Gravel Biking in Jefferson County, NY

Gravel biking is a type of cycling that takes place on unpaved or gravel roads. It's a bit of a hybrid between road biking and mountain biking, with bikes being lighter than mountain bikes, with no suspension and more speed than an MTB on the same terrain. And it offers a unique challenge and adventure for cyclists. Gravel biking allows riders to explore more rugged terrain and remote areas, away from the hustle and bustle of traffic. It requires a different set of skills than traditional road biking, such as technical bike handling, route finding, and a higher tolerance for rough and unpredictable surfaces. It's perfect for those who love the thrill of exploring the great outdoors on two wheels.

Bike bulletDuring riding season check out the excellent gravel bike events we have in Jefferson County and in surrounding areas.
And don't forget to join the JeffCoBiking Facebook group and the North Country Graveleros Facebook group.

You can buy a dedicated gravel bike, an endurance bike (a cross between a road bike and a gravel bike), or just put larger tires on a road bike and ride gravel and other surfaces.

Gravel Bikes that are specifically made for gravel may have a slightly more relaxed frame geometry than a road bike with a lower center of gravity, longer wheelbases, more MTB-like gearsets and ranges, ability to take wider tires, and possibly a few other things not found on road bikes.

And don't get caught up in the 'gravel' part of 'gravel biking' - these are versatile, all-terrain machines that can be used on anything including, of course; any kind of gravel but also dirt, grass, sand, mud, snow, and a variety of paved surfaces. Like the examples below:
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As with any biking you should have a patch kit, bike multitool, Co2 pump or mini-handpump, a spare tube or two, a tubeless plug kit if you have tubeless tires, and a seatbag to hold it all (or don't mind your jersey pockets being full). And it also goes without saying that a good MIPS helmet, and water bottles are essential, or even a hydration pack. And likely a GPS bike computer and bike lights too.

Lastly, if you post on social media (especially Instagram) consider adding the hashtag #jeffcogravelbiking to your posts and photos!

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Special thanks to Andrew S. and Mike M. for photos & video.