Gravel bikes have boomed in popularity in recent years and it is easy to see why. These versatile and durable bikes are perfect for both off and on-road and have a lot to offer when it comes to performance and comfort. Before we explain why you should make the switch, it’s good for you to know what a gravel bike is.
What Is A Gravel Bike?
Also known as adventure bikes or multi-terrain bikes, they are designed to let you ride over many different surfaces, from tarmac to muddy forest trails.
Like road bikes, gravel bikes typically come with drop handlebars but generally have slacker geometry and longer wheelbase. Another key feature of multi-terrain bikes is the bigger tyre size. Gravel bike tyres are commonly sized at 40mm and can run at low pressures of 40psi or less, which gives the bike extra comfort and increases traction.
Gravel road bikes can be made from a variety of frame materials, but the most common options are carbon and alloy. Carbon gravel bikes are typically lighter than alloy gravel bikes and offer a smoother ride.
At Primera Sports we are huge fans of gravel adventure bikes and here are four reasons why we believe your next bike should be a gravel bike.
The Most Versatile Bike
Gravel bikes are known as some of the most versatile bikes on the market and are fantastic for both off and on-road routes. Build for an ultimate adventure, gravel adventure bikes combine the speed of a road bike with the handling capabilities of a mountain bike. From cycling towpaths, exploring the countryside, cyclocross racing, or going on an adventure. When it comes to gravel road bikes the possibilities are endless!
A Bike For All Seasons And Weather Conditions
There are many advantages to the gravel bikes but one of the biggest benefits of having an “all-rounder” gravel adventure bike is that it can be used through all seasons. Cyclists tend to feel the need for several different bikes to suit specific weather conditions. While we don’t deny that having more than one bike is great, we believe that a gravel bike is a good all-in-one. Just fit your alloy or carbon gravel bike with mudguards and you have a very capable bike perfect for winter roads.
Better Accessibility And Route Variety
One of the top reasons to switch to a multi-terrain bike is the great route accessibility. Versatile alloy and carbon gravel bikes bring new route options to your ride and open new possibilities. Rather than sticking to your usual local tarmac path, a gravel adventure bike will let you go off-road and discover a whole range of new places while riding over totally different types of terrain. There is no better way to explore your local bridleways and byways than on a gravel bike.
Improve Your Riding Skills
Another great benefit to riding off-road on a gravel bike is developing a whole new set of riding skills and improve as a rider. Riding on tricky trails will help you advance your bike handling skills, make you more aware and allow you to tackle more and more complex routes with each ride.
Are you thinking of buying a gravel road bike? At Primera Sports, we offer a fantastic selection of some of the best gravel bikes from well-established brands such as Orro, Cannondale, or Cube.
Browse our collection of alloy and carbon gravel adventure bikes online or visit our bike shop in Bournemouth or Poole. We offer 0% finance on all of our multi-terrain bikes. If you have any questions or to check stock availability before you visit, give us a call on 01202 755588. Our friendly team is always happy to assist you with any questions and will help find the best gravel bike for you.