Gravel Cycling

Gravel Cycling : The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking

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1. Gravel Cycling is the first comprehensive guide to this hot trend in cycling.

2. Legan is former Technical Editor of VeloNews, which helped put gravel biking events on the national radar.

3. Nick Legan is editor of Adventure Cycling, the official magazine of the 43-year-old Adventure Cycling Association which helps cyclists take up adventure bikepacking and bike touring.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 191 x 241 x 25mm | 454g
  • Boulder, United States
  • English
  • 40 Illustrations, color
  • 1937715701
  • 9781937715700
  • 322,170

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Gravel cycling is a glorious return to the purest roots of two-wheeled adventure. From farm roads and miners' paths to the high passes of the Rockies and Alps, gravel cycling will set you free to explore, enjoy, persevere, and discover.

Gravel Grinders

If you seek the thrill of competition, Gravel Cycling will introduce you to 18 spectacular events around the globe, ranging from American classics like Dirty Kanza, Grinduro, and Barry-Roubaix to exciting newcomers such as Australia's Great Otway and France's La Gravel66. Bike setup, route tips, and hard-won advice from the world's top gravel competitors make Gravel Cycling the essential companion for aspiring adventure racers.

Bikepacking Adventure

For bikepackers heading into the great unknown, Gravel Cycling details a wealth of favored multiday adventure routes across America, and shares crucial packing tips, equipment checklists, route planning, and mealtime suggestions so you can ride with confidence. Advice from bikepacking's innovative equipment pioneers will help you select durable gear and assemble your own never-say-die adventure bike for unlimited exploring.

The wild ride of a lifetime awaits you in Gravel Cycling. Get into gravel and discover a whole new way to enjoy the great outdoors.

NICK LEGAN'S road racing career began at age 13, but these days his heart beats for the glory of gravel racing and the fun of bikepacking. As the gear and technical editor for Adventure Cyclist, his pursuit of stories has helped him discover adventure rides around the world. He's a frequent gravel competitor and a ride-hardened veteran of the 2,768-mile Great Divide Route.
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Table of contents

1 Getting Started

2 Race Prep: Your first event, getting organized, pre-race bike tune-up, bikewashing 101, navigation

3 One-Day Domestic Events

4 One-Day International Events

5 Multiday Adventures

6 Outfitting Your Bike: Bike fit, wheel and tire size, rim and tire width compatibility, mountain bikes, road bikes, cyclocross bikes, gravel bikes, fueling, hydration, punctures, going tubeless, gearing, brakes, maintenance, and pre-ride checklist,

7 Bikepacking Gear for Multiday Adventures: Bikes; route-specific recommendations; how to carry the load; powering electronics; GPS trackers; tents, bivvy sacks, pyramid tents, tarps, and hammocks; sleeping bags, quilts, and pads; cooking and water filters; hygiene; multiday checklist and gear.

8 Building Your Gravel Dream Machine: Bespoke, compatible component upgrades, gearing, drop bars, brakes, and dream bikes.





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About Nick Legan

Nick Legan is the gear editor and road test editor for Adventure Cyclist, the official publication of the 43-year-old Adventure Cycling Association. He was formerly Technical Editor for VeloNews. He served a seven-year stint in the professional cycling mechanic ranks, working for the RadioShack ProTour team at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California, and for the Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto professional cycling teams. He is a graduate of Indiana University with honors and degrees in French and journalism.
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