|Yeah..... That's v13, as in THIRTEEN YEARS.|
There is no reason for this sort of attitude or statement anymore in 2017. Look, categories for gravel tires, bicycles, and more have been established by bicycle companies for several years now. Bicycle companies don't make a habit of saying a market is an "emerging form of cycling" in 2017 that have already been around for years, ya know? I know it seems stupid to point out the obvious, but I think that some of this stuff I am reading is so self-serving it deserves to be exposed for what it is. Lazy marketing that doesn't tell the truth. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that if anyone thinks this is new, an "up and coming" genre' of cycling, or anything of the sort, maybe doesn't quite understand what it is they are trying to portray. Yes, they don't get it.
Which, is in itself, a bit of irony. See, for many years in the 00's, I was being told that I didn't get it. Gravel riding wasn't anything new and specific bicycles and tires for gravel riding weren't necessary at all. Basically, I was told then that people had been "gravel grinding" for years and that it was no big deal. Now, apparently, the tune has changed.
What I said then was that specificity in cycling "tools" wasn't anything new either, and why shouldn't there be specific tools for gravel road riding. To be perfectly honest, I was really only ever thinking that perhaps I and a few nut cases around my circle of friends and acquaintances would ever want or need such "tools". Getting a tire or two and a bicycle made for this pursuit was all I figured would ever happen. Then the lid blew off the thing in the late 00's and the numbers were becoming big enough that cycling companies took notice. You know the rest of the story.
RidingGravel.com is a constant job in progress when it comes to keeping tabs on all of this stuff. I used to do the calendar in one sitting- knock it out in a couple of hours or maybe two nights. No more.
Some of these events draw thousands of riders. Many in the several hundreds of riders. Do you suppose all these folks just found out about this? I know, I know...... I'm being a smart aleck about this, but c'mon! Don't come around with your, this is something new messages and expect me to not poke the badger. I'm not going to let that fly around here.