“…and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” This is the essence of the gravel bike. Combine the sporty nature of a road bike and cross it up with some chubby low-pressure tires to go where your spirit takes you. Chart your course on roads to take you far afield and if the mood strikes you, turn off onto a non-paved path to find out what lies beyond.
What Makes It A Gravel Bike?
While a gravel bike looks a lot like a road bike, it is different in a couple of important ways.
First, the frame of the gravel bike has a lot more clearance for fenders and fatter tires. The bigger low-pressure tires give much better traction and comfortable ride.
Secondly, the wheel base of the bike is longer than a road bike and has a bit slower steering geometry to make the bike more stable and handle more predictably in loose dirt surfaces.
Who Needs A Gravel Bike?
If you are looking for a new experience it could be you! The gravel bike is more versatile than your road bike and offers a much more satisfying experience on roads than a mountain bike. Try one out. You may find it’s just the thing you have been looking for.