and go right to the road bike. I do have that road bike planned out but its something to be talked about at a later date.

UPDATE: As I was typing the UPS guy stopped and I threw the tire on the back of the bike and it fit!  32c Panaracer Gravelkings! Looking cool!

Yes, its green.

So this is the bike I’ll ride on my Saturday group rides unless there is chance of beach. Then the fat tire will be logical. These tires sure make the Domane look like a true gravel bike. Then again I kinda think it is a little anyway. Anything with road geometry and good tire clearance is pretty much a gravel bike anyway.

Anyway, I’ll get this bike finished and measured up for me and I’ll most likely ride it both Saturday and Sunday. And mostly next week. Until we get some frozen ground. Whenever that will be. But at least I’ll be outside. Hope you get outside too this weekend. Have  good one.


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