Is it time we all just bought gravel bikes rather than road bikes and be done with it?

Potholes, traffic, traffic, potholes: it all adds up to gravel

Male cyclist riding the Giant Revolt which is one of the best gravel bikes
(Image credit: Future)

When we go for a road ride, are we really going for a road ride – or are we venturing into some sort of rutted and pockmarked no man's land? A potholed purgatory in which we are forced to wait not for the call of Saint Peter but rather the transport secretary, hoping he or she will bestow upon us a multi-billion pound accelerated road-repair scheme and send us on our way.

Don't hold your breath. A report last month revealed that it would take 10 years and £16.3 billion ($20.3 billion) to fix up the UK's roads.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.