My neighbor lent me a Masi CXR-Comp for the week. I did my first gravel road ride yesterday; about 19 miles of 95% gravel. I owned a road bike years ago, and do a charity road ride once a year on whatever roadie I can borrow, but beyond that, I have very little to compare it to.
Initially it felt like road riding, only rougher. However, as I got comfortable and the speeds increased, I kinda started to "get it". Compared to the road, there are very few cars to deal with, better scenery, tighter turns, fast rollers, varied terrain. Railing those loose corners was terrifyingly fun. As I mentioned, I don't have much to compare it to, but I could see the value in the slightly lower BB, longer wheelbase and slacker HTA offered by a so-called gravel road bike. The mechanical discs were total shit. This definitely could be helped by some adjusting and replacing the cables, but it's also a reminder of why I dislike mechanical disc brakes.
I've got a couple more rides planned, including some mellow singletrack. I'll decide then whether or not this is something I "need" to own.
Last edited by bagtagley; 07-30-2015 at 12:25 PM.
Remind me. We'll send him a red cap and a Speedo.