A road bike, too, can transform into a gravel bike by swapping out slick tyres for those with deep tread
Gravel cyclists often practise the sport on makeshift tracks in Ras Al Khaimah. Photo: Edge Cycling To the untrained eye, gravel cycling looks as though someone on a traditional road bike has lost their way in comical fashion. Straying from smooth asphalt tracks, gravel bike riders seemingly hurtle across a mountainside at breakneck speed trying to rejoin their mates.
Hilarious as this scenario is, there are some key intricate differences that make gravel cycling the hottest leisure activity on two wheels right now. What is gravel cycling?
A gravel bike has curved handlebars and wider tyres with deeper tread. Photo: Edge Cycling Gravel bikes have the same drop handlebars (read: curved bars) and dimensions as a road bike seen at the Tour de France. However, they’re built for increased durability and have wider tyres with deeper tread, which can grip loose gravel and steep terrain akin to a mountain goat.
The sport, which combines the speeds of road cycling with the freedom of mountain bike riding, has been around for a few decades, but it’s only just started to enter the mainstream. Gravel biking is attracting a lot of attention at the moment because of how seamless the transition from road cycling to off-road riding is. One minute you’re blasting along in a Peloton on the tarmac and the next you can be powering through dirt tracks on the […]