Nick Legan’s new book, Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking, shares everything you need to know to enjoy gravel cycling and bikepacking. From event profiles to dream bike set up, route planning to gear selection, Legan brings his experience as a ProTour bike mechanic and dedicated gravel junkie to this guide. Filled with beautiful photographs that will inspire you to ride unpaved, Gravel Cycling is your best resource for gravel grinders and multi-day adventures.
Here’s a more detailed look at what Nick covers in each chapter:
1 Getting Started: An introduction to America’s 1.4 million miles of unpaved roadways and the bikes designed for riding them.
2 Race Prep: Your first event, getting organized, pre-race bike tune-up, bikewashing 101, navigation
3 One-Day Domestic Events: A look at the favorite U.S. gravel grinder races and events. Includes advice from the event promoters. Recent winners give bike tips, tire recommendations, and other race-specific beta.
4 One-Day International Events: Gravel riding isn’t just a U.S. sport! See the top events in Europe and Australia with commentary from race organizers and top riders on gear selection and more.
5 Multiday Adventures: An exploration of some of the best U.S. and Canadian overnight bikepacking routes that can be toured or raced. Several racers and route pioneers share their in-depth knowledge of their favorite rides.
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, 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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