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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.

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Location: Olathe, KS

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USBR66 Tour: Gear Reviews 12-24-2017
The following are some quick reviews of gear I used on my recent USBR66 Tour, in no particular order: Here’e the bike and gear at the end of the tour. Things are little dirty because I did 30-some miles of gravel on the last day. The bike is a Retrospec Amok, billed […]
USBR66 Tour Recap 12-24-2017
I never got around to writing up my experiences from riding US Bicycle Route 66 from Chicago to Joplin, but suffice it to say that it was a great experience. Some bullet-point notes: The Retrospec Amok worked well as a touring bike once again. Just a really comfortable […]
Loaded Tour On Tap: Route 66 from Chicago 07-04-2017
I’m preparing to head out for a little bike tour. Four of us are planning to ride Amtrak from Kansas City to Chicago, then ride the first third of the Adventure Cycling Bicycle Route 66 back south through Illinois and Missouri, to Joplin. It’ll be about 700 […]
Mound City Muffin Metric (Cup O’ Dirt Metric #5) 07-02-2017
My friend Chad texted me late in the week proposing a gravel ride in Bourbon County, so I of course accepted. We met up Saturday morning in Uniontown and headed north towards Mound City. Chad had a vague route in mind, so all I had to do was follow his lead. We ended up […]
Round About LeRoy (Cup O’ Dirt Metric #4) 06-25-2017
Logged my fourth ride in the 2017 Cup O’ Dirt Challenge, a 64-mile ride in and around the town of LeRoy Kansas. Strava activity here. The route began at the city park, took me northeast into Anderson County, to the tiny village of Aliceville, and back to Leroy. After […]
My 2017 Kandango Trip Report 06-17-2017
Over on Kansas Cyclist, I posted some words and images about the 2017 Kandango Tour. This is the third year I’ve done this supported 4-day/3-night tour of the Flint Hills. Always a wonderful place to ride. I rode my Nashbar Gravel Bike, and it did fine. Kandango was […]
Gravel Bike 1x Drivetrain Conversion 06-04-2017
Simplify: It’s a precept that works for a lot of things in life. Simpler is not always better, but it often is. The same idea works for bicycle gearing. I couple years ago I got my first singlespeed road bike. Loved it. No gears to diddle with — just ride. I’ve […]
Continental Cyclocross Speed Tires Mounted 05-29-2017
Mounted up some new Continental Cyclocross Speed tires on the Nashbar Gravel Bike. The CX Speed is very similar to the Continental Speed Rides I’ve been running on the Amok for awhile, other than width, so hopefully I’ll be happy with them. The new tires weigh […]
Maxxis Raze Gravel Tires 05-29-2017
It’s time to swap out the Maxxis Raze tires on my Nashbar Gravel Bike. The tires came with the used wheelset I purchased last year. No telling how many miles they had on them before I got them, but I’ve put about 1900 miles on the set. I’ve been impressed […]
May Mo’ Gravel 05-20-2017
I’ve been staying with my parents for the past few weeks, as my mother recovered from hip replacement surgery. They still live on the same farm in Lafayette County, near Dover, that I grew up on, so it’s been a treat to be able to ride the roads around there. […]

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