Unless you’re apart of the cycling world, chances are you haven’t heard of gravel riding. The young sport of gravel riding is something of a hybrid of road cycling and mountain biking. It is one of the fastest-growing disciplines in cycling. According to Bicycle Retailer, sales of gravel bikes in the U.S. reached nearly $29 million in early 2018, compared with just over $10 million in early 2017.
Why Gravel Riding?
While mountain bikers typically ride on narrow single track, and road riders typically ride on paved roads, gravel riders seek quiet, less traveled, unpaved roads.Amy Charity, a professional cyclist and cycling coach
While it is possible to gravel ride with a mountain bike or a road bike, gravel-specific bikes make riding safer and smoother. The primary difference is gravel bikes accommodate a wider tire than road bikes, have a longer wheelbase which allows for more stability on descents, and have disc brakes which allow for more bike control.
If you are a cyclist, gravel riding is more jarring than road riding so strength and mobility really come into play. It is a great way to engage in a full body workout covering your legs, core, and upper body.
Interested in giving gravel riding a try? Check out these resources:
Cycling not your workout favorite? Maybe try jump rope?
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