In many ways gravel riding is similar to riding on the road, but, there are some slight differences that could make the difference between having an awesome day exploring and having a very long walk back to the main road. We chatted to Canyon ambassador, Dalila Lecky who shared what she would take on her gravel adventures.
What would you pack for a gravel ride?
I would pack the usual stuff; multi tool, tyre levers, spare inner tube, pump, but also tyre plugs because every now and then I get a puncture that’s too big for the tubeless sealant to do its job. The plug means I don’t have to faff about putting a tube in and getting sealant everywhere.
Would you run tubeless tyres for riding gravel?
Definitely! For off-road I am a total tubeless convert. The number of punctures I get these days is almost none (or rather they seal before I know about it). I still carry a spare tube and tyre plugs though, because some holes just refuse to seal no matter what you do!
What kit would you wear for doing a gravel ride?
I started out doing cyclo-cross and then expanded my interest into gravel, so I tend to be in lycra because I find it comfortable. Also, some brands do gravel specific kit with abrasion resistant panels which I’m quite keen on as I seem to cut corners super close to trees and bushes and it’s nice to not destroy my kit or my skin in these moments.
What food would you take for a longer ride?
I tend to carry the mini Soreen bars (I love the strawberry variety), a PB&J sandwich and Haribo. I think I’m mostly fuelled by sugar some of the time!