Gravel racing has a spirit of adventure and the chip-on-the-shoulder toughness of a Leadville ultra. Here’s the specialized bike gear you’ll need to ride a gravel grinder.
Connect to your bike
If you’re riding a bike for exercise or hobby, chances are you’re clipping in and experiencing the pleasure of an efficient ride with optimal power transfer. Though we have three contact points with the bike — pedals, saddle, bars — the connection to the pedals via the shoes is the only one that’s mechanical, so it’s essential that the shoe fits properly. There’s no single good choice — there are a lot of them, at different budgets, with different materials and closures. We’ve picked out 10 road bike shoes that cover the spectrum, letting you become one with the bike. Namaste.
Crank it out
Relatively few upgrades have as lasting an effect as changing your bike’s contact points — saddle, handlebars, and pedals. Pedals in particular are often overlooked in our quest to go faster, but a good pair makes you forget that your feet have been locked into your bike for a few hours as you power through the toughest parts of a ride. We’ve got the best road bike pedals for every budget and type of rider so you can turn heads while you turn the cranks.
Daneson Single Malt No. 16 Toothpicks You can drink Scotch neat, or you can add rocks, or splash the right amount of cool water in your glass, or pick your teeth with it. Because fine Scotch is obviously meant to be infused into personal hygiene utensils, these toothpicks — at minimum 12 per bottle, but…
Vandeyk x Rapha Continental Bicycle This design study — yes, sadly it’s a one off not available for purchase — is primed for the road, but is mostly for the eyes. Artists, photographers and expert bike builders contributed to this collaboration, which resulted in a handbuilt, stainless steel frame with extra tire clearance, disc brakes,…
The times, they are a-shiftin'
Road bike shifting has come a long way in the roughly 75 years it’s been around. The number of gears has ballooned from 2 to 11, shifters have moved from the frame to the brake levers and traditional cable actuation is poised to give way to electronic shifting. There’s little doubt that the revolutionary new tech, which replaces traditional steel cables with small electric servos, will eventually become commonplace. Two decades ago that couldn’t have seemed further from the truth.
12 gift ideas for the fitness obsessed
The fitness fanatic is the man that puts in a quick 5K before the rest of us have even tossed the beans in the burr grinder. His body fat is measured in fractions, and biceps in feet. His dinner conversations involve things like basal metabolic rate; his pecs flex, noticeably, when he passes the pepper….
Get out of the saddle
Though the new Shimano Unzen Hydration Pack is named after the volcanic Mt. Unzen in Japan, it’ll serve you up something a bit more refreshing than molten lava on your next ride. Just like that volcano, though, the Unzen hides something intense under its sleek exterior. Side access, felt-lined pockets, a breathable back panel (nobody…
Pick up your shift
When you want to hammer a sprint like a Norse god (think Hushovd, not some mythical comic book hero), whether for the finish line, a money prime or the next road sign, the last thing you need is a slow or missed shift. Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting brings faster, effortless shifts at the touch…
Who needs traction control?
Perhaps you already drive a Bimmer and want to add the same brand name to your two-wheeled man-powered vehicle. Your choice would clearly be the 2012 BMW Mountain Bike Enduro. With a fully updated design and material upgrades, the Enduro uses an all-aluminum frame for lightness and rigidity, full Fox suspension and Shimano XT and…