- Hard packed surface - this was almost the same as asphault, hammer it!
- Loose gravel - a bit squirly, needed to let the bike step out a little and a few "woah" moments
- Sandy gravel - the worst. Even riding straight proved challenging.
The lack of grip was immediately apparent, although honestly it wasn't as bad as I had expected.
Far trickier was the narrow handlebars - I'm used to correcting a lot with the wide hybrid handlebars, which are more like a mountain bike. With the narrow road handlebars, you have to do more work and have better balance from your core.
The other thing that helped was smoothing out my pedaling, especially on the sandier gravel where the back wheel wanted to step out. A nice smooth spin helped keep this in control, while sudden jerks tended to get the rear wheel loose.
All in all, it was a blast! The speed combined with being just barely in control was a rush and a half... can't wait to try it again.