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STEP 1: Plan Your Route

California has thousands of miles of gravel and dirt roads, just begging to be ridden! Find a local route using Gravelmap.

STEP 2: The Right Gear

Ideal Gravel Bikes have room for wider tires, a relaxed head-tube angle for more steering control, and a longer wheelbase and low bottom bracket. Tires should be anywhere from 700x28 - 700x45c (depending on what your frame will allow). You might also want some extra on-bike storage for long days. 

STEP 3: Be Prepared

 When you're out there, often in remote places without cell-service or uber drivers, make sure you've got these essentials for mechanical problems:

• Two spare tubes
• A patch kit
• A pump
• Multi-tool with chain breaker
• Spare chain links
• Chain lube
• $20 cash

STEP 4: Stay in Control

• Loosen up! Gripping the bars too tightly can actually result in a bumpier ride. Keep hands gently secured and bend your elbows slightly to absorb bumps.

• Maintain Momentum. Speed is on your side when it comes to loose or muddy surfaces. Shift to a harder gear and keep consistent pedal strokes.

• Steer Smoothly. Avoid jerky, hard turns and face your hips towards the turn. Start breaking early and lightly.

• Sit in the saddle on steep, washed out climbs to weight your rear wheel. Maintain a faster, smooth cadence to prevent spinning out.

STEP 5: Remember to breath, look around, and...