Gravel ride essentials from Canyon ambassador Dalila Lecky - King's Cup Gravel Festival

Gravel ride essentials from Canyon ambassador Dalila Lecky

In many ways gravel riding is similar to riding on the road, but, there are some slight differences that could make the difference between having an awesome day exploring and having a very long walk back to the main road. We chatted to Canyon ambassador, Dalila Lecky who shared what she would take on her gravel adventures.

What would you pack for a gravel ride?

I would pack the usual stuff; multi tool, tyre levers, spare inner tube, pump, but also tyre plugs because every now and then I get a puncture that’s too big for the tubeless sealant to do its job. The plug means I don’t have to faff about putting a tube in and getting sealant everywhere. 

Would you run tubeless tyres for riding gravel?

Definitely! For off-road I am a total tubeless convert. The number of punctures I get these days is almost none (or rather they seal before I know about it). I still carry a spare tube and tyre plugs though, because some holes just refuse to seal no matter what you do! 

What kit would you wear for doing a gravel ride?

I started out doing cyclo-cross and then expanded my interest into gravel, so I tend to be in lycra because I find it comfortable. Also, some brands do gravel specific kit with abrasion resistant panels which I’m quite keen on as I seem to cut corners super close to trees and bushes and it’s nice to not destroy my kit or my skin in these moments.

What food would you take for a longer ride?

I tend to carry the mini Soreen bars (I love the strawberry variety), a PB&J sandwich and Haribo. I think I’m mostly fuelled by sugar some of the time!

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