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.

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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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Selle Italia Saddle

As I’ve been posting lately, the Jamis Renegade is running very well. I’ve logged more than 350 miles on it. One thing I wanted to change was the saddle. I decided to go with the Selle Italia gel saddle that you see here:

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The is the “TRK” model. I find it much more comfortable than the saddle it replaces. Also, it sits on standard rails, which means I can mount a small seat bag underneath to keep a few essentials. Looking forward to many miles ahead on this saddle. If things go right, I’ll log about 1,500 more this year.

Published in: on August 12, 2016 at 12:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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