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Iowa Gravel Riding

Welcome to Iowa! Home to the “good” gravel roads. Think of it as over 68,000 miles of gravel trails that you share with the worlds most friendly farmers.

Our shop’s exposure to gravel cycling  has been first hand, we chose to specialize in gravel because of Iowa’s beauty and the connection you can make to the land through a scenic morning ride of Iowa gravel. A few years ago after a cycling  trip to Italy, a friend and I were on a morning ride and crested a hill to see the morning light ignite a landscape of wildflowers, corn fields and rural peacefulness. It rivaled Tuscany! Come see for yourself, enjoy small town living for a day or two. Eat lunch for less than $8 a head. Take a ditch nap 10 miles from the nearest stoplight. Relax and have a conversation with the farmer who grows your food. Make an Iowa connection with Bikes To You!

You won’t believe it until you experience it, but Iowa is not flat! Trust me, I not just out of shape,  it can challenge the most physically fit individuals. It is all where you choose to ride and how much ground you want to cover. We have selected and mapped a few great routes around Grinnell for you to check out, and we can provide you with expertise and experience to have a great time while you are here. We have a good selection of affordable rental bikes and gear, like  helmets, lights, pedals, camalbak’s.  We can supply it all, some or none just get here before they pave the whole country. We have several area gravel riders that will be happy to guide and support your experience if you prefer. See our rates for all services below.

For additional information email Craig at craig@bikestoyou.com or call 641-990-4820 to schedule your ride.

Gravel Routes

Easy Section and a Half (9.7 Miles)
This is a great little warm up ride. It begins downtown and proceeds North on Broad Street to 11th Avenue. Turn left to head West on 11th Ave. (Hwy F27) for 2 miles to 156th street, which is where you get on the gravel. Take a right turn at 156th to go North to 360th Avenue. Turn East and ride to 20th Street. Turn right again on 20th Street, heading South. You will cross F27 to 380th St. turn east and back into town on what turns into Hwy 6.


Malcom Jerky Run (22.8 miles)
A great loop ride or modify to be an out and back. Stop by Dayton’s Meat Market on 63 just south of Malcom for a tasty mid ride jerky snack.

 


Lynnville Rugged Run (Very challenging 34.8 miles)

Ride an almost loop to Lynnville and back. there is a gas station which is usually open you can stop at for a mid ride fillup.

 


Home Run to Newton (46.2 miles total)
Ride from Grinnell out to Newton and back in a loop. If you want newton has many food and beverage options if you want a mid ride stop.

 


Keep checking here for new routes, photos and information about the spectacular opportunities to explore Iowa by gravel road. Additional gravel and paved trails can be found at Cycle Central Iowa.

Bikes To You Gravel Rentals

Our rental fleet includes the following bikes made for gravel rides:

Giant Revel 2’s
Giant Revel 29er 2’s
Giant Talon 29er 1’s
Giro Helmets
Camelbak Hydration packs
Blackburn Lights

Click here to visit our Rental page or call the shop at (641) 236-8600 to reserve the best gear for an enjoyable Gravel Ride!

Where To Stay

Best Western Plus Pioneer Inn & Suites
West Street South
Grinnell IA 50112
Local: 641-236-6116

Carriage House Bed and Breakfast
1133 Broad Street
Grinnell IA 50112
Local: 641-236-7520

Comfort Inn and Suites
1630 West Street South
Grinnell IA 50112
Local: 641-236-5236

Country Inn by Carlson
1710 West Street South
Grinnell IA 50112
Local: 641-236-9600

Days Inn and Suites
1902 West Street
Grinnell IA 50112
Local: 641-236-6710

Downtown Lofts
910 Main Street
Grinnell IA 50112
Local: 641-990-5600

The Guest House
3970 50th Street
Grinnell IA 50112
Local: 641-990-0844

Linden House
202 East Street
Lynnville IA 50153
Local: 641-821-0682

Main Street Lofts
926 Main Street
Grinnell IA 50112
Local: 641-990-5600

Marsh House Bed and Breakfast
833 East Street
Grinnell IA 50112
Local: 641-236-0132

Spaulding Inn Bed and Breakfast
1103 Main St.
Grinnell IA 50112
Local: 641-990-1316

Some Helpful Links

Here are some links to help you enjoy our wonderful gravel road rides :