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09-16-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 420
Views: 123,331
Posted By dwmckee

You are going to have to drop back to a 32 - 35MM...

You are going to have to drop back to a 32 - 35MM tire to fit fenders. Challenge Strada Biancas are a nice really fast alternative in a 33mm. We use them with renegades and fenders in our shop all...
06-19-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 17,494
Posted By dwmckee

Man, I'd buy the Jamis Renegade. It is maybe...

Man, I'd buy the Jamis Renegade. It is maybe $600 less that the niner and has a lot more pedigree than the Raleigh. What ever niner says, there is no proprietary magic to a steel frame, they are...
05-29-19, 08:30 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 18,412
Posted By dwmckee

We had a Motobecane in our shop for a tune up...

We had a Motobecane in our shop for a tune up about 18 months ago with Ultegra kit. Nice kit and it looked beautiful. The owner said he could not get it to shift well. We spent about 2 hours...
05-26-19, 09:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,216
Posted By dwmckee

Great rugged and versatile bike as long as you...

Great rugged and versatile bike as long as you are not in a hurry. If you want faster then the Cutthroat or Jamis Renegade is a giid choice.
04-03-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,936
Posted By dwmckee

I hear you. A gravel bike would split the...

I hear you. A gravel bike would split the difference between a Cutthroad and a Tarmack.. A Cutthroat with the right tires wll work pretty well as a gravel bike though and save the expense of...
04-03-19, 07:27 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,936
Posted By dwmckee

Huh?. First of all, a gravel bike will have...

Huh?.

First of all, a gravel bike will have a stack measurement thay sets up the handlebars up to 2 inches higher than a road bike for a more comfortable riding position on long day rides that are...
04-03-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 978
Posted By dwmckee

Well, there is one key question. How much of a...

Well, there is one key question. How much of a Clyde are you. If you are 210 vs 270 is not the same answer. There are few wheelsets truly rated fro heavy Clydes and in that case you will want to...
03-31-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 420
Views: 123,331
Posted By dwmckee

Nice bike. I love the SLK Crank! Any reason you...

Nice bike. I love the SLK Crank! Any reason you put the pump on top instead of under the top yube? That little protrusion at the back of the sterrer tube below the top tube is a pump peg that is...
03-31-19, 04:53 PM
Replies: 420
Views: 123,331
Posted By dwmckee

Nice bike. I love the SLK Crank! Any reason you...

Nice bike. I love the SLK Crank! Any reason you put the pump on top instead of under the top yube? That little protrusion at the back of the sterrer tube below the top tube is a pump peg that is...
03-31-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,936
Posted By dwmckee

Not everyone recognizes this. That is why dealers...

Not everyone recognizes this. That is why dealers keep the higher retail price (required by Salsa) and for those that are price savvy and more cost concious they can lower the price. Basic marketing...
03-31-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,936
Posted By dwmckee

Have you ridden a good gravel bike set upo wih 32...

Have you ridden a good gravel bike set upo wih 32 -35 mm fast tires to compare? If not you might just be pleasantly surprised. Also, as you approach your 50s and 60s the extra comfort advantage of...
03-24-19, 10:36 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,987
Posted By dwmckee

We sell both. Absolutely agree. Only difference...

We sell both. Absolutely agree. Only difference is niner has better graphics designers!
03-04-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,923
Posted By dwmckee

I'd stay away from the Bikes Direct option. I...

I'd stay away from the Bikes Direct option. I have a buddy that bought two bikes fron them. The first, a Motobeane road bike with Ultega was not too bad, he had to do a lot of tuning and truing but...
11-16-18, 10:28 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 11,885
Posted By dwmckee

You should check out SweetWater Bicicles near...

You should check out SweetWater Bicicles near Pittsburgh then. They reopened the old Ambridge Bike Shop. They carry Jamis, Felt, Salsa, Open, 3T, Bombtrack and Surly gravel bikes and they...
11-16-18, 10:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 990
Posted By dwmckee

This a horrible bike. We own a bike shop and...

This a horrible bike. We own a bike shop and were shocked when two folks came in riding these on a cross-country tour. They weigh a ton and have a very sluggish ride. Over priced too. There are...
11-16-18, 09:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,458
Posted By dwmckee

Cool until you mount the wheels and try and...

Cool until you mount the wheels and try and figure out how to straighten a carbon frame that was made with the front and rear wheels 2 degrees out of line with each other! We have had a few of these...
11-16-18, 09:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,458
Posted By dwmckee

The Cutthroat was made for you then! You will...

The Cutthroat was made for you then! You will love it. If you are looking fro a true gravel bike it may be a bit overkill, but will serve as a decent gravel bike though you may not win many races...
11-16-18, 09:18 PM
Replies: 420
Views: 123,331
Posted By dwmckee

This is not true at all. It just depends on the...

This is not true at all. It just depends on the gravel bike (also called allroad bikes) you buy. Many have longer weelbases and are comfortable riding but 'stable' and some call that sluggish. Some...
11-16-18, 09:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,241
Posted By dwmckee

Our shop sells the Salsa Warbird, Jamis Renegade,...

Our shop sells the Salsa Warbird, Jamis Renegade, Bombtrack EXT, 3T Exploro and Open. With the Warbirds on the floor unsellable at present due to warranty issues we are getting a lot of folks...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-18, 06:18 AM
Replies: 18,868
Views: 3,799,627
Posted By dwmckee

Noglider - Have you pulled out your Arcteryx...

Noglider - Have you pulled out your Arcteryx jacket yet? We have had a few cool days and I have already worn mine a few days, but the heat wave is hitting us here now.
Forum: Touring
09-17-18, 07:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 15,890
Posted By dwmckee

You know, it never ceases to amaze me how many...

You know, it never ceases to amaze me how many opinions and recommendations you can get from people who admittedly have no experience with any of the equipment you ask about.

I own a Vaya, a Fargo...
09-09-18, 08:11 PM
Replies: 901
Views: 276,987
Posted By dwmckee

Here is an update to my earlier link as the...

Here is an update to my earlier link as the product I posted is no longer available. Here are two replacements. Both are well under $20 and both have the horizontal cutoff so you do not blind...
09-03-18, 07:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,190
Posted By dwmckee

The thought of rain in the electrical connector...

The thought of rain in the electrical connector is bothersome, but rain water actually has negligible impact on the low voltage circuitry of a bike light. You can disassemble and reassemble a 2...
08-06-18, 01:18 PM
Replies: 901
Views: 276,987
Posted By dwmckee

Red face Ah, not true! Here is a great light for less...

Ah, not true! Here is a great light for less than $8 (+ free shipping) that puts out 600 lumens and in a shaped reflector with a horizontal cutoff so you do not blind everyone heading towards you. ...
07-01-18, 07:28 PM
Replies: 901
Views: 276,987
Posted By dwmckee

I have had some pretty expensive lights up to a...

I have had some pretty expensive lights up to a $150 Edelux, but I have a new favorite for less than $8. It is rechargeable, and has a horizontal cutoff so you do not blind others and has a pretty...
06-25-18, 06:33 AM
Replies: 598
Views: 101,569
Posted By dwmckee

We just rode the Hilly Billy in West Virginia...

We just rode the Hilly Billy in West Virginia over the weekend on our tandem that is adapted for gravel. Completely burned through a new set of front and rear v-brake pads on the ride so we have a...
06-22-18, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,597
Posted By dwmckee

Any word on 2018 conditions for tomorrow's Hilly...

Any word on 2018 conditions for tomorrow's Hilly Billy ride. I am expecting "perfect" again... We will be on a tandem...
Replies: 5
Views: 11,273
Posted By dwmckee

Does anyone know what chain to use on these? ...

Does anyone know what chain to use on these? Even a single speed chain is not wide enough to fit on the crank teeth. We are doing a vintage brown one right now.
05-16-18, 09:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,422
Posted By dwmckee

I have a titaniun breakawat single and find it to...

I have a titaniun breakawat single and find it to be an outstanding ride.
05-07-18, 06:44 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,568
Posted By dwmckee

I believe this issue is mainly with American...

I believe this issue is mainly with American Classic rims. The AC rims have a 3 mm high sidewall while standards for tubeless are for a 6 mm high sidewall. Despite the difference from the standard,...
04-23-18, 06:37 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 39,670
Posted By dwmckee

I am a big fan of the Masi at that price and many...

I am a big fan of the Masi at that price and many of our customers love it (may want to eventually upgrade the brakes though). I would have to tell you however that for just a little more money than...
04-05-18, 01:51 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 88,356
Posted By dwmckee

For what ever it is worth, we own a bike shop and...

For what ever it is worth, we own a bike shop and last year we had 3 bikes come in that were damaged on roof racks because the driver either forgot it was on top or because they misjudged the height...
04-03-18, 10:22 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 14,491
Posted By dwmckee

Good luck with this request at an LBS for a test...

Good luck with this request at an LBS for a test ride on a $1k bike... They might do this for you on a $4k carbon Warbird, but I doubt you will find a shop willing to do this for a test ride on a...
04-03-18, 10:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 14,491
Posted By dwmckee

If you want a Salsa because of the image buy the...

If you want a Salsa because of the image buy the Journeyman. If you ignore the coolness of the Salsa brand, the Jamis Renegade is a better choice for the money. The Renegade just has no flaws and...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-18, 08:24 PM
Replies: 18,868
Views: 3,799,627
Posted By dwmckee

I just got a Ritchie Titanium breakaway bike...

I just got a Ritchie Titanium breakaway bike complete with XTR components and travel case.
03-25-18, 08:15 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 39,670
Posted By dwmckee

I'll tell you what hundreds of customers in our...

I'll tell you what hundreds of customers in our shop and at demo events tell us. We are a very large gravel bike dealer and have 19 different models on our sales floor now at a variety of price...
03-25-18, 07:51 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 39,670
Posted By dwmckee

QRs were pretty good. TAs are better - Stiffer,...

QRs were pretty good. TAs are better - Stiffer, especially on the front fork. Old QRs did not seem floppy at all to me until I rode my first TA; you could tell a difference immediately. Try this...
02-24-18, 10:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 994
Posted By dwmckee

I'd judt buy premade ones. Most LBS have unused...

I'd judt buy premade ones. Most LBS have unused ones for sale as surplus.
Forum: Touring
02-24-18, 10:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,294
Posted By dwmckee

I had a gen 2. No wobles and I think as said...

I had a gen 2. No wobles and I think as said above if you do have a wobble try a different pack arrangement, matbe more weight up front. The Fargo rides better with weight than without. BUT, if...
02-18-18, 07:40 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,568
Posted By dwmckee

The UST standards for sidewall height of the rim...

The UST standards for sidewall height of the rim is 5 or 6 mm. The American Classic rims have a 3mm sidewall height, but American Classic and Schwalbe both claim they are compatible with each other....
12-19-17, 07:39 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,568
Posted By dwmckee

I wonder if Schwalbe willl everfess-up and issue...

I wonder if Schwalbe willl everfess-up and issue a recall on these or if they will just wait for folks to have a problem and submit a warranty claim.
11-27-17, 09:26 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,568
Posted By dwmckee

Schwalbe replaced our 2 tires and we remounted...

Schwalbe replaced our 2 tires and we remounted the replacements on the AC Race rims without any problems. The replacement tires had beads noticeable tighter than the originals; we had to use tire...
11-27-17, 09:19 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,568
Posted By dwmckee

Consider the Compass tires too. They are made by...

Consider the Compass tires too. They are made by Panaracer but are exceptionally fast. This is the go-to tire for gravel in our shop now with many loyal converts.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-17, 09:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,162
Posted By dwmckee

More tape on the rims helps seal tires that will...

More tape on the rims helps seal tires that will not seat, but if you have too much tape the tire bead gets stuck on the inside of the bead then eventually pops out forcefully and can have enough...
11-20-17, 08:54 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 14,568
Posted By dwmckee

I have a similar post here with exact same...

I have a similar post here with exact same problem on Schwalbe G-Ones blowing off of American Classic rim. Our shop has warranty claim in with Schwalbe and they are replacing 2 tires. After...
11-13-17, 02:29 PM
Replies: 598
Views: 101,569
Posted By dwmckee

I have a new Lauf Grit suspension fork now, but...

I have a new Lauf Grit suspension fork now, but still have to install it... No moving parts! Very light too...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-17, 02:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,162
Posted By dwmckee

Problems mounting Schwalbe G-One Tubeless Tires

Hello.

I have had trouble now with two Schwalbe G-one tubeless tires. These are being mounted on brand new American Classic MTB Race 29er wheels. I get the tire mounted with no problem, and...
10-30-17, 07:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,190
Posted By dwmckee

I have the original flare too and I love it. I...

I have the original flare too and I love it. I went to get another only to find heyu now make only the new wacky thing with detatched battery packs. The new version is a non-starter for me too but...
10-02-17, 03:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 39,670
Posted By dwmckee

Well, the new Masi Gravel line is available...

Well, the new Masi Gravel line is available https://masibikes.com/collections/gravel. The $929 CXGR and $1129 CXGR Comp are steel and compare nicely with the Fuji and you should definitely try a...
09-17-17, 09:27 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 39,670
Posted By dwmckee

As stated above, really only a few brands have...

As stated above, really only a few brands have the gravel bike figured out. Many, even Trek, Fuji, Felt and Cannondale are still trying to figure it out. I still own a Jari and a Tread but do not...
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