Old 01-09-19, 12:18 PM
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I'm not sure what 'gravel' means in your case, but the gravel I usually ride - Tuscan white roads and French rural tracks - are easily dealt with on 28mm Pasela or 30mm Challenge Strada Bianca tires. Both work well for me. I've tried Continental Sportcontacts in 38mm, and while they were comfy on cobblestones, I found them less reassuring while cornering on tarmac.

WRT your Raleigh: a beautiful bike and as it looks like you've got room for the necessary adjustments, at least seatpost-wise, I'd certainly try that first. If not for looks then for the lower center of gravity compared to an MTB or a hybrid.
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