Jamis Renegade (1 year anniversary)

Today marks the end of the first year riding my Jamis Renegade Elite. Logged 4,371 miles, according to the Garmin 520 I use to monitor my progress.

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The bike has been great. Zero problems with the Shimano running gear, Clement tires rolling fine, and my huge pages tote all my gear with no worries. I can recommend this bike for long gravel rides or even just as your daily bike on the highways and groomed trail. Looking forward to many more rides and miles in the future.

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Clément x’plor USH

Last year when I purchased the Jamis Renegade Elite, the bicycle came with Clément x’plot USH tires as you can see in this photo:

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These 35 X 700C tires have more than 3,200 miles on them now and still going very strong. I’ve ridden about 20% gravel and 80% urban asphalt. They’ve stood up to wet/dry/mixed conditions as well. Take a look at the chevron tread:

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The center line provides some grip with not so much rolling resistance. For cornering, not the diamonds on the side, which served very well. As you can see, these tires have a long way to go. Soon, I’ll be back on more gravel, which will cause more wear. Please note, despite having tubeless wheels, I run the Clément set with tubes. That’s how they came from Jamis. There have been no problems with the tubes. Enjoy every ride.

Published in: on February 25, 2017 at 3:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chester County Gravel Fondo

The Chester County Gravel Fondo provided an opportunity to put my Jamis Renegade to through its paces. More than 300 riders showed up. Here’s a photo from the rider brief before the start:

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As you can see, the course began at Victory Brewing, which provided lots of parking as well as beverages and food after. The ride went through beautiful countryside that included views of horses, cattle, and plenty of fields. Sorry, was too busy riding up the hills to take any photos, which I regret. Still, it was a challenging ride and the Renegade took all the gravel in stride. Not one flat, either. Looking forward to doing this again.

Published in: on November 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Metric Century

Conditions were ideal for bicycling. Therefore, I decided to go for a metric century, that is 100 kilometers or 62.1371 miles. The ride was along the Schuylkill River Trail and then the Perkiomen trail, which included this hill.

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Of course, going down was fun. Coming up was quite a bit of work. Got to use that granny gear on my bike. Wow! What a workout. In the end, I managed to go 67 miles, including about 30 on gravel, which was a good test of my new Jamis Renegade. Bike did fine. Now I need a rest.

Published in: on August 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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