There are a variety of types of bicycles out there, with different features for different purposes. For example, you can find road bikes, adventure road bikes, dirt bikes, gravel bikes, hybrid bikes, and many more. If you’re looking for a versatile ride for riding on gravel, woodland, and tarmac, an adventure bike may be the best choice for you.
But what exactly is an adventure bike? How are they different from regular bikes? And what are the main features of an adventure bike? That’s what we’re going to explore in this blog post. Read on to learn all you need to know about adventure bikes.
How Is An Adventure Bike Different?
An adventure bike is a way to describe a bike that’s designed with adventure in mind. The term covers a variety of bikes and riding styles - but ultimately, adventure bikes are versatile. This means that you can ride an adventure bike wherever you go - whether you’re riding along gravel paths, through the woods, or on the roads and tarmac.
They can be ridden comfortably anywhere, on all kinds of surfaces. Adventure bikes can accept a range of tyres - from large mountain bike tyres to narrow road tyres, adding to the versatility of adventure bikes. You might want to consider our 'go anywhere' bike - The Gradient. Equally at home on or off road, it will take you anywhere, fast. Mark Reilly's geometry of design means the Gradient is capable running both 700c and 650b wheels.
Having an adventure bike gives you freedom and control, and negates the need of having different bikes for different terrains. When browsing through adventure bikes, you’re certain to find a bike for sale that’s a perfect match for you and your cycling habits.
When it comes to the price of adventure bikes, costs can hugely vary depending on the frame, tyres, brand, and features. However, for a high-quality, durable adventure bike, you’re looking at spending between £3,000 and £6,000. If you’re not willing or able to splash the cash on a quality adventure bike, why not opt for a used bike or a different type of bike - for example, a road bike?
Features of An Adventure Bike
Now you have an understanding of what an adventure bike is, it’s time to learn some key features of adventure bikes.
Regardless of the type of bike, the vast majority of adventure bikes will have the following features - disc brakes, mudguards, rack eyelets, and tyre clearance. The following features make for a personalised bike experience, giving you a smooth and stable ride no matter where you’re riding.
Tyre clearance is a hugely important feature in adventure bikes. A key purpose of adventure bikes is to allow the user to switch from different terrains - for example, from gravel to tarmac to woodland. They’re versatile bikes that need a versatile design - and versatile tyres.
In order to switch terrains seamlessly, you need a larger tyre. Typically, adventure bike tyres begin at 28mm in width - improving comfort and stability. However, in order to accommodate the larger tyres, the rear forks and chain stays will need to have extra clearance.
Adventure bikes are typically designed for off-road use, so your bike frame will need to accommodate mud and dirt building up on your tyres in order for your wheels to keep turning smoothly.
Adventure bikes are not only perfect for riding on different terrains, but great if you’re carrying your belongings with you - for example, if you’re going camping. With dozens of braze-ons, adventure bikes feature front and back rear racks - so it won’t be an issue carrying your gear on your cycling journey.
Bike packing - (using bar and frame-mounted soft bags) is on the rise, but a rack is still the best way of carrying large loads. Whether you’re carrying a tent and its accessories or a large bag with you, rack eyelets are extremely useful and can ensure you ride your bike safely and seamlessly.
Rack eyelets also give you a place for mudguards. When it comes to off-road cycling, full-coverage mudguards are a must-have - and are a key feature of adventure bikes. Mudguards keep the mud and water away from the bike’s brake calipers. Without mudguards, your brakes could get damaged, putting you and others around you at risk. Mudguards also protect saddlebags and rear lights.
You can find disc brakes on many types of bikes, whether it be road bikes or adventure bikes. Disc brakes sit in the middle of each wheel, and stop the bike by squeezing the brake pad. Adventure bikes need disc brakes so you can stop quickly in any conditions - for example, if you’re riding through mud or cycling on a rainy day.
Disc brakes provide excellent stopping power - something any serious cyclist needs. This is extra useful when you’re carrying a load with you or riding on rough roads and terrains.
Quick Tips For Riding An Adventure Bike
It’s no secret that cycling can be dangerous, whether you’re on-road or cycling off-road. First of all, be cautious when going downhill at a high speed - although it may be fine to stick your knees out when you’re on the road, it can be dangerous when you’re on gravel.
Be sure to lower your cadence - this will give you a higher level of control, and means you’ll bounce around less in the saddle. Instead of going over 90 rpm, keep it at a stable 70-80rpm for your safety. If you’re cycling off-road, your legs will tire if you go any faster.
If you’re on the market for a new adventure bike, check out our quality range of adventure bikes at Reilly Cycleworks. With prices ranging from just £3,799 up to £5,999, you’re sure to find the perfect bike within your price range.
Our bikes have dozens of features to streamline your experience, and are made from extremely durable materials - so they’re sure to last for years to come. You can find an extra extra small adventure bike, or an extra extra large adventure bike at Reilly Cycleworks - no matter how big or small, there’s something that matches your needs.