At Dirty Freehub, our goal is to share high-quality gravel and mixed gravel bike rides that are well-documented. We love cycling, and we love sharing what we have found!
However, creating and documenting a route takes significant time and effort — from 20 to 60 hours. Further, we have hard costs with providing routes on a web platform.
Thus, most of our work is copyright protected and we have solicited sponsors and user donations to help cover these costs. For a detailed description of the copyright protections afforded us, please review this document.
Dirty Freehub is a licensed company in the state of Oregon.
Sharing … general terms
In alignment with our mission, we are interested and open to sharing our work. However, our work (route descriptions, pictures, maps, etc.) should never be copied / shared and used by an individual, commercial or non-commercial entity, whether it be a for-profit or non-profit organization, without prior written authorization from Dirty Freehub. We are open to licensing arrangements, co-marketing agreements, etc. Please contact us to discuss.
Sharing … within apps like RideWithGPS, Strava, MapMyRide, etc.
If you share our routes within an application or to an application via GPX upload or similar, we ask that you give credit back to Dirty Freehub. If you would like to share more than the route, such as pictures and route descriptions, please contact us to discuss.
1. Copying a route as is …
Specifically, if you copy a Dirty Freehub route to your personal account, we ask that you keep the following within the summary statement of the route:
“A majority of the content within this route (course, elevation profile, customized cue sheet, and color mapping) was created by Dirty Freehub. More routes like this can be found at www.DirtyFreehub.com”
2. Copying a route followed by modification …
At a certain point in modification … the route becomes an original by you. This is usually at the point of modification in excess of 50%. However, if the modification is minimal, we ask that you keep the following with the summary statement of the route:
“A majority of the content within this route (course, elevation profile, customized cue sheet, and color mapping) was created by Dirty Freehub. More routes like this can be found at www.DirtyFreehub.org”
Why Credit is Important to Us
This is important to us for several reasons: (a) it acknowledges our work, (b) more importantly, it helps with our online presence. More people visit the site ==> more clicks ==> we rank higher in the search engines, and we have more access to grants and such to continue or work (without advertisement).
What we pay for at Dirty Freehub:
- Site hosting
- Backup storage
- Custom WordPress themes (desktop and mobile)
- Picture optimization and slideshow tools
- SEO tools
- Messaging tools
- Mapping tools
The Work in Creating and Documenting a Route
What do we do with routes:
- build the route according to our 5 Star standards
- develop and ride the route
- color code the map by surface types
- verify and update cue sheet and add customized cues
- verify vertical gain information
- document the route with a detailed route description, logistics like food / water stops and parking, pictures, and an annotated map
- market routes via social media (Facebook, Instagram)
- and maintain a comprehensive website with an emphasis on speed, mobile usage, and an excellent user experience