Gravel bikes are more than a fad, for several reasons. One big reason is that riding gravel has exploded in popularity. Famous gravel races like the Dirty Kanza 200 sell out in minutes, and new ones like SBT GRVL in Steamboat Springs, Colorado are popping up all the time even as traditional road racing in the United States is in decline. Riding gravel is getting popular because it’s a lot of fun. And aside from quite literally riding them on gravel roads, these bikes give you a ton of cycling options. You can use them as a road bike 95 percent of the time, assuming you’re not a racer or trying to keep up on a high speed, competitive group ride. Just pop on some skinnier tires and you’re generally all set. Or ride the wider knobby gravel tires if you don’t mind a slight reduction in speed on pavement. You’ll be amazed by the increase in riding comfort that results from the additional cushioning of more air in a bigger tire.