Should we all be using flat shoes and pedals for bikepacking and gravel riding?

Are you afraid to transgress? It's time to forget about 'the rules' and really consider which pedals are best for bikepacking and gravel riding

Image shows Anna riding Crankbrothers' Stamp Lace flat shoes while on a gravel bikepacking trip
(Image credit: Future)

Perhaps surprisingly for a title that’s over 125-years-old – or maybe it’s precisely because of our long heritage – we are not insecure traditionalists here. 

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg