At Westbrook Cycles, we have been busier than ever through the CoronaVirus pandemic - and although we briefly halted web sales - we soon got the e-commerce side of our business back up and running, adhering to all guidelines and government advice.
This pandemic has truly been boom time for cycling - and it’s not only people getting back into cycling after a number of years off. Many customers of ours have stretched out into another form of cycling thanks to the increase of free time.
One of the most popular new forms of cycling for mountain bikers and road cyclists alike - is Gravel Riding. Gravel Bikes are a new addition to the world of cycling, although they are familiar to some of us who have been in the mountain bike world a little while. A lot of the Gravel Bikes on the market, can be compared to the old school style of mountain bike - sharing the same geometry with thinner tyres, and no suspension.
Below, we run through some of the best reasons, why you should add a Gravel Bike to your collection:
It Broadens Your Riding Skill Base
Riding different bikes on different surfaces really does help you become a more rounded cyclist - so if you are usually confined to cycling on the road with a road bike, a gravel bike makes it possible for you to ride across all kinds of different terrain and surfaces, learning as you ride.
It’s the ideal Wet Weather Ride
If you are a mountain biker and don’t want to damage your trails by riding them in the wet and the mud - gravel bikes provide the perfect way for you to still get out into the countryside riding, whilst avoiding the temptation to damage trails.
You can ride further, and for longer
Gravel bikes are efficient both on road and off road, leaving you enough energy to continue to explore wherever you want to - want to extend your ride by taking the fire tracks through the woods home? No problem!
You can Commute on a Gravel Bike
Gravel Bikes are the ideal bike for the everyday commute - allowing you to take slightly off road routes to get to and from work in a more enjoyable and often safer way. The relaxed geometry of a gravel bike also means that they are more comfortable hopping up and down kerbs on the commute.
They are a lot of fun
Riding a mountain bike on a road is really, really dull - much in the same way that attempting to ride a road bike on singletrack is not a massively fun experience either. Gravel bikes allow you to do it all, and the flexibility of where and when you can ride is not to be underestimated.
Gravel Bikes Online
At Westbrook, we stock and supply an excellent range of gravel bikes, which have been sourced from the world’s leading bike brands - you can view them across our site, and as always - if you have any questions at all about the collection, please do get in touch and we will be more than happy to help out wherever we can.