When you ride on a tar road, you’re at the mercy of angry, oblivious or half-asleep drivers. Not on a gravel road though, where you’ll often have the entire landscape to yourself. Here at go! we’ve bee been singing the praises of South Afric African back roads for years, and trust me: A back road is even better on two wheels. People used to take to the gravel on mountain bikes (totally fine) but recently a new breed of bike has become more prevalent… prevalent At a glance it looks like a road bike – with drop bars and a rigid fork – but the tyres are wider and they’re tubeless, which means fewer fe punctures. If you’re not interested intereste in technical mountain biking, bu but you’d love to watch the sunrise from the saddle in the Karoo, the then get a gravel bike. It’s lighter than a mountain bike and requires les less maintenance, and it does a great job for the occasional work commute or bikepacking trip.