But I like riding on small village roads, through vinyards, and orchards too. A lot of those wonderful roads change to gravel or dirt. Which is not happy time for 700x23 tires.
But since the popularity of gravel racing bikes there is emerging another variation. Fast road bikes with wide tires. Something made for the roads but comfortable to keep going when the road turns to dirt. A bike with a road pedigree. Lightweight and responsive but with clearance for tires that allow you go almost anywhere.
I assembled my dream Paveplus bike this fall. It is a Cinelli Zydeco and it rides great on the road with 700x43 tires. It feels like a road bike should. With a set of bike packing bags it will make the perfect touring bike for me. Credit card touring for sure and using the required ultralight backpacking techniques. The return for the investment in trimming off the classic touring fat, will be enjoying the ride, as well as the where. Climbing the Stelvio without heavy touring racks and slack angles. Why carry 50lbs when you can carry 20lbs.
Enjoying those little paths that start at the end of the pavement. Ride the Pave Plus. Check out my new website at