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Friday, 07 May 2021 03:54

The SUV of Bicycles

Have you ever wanted to turn off the paved road and head down an inviting dirt road but knew your bike couldn't handle it? If so, a gravel bike could be the bike for you.

Gravel bikes have exploded in popularity due to their all-terrain versatility. From commuting city streets to rugged adventure rides, gravel bikes are the SUVs of bicycles that can go just about anywhere. 

What is a gravel bike?

Positioned between a road bike and a mountain bike, a gravel bike features wider tires, disc brakes, and comfortable fit options. Unlike a road bike, the gravel bike handles the demands of varying terrain. "Gravel bikes are drop-bar bikes that allow you to veer off paved roads and onto more exciting terrain," according to CyclingWeekly.


The Four-Step Assessment: How to Choose the Right Gravel Bike

Get an overview of the different types of gravel bikes available as well as rider case studies in this 2020 CyclingTips Field Test video. Follow their four-step assessment to determine the right gravel bike for you.


5 Reasons Why You Only Need a Gravel Bike

This video gives five good reasons why a gravel bike may be the only bike you need to conquer just about any terrain or situation.


Where to Ride Gravel 

In addition to the locations you have ridden, there's a wide variety of gravel bike-ready paths and trails throughout Massachusetts, New England, and other parts of the world.

  • Gravelmap is a tool for finding and sharing local gravel roads for biking, adventure rides, exploration, and more.
  • Check with your local bike shop to get "insider advice" about other locations. 


Learn More:

Should your next bike be a gravel bike?


The Freedom to Ride Where You Want to Ride

If a gravel bike sounds like the kind of ride you're looking for, visit your local bike shop for a test ride. It won't take long to know if a gravel bike is right for you. According to Cycling Tips, “When you find a gravel bike that speaks to you, you’ll know quickly."

Whatever you ride, and wherever you ride, be safe and have fun!


National Bike Month 2021

May is National Bike Month, promoted by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try.


Related Reading:

  • Know the bike laws. Before you ride, refresh your knowledge about your rights and responsibilities as a bicyclist.

  • Bike safety tips for all riders. Includes helmet fitting guidance and general rules of the road videos.



Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed in the videos posted above are solely those of the individuals involved in the creation of the videos; videos, video advertisements, and promotions do not endorsements by Baldwin | Welsh & Parker or its employees. This post is intended for informational purposes only and does represent legal, medical advice, or bicycle advice. Know how to handle and ride your bicycle before you ride; obey all local and state bike laws.


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