Gravel Biking Essentials
Extra storage? Fenders? Cleaners? Make sure you got the right tools for the job.
Gravel rides & what you need to know!
Here’s what to take for smooth sailing on rough roads.
Whether you’re pushing through a gravel century ride or searching the backroads for the best coffee-shop, keep things rolling with these must-haves.
Bags, Racks, & Mudguards
You want most of your cargo to be on the bike, not on you.
You want most of your cargo to be on the bike, not on you. Put a rack over the rear wheel, the front wheel or both and carry your stuff in panniers and trunk bags. Or for a sleeker profile, make it happen bikepacking style with seat bags, frame bags and handlebar bags.
If you are in the market for a rear bike rack you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for a rear bike rack for bikepacking or bike touring your bound to find it here. Do you need one thats going to be strong enough to hold panniers with all your world traveling gear stuffed inside or do you need one to carry a change of clothes and minimal gear for a quick overnighter?
There’s little more unpleasant than getting a wet butt when cycling, so mudguards are an essential accessory for any cyclist that wants to ride year-round. Mudguards also do a damn fine job of keeping your bike clean, reducing the amount of maintenance you have to do and greatly increasing the longevity of your components. A win/win in our eyes.
Apparel & Helmets
There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing! The Bike Zone carries good clothing so you can enjoy whatever you ride through.
There’s no bad weather, just bad clothing! The Bike Zone carries good clothing so you can enjoy whatever you ride through. Shorts and light-weight jerseys for the summer months, arm and leg warmers to catch the fall colors and then tights, jackets, base layers and plenty of Merino wool if cold weather is your thing.
Helmets provide the much needed protection and safety you need in the case of a fall or crash. No matter how careful you are or how skilled of a rider you are, accidents happen and when they do, you'll be happy that you wore a helmet to protect your precious cargo.
Bike helmets have different technologies to create light wight, well ventilated, and enhanced safety features such as MIPS and ANGI to keep you safe and comfortable.
Tools & Accessories
The multi tool is the ultimate package to complete any on trail repair.
A multi tool is really handy to carry with you in case of any minor repair you might need to make. Things like a loose stem or handlebar can happen if you're not checking regularly. Or perhaps you need to make a minor adjustment to your saddle height. With a multi tool you'll be able to make those small adjustments without a problem.
We stock a variety of multi tools that include the basic essentials to more complex tools that include chain breakers. The multi tool is the ultimate package to complete any on trail repair.
Keep the bike ride-ready at home and fix boo-boos on the ride with pumps, patch kits, multi-tools and more. Bottles, bars and gels keep your energy levels up and a nice bike computer gives you numbers to brag about.
Cleaners & Maintenance
Gravel, mud and muck are fun and all, but you don’t want to leave them on the bike.
Gravel, mud and muck are fun and all, but you don’t want to leave them on the bike. Cut through grease and grime with drivetrain cleaners, and baby your baby with a gentle bike wash and lubricants for the chain.
Carrying a spare tube during your commute is absolutely essential! Flats happen, and when they do you'll be happy you came prepared for the job with a spare tube. Your tire tube size can be found on the side wall of your tire. It's also important to take note of the type of valve stem your bike has.
A schrader valve will look familiar, like the valve stem on your vehicle. A presta valve is a long skinny valve stem with a little nut on the end of it.