We are blessed with some decent landscape in South Wales and whatever cycling avenue you head down, you are we catered for with epic scenery and challenging terrain. Regardless of how long you have cycled for there is guaranteed to be somewhere you have not yet been, every ride can be an adventure if you wish to make it so.
Gravel bikes came on our radar in around 2015, and because we are massive fans of cyclo-cross we could see all the benefits right away.
Why gravel bikes?
CX bikes are mostly ridden in thick mud and therefore wider tyres more than 33c are not required. A gravel bike has a similar DNA to a CX bike, drop bars, skinny frame and lightweight but it has been adapted to be more comfortable through larger volume tyres, more predictable by changing the bikes geometry, and more capable loose gravel roads, which we have in abundance in South Wales. I still choose to ride my CX bike on these same roads however my gravel bike is a heck of a lot smoother and easier.
What type of person has a gravel bike?
I see roadies who want to get off road but have no interest in riding technical trails, also mountain bikers who want options and they cannot themselves doing the bulk of their rides on roads, lastly anyone who wants to experience many different forms of cycling encompassed in one bike that can do it all, road, mountain, touring, cx, commuting the list goes on.
Once in a while we will run a gravel ride from the shop, this will be live on here and our social media feeds