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Old 06-16-12, 03:39 PM   #1
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Gravel Roads

So I went to go ride on some gravel roads and noticed that on the sections with alot of loose gravel it got really sketchy. By sketchy I mean it felt like I was sliding all over the place. Will wider tires with stability or will it just be the same? I'm currently running 700x34c Thanks
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Sure, wider tires and more aggressive tread will help some, but what you are experiencing is just part of riding gravel. It will make you a better rider. If the gravel is loose because of recent maintenance then just give it time and it will pack down, usually after a good rain.
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Wider tires with lower pressure help. It also helps to stay loose and always be using your drive to correct for slippage.
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Thanks for the info.. so basically I should just get use to it and rock the tires I have.
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part of my daily commute is on a gravel trail that goes from packed to 2" deep/loose in spots.

went from Kenda Quick 30's to Rando 32's (for the road sections of the loop). i run the Rando's at +5max psi.

i felt a little more control with the mild knobbiness of the Kendas, if i was trying to really put the hammer down and make time. at casual speeds it was just HTFU.
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Loose gravel will move, get used to it..
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