11 Tips to Become a Gravel-Cyclist

BY ROAD: the U.S. clay court weighed the trend has crept over to Europe. We list what you need to know if you want to embark on the gritty adventures.

1 know your arena
20 per cent, or 19 300 kilometers, of the Swedish state roads are gravel roads. 66% of these are in the forest counties. In addition to the State’s roads are an even greater number of individual routes that are not open to public motor vehicle traffic, turns a large part also gravel roads.

2 arrive prepared
A lot of gravel road cycling do you end up far from the main road and perhaps even outside the mobile network. Make sure to be properly equipped to take you back home. Packing list: Two extraslangar An overhaul kits a pump Multi-tool with chain switches Extra chain link Tyre patches a little cash in addition to it, you take it with you, of course you usually in the form of telephone, credit cards, energy bars, water, extra layer and map or GPS.

3 relax
If you press too hard on the handlebars, you will get a very shaky experience. Let your hands instead to squeeze the regime very soft, no matter where you have them placed on the handlebar. Bend at the elbows so they can act as dampers and absorb the bumps and potholes on the road. And their light in the saddle if you go over a series of holes in the road.

4 find the right bike
You can of course run the bike anywhere on the gravel, but models that are specially made for messy surface has room for wider tires, a flatter steering angle to governance should be more predictable, and a long wheelbase and low crankcases for stability and less nervous.

5 Keep power
Add in a slightly heavier gear and get to work. Speed is your friend and will prevent the tyres from slipping and skidding when riding over loose or muddy surfaces. Brake gently and in good time before turning. Because the dirt roads rarely served by motorforden, you can also cut the turns much tighter than on the highway.

6 Soft control
If you are steering wheels handle bars with too much force can wheels drop against the surface. Stay calm with the quick movements and try to engage the entire body in cycling by rotating and tilting the you on the bike.

7 sit down for optimum grip
By cycling sitting at HISTORYAAH, you can keep your body weight centered over the wheels, which means better grip at the rear wheel and a smoother drive. Take the opportunity to set you up when the surface provides enough bracket or descents.

8 Like views
Gravel road cycling will probably take you to new places. Don’t forget to look around in nature and the environment.

9 select the correct tyre
Tyre choice depends very much on the type of gravel. There are thin fine and hard-packed gravel, but also big and sharp rocks that can cut holes in the tires. But take the tires that are as wide as your framework allows (with a little margin for any clay). The longer you drive, the more tired you become and the wide tires help you when you start to cut corners with the technology.

10 remember the pressure
When it comes to air pressure, there are many parameters to take into account. A heavier cyclist needs more air in your tires than a cyclist. Do you have some air in the tires increases the risk of genomslagspunktering. Do you have too much air in the tires, it can feel like you’re bouncing back on gravel. It can also be more difficult to get up steep hills as a high pressure makes you get less grip and then slips unnecessary if the gravel is resolved. But feel free to experiment and was not entitled to vary you after the substrate and grusets character. Also note that if it is cold outside, the pressure in the tire to fall when you go out with the bike.

11 Running a little heavier
To ride with a heavier gear when the terrain gets messy makes you bounce less and get better control. For the sake of joints you should probably not keep a giant heavy gear in too many miles at a time – especially if you have problems with your knees – but avoid really high cadence.