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Gravel bike vs. racing bike, what's the difference?

At Happy Bikes we often hear the question: “What is the difference between a gravel bike and a racing bike? They look the same!” In this article we would like to briefly address this.

When it comes to choosing a bike, there are many factors to consider - from intended use to personal preference. Two types of bikes that are often compared, as mentioned, are racing bikes and gravel bikes. Both are great options for people who enjoy on- or off-road driving. But what are the differences between these two types of bikes?

Road bikes are made to go fast on the road. They are usually very light and have narrow tires to minimize rolling resistance. Road bikes often have a sporty/aggressive seating position that places the rider in a stretched position, shifting weight to the pedals. They are generally not designed for off-road driving and can be uncomfortable on uneven roads and gravel paths.

Gravel bikes, on the other hand, are a combination of a racing bike and an off-road bike. They have wider tires than road bikes to provide traction when riding on gravel and loose surfaces. Gravel bikes also have a more upright seating position than road bikes, giving the rider more comfort on longer rides. They are ideal for riders who want to ride on the road as well as on uneven paths and gravel roads.

There are many opportunities to use both types of bikes in Hamburg and the surrounding area. If you like to ride fast on the road and want to explore the Hamburg area, a racing bike is a good choice. But if you want to explore the surrounding countryside, including the gravel roads and dirt roads around Hamburg, a gravel bike is a better choice.

As a bike rental company, we have both racing bikes and gravel bikes in our rental range and you can rent both variants from us. No matter what type of bike you prefer, we have the right bike for you to explore Hamburg on two wheels.

So, what are you waiting for? Rent your bike now with us and start your next adventure tour on a racing bike or gravel bike in and around Hamburg!

Gravel bike vs. racing bike. What is the difference?
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