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DirtBum is a personal blog dedicated to "exploring Kansas back roads by bike". DirtBum is focused on riding all kinds of dirt, including singletrack, rails-to-trails, gravel roads, minimum-maintenance roads, and every other kind of riding surface you may be able to think of.

Kansas has a lot of roads and trails that most road bikes just can't handle. This is the type of riding DirtBum proposes: Have mountain bike, will ride.

Web Site: thedirtbum.com
Location: Olathe, KS

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Somehow Out of Sorts 02-17-2017
Early February, 70 degrees, sunshine, no wind … perfect riding conditions, and yet I was somehow out of rhythm. It was my first “shorts” ride of the new year, and I took off on a northerly route, picking off some new-to-me gravel roads on the border of […]
Up and Down the Lazy River (Cup O’ Dirt Metric #2) 02-07-2017
My second ride in the 2017 Cup O’ Dirt Challenge is in the books, a 68-miler in the Neosho River bottoms. After a week of mostly dreary weather — cold, gray, wind — Sunday promised sunshine, mild temperatures, and light wind. It delivered. I set out on […]
Stark Falls 01-28-2017
Met up with a couple of fellas in Stark KS for a little gravel road ride up to the Bourbon State Fishing Lake waterfall. The big waterfall wasn’t flowing, so that was a letdown, but the ride was otherwise enjoyable. There’s some ruggedly beautiful country around […]
Sense of Wander (Cup O’ Dirt Metric #1) 01-26-2017
I’d mapped out a 35-mile route, but with temperatures up to around 50°F and light winds, I went ahead and knocked off my first 100km+ route of the year in the Cup O’ Dirt Challenge. When I reached the decision point in the route — turn right to head home […]
I Rode 940 Miles for a Coffee Cup 01-23-2017
I worked hard last year to earn my very own Cup O’ Dirt Challenge mug — logging twelve gravel rides of over 100km each (totaling about 940 miles) — and the commemorative Cup O’ Dirt mug finally arrived in the mail the other day: Sweet! The sturdy […]
Moran Meander 01-21-2017
I headed over to the neighboring community of Moran, Kansas to do a bit of exploring by bike. I’ve ridden some of the roads around there, but by no means all of them. Moran is in eastern Allen County, at the intersection of US-54 and US-59 highways. The country surrounding […]
New Wheelset: Mavic Aksium Race 01-19-2017
I recently picked up a used set of Mavic Aksium Race wheels. They’re several years old, at least, but seem solid. My intention is to use these not for touring, but for unloaded gravel riding. The wheels use 20 bladed spokes, as opposed to 32-spoke wheels I’ve […]
2017 Cup O’ Dirt Challenge Accepted 01-11-2017
I’m in for the 2017 Cup O’ Dirt Challenge — six unpaved imperial centuries (100 miles) or twelve unpaved metric centuries (100km) during the calendar year. I completed the 2016 campaign successfully, and it was a great inspiration to keep riding long throughout […]
Little Ozarks Gravel Grind 01-08-2017
My first gravel ride of the year was a good one. Met up with a small group in Cherryvale, Kansas for a route described as a “25-29 mile gravel ride with lots of undulations”. The temperature was in the single digits at sunrise, but with a clear sky and abundant […]
2016 Year-End Recap 01-06-2017
Here’s a look back at my cycling year. It was a really good year, both by the numbers and by the memories. This year-end summary image is courtesy of Strava and VeloViewer. By The Numbers 7,340 miles, my 2nd all-time I rode 361 out of 366 days of the year, missing […]

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