A good gravel bike should have these characteristics: 1. Good handling; 2. Easy to control and gives you the confidence; 3. Comfort, a comfortable gravel bike provides a balanced whole; 4. A perfect gravel bike will strike a balance between acceleration and cruising speed; 5. Good looks and fun to ride.
You may need to use your existing parts for a longer period of time. Here are some suggestions, highlighting some areas that may be overlooked, so that your bike parts can have a longer life. 1. Choose when and where you ride；2. Clean your bike's drivetrain, lubricate the chain；3. Implement preventive maintenance；4. Brake pad inspection；5. Avoid getting wet with sweat and take active maintenance.
Although now is the era of disc brake road bikes, many riders are still using rim brake road bikes. This article only applies to rim brake road bikes, not mountain bikes and other models with V-brakes or suspension brakes.Carbon fiber rims and aluminum alloy rims require the use of brake pads of different materials. Especially with carbon fiber rims, it is very important to use the correct brake pads. The brake pads used for aluminum rims must be wear-resistant, and the rims and brake pads will wear each other, so we often see metal debris from the aluminum rims remaining...
Without looking carefully, it is difficult to distinguish gravel bikes from CX bikes. Both have road bike handlebars, off-road tires, a more rigid frame and wider tire clearance than their road bike counterparts. So what is the difference?