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10-25-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 511
Posted By dwmckee

Cross bike models are still out there from all of...

Cross bike models are still out there from all of the usual manufacturers, but theya re made in much lower quantity than gravel bikes lately.
You can race a gravel bike in Cyclocross, and some do,...
10-22-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 13,131
Posted By dwmckee

I an shockedCervelo made you go to Alex for...

I an shockedCervelo made you go to Alex for warranty on a bike they sold you! I have never seen a major brand do that. That is terrible. $200 is not much, but is half the cost of a pretty good GRX...
10-16-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 364
Posted By dwmckee

The Ultegra and Praxis should have same chainline...

The Ultegra and Praxis should have same chainline and GRX will be 2.5mm wider. In some cases you can make existing Ultegra front derailleur work, but go GRX front der to be sure. Same shifters will...
10-11-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 421
Posted By dwmckee

Excellent tire!!

Excellent tire!!
09-20-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,553
Posted By dwmckee

Most gravel bars have a bit of flare and are a...

Most gravel bars have a bit of flare and are a bit wider than a road bar. Also gravel bars are usually shallow drop. But you can do whatever you want. A good 'average' gravel bar is the Salsa...
09-17-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 656
Posted By dwmckee

I ride the Selle An Atomica on two bikes as well...

I ride the Selle An Atomica on two bikes as well and since starting to ride them I have completely forgotten I even have a bike seat. Regardless of distance it is comfortable. You have to play with...
09-16-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,795
Posted By dwmckee

Honestly, I suspect just about all of us that...

Honestly, I suspect just about all of us that ride much gravel also do at least a little singletrack.
08-27-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 356
Posted By dwmckee

We have an original Phil Wood spoke cutter in our...

We have an original Phil Wood spoke cutter in our shop with a S/N below 100. It still works perfectly and has to be over 30 years old. We have to readjust it and replace the rolling dies every few...
08-26-20, 05:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,281
Posted By dwmckee

Put on the high thread count Challenge Strada...

Put on the high thread count Challenge Strada Bianca or Rene Herse tires, either in a 35 mm width and if the roadies are still faster at least you will know it is not your tires. Really good tires...
08-22-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 414
Posted By dwmckee

A decent bike at a decent price does not last...

A decent bike at a decent price does not last long on CL these days.
08-19-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,640
Posted By dwmckee

I ride a LOT of different gravel bikes and I...

I ride a LOT of different gravel bikes and I suggest you ride a Warbird or a Renegade or an Open or a Revolt to see for yourself what a well designed frame can do for compliance while maintaining...
08-18-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,010
Posted By dwmckee

+1! With a Vittoria Terreno Dry or Zero on it at...

+1! With a Vittoria Terreno Dry or Zero on it at 35 PSI or lower... Gravel killer that is quick on roads too... If your frame clears 650b...
I'd go for the new Shimano GRX wheelset too. We sell,...
08-18-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,640
Posted By dwmckee

I see the future shock as a quick band-aid to...

I see the future shock as a quick band-aid to make a too-stiff frame more comfortable and call it an advantage that the dealers sell really hard as a reason to buy Specialized. Wait 2 - 3 years and...
08-16-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,319
Posted By dwmckee

I have taken several courses in the dynamics of...

I have taken several courses in the dynamics of vibration. Certain things are better as dampening high frequency vibrations but do little for low frwequency and visa versa. One type of dampening...
08-06-20, 11:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,590
Posted By dwmckee

We carry 7 brands at our shop (not Cannondale,...

We carry 7 brands at our shop (not Cannondale, Specialized, Cervelo or Trek). We have never had a frame warranty claim denied by a manufacturer (large or small) that was in the warranty coverage...
08-06-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 354
Posted By dwmckee

On the Giant bikes we sell we often recommend...

On the Giant bikes we sell we often recommend changing out those tires asap. They mask the great ride of the bike, are slow, noisy and have a crappy ride (all of which you have noticed as well). We...
08-05-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 471
Posted By dwmckee

I would not use petroleum jelly as it can cause...

I would not use petroleum jelly as it can cause some rubber compounds to harden or break down over time. I use the Scwwalbe tire mounting fluid and it is fantastic really for troublesome tires. It...
08-05-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 980
Posted By dwmckee

Wow definitely two camps here. For me, I'd be...

Wow definitely two camps here. For me, I'd be worried that the bike has beed pretty abused and what else is hidden under the paint. Those cracks are HUGE. I woild not ride it even on a trainer...
08-04-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,132
Posted By dwmckee

I agree, but it is still a great tool for route...

I agree, but it is still a great tool for route creation; you just have to "verify" everything before you send your friends out on your new route...

I also have had a couple of cases where there...
07-19-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 372
Posted By dwmckee

Agreed as well. And you may find that...

Agreed as well.

And you may find that frames built for drop bars are quite different than ones for straight bars so things wind up in the wrong places i the cockpit if you change bars without...
07-12-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,590
Posted By dwmckee

We have two cracked Cannondale carbon frames, a...

We have two cracked Cannondale carbon frames, a defective Felt frame with a sheared chain stay and Specialized frame with a cracked BB shell on the wall in our shop to show people as examples of what...
07-11-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,666
Posted By dwmckee

Gravel Kings a re pretty versatile and fast and...

Gravel Kings a re pretty versatile and fast and durable, and not too expensive. Also Vittoria Terreno Dry are good at just about everything.
07-11-20, 08:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,061
Posted By dwmckee

What type of brake mounts, headset diameter, axle...

What type of brake mounts, headset diameter, axle ends and bottom bracket do you need to match? And what size frame are you looking for?
07-10-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,590
Posted By dwmckee

Hambini does thrash most everyone. I do like to...

Hambini does thrash most everyone. I do like to listen to what he says, but also look for corroboration with other sources. I also know quality measure is based on multiple random samples over time,...
07-10-20, 10:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 441
Posted By dwmckee

My goal is to get out as much as I can and just...

My goal is to get out as much as I can and just enjoy the ride. I got rid of the bike computer several years ago and I could not be any happier. I have a loop I do frequently and just monitor time...
07-07-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,324
Posted By dwmckee

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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07-06-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,324
Posted By dwmckee

I am planning to but still have some planning to...

I am planning to but still have some planning to do for this one. Also working on another route back to Scranton from Meadville for a giant loop. Will be 800 miles and 75,000 feet of climbing when...
07-05-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,324
Posted By dwmckee

Well, we rode it this past week and just got back...

Well, we rode it this past week and just got back home. Man are we whooped. I have never seen so much of central PA before and I have to tell you this state is beautiful!! We have dense hemlock...
06-16-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,515
Posted By dwmckee

I rode a Warird for 2 years, owned a Renegade, a...

I rode a Warird for 2 years, owned a Renegade, a Revolt, and now have been on an Open U.P. for over two years. The U.P has changed my riding over two years like no other bike has. It is perfect. ...
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,494
Posted By dwmckee

Stop worrying and start riding!! :)

Stop worrying and start riding!! :)
06-08-20, 08:27 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,668
Posted By dwmckee

As I understand it, hybrids are basically all...

As I understand it, hybrids are basically all gone in many markets and used bike prices are starting to rise a bit. Walmart is out of bikes in most areas as well. Lower-priced gravel bikes are...
06-04-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 809
Posted By dwmckee

I have to apologize to the Ti lovers in advance. ...

I have to apologize to the Ti lovers in advance.

I have owned both an was in love with the idea of Ti, but the reality is, durability aside quality carbon is hands down better at just about...
06-02-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,072
Posted By dwmckee

We still have a few Renegade 56 and 58 models but...

We still have a few Renegade 56 and 58 models but things are going really fast and no new stock available for quite some time on many models. We have a few S3 and S4 models available and an aluminum...
05-31-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,072
Posted By dwmckee

My apolgies in advance for the commercial, but I...

My apolgies in advance for the commercial, but I guess I need to follow up on the kind intro from mstateglfr. We own SweetWater Bikes here in Pittsburgh. We are a family-owned shop and one of just...
05-26-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,668
Posted By dwmckee

After all is said and done, I see NO bicycle...

After all is said and done, I see NO bicycle manufacturing reshoring to the US in light of the recent tariffs. Not even a hint of it. That is a fact. Cannondale & Trek are not talking about coming...
05-20-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,404
Posted By dwmckee

This is what I thought of instantly! No...

This is what I thought of instantly! No suspension correction to deal with...
05-19-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,222
Posted By dwmckee

Aren't they riding even faster now on 25 & 28 mm...

Aren't they riding even faster now on 25 & 28 mm tires in the Tour?
05-19-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,668
Posted By dwmckee

Actually they do. When tariffs were expected to...

Actually they do. When tariffs were expected to hit 25% two things happened (1) manufacturers hurried to produce what they could ship before the tarriffs hit then slowed production appreciably after...
05-14-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,324
Posted By dwmckee

Unterhausen - You are one of the ones I hoped to...

Unterhausen - You are one of the ones I hoped to entice with this! Let me know if you get the itch for a section. My boys and I are planning to do it this summer, but not sure if we will do the...
05-12-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,324
Posted By dwmckee

We are working on plans right now to try and...

We are working on plans right now to try and cross it later this summer. I think I have my naive sons talked into it! Teenagers need something to do these days... I can already hear the...
05-09-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,324
Posted By dwmckee

Cross Pennsylvania on Gravel!

Well, it took quite a while, but we have created an east-west cross-Pennsyjvania gravel route. And it is rather challenging with 386 miles of roads (621k) that are about 90% gravel and as you would...
04-27-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 779
Posted By dwmckee

If you are thinking of the Aspero you should look...

If you are thinking of the Aspero you should look at the Open U.P. as well. Gerard Vroomen left Cervelo (the ompany he founded) and formed Open with Andy Kessleer (former CEO of BMC). If there is...
04-07-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,233
Posted By dwmckee

We sell Hunt, FSA, Reynolds and Shimano GRX...

We sell Hunt, FSA, Reynolds and Shimano GRX wheels in our all gravel shop. Hunt has a cult following and they are nice for the price, but if you can spend a wee bit more I'd say the Shimano GRX...
03-28-20, 05:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 820
Posted By dwmckee

I'd say something that suppports 640b wheels for...

I'd say something that suppports 640b wheels for sure. Theer are a lot of choices.
03-28-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,550
Posted By dwmckee

You will get a variety of opinions on here of...

You will get a variety of opinions on here of course. For me, I own a Steel Renegade and have ridden the 9er as well. The 9er has a nice paint job and is somewhat ligter, but I do not feel it is...
Forum: Touring
03-17-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,192
Posted By dwmckee

Does anyone have a recommendation for a sunscreen...

Does anyone have a recommendation for a sunscreen that does not drip into your eyes and make them sting when you sweat? That is the curse of trying to do the rigt thing.
03-15-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 811
Posted By dwmckee

Still, that is an incredible price for a 105...

Still, that is an incredible price for a 105 groupset!
02-20-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 739
Posted By dwmckee

Nice! I still remember those brick-tread front...

Nice! I still remember those brick-tread front tires...
02-14-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,899
Posted By dwmckee

I'm not sure how you got that either out of a...

I'm not sure how you got that either out of a simple statement of consequential facts.
01-13-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,765
Posted By dwmckee

<br />+2<br /><br />Can't go wrong with the G One...

<br />+2<br /><br />Can't go wrong with the G One for the riding you describe. Also consider the Vittoria Terreno Dry and the Gravel King, though the GK may have a bit shorter life. We have been...
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