4 Reasons Why Road Bikes Are Better Than Gravel Bikes | The GCN Show Ep. 296
From the 24 RS at the Nurburgring in Germany, welcome. To the gcn show hello, and welcome back to the gcn show brought to you by our friends at wiggle this, week we, book the trend and tell, you why we think that, road bikes are still, better than gravel bikes /. Do, you agree yeah we've also got two more doses of controversy, in cycling, short plus a hack. There's, genuinely, blown our minds I say. Our minds always, looking less enthusiastic, about the stone in the rear derailleur than I am but you just wait it's cracking. This. Week in the world of cycling we learned that some of the new climbs feature this year's well to espana our wheelies. Steep, this is pro cyclist even Garcia Cortinas, struggling. To keep his front wheel down. Eat your heart out SAG's yeah we also learned, that we, often, talk about the hazards of riding in Australia. Such as spiders. Snakes. File. Of scenes crocodiles draw white sharks drop bears Robert, yeah well. We, also learned that kangaroos. Are if not more. Dangerous than all of those things. Now. Seemingly, every, week this year has, seen a new, gravel, buy unleashed. Upon the world and most. Of the major manufacturers, have, brought out gravel bikes as well this year and, this is for good reason - because more. And more riders. Are waking up to the joys of riding, off-road, and without. Having to Don heavy body armor and ride big slow heavy mountain bikes yeah it's, not a lie to say the gravel bikes are, great, they're fun they're versatile, I, mean they can literally. Do almost anything, but. And it is big but our, road, bikes, still. Just. Better, well. Here are four reasons why they, might be right reason. One road, bikes are faster. Yeah, there's no denying it you know with narrower. Skinnier. Tires narrower. Handlebars, and more, aerodynamic frames. And, wheels available. You, can go much, faster on a road bike than a gravel equivalent, for the same effort yeah let's face it everyone. Loves, going fast the, sensation, of speed the actual, speed and, given, that road bikes are, faster. That, surely makes me look better it's a bit like putting a, 4x4. SUV, against. A mid-engine. Sports car, except. For, no more money I mean who, wouldn't want a mid-engine sports car for no more money when the winds in your hair yeah, it might be a little bit less practical, you, know you might not be able to put the dog in the boot but. Yeah. I mean I'm about that sports car every day of the week, when. You jump on a road bike after, you've. Been riding a gravel, buy you. Know the difference, in speed is, so tangible that what you struggle, to hold on such, as the acceleration. As it surges. Before. What I mean you'd be out about ten clubs, an hour faster. Just. Maybe. A slight exaggeration but. It yes. Since a road bike just makes me feel like I'm a better, cyclist.
Reason. At number two you, don't have to clean at your road bike as much because inevitably if, you ride a bike off-road, on gravel, then it's gonna get covered in way more dust, than it would if you're riding on road or mud, if your bridge yeah true, now admittedly, gravel, bikes aren't designed to cope with this they've got greater tire clearance they've got disc brakes but you, still have, to clean all the crap off whereas, if you ride your road bike in dry conditions. Barely, have to clean it at all so. We're told yeah well that's, basically the main reason why I haven't dipped my toe into. Cyclocross, who's got bothered with all the cleaning, okay bye you know I mean the fact that I would be totally rubbish at it has. Nothing to do with it now yeah now as a cross fan I do, have to say that I consider their cleaning like a worthwhile trade-off, where, the broken washing machines at the end of the year do annoy me slightly but. The fact is get. Black muddy and it is gonna wear out quicker, so if you've got a gravel bike and you, ride it off-road you, do have to look after it reason. Three they're. Lighter so. Gravel, bikes are designed to be strong rugged. Reliable. And durable. Much. Like Sai, consequently. Being lightweight is a secondary, priority and not the sort of first design, objective, no and that is a shame because the. Feeling of dancing. Up a climb on a lightweight bike was. Great in it yeah, I mean in, the UK I often, run a reliable. But heavy. Winter. Bike in the wetter colder. Months which are they all of them yeah, and, when. I put. My better bike when I take my better bike out and on on a nicer weather it. Just the sensation of being on that lighter bike it's not coming out of hibernation. It feels, amazing there, the way you're able to dance up climbs on the lighter it's. Just thought, he, just puts a smile on your face it does it once you've ridden a lightweight, bike heavy, bikes and gravel, bikes do you tend to be significantly, heavier they, just feel like a bit, of a burden then they holding, you back because. Let's. Say like a top-end robe right now is getting about seven kilos when, you factor in the gravel bikes heavier, frame heavier, tires at the very least you're looking at another kilo two kilos, potentially, on top yeah and that's before you've festooned. All your worldly, possessions to, every orifice and. Sort. Of nook and cranny on the frame, it's like riding a pack mule compared, to a thoroughbred, racehorse, I'm. Not I'm not totally, sure you have to put all your worldly possessions on, it just cause it's a gravel buy you do learn the rules tell other rules of gravel bike is it yeah totally, reason. Number four potentially, the most important. Reason, if not the most controversial, rope. Bikes just. Kind of look better, don't, they I mean the. Sleek, classic. Lines of, a road bike or maybe like the modern, cutting-edge, technological, lines. Of a cutting-edge race bike like your new track Madan oh yeah oh man I love that track with I just. Think yeah road, bikes they're, sleek they're, sharp. They're aggressive. Looking. And gravel bikes in comparison, just well.
They Look a bit slow, it's like a sort, of baggy pair, of y-fronts, compared. To a thong. Yeah. That's. A point I feel more comfortable about SUVs, in sports car than, your choice of underwear. Or Li but yeah okay um anyway. Those, are four reasons why we shouldn't forget why road bikes are flippin. Cool but, let, us know in the comments section whether you think that actually row points are still better or are you a committed, gravel, rider and if so why, are gravel, bike better I think this one could get pretty heated in fact we have a poll on, screen now very simple votes are road, bikes better than gravel wise yes or no yeah, how is your proper. Biking trip sir I stand last week ah, it. Was so cool yeah amazing. Absolutely. Brilliant yeah I'm gonna say flippin. Love gravel bikes they got, us to places that robots could never, have got it, was cool it did love it I was jealous that trip uh she can, only come. Grab, a Viking, knit next, time with, you next expedition. Pleasure. Ollie just don't pack too much stuff and, no. Thongs. You. May remember that last week we, launched, our amazing. Competition, so in the trip of a lifetime to Oman ride, the, oak route Oman and do it on your brand-new, 3t. Estrada bike, well that competition is still open so you still have a chance to enter but, we can now reveal the, route itself, yeah it sounds like an absolute, corporates, be honest the, first stage is 83. Kilometers long and includes. The, fearsome climb of Jebel Akhdar, which, average, is 10% for, 14. Kilometers. Sounds, Patel's format it doesn't it yes the. Tour, of Oman goes, up that one actually but it only goes halfway up, they. Can't do the whole thing pros, aren't good enough anyway. Day 2 145. Grams as long again in the hatch up mountains before the, final, day day three is a Time Trial through, the historic, Alhambra. Town and yeah. Sounds great Jen thoughts it does doesn't it you know who's excited for it as well who Emma's. Excited for it I'm, super, excited to be riding the oak root amount in March 2019. Just sounds like the most amazing, place to ride a bike firstly of course the winter weather is perfect. Secondly it's culturally, really, interesting but very welcoming, and very friendly and of course a man has huge mountains, and I really, like mountains I thought. I've got it stopped raining because well. He's not so much next year but you can't start too early can you so that's. Why riding. Up this hill again. Now. As well as that amazing, prize up for grabs from Oman, we've actually got an amazing prize with. The results, already for, you the shin door how're Ludvig, urban, bike with Brooks saddle, that we gave away just, in a week never. Told you who want it you ready for it the.
Winner Is, Dmitry. Cavour Dmitry. Clavor, congratulations. To you that is a bike so stylish it, made even down Lloyd look, cool when he rode it that is how cool, that bike is so. Yeah enjoy, it very much send us a photo as well. It's. Now time for cycling, shorts we. Begin cycling, shorts this week with some controversial, news, in Milan, as coffee. Change Starbucks, opens its first Italian. Branch yet controversial, perhaps, but, also apparently hugely popular, because people queued for hours around the block in order to get in we, will leave, the coffee debate, to one side though, and instead, steer, you to, this the, Bianchi, Starbucks. Reserve a, collaboration, between the legendary, Milan based bike brand Bianchi, and the. Coffee chain it is as, you can see a steel. And, yes. You guessed it gravel, bike and if, you want one you're gonna have to go the Starbucks. In a man we. Also had some bad news this week so, a study. That was published in, the Journal, of outdoor, recreation. And tourism schoolin, was, titled, the influence. Of tire, size on bicycle. Impacts, to soil and vegetation Crocket, how that is more interesting than it sounds only it's incredibly, interesting it, says that narrow, cyclocross. Tires apparently, caused more damage to, trails and fats and mountain by tires and apparently, even, more than hikers. Is. Quite interesting actually fair, enough and also. Slightly. Bad news indeed to, slightly. Take away from, the new positive drugs test that has just come out of the pro peloton, unfortunate. Constants in suzhou of bahrain mridu and I think report to say formally, of sky and high road before that, returned. A positive, for EPO in, an out of competition test, earlier. In the summer it's. Quite unsettled, me that one oh I'll be honest yeah yes. Constantine's fit sava is a rider from an older, generation but in, recent years he's not really done much and, I, just. Don't really understand, it but perhaps, someone who would understand it better is David Miller himself, a former doper, and in recent years a staunch, advocate, of anti, doping and he's just announced he's gonna be running for president of, the CPA, which, is the riders union yeah I think you do a really good job of that as well he is a super bright guy and also, currently, passionate, about racing, and rider welfare so if interesting see what happens partly.
Because It sounds a little bit like the election process is, something of a lottery and I'm basing this only on tweets I saw from Garant Thomas at the weekend but, if he was right, it sounds like riders, have to either be at the World Championships to vote in person or, from. Certain longer-established. Sake nations like France and, Italy in Spain a delegate. As she votes on their behalf and they don't really get a direct, say in it yeah she's really weird for their own union but okay, it's been strange but speaking of Guerin Thomas he just announced that he's extended, his contract a Team Sky by, three years yeah so I wonder if he'll win another grand tour it's, gonna, be difficult. Considering Chris Froome is still there and also talented. Riders like Egon Bernal coming up through the ranks as well yeah you, wonder whether he kind of put personal ambition to one side before, you sign that one but anyway time will tell and danci, interesting. Times, also told with, dimension, data's, hiring, policy, for this season as it became clear they've now signed all three. Of the riders from the podium of this is Amstell gold race following the news that, Enrico, gasparotto himself. Afford a winner actually of AppStore gold has now joined Michel vulgar and and Roman coins eager for, damage, indices 2019, roster, not a bad recruitment, policy that if it gets you riders of, that standard, yes we've said it before Michel valgrind is a super, talented baton, to, other super talents, Larry wall bass and corner, done yeah. We've been following them closely this week on social media as they completed, their hashtag no-go. Tour so, for those of you who are unaware both. Riders were, members of the now-defunct. Aqua-blue. Sport, team which, well, ended. About sadly this year hey well yeah just the other week in it there the rug was pulled out from under their feet literally, days it before their last race this season the Tour of Britain, but. Rather than sulk, they went out and went, backpacking instead, so they, went for one week racked up 50, hours, of saddle, time clocked, at 1001. 50 kilometers, and, boy accounts they're an absolute riot, some. Of the stuff that president social media was absolutely, genius including. Pictures, like this one from Connor this is the Elector Rosalind, which what. Kind of looks better than, many. Of the views they would have seen at a tour Britain not all but you know yes. Looks pretty nice I like this one from Larry. Wedding. Crashers yeah they were I can't tell if the groom is, happy or annoyed, by, that jest yeah I think something Meyer got lost in translation yeah, yeah that hunt yeah the hand gesture could. Go either way can it also. Some bad news actually for Larry and Connor as the finish cycling, resource a matted peor ally or however. You pronounce it and finished pointed. Out that unfortunately, their time's up, out do is they. Weren't good enough to break the top 200 of all time probably in fact not even top 1000, guttered, the pet that was to be faster though they were riding, fully laden. Bikes. Though I leave no bikes not gravel no gravel bikes yeah. It's a nice nice, sentiment, I think that. The life lesson, learned, here is that when life gives you lemons just. Go on a bike, packing, adventure yeah. And also make sure you have a catchy hashtag, on social, media so April concede it we, also learned, the sad news that double, Olympic champion, Christina, Vogel has been left paralyzed, following, a training crash, in June, of this year, yeah a hugely, decorated. Cyclist, Vogel, won the team sprint gold in 2012. And individual, sprint gold in 2016. And always here G Siena would like to wish the very best for, her recovery and every, habilitation. Tech. Of the week now but before, we head over to John, in the workshop we've got some new tech of our own right, here it's from physique but. Unfortunately all I can tell you is that you're gonna find out what is inside this box on Monday. I told me that I can't wait that long I'm gonna have a look now. Over. To you John cheers, lads well this week we've got cracking. Content, for you as ever we've got some custom shoes we've got gold rollers, we've got two new bikes spotted, on social, media plus should. You be riding with a bike computer on your bike also don't, forget there's, a poor kid out there who now has to sleep on the sofa yep, that's right anyway, more on that this Thursday, on the gcn tech show is not to be missed. It's. Now time for, our weekly, inspiration. Where you submit inspirational. Cycling, photos for a chance to win 50, 75. Or, 100, pounds. In vouchers. From our friends at, wiggle, but I basically love this because we use get look at great photos, oh yeah.
Basically. Now. If you want to enter this competition see before start then, either. Submit. Your photos on instagram, with the hashtag, GCN. Inspiration. Or using. Our uploader. The link to which is in the description but in this video right then without. Further ado who has. Come third in this week's competition I'm so. In third place this week we've chosen, Johnson, underscore, WCC. On Instagram, he submitted, this, really cool picture, well. Riding. In, the rain yeah, taking, a Killington stage race in Vermont in the USA I take what I don't. Particularly. Like, riding. In the rain all that much but that has inspired me to do so that is a cool photo isn't it there's something about the big wide empty road the corner, the feeling of speed and that's great yeah and that's a sweeping Bend through there I mean I unfortunately. Have, to ride in the rain well, we have to ride around quite a bit wait, because were we but, that, makes it look great. Yeah it does funny that. Miraculous. Photograph, Matt right then in second, place we've, got this, one which, is something a little bit different perhaps it's just sent in by Ian, and it's, taken, at the Melbourne, Cricket Ground he's saying seventeen, degrees centigrade, for the start of spring heading, home like I normally do crossing the walkway of the train tracks and couldn't help but notice the stunning day Melbourne, turned on for us so. There we go then he says the bike is his runabout, pub bike me read hairier yeah this that's cool isn't it there's something about that shot not just the banging weather and the nice, sunset yeah I want it we. Picked this photo because, it's. Inspirational. It sums up what cycling, you know can be about for a lot of people it doesn't have to be up, a mountain, on an. Amazing, super. Race. Bike you know it's, that. Is an inspirational. Piece of cycling, and it's in a setting where a lot of people that is there riding yeah to my mind at that photo spells, out freedom. Annoying. The Braveheart kind of way right. Then the winner then the winner of a hundred pounds, of wiggle bouches is.
John, From. We. Don't know your surname john but, you might recognise the photo so this is from lost our sauce california. And that is calling it yeah is greats riding his argon eighteen galleon Pro and he's, just riding through the trees on a quiet training, ride but that. Photo I just love the tranquility. Of it and that, road just look saps the beautiful doesn't say where reminds me off I don't if you've seen this film but, place beyond the pines to the Ryan Gosling where, he's going through he's on a motorbike but it's not sort of like ghost engine like I haven't seen that but if if it looks like that photograph I'm gonna go check it out. It's. Now time for, hack. /watch. And, first. Up this week we have Nick. Perkins, who, well. This. Is pretty pretty impressive smashed. Out of the park Ollie this is what I was so excited about in the introduction to the show so basically the, horrible feeling when you snap your gear cable, and your, derailleur plunges, all the way down to 11th to Spokane, now we've got hacks. On GCN already about how you fix it involving, wrapping, your cable, around pull it through the other way but. Simply. Stick. A stone in it why. Didn't we think of that one okay is one of those things of how, is no one thought of this before well perhaps they have anyway nick has brought it to our attention so thanks for that well yeah not only that it's a it's a stone with. Two with, different dimensions so basically he can put it in one orientation to, put it in his 25, for climbing flip it and he can get it in a sixteen you should make these stones and sell them and. You, have them in their saddlebags permanently. Yeah. Amazing. Genius. There, we go anyway thank you very much for saying that well what were you saying how cool much I was a hack for me absolutely hat great a hack right him next. Up we have budget. This. Which, is well looks like a sort of empty. Pan. That's been bolted, on to the, to. The back of the bike to act as a chain capture. That looks nasty I'm not real I'm not a massive fan of change. Leaders at the best of times but, ever yeah anyone that was sent, in by. Gemma. Me at Cartier, so, I'm sorry Jeremy, yeah. Next. Up we've got this one from, morale. Cam. Dear which. Is when you go camping and you forget your umbrella holder. Well. I mean that does get you have a sticky situation doesn't it but that. So what I see oh yeah. Big sea person it that's a serious, saddle, to bar drop. Doing. Is saddles under his umbrella anyway I think it's that but it, is, a pod but I do like. That he's put one, hashtag and and, that hashtag is hashtag MacGyver. Anyway. Right next up we got this one sent, in from, saara from Greece, Val Germany, now, that is, another like. People. Carrier of a bike another. Breach, of the UK, Highway cope is okay cuz it's in Germany yeah maybe. It preaches that hardcase, what would you rank what it's also slightly scary, cuz it's kind of sprayed up like a ghost bride isn't it which. Which you know given that it looks like it's probably a death trap. Like, a bit low meaning there's, subtle, that rear, tire is a bit flat as well I've asked us a bunch for me well. Except is done with welding, by the look of it yeah. They've. Welded that by Oh someone's, get great lengths yeah to. The body alright budge sorry Sarah okay, anyway, this one I think we're gonna finish in our hiatus we spent in by Colin and this is actually a follow up isn't, it from a. Previous. Entry. For his custom. Wahoo. Mount, I believe and, now he's. 3d. Printed. For. The light mount yes oh I'm speechless, yeah moment, to, lights melted, it looks like a fighter plane doesn't it not a bike yeah ac great white is arrow and it's neat and it's, just it just looks very cool on the front of his sort of well, what is already a very neat cockpit, on the giant propel but rather.
Than Sort of festoon. Lights. To it in a sort of ungainly, fashion, with big sort of rubber straps and cable ties, he's just. Got a really neat narrow solution, there that's pretty. Cool news isn't it it's, one of my little pet hates is having a light mounted. Off-center. On my bike yeah, and given that my lights are mounted off-center, on on, anything I ride it's like, a pet hey through the entire winter top marks for symmetry. Baby, way gay volved, if you want to submit something. For, judgment, Franklin in hackle box, do, so either via the gcn upload link to which is a description beneath this video or using. The hashtag EGC and hack on social media. It's. Now time for the caption, competition, where you have a chance to win a Camelback, GCN, water bottle, oh yeah last week we had this picture of a very ripped. Looking, like sure - of the coffered esteem and the winning caption is it. Was sent in by Sean, s red. Lennick and. It was he's. Gonna take a lot of sunscreen to, cover this whole area. Yes. I love it just our level of humor, yeah rubbish. But anyway there we go good enough to. Stand out and get, yourself this. Camelback water bottle which we will send over to you so you get in touch with us on Facebook and let's. Know your address right. Then what about this week's caption, folks there for you to get your teeth stuck into well. It's a bizarre one isn't it yeah. Any other ways protesting, there uh. Not. Sure I got my thing I've got one got. It yeah. This. Is this Wells, has been well, our time absolutely dead, at the end of today's stage I. Said. It was Sarah that on it I was. Good well, no, I mean I mean. Thanks. Thanks, thanks, for trying tried really hard yeah well that's you've done your best and that's what counts ultimately. Reach, no. Seriously if you think you can be Ollie in there but. God I hope you can make, sure you stick your comment in the caption section down below we, will read them all and then pick out our favorite next week now, you know that was a good effort mate Thanks, I couldn't, have done better. Before. We get on to what is coming up on the channel of this week letters. As per tradition, that take a bit of time to go through one or two cracking.
Comments That you left I'm the last week's videos like this one which, Charles Meadows, wrote, underneath, your mega video actually about, whether you can fix carbon fiber frames, after, they broken and. He has said yes. Clearly ducks tape lots, of duct. What. Was any ducting used in any of the fixings, that's. By, categorically. No really, no no duct tape being, doesn't, have any duct tape they, must have done everyone's got a bit duct tape stashed away on things maybe not for fixing frames but you know yeah, well, possibly, pro outfit, clearly they're yeah it's you know alright I should miss me I only learned that he was duct tape last week I thought it was duct tape, fee for my life. Anyway. South. 1981. Pirlo. People switching off yeah I admit. That but this, guy new hot new stuff PhDs. Staff. 1981. Wrote. This comment, on. Oh it's on one of out these video wasn't it saying rumor has it that Chris dropped, 1.2. Kilograms off his, bike by, cutting, the size of, his, Travolta, hair. Well. It's, a fair point actually I think we should probably ask the man himself what does John Travolta think about that. Yeah. I thought we might have something interesting to say right. Lastly, sticking. With hair, Stefan. Harry's. Well. He said that psy is the lantern Rouge of the gcn, hair classification. Which, there's. No surprise, but, you. Know even, though I think although I expect, so your hair is great mate you're trying really, hard, and the. Question, is whether all my hair is better or worse than your caption, competition, effort which would. You not be so much for like that would it Reds that anyway there we go both, the points what is coming up on the channel this week what have you got to look forward to well, on Wednesday, how, to hide, on a ride. Yeah. Useful tactics. If you ride in a group better everyone, needs to know how to hide on those days well you haven't quite got it yes axe is great. Thursday. 5, carpark, tricks to impress your mates Friday. Is another ask GC, anything, Saturday. Why, do you need to, track stand. But. I tell you what don't. Real interesting one that one Sunday. Is, my. Own little kom, challenge, that I have set myself which. I'm exceedingly, nervous, about so, please everyone join, me in keeping your fingers firmly crossed all week that I'm nice to pull that one off monday. Is across the gcn racing new show and then Tuesday is. The gcn show where, we're. Gonna be announcement here mate yeah, oh yeah, we're going out to Italy, Chris. And James, already gone in fact emma is joining them soon after Oscars, going out then we're going out it's, gonna be good, but. Whilst. We're out there don't forget that loyalty is going still back here doing. All the Welters definitely yes so there's vote well two highlights each day on Facebook so you can catch the previous, day's that we've done already if you've not already seen, them and. There's, also going to be welter, content on the ground from Chris Opie who's gonna be there as, well yeah that's right, guys. And, speaking. Of the Vuelta well. The. Still chance to get hold of our Spanish, themed t-shirts. But they are limited edition so, if you want one head, over to the gcn shop that's right shopped on global cycling Network comm and unfortunately. That brings us towards, the end of the gcn show although one other point of business Ollie as we film this we, have just ticked over 1.5.
Million, Subscribers. Which is utterly amazing, and, so once it thank all of you for. Your continued, support 40, to you it means an absolute, world to us so yeah a genuine, heartfelt, thank-you from all of us here right. I suppose the. Only thing left to say then is if, you fancy another video right now then, you, could do far worse than check out Ollie's absolutely, bang it of my, jaw mate yeah whether, you can fix a carbon-fiber, frame that was just down there.