Want something faster than a mountain bike, but more rugged than a road bike on those long dirt roads? Meet the gravel bike - an American-born bicycle category designed so you can have your cake and eat it too. Crisscross miles of pavement with all those dirt farm roads you see out yonder. Take the unpaved path to adventure.
You'll enjoy a slightly more relaxed geometry than on a cyclocross bike, have wide tire clearance and disc braking, along with a longer wheel base for stability. Gravel bikes also make great commuting bikes.
American-made Allied Cycle Works offers the full-carbon Alfa All Road. Outside Magazine called this bike the "Swiss Army knife of pavement machines." It performs on both road and dirt with amazing feel and function. Then again, the Jamis Renegade may be your thing. All-City's steel Gorilla Monsoon will also take you down any fire road you desire. Lots to ponder, right? Come see us and let's talk about what is right for you.
Well...you've got options! Head north of town on 55th past the Boulder Reservoir up to the farm roads and then out via 39th. Link that out to the Cowboy near 66th and loop it home via Hygiene and Crane Hollow Road. Seeing the Sunflower Silo and Haystack Mountain as you pedal Boulder County's farm roads is like strawberries and cream. AKA...it's the perfect combination. Or, if you feel like climbing, ride up Four Mile Canyon to Switzerland Trail or Gold Hill. There's no shortage of great gravel rides in Boulder County. Come on in and we'll point you in the right direction.
We have information-rich, easy-to-read Boulder County ride maps that will give you gravel ride ideas until the cows come home. They mark out gravel roads, places to get water, high-traffic areas to avoid and more. You'll want one for you pocket and another one for the wall to jazz you up for your next ride.
Keep in mind that road work projects also pop up from time to time. Visit Boulder County's road construction page for the latest on road closures and construction.