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Bikes designed for dirt roads (hence the name) and singletrack as well as pavement. These bikes have a similar appearance to road bikes but tend to have longer wheelbases, more upright posture, lower bottom brackets (for stability), and clearance for wider tires.

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How can I prevent bicycle theft while bikepacking?

I’m planning a multi-day gravel ride with a few friends. We would have to sleep in public campgrounds, which are also full of people because of the camping season. What is the best way to secure our ...
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What is the theory behind a gravel bike?

As I understand a gravel bike, it's basically a road frame but perhaps with a slightly more upright riding position. It has wider tires with much deeper treads and a stiffer rubber than standard road ...
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Are road bikes capable of being ridden on gravel?

I am new to road bikes and was wondering if these bikes are capable of riding on light gravel or whether I will get flats? Does it depend on the tire material or are generally all road bike tires for ...
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How much energy is lost with a gravel tire compared with a road tire?

I understand that around 20% of the energy while cycling is lost by the deformation of the wheels. I also understand that in smooth and dry roads people use plain tires (no tread pattern) as these ...
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"Private" roads in Virginia

So, a friend and I were out in Loudoun County, Virginia this weekend on a mixed-surface/gravel route that we got from a local bike shop. A few miles in, we are on a wooded two-track about a quarter ...
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Are the benefits of light, high end equipment (such as carbon fiber frame) defeated by wearing a backpack?

A few months ago I increased my bike usage significantly, and I am now riding about 100km to work weekly. I would like to upgrade my biking experience by buying a new one. I ride on both rough paths ...
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Is this bike overkill for me

I intend to purchase a Merida Silex 4000 for ~$2000. I plan to use it for commute (20km round trip) and for recreation and exercise in my free time. I've only had regular MTBs before and I would very ...
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Are wider tires on a road bike a good idea?

I live in a city but also like to go into a cross-country areas as well. I've also noticed that there are rare models of road-bikes that offer an option to install wide tires: Oh, and you can fit a ...
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When descending on paved roads - fork locked or open?

When I am descending with my cross country mountain bike my fork is open when I am riding on gravel, dirt roads or more technical sections. But when I am descending on a smooth / paved road is it ...
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Get a tougher gear on Shimano GRX, 11-34T, 2x11

I have a new 2021 Cube Nuroad Race gravel bike with Shimano GRX, 11-34T, 2x11. I am used to riding a road bike, and find on the new one I don't need the easiest gears on the hills, but could use a ...
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Will a rack fit on these rear-facing eyelets?

I have a gravel bike, a Nukeproof Digger, and I'd like to fit a lightweight pannier rack to it. It comes with 2 rear facing eyelets on the seatstays. Pannier racks seem to mount using eyelets on the ...
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Modifying road bike for safer use on poor roads

I currently own a cheap-ish road bike (2019 Giant Contend SL: welded aluminium frame, wheels with narrow rims, maximum tire size 28mm, fairly few spokes, carbon forks, rim brakes, 2x11 Shimano 105 ...
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Experiential difference between road and gravel bikes?

Specifically, looking at the Orbea Avant road bike vs. the Terra gravel bike, the frames look the same except for the fork. Can you just swap the fork and make one into the other? How close would an ...
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Tubeless sealant leaks in the rain

Whenever I cycle in heavy rain with my tubeless tires, what I presume is the sealant seeps out of the rims in a kind of gloopy dark-grey mush. Is there something wrong with the sealant I'm using? Or ...
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Which Type of Bike Would You Select If You Needed To Commute, Ride Fire Roads, and Regular Roads With 1 Bike?

In the market for a bike Novice/Beginner skillset Looking to spend a decent chunk of money on one bike that can be used for commuting, fire roads, and standard road riding Riding location would be ...
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Drop bar maneuverability in a gravel bike

I'm considering getting my first gravel bike, and I'm wondering how much more difficult/limited (if at all) the maneuverability of a drop bar bicycle is, compared to a flat (riser) bar. I've gone to ...
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Swapping wheels and cassettes with Shimano GRX 600/800

I am in the market for a gravel bike. I plan on getting a second set of wheels for road rides. This bike will most likely have Shimano GRX 600 or 800 2x and an 11-34 cassette. Assuming the rear ...
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How to repeat the success of Salsa Marakesh when mixing MTB and road components?

Salsa Marakesh https://salsacycles.com/bikes/marrakesh/2020_marrakesh_sora is based in part on road Sora components and MTB Alivio components. Let's focus on the front -- in my bike I have Sora ...
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How to improve braking with hands on hoods?

I have gravel bike for around 3 months now with mechanical disc brakes and one thing I have problems with is braking. When I ride on drops (which I do rarely) I can brake well -- I pull the brake ...
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SRAM XPLR for a 2x12

Hello fellow cyclists, Could someone please explain to me why XPLR rear derailer is 1x only? I want to install it on my gravel bike with 43/30 double chainring upfront. What can go wrong? Thanks! -----...
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Can I mount disc brakes and 650b wheels on this bike?

I've got an early-mid 2000's Trek touring frame, I think – got it about 6 years ago at a local bike co-op for my first (and only) ground-up build, and had it powder coated, and unfortunately I didn’t ...
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Better climbing on a road bike with changed bigger cassette and smaller crank?

Looking for the advice of professionals. Maybe common question from a dummy cyclist, but… Problem: I have an endurance Trek Domane SL6 2023 bike Shimano Ultegra groupset with crank 50/34t, and ...
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Does there exist a gravel bike that can accommodate 29″×2.25″ ribbed (and studded) tyres?

The title line says it all. Just by looking at the pictures of the forks used for gravel bikes, and before reading the specs, it's evident that a 2.25″ won't fit. Is the term "gravel" today ...
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Are carbon road bikes robust enough to use off-road?

Regardless of the tire clearance, could I use my carbon road bike off road too? Can it handle the stress and load? Wont it break ? Does a road bike needs to be more robust to handle the offroad, ...
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Is it possible to put a suspension fork instead of a rigid one on a gravel bike?

I've seen manufacturers a couple of times put suspension forks on gravel bikes instead of rigid carbon forks. Yes, this fork was not in the top price category from RochShox or Fox, but still, is it ...
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Has anyone tried Tannus Armour tires? What do you think?

I have a Giant gravel bike that I use exclusively on asphalt -- that is, I use it as a road bike. I do perhaps 175km a week, 10k meters in ascent/descent a week. The issue I have is that to get to ...
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Slick Hybrid Bike Tires on Steep Gravel Descent?

I'm trying to take my hybrid bike with slick hybrid tires down a short (maybe 200 foot) steep gravel descent with a gradient of around -25 percent (according to Strava). How should I ride this to ...
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Are carbon wheels suited to gravel riding?

I have a mid-range gravel bike, and I am interested in upgrading the wheels. I was thinking of getting deep-ish carbon wheels (~40mm or so) so that I would also have an upgrade path if I want to ...
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2021 Salsa Fargo and GRX 2x11 components

I’d like your advice on GRX component with 2021 Salsa Fargo frameset. I didn’t research enough prior to purchase, and I found out that Bottom Bracket size was wrong, and even more, GRX may not work ...
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Recommendations for 'upgrading' gravel bike with road tires?

EDIT: Several people have commented that I shouldn't ask for shopping recommendations -- fair enough, but really all I want is a more general discussion of the topic: whether it's a reasonable goal ...
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Can anyone identify this wheel?

I have been trying to identify the front wheel on my all-road/gravel bike, which was bought second hand (the original wheels were replaced). The only distinctive feature is a logo, accompanying the ...
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Swapping tubeless tyres as a practice

Have a Grizl with the DT Swiss G1800 wheels. Want to run burlier tyres like the Continental's Race Kings (2.0) and have the original G-Bites (45mm) in reserve for some bikepacking. Both to be run ...
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Agricultural Access Roads

I moved to an area with lots of agriculture and ranching. There are fields of crops all over this county, and many of those fields have access roads going to and around them. Virtually none of those ...
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Is it possible to make DIY foam tire inserts for gravel bikes?

I saw a video of the British cyclocross racers putting foam from a hardware store into their tires. This foam is used in construction to fill joints before caulking. All those joints on the concrete ...
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Gravel + Folding Bike

Folding bikes have typically been built for commuters and are designed to be compact and light weight. In the spirit of discovery, i wanted to ask if anyone has seen or tried to build a gravel focused ...
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What is the difference in rim width between road bikes and gravel rims?

But I know that the two bikes have different tire sizes, but I don't know why they are designed this way
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Is there a noticeable difference in the calorie-burning benefits of road vs. off-road cycling?

I monitor my rides using FitBit and Strava. I started out as a full-time road cyclist. However, I've recently begun gravel cycling. My primary purpose for cycling is fitness, in addition to enjoyment, ...
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Adding a second chainring to a 1X

I have a 1X gravel bike with an 11-46 cassette and a 40T chainring. This gearing works for most of my riding but there are times when I'm doing some serious climbing that it would great to have one or ...
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Canyon Grail headset play

I got new Grail CF SL 8 and my headache started when I realized I cannot make headset play stop. After tightening all the screws to exact values I can still produce play on my steering wheel. ...
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Can a carbon fiber bike have rack eyelets?

With the new generation of gravel bikes, I was curious if any of them are being made with carbon fiber frames and rack eyelets. Are carbon frames capable of bearing the weight of racks installed on ...
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Surly Straggler fixed gear build

For now, I live in a city and I have a surly steamroller frame that is very convenient for commuting everyday life. I will soon live in a small village from about 15km my work and I need to ride on ...
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Road bike to CX/Gravel conversion

I have a Cinelli Experience 2016 road bike with rim brakes that allows up to 28c tyres as per Cinelli's specifications. Somehow, Cinelli keeps mentioning it's fit for gravel as well. I'm looking ...
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Gravel derailleur advice

I have a gravel bike with the following 1X set up: FSA Omega Megaexo crank, 40T Sunrace 11-46 CSMS8 cassette Sram Apex1 11 spd derailleur Sram Apex 11 speed Double-Tap shifter I would like to change ...
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GRX Di2 front derailleur compatibility with Ultegra 2x crankset

Researching an upgrade to GRX Di2, am aware from this forum (as well as Shimano) that the GRX 2x crankset is pushed 2.5 mm outboard and thus requires a GRX FD. However, what about the opposite: using ...
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Generally can I fit 650b wheels on a modern CX frame?

I know this depends a lot on the model and the shape of the stays and fork, but on the average CX disc frame would it be possible to use 650b wheels with thicker tires, for a more comfortable offroad (...
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Tubeless setup losing air through ONE exactly spoke hole

I've read all questions found by my keywords, but didn't find and answer. I have a gravel with Triban tubeless ready rims and Hutchinson Overide tubeles ready tires. They already had a rim tape setup. ...
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How to be certain a Boardman ADV 8.8 would fit without prior road bike experience?

I'm looking to buy my first road bike - an adventure/gravel road bike. Question: How can I be certain it's okay or not? And should I be looking for a bike that's closer to my estimated frame ...
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Shimano Deore as Gravel Bike

I have this MTB with Deore M5100 groupset (2 x 11 speed) and I want to convert this MTB to gravel bike. (Converting from straight bars to drop bars.) Is there any brifter compatible for this series? ...
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Gravel handlebar geometry: any use of the hooks' flare?

I have replaced the original 44cm handlebar of the Canyon Grizl with a wider, 46cm Salsa Woodchipper Deluxe handlebars. While I'm very pleased with the added control the wider handlebars offer (...
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What should my rear and front tire pressures be if they have wildly different recommended pressure ranges?

I ride a gravel bike and decided to upgrade my rear tire to a new semi-slick one so I can be a bit faster (Innova Pro Stampede -> Maxxis Receptor). The problem is though that the Maxxis Receptor ...
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