Pebbles and Pints Info Dump!

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We’re riding this weekend!

Here’s a few things about the race:

First, Routes:
60 mile –
Starts at 8:00 AM Saturday
will start at 7:00 AM

30 mile –
Starts at 10:00 AM Saturday
Sign in will also start at 7:00 AM

Location: We’ve attached a map with the start finish marked with a red X. On Middle Road, just North of 80. We have parking for a pretty solid number, and if we do happen to fill it up, I can’t imagine that we can’t stash a few cars at the Bett-Plex. We’re going to have a sign-in so that we make sure that everyone who goes out makes it back in. There will be NO on-course support, so be prepared.

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If you do have to leave the course for any reason and don’t make it back to the start/finish, please call 563-265-1025 and let us know. We do plan to sweep the course if not everyone has arrived back at the finish by 2. That means a 7.5 mph average for the 30 miler and 10mph for the 60. We feel that those numbers are pretty reasonable.

Our goal is to have everyone in by 2:00 and then anyone who wants to join us can head to the shop/Crawford to hang out. We’re also going to have a grill available at the start/finish so you can grill something if you so choose. Crawford Brew Works is donating a whole pile of crowlers to us, so there will be some post-race beverages.

About the routes: The gravel is interesting. Yesterday it was pretty soft, but should all be rideable. Weather could make things interesting. We can all see the same forecast, so be prepared. See you on Saturday!



Dream Bikes: Installment 1 – Chesini Strabia

Who likes beautiful bikes?


We sure do, and we’ve had the great fortune to have customers that do, too. Today, we’re starting a series of posts sharing them. If you have a dream bike, we can help you make it happen.

The first installment in our dream bike line up is this Chesini Strabia.


For those not familiar with Chesini, they’re an Italian company that specializes in road bikes. The Strabia is their All-Road/Gravel offering.  The Strabia uses a combination of Columbus Spirit and Zona tubing, has clearance for 45mm tires, and uses the latest standards; flat mount brakes and 142×12 and 100×12 thru axles.

We built this one up for fast mid-west gravel with a Campagnolo H11 Groupset. Mechanical shifting matched with hydraulic disc brakes, a 50/34 crankset, and a pair of fast rolling Vittoria Terreno Dry tires set up tubeless on Roval C38 wheels. A Chris King Headset; 3T Superergo carbon bars, ARX LTD stem and seatpost; Lizard Skins bartape, and a gorgeous Brooks Swift Saddle round out the build.

We’re looking forward to the weather clearing and a ride report, but when we test rode the bike it was awesome!



Check back for more updates, we have a few more of these coming! Want one of your own? Give us a call!

Pebbles & Pints – Gravel Grinding – April 13, 2019



We’re excited to announce our first event of the year! On April 13 we will be hosting a gravel event on the roads North of Bettendorf. This is part one of a race ride/race series we plan to host this year. We’ve decided to keep this one on the shorter side of gravel events we see these days, and hope that everyone can have some fun and build up their abilities to go faster and longer! We’ll supply the routes (including .GPX files) soon! Our friends over at Crawford Brew Works will bring along some beverages for us to enjoy post-ride, and we plan to head back to the brewery afterwards to let the good times continue! Keep an eye out for more details including start time & location!

Trail Demo with Specialized!

We’re really excited about the new Stumpjumper and Epic Evo here at the shop these days! And, we’re even more stoked to be able to share some ride time on these new bikes with you all! We have a Trail Demo Day planned for Saturday, November 10 at Illiniwek (with a backup plan of Sylvan Island if the weather is uncooperative). Come out and throw down on one of these new machines! I bet you won’t be disappointed! We’ll post some more updates as the event gets closer, like what time the bikes will be there, so check back from time to time!


Gravel’N & Grill’N 3



The time is here for our annual Labor Day Ride Gravel’N & Grill’N! Join us on Monday, September 3 for your choice of a 50mi gravel race, a 30mi gravel ride, or a 21 mile social cruise with some beverage stops.



You can get some details over at our Facebook page, and let us know if you’re planning to come out or not:

We will have three events this year.
1) 50 mile “Gentlepersons Race” No entry fee, no prizes possibly bragging rights. It’s on you to ride the gravel any time possible.
Starts 9:00 AM
2) 30 mile option: Different route, same fun.
Starts 10:00 AM
3) 21 mile Social Ride, Probably more fun than you should have on a bike. Usually the big turn-out. 2 stops for whatever you desire and back to the park!
Starts 9:30 AM

We’ll supply the routes and burgers and brats; you bring the fun, a side-dish or snack, and your beverage of choice!

There will be one more update with the shelter we’ll be shooting for over at Crow Creek Park, but it’s safe to say that if you see a lot of bikes, that’s where we are.

See you on Monday!