Gravel riding is all about exploring remote and often challenging terrain. Riding on rough roads, mud, sand, and loose gravel can be tricky, and it requires different techniques than road riding.

Here’s a nice article on the basics of gravel riding.

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To help you conquer any trail, here are the basics of gravel riding and some tips and techniques to help you navigate rough terrain and different weather conditions:

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  • Use a wide tire: Gravel roads are often bumpy and uneven, and a wide tire will provide more traction and stability. A tire with a width of at least 38mm is recommended for most gravel riding.
  • Lower tire pressure: Lowering your tire pressure can increase traction and provide a smoother ride. Experiment with different tire pressures to find what works best for you.
  • Keep your weight back: When riding on steep descents or loose gravel, keep your weight back on the saddle to maintain control.
  • Learn to brake effectively: On loose surfaces, it’s important to brake effectively. Use both brakes evenly and avoid sudden braking that can cause your tires to lose traction.
  • Stay relaxed: Gravel riding can be bumpy, but staying relaxed on the bike can help absorb shocks and maintain control.
  • Adjust your riding style for different weather conditions: Wet roads require more cautious riding, and you should take turns more slowly. In the rain, avoid hard braking and sudden movements to prevent skidding. In windy conditions, try to ride in a low position to reduce wind resistance.

By following these tips and techniques, you can improve your gravel riding skills and feel more confident on rough terrain.