Interbike this season has confirmed what I have long advocated: that riding on dirt and gravel is not insane, and can actually be fun! Events like the Dirty Kanza and D2R2 have been exponentially growing in popularity for several years now, and bike manufacturers are starting to build dedicated gravel bikes by the truckload. From the BMC GranFondo GF01 disc to the Giant Revolt, companies are jumping into the newest market segment with both feet.
But do you really need to go out and buy a gravel specific machine just to have fun on your local “road less traveled” or can you have plenty of fun with what you've got in your garage right now? In today's podcast, I'll discuss the differences between road, cyclocross and gravel bikes, what pros and cons each offers, the “ultimate solution to riding on dirt” and some of the tips, tricks and skills necessary to make your gravel grinds safe and fun.