More than a road bike the bikes that are in the new “Gravel Grinder” category can function very well at multiple tasks. These sport utility road bikes make excellent all purpose bikes. Ride these bikes to the end of the road and beyond.
Compared to a road bike these bikes have larger tires, greater chainstay and fork clearance, a more stable and comfortable geometry, wider gear ranges.
Larger tires give the bike more traction, a better ride on uneven surfaces, more stability overall. Tire width can range from 30mm to 48mm for the gravel grinder bikes.
Bigger clearances at the chainstays and fork allow the bikes to be fitted with full fenders. Perfect for commuting or winter road riding/training. If the roads are icy you can fit studded tires for greater traction.
In addition to wider tires, gravel bikes have geometry that favors stability and comfort. The wheelbase of a gravel bike is longer than most road bikes, thanks to longer chainstays and slacker head tube angles. Head tubes are generally taller as well, placing the rider in a more relaxed, upright position. Bottom brackets are often lower, which gives the rider the sensation of riding in, rather than on the bicycle.
The end result of these geometry differences is a more comfortable, confidence-inspiring and forgiving ride than one would find in a typical road bike.
Gearing is another area where these bikes diverge from the pack. Given the terrain, many gravel bikes feature compact or smaller gearing and wide-range cassettes. Cranksets with 50/34 or 48/32t are common. Likewise, many gravel bikes come with 1x gearing with ultra-wide 10-42t cassette.
The Marin Fairfax SC 4 Belt drive gives you road bike speed, urban utility and a smooth-running belt-driven, internally-geared 8-speed drivetrain. You can have it all. A lightweight Series 3 alloy frame and fork, hydraulic disc brakes and reflective sidewall, puncture-resistant Schwalbe tires will make the Fairfax SC4 Belt your go-to bike for commuting and other urban adventures.
Series 3 Frames have 3D forged dropouts with integrated post mount disc brake mounts, rear mounted kickstand attachment, and dual eyelets for quick and easy fender and rack mounting.
What are the advantages of the belt drive? The advantages are that it is clean, quiet, light and strong. Carbon Drive never requires any lubrication, and if it gets dirty you can simply hose it off with no worry of rust. Gates Carbon Drive is also lighter and stronger than most chains due to the carbon fiber cords, and users typically get two to three times the lifespan of a chain.
The Fairfax models come equipped with puncture-resistant tires featuring minimal tread for increased control in inclement weather and on rough roads.
To see the full Marin Farfax line up check out the video below.
This fun event, organized by the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition, is for everyone. Your options are a 25, 50 or 75 kilometer bike route starting and finishing from Diana Krall Plaza in downtown Nanaimo.
The Easter Bunny Populaire is, in the randonneur spirit, a ride – not a race. The 75 kilometer route includes several inclines and is mainly on country roads while the 25 and 50 kilometer routes stays closer to the city centre.
Please note that pre-registrationentry fee payment is mandatory to take part in this event, and all participants must sign a waiver.
The Stelvio T3 Pro RED is a no-compromise road bike built for racing and elite riding. Built upon Marin’s ultra-light Tube-to-Tube UD carbon frameset with full carbon fork, the Stelvio T3 Pro has a host of go-fast features including a tapered headtube and Press Fit 30 bottom bracket for direct response to all-out pedaling efforts. Unique Power Taper seat tube and RVS seat stays added compliance to enhance rider comfort, while our new 4-in-1 cable guide system allows for aero cable routing with easy access ports for both electric and mechanical drivetrains. SRAM’s flagship RED 22 group is featured along with Reynolds aero-profile, carbon clincher Assault wheels. Ritchey WCS Carbon components adorn the cockpit coupled with a Prologo Scratch Pro saddle.
This bike has a few miles and a lot of features. This is a bike that will make you faster $2500.00
Carbon frames are generally manufactured as a “monocoque” structure. This means the entire frame, or significant parts anyway (front triangle, or rear triangle) are molded as a single piece. The bladders that are used to pressurize the frame during molding are difficult to control and may result in additional resin left inside the frame. While this can ensure good continuity of the carbon fibers through that part of the mold, all monocoque frames still require that frame parts be glued together. Marin employs this manufacturing technique where it makes sense, but in the road category, we primarily use T3 construction, also know as “tube to tube”. In this technology, each frame tube is individually molded, which allows us to precisely control the wall thickness of each tube, resulting in ride tuning perfection. Then, each tube is laid into a fixture that positions them to precisely the angles required for that frame, where they are then bonded into place, and reinforced with an additional lay up of carbon, before going into the heating ovens. This extra care results in absolute minimum weight, perfected ride feel, and a bike that you won’t want to climb off of.
A fun, scenic ride around Victoria and the Saanich Peninsula put on by the BC Randonneurs cycling club. Choose either the 50k or 100k route and enjoy post-ride refreshments and draw prizes
The Victoria Populaire (VicPop) is a fun ride, not a race. The routes all make their way to ‘control stops’ where riders must have their control cards stamped and signed by a ride official. At the end of the ride, riders turn in their control cards and are awarded a finisher’s pin.
Part adventure bike, and part urban warrior. Born from cyclocross and touring parents, the Lombard can tackle the weekly commute as well as stretch its legs to venture out on weekend road or gravel adventures.
A wide-range SRAM Apex/X7 drivetrain has the durability of mountain bike components on a drop-bar bike, and the mixed-tread Schwalbe G-ONE 35c tires provide speed and secure handling both on road and off. Tektro Spyre-C disc brakes provide all-condition performance and a unique reflective decal system helps keep you visible while riding at night.
Want to cycle, walk, run or roll between the City of Parksville and the Town of Qualicum Beach without having to use Highway 19A? The Parksville-Qualicum Beach Links is a 13 kilometre low-traffic road route that connects the City and Town via French Creek (Electoral Area G). The Links features a pleasant suburban road network with only one hill, an accessible pedestrian-cyclist bridge over French Creek, and two stretches of paved trail at the Qualicum Beach end. The whole way is marked with signage directing users to Parksville or Qualicum Beach.