Then I realized that with the mass popularity of gravel riding, there probably are a ton of people that are brand new to anything unpaved. Maybe there are a lot of brand new cyclists due to the pandemic that have zero experiences with bike handling, set up, and riding tips.
Then it occurred to me that I could offer my years of wisdom, knowledge, and that gained from others as well, here on the blog. I thought I'd dub this the "Basics of Gravel", or B.O.G. for short. I know that probably the vast majority of readers here are probably well experienced cyclists, and maybe a lot of you are also gravel cyclists with a lot of experience under your wheels. This series may not be for you, but I would encourage you, if the shoe fits, to chime in with comments to give me some way to pass on even more wisdom.
So, with that, I will be tackling subjects like accessory mounting/water cage/water bottles, brakes- the different types and pad materials, service life issues, and the debate on 650B versus 700c wheels and why you might choose either. There will be saddle talk, clothing gab, and nutritional banter. All geared to the basic principles of riding, which in reality, apply across a lot of cycling.
But I think my over all theme with this is going to be- "Don't over-think this. Just get out and ride!" That's the number one rule. Just ride. Sure, you'll get things wrong as a rookie, but riding is better than worrying about what wheel size to use and where your water bottles are mounted. It always trumps which clothes you wear and how you like to eat. Riding is going to be the over all theme to this. I definitely don't want this to become a didactic beat down which seems preachy.
This will likely run a few posts, maybe more. If it goes well I may rerun it on Riding Gravel. We'll see. I'm not 100% on the details of how it will go, so hang on. This might be a bit messy to start with. Okay, with that, I will try to post once a week here and in the meantime, please give me some of your thoughts on this in the comments. This sort of thing has been done to death, I'm sure, by others, but I figured I would put in my two cents here.
Thanks for reading!