BikeRadar Podcast Ep 6 | Is it time to ditch ‘The Rules’?

Velominati's 'Rules' get dissected, as does the concept of the gravel bike in our latest podcast

Lauf Grit

Rolling straight into your ears is Episode 6 of the BikeRadar Podcast. This month the King of BikeRadar (well, content director) Rob Spedding leads the charge with tech editor Tom Marvin and senior writer Matthew Allen in discussing Velominati’s The Rules, before delving into the gritty world of gravel bikes.


‘The Rules’ are a set of maxims by which the keen road cyclist often feels he or she should live by. It could be argued as a tongue in cheek dig at the MAMIL who wants to emulate their road racing heroes, but there’s some method in the madness because many of the rules are actually rather sensible.

That said, there are numerous that clearly poke fun at the over-keen amateur cyclist, so we’ve picked a few of our favourites and delved deeper into their meaning.

Peter Sagan's Sportful socks also feature the rainbow stripes of the world champion
Sock length – a key aspect of The Rules. Sagan seems to be toeing the line here, neither too long, nor too short.
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Next up comes a look at the growing gravel scene. What are gravel bikes? What separates them from cyclocross, endurance road and even mountain bikes? Should you consider getting one yourself?

With three professed gravel fans, maybe the whole thing gets an easy ride, but there’s definitely a case for a gravel bike being your N+1.

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All the links you need

The Rules — Velominati

Lauf True Grit review

3T Exploro first ride review

Rough Stuff Fellowship

Slam That Stem

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