Gravel bikes have become increasingly popular as people realize how much versatility they offer for riders of any skill level. Whether you’re riding trails or just commuting to work, a gravel bike will get you where you want to go. If you’re in the market for a new bike, this category is definitely worth some consideration. Learn a bit more about gravel bicycles and explore our selection at Curbside Cyclery to find the perfect fit for your needs.

The good news is that Curbside Cyclery in South Phoenix can help you get the exact right bike for your situation, needs, and budget.

Do I Really Need a Gravel Bike?

This is one of the most common questions we get from people who want to explore one of the gravel trails (or dirt trails) throughout the Phoenix area and beyond. While you don’t technically need a gravel bike to ride on gravel trails or similar terrain, it helps to have a bicycle that was purpose-built for the type of riding you plan to do. Furthermore, many of our riders find that gravel bikes are actually incredibly well suited for many other riding types.

Are Gravel Bikes Good on the Road?

Gravel bikes and road bikes have a lot in common. They’re both designed for drop handlebars that facilitate an aerodynamic riding posture, and both types of bikes are normally very light. Gravel bikes are normally slightly heavier than road bikes because they’re built to be especially sturdy, and the sturdiness also makes them less twitchy. Neither of these differences will be very obvious to anyone but the most experienced riders.

Some gravel bikes have fewer gears than typical road bikes, but most riders won’t be bothered by this since that won’t come into play until you get to speeds of nearly 30 miles per hour. If you do plan on doing serious road racing, you can always build your custom bike to include the gears that make sense for you.

The final thing to consider before you ride your gravel bike on the road is which type of tires you select. The size of your wheel will impact how easy it is to find tires of different types, which is nice if you switch tires and use the same wheel. Many riders simply prefer to have a set of wheels with road tires and one with gravel tires.

Are Gravel Bikes Good for Long-Distance?

Gravel bikes are great for riding long distances. Since they’re a bit sturdier than road bikes, you’ll probably feel more comfortable if you bring a backpack or something strapped to your rear rack. The frame geometry should also keep you fairly comfortable, even when you’ve been riding for hours. If you plan on taking especially long tours, look into handlebar options that can keep your posture more upright. Upright posture puts more weight on your seat but reduces the strain on your hands, arms, and shoulders.

What Is the Best Budget Gravel Bike?

This is a hard question to answer because it’s so personal. Everyone wants to know which bike is best for them, but there’s no one-size-fits-all answer besides this:

The best bike for you is the one that was built for you.

When you work with a professional on a custom bike build, you can get the best possible fit for your body, your needs, and your budget.


Buy Gravel Bikes Phoenix, AZ

Here at Curbside Cyclery near Chandler and Ahwatukee Foothills Village, you can find a wide selection of gravel bikes. Choose one off the shelf, or let us build you a custom bike that’s completely tailored to you and your lifestyle. Stop by today, and let’s find your perfect bike!







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