In these pandemic times, many people are discovering–or rediscovering–the joy of riding bikes on dirt and gravel. And why not? In addition to being good for you–both mentally and physically–it’s downright fun! What’s not fun, though, is walking home because of a flat tire or mechanical problem. Fear not, friends, GRAVELBIKE has come up with a list of essential spares and tools for gravel riding that’ll keep you happily rolling along, mile after mile.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of adidas | Five Ten’s cycling shoes. For several years, the company’s kicks have been my top choice for commuting, mixed-terrain, and off-road riding. Earlier this year, while checking out Five Ten’s new models at the annual Outdoor Retailer trade show, I had the opportunity to chat with Five Ten’s Luke Hontz, Senior Product Manager for Bike and Snow.
The recent Camp Fire has become the deadliest wildfire in California’s history. As of November 19th, the death toll has risen to 80, with 993 people who are unaccounted for. To help support the relief efforts, GRAVELBIKE is donating 100% of the profits from the sale of limited-edition stickers to the Sierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund and the North Valley Animal Disaster Group.
Words by Amanda Wilks
Your MTB performance depends on two factors. One very large factor is your intrinsic motivation. Why are you in this game? What drives you? Is it a habit? An addiction? Are you doing it because it’s the thing you dream at night, you wake up for, and you want to do for the rest of your life? If that’s so, then technology is what will fuel your ambition and aspiration. Technology is the second most important performance factor. Carbon, computers, dropper seatposts, you name it, they’ll invent it.
What’s the perfect tie for your best MTB performance?
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I am an unabashed fan of e-bikes. I have seen–and experienced–first hand how e-bikes have the ability to transform people’s lives. With an e-bike, adventure is no longer restricted to the rider’s physical abilities. Battery life, however, has been a limiting factor. Riese & Müller looks to reduce those limitations with their new, dual battery eAdventure bike, the Delite.
In addition to its range-extending dual battery design, the Delite features a Bosch Performance Drive which provides pedal assistance of up to 300%. A carbon belt drive reduces noise and maintenance, while front and rear suspension lets you tackle more rugged terrain. The integrated rear carrier, IQ-X light, and ABUS lock make the Delite ideal for urban and utility riding.