What We Dig: Gravel Goods
5 bits for gravel we think you'll dig...
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THE GRAVEL GEAR YOU NEED
We’re in Peloton Gravel Mob mode, so we’re focusing on the dusty road and the wide tires: Gravel Gear. Plenty of road goods transfer nicely onto the gravel bike, but there’s a certain nuance to the perfect gravel kit — it’s a bit less aero, more relaxed, quietly confident, and long-ride comfortable. Kit up right with the gear below. And, if you haven’t heard, Peloton Gravel Mob launches into action on November 16 in our backyard of Ojai, CA. We hope to see you there.
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PATAGONIA MERINO JERSEY ($89)
Go ahead and wear your favorite (black) bibs, but don’t don the aero jersey on a gravel ride. Let love and fabric flow free — you’re on a dirt road, not the velodrome. This Patagonia merino wool “jersey” is perfect for the job. BUY HERE.
SHIMANO SH-XC5 $105 (Normally $150) (30% off)
Laces. MTB cleats. Carbon sole. Perforated upper. Michelin rubber. This is a proper gravel shoe. It’s hike-a-bike approved and doesn’t scream “I’m just here to train for DK.” BUY HERE.
BELL CATALYST MIPS $104.98 (Normally $149.95) (30% off)
Don’t let the haters hate the visor — it’s a small visor, and this is gravel, not cyclocross. And, it’s removable, if the group makes you self-conscious. This helmet also has 18 vents, so your dome won’t overheat on those never-ending fire road climbs. BUY HERE.
7MESH INDUSTRIES FREEFLOW ($249.95)
Weather happens, and as much as we hope rain doesn’t ruin your parade (mud is real, folks), it’s good to be prepared. A nice casual shoulder-season jacket like the Freeflow checks a lot of boxes and can be a literal life saver when the winds pick up at altitude. BUY HERE.
TREK CHECKPOINT ALR 5 ($2,099.99)
If you need a new bike and don’t want to sell a bike to buy a bike, look no further than the ALR 5. It comes tubeless ready with 700 x 40c tires (a very proper size) and the aluminum frame won’t crack at your first washout (it happens). Dual thru-axles ensure the wheels don’t rattle off and a full Shimano 105 groupset will get you up and down the hill without a glitch. It’s one of the best values in gravel. BUY HERE.