Is A Gravel Bike For You?

May 3, 2017 4:21 pm
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Ask your Brooklyn Bike Shop about gravel bikesThe bike world likes to go through trends every now and again. One day fat tires are all the rage and the next they are old news, so imagine our surprise when gravel bikes first appeared on the scene a couple of years ago.

Are they just a trend or will this be the next great ride for you to experience through the streets of Brooklyn and beyond?

The concept is great. A bike that performs well on fire roads and gravel trails while also being a smooth ride on city streets. This cross platform style bike is perfect if you’re a city rider who occasionally tosses your bike on the rack to head out for some light off road riding with your friends on the weekends.

Here are some of the specs you should be expecting if you’re considering taking the leap to a new gravel bike:

  • A slightly lower bottom bracket
  • A longer wheelbase for stability
  • Wheels that are wrapped in bigger tires
  • Flat mounted disk brakes

These are the features you should be looking for if you’re looking to invest in a true gravel bike.

So the major question is, is a gravel bike right for you?

If you’re someone who spends all of their time weaving in and out of traffic and want to get from point a to point b as fast as you can, simply put, no a gravel bike is not for you.  However, if you like to have some flexibility in your ride with the ability to ride on the road but also take it with you on a leisurely trail ride, the answer is decidedly yes.

Since we are your local Brooklyn bike shop, we can answer any questions you might have about gravel bikes and whether or not they are a fit for you.  Stop in today and we can review the pros and cons with you a bit further to help you make that decision.