It’s another “Americanism”, but there’s more and more of those new-fangled gravel bikes being sold in the UK.
These bikes sit in-between a road bike, and a mountain bike, (and are very close to being slightly less “racy” cyclo cross bike) and the type of terrain they work best on are exactly as described “Gravel Roads”.
We are lucky in this area, that there are loads of converted disused railways, lots of well surfaced bridleways and farm tracks, and loads of fast forest roads through areas such as Sherwood and Clumber. Tracks that are a bit tame and boring on a mountain bike, but something that becomes a challenge on a drop barred, skinny tyred “gravel bike”.
We see more and more people buying these do-it- all machines and our members are organising gravel rides, keep an eye on our Facebook Group for details of rides as they come up.