2013 Trans Iowa Special

Part 2

April 11, 2013


This is the gear portion of the Trans Iowa Special. Guitar Ted and Tim Ek discuss tires, bikes, and gear.


Are you wondering what bikes people are riding for gravel racing? Does it really matter for Trans Iowa. Have you been wondering if steel is the best material? How about titanium or carbon?


What tires are best? Wide, skinny, in between? Bags?


Listen in to get the scoop!


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Trans Iowa Special Part 2
Trans Iowa Part 2.mp3
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Part 1

April 3, 2013


Listen in to this special episode of The Guitar Ted show to get an idea of what Trans Iowa is all about. Guitar Ted, the organizer/director, and Tim Ek, an endurance racing and TI veteran, give you insight that you can't find anywhere else.


There is some great discussion about checkpoints, weather, roads, nutrition, and more.


We'll touch on the gear discussion in Part 2 of this Trans Iowa episode.


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Related Links:

Trans Iowa Website

Guitar Ted Website

Guitar Ted Twitter

Tim Ek Website

Eki Chronicles Facebook

Gravel Grinder News

Gravel Grinder News Facebook

AntiEpic Gravel Grinder

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  • Max (Sunday, October 06 13 07:48 pm EDT)

    Thanks for an interesting discussion. I didn't hear anyone talk about pedal system choices. Given the potential amount of walking in a race like TI, I assume that Look-style cleats or Shimano road pedals are out. Are people mostly using something like eggbeaters or SPD? Can you guys comment on this?

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