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07-21-19, 06:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 217
Posted By wheelsmcgee

First of all, thanks for the reply Iride01. I...

First of all, thanks for the reply Iride01. I like your shoe analogy, but in this case (from what I see on the geo chart) it is more like "Two shoe brands make an *identical* shoe, but one claims it...
07-20-19, 03:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 217
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Sizing questions, sanity check needed

So basically, I'm scratching my head on this one. I've been looking at two bikes, 2019 Salsa Warbird, (size "57.5", which is loosely based on the ETT I believe) and the 2019 Kona Libre (size "51",...
07-19-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 579
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I guess what I was trying to say is that that if...

I guess what I was trying to say is that that if you buy a light that has an integrated battery but can be running while itís charging off a USB battery pack, you can hedge against forgetting to...
07-19-19, 06:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 579
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I'll tell you what works great for my phone: ...

I'll tell you what works great for my phone: Integrated battery (obviously) but can be operated while charging via a portable USB battery pack tucked in my top tube bag or frame bag...this way i...
07-16-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,678
Posted By wheelsmcgee

A few things I like to see: A thorough,...

A few things I like to see:


A thorough, easily accessible source of event information, ie, a real website. Facebook is clunky for this.
If itís a race, there should be some effort to...
07-12-19, 06:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,546
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I got into running around age 30, and in my 40s...

I got into running around age 30, and in my 40s now, I still run regularly. I started doing long weekend runs with a few friends that liked to hit the gravel roads, and was basically...
07-11-19, 06:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,681
Posted By wheelsmcgee

After a 50 mile race Iím good for a normal...

After a 50 mile race Iím good for a normal rest-of-the-day, might even come home and do all my cleaning over the course of an hour and feel pretty normal.

After a 100 mile race, I come home and...
07-05-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,898
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Runners perspective: sidewalk sucks for running....

Runners perspective: sidewalk sucks for running. For one, they are not exactly common in my town...Most that we do have are in horrible disrepair, completely unsafe to run on if itís near dark. ...
07-02-19, 06:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 642
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Itís designed for runners, but Iíve been very...

Itís designed for runners, but Iíve been very pleased with my Nathan HPL 020 over the years...I bought it to train for marathons during Kansas summers and now bring it on almost every ride I do over...
06-28-19, 06:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,279
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Thanks for sharing, greatly enjoyed the...

Thanks for sharing, greatly enjoyed the read...having finished the 100 in that heat, my hat goes off to anyone who finished the 200 this year!
06-24-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,182
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Last four letters...itís kind of ridiculous.

Last four letters...itís kind of ridiculous.
06-23-19, 09:40 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,266
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Iím having difficulty coming up with any safety...

Iím having difficulty coming up with any safety needs of gravel riding thatís not adequately addressed by existing road/MTB helmets. Around here, maybe an ideal gravel helmet would have an...
06-06-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 999
Posted By wheelsmcgee

No advice, but I have a floor pump that threads...

No advice, but I have a floor pump that threads on, and occasionally experience the same issue with the tubeless valve stem spinning/loosening the nut. I probably could use a o-ring like DrIsotope...
05-15-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,311
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I actually just listened to this podcast this...

I actually just listened to this podcast this morning...I think Teds point was these types of tires (wide, smooth, light) are great on gravel...good rolling resistance, and the width and low pressure...
05-06-19, 04:58 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,680
Posted By wheelsmcgee

In the Wichita area, there are plenty of gravel...

In the Wichita area, there are plenty of gravel riders your age. A few of the fastest local gravel riders are in their 40s/50s and certainly there are more than a few riders at events pushing 60+. ...
04-21-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,787
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Thanks...I went ahead and ordered a set of the...

Thanks...I went ahead and ordered a set of the 700x48, looking forward to trying them out. I typically donít ride much mud (during events, I donít always have a choice).
04-18-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,787
Posted By wheelsmcgee

curious about these...any thoughts about how they...

curious about these...any thoughts about how they perform? I could probably fit the 700x48 version, but have never tried a tire this slick (well, besides wholly inadequate 23mm road tires). Iím...
04-15-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 701
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I would look at the Black Mountain...

I would look at the Black Mountain MCD...stack/reach make it even more upright than my AWOL.

On a related note: I was looking at the geo chart of a frame set recently (canít remember which!) but...
04-14-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 669
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Maybe someone else will have chime in with better...

Maybe someone else will have chime in with better experience but FWIW Iím nursing along a very worn pair of the 45mm riddlers that Iíve been pleased with. I think they are a great gravel tire and...
04-10-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,937
Posted By wheelsmcgee

😂 20 years ago, itíd have ďSamís ChoiceĒ...

😂

20 years ago, itíd have ďSamís ChoiceĒ written on the downtube.
03-18-19, 04:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 974
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Man, thatís terrible. It can happen to anyone; ...

Man, thatís terrible. It can happen to anyone; my father had a heart attack in his mid 40s..he generally ate healthy and certainly exercised regularly. It was a minor heart attack and he got to...
03-15-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,440
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I saw this commercial a few days ago, and have to...

I saw this commercial a few days ago, and have to say I was confused by it as well...itís a truck commercial, but where is the country music, or at least announcer with Texas accent?! Where is the...
03-13-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 950
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Iím in for the 100. Iíve done the 100 for the...

Iím in for the 100. Iíve done the 100 for the past few years, so looking forward to a new course!
03-09-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,104
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I did the same, as it seems did many of the...

I did the same, as it seems did many of the riders....at the airport they were clocking nearly 50mph gusts, tough to ride into, even tougher as an crosswind IMO. Mental note: Might need to remove...
03-08-19, 07:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,104
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Iím registered for it too, planemaker...and Iím...

Iím registered for it too, planemaker...and Iím thinking the same thing as you right now! I thought about showing up and just doing one loop, Iíd say Iím around 50/50 right now about even doing...
03-08-19, 02:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,395
Posted By wheelsmcgee

According to the article JayNYC linked to above: ...

According to the article JayNYC linked to above:

She said ASI will honor warranties on its bikes sold before and during the bankruptcy.

(The ďsheĒ refers to Karen Bliss, the new President of...
03-03-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,130
Posted By wheelsmcgee

The bike looks awesome and crazy fun. Not...

The bike looks awesome and crazy fun. Not surprised that you went with a frame billed with female-specific geo...they seem to counter the biggest problem of most MTB drop bar conversions (frames...
02-28-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,324
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I like a mix of almonds and craisens. Or dates....

I like a mix of almonds and craisens. Or dates. I try to keep food with plenty of sodium/potassium since I seem to sweat out a lot of salt...I sometimes sprinkle whatever Iím munching on with lite...
02-27-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,427
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Just saw this...

Just saw this (https://bearclawbicycleco.com/beaux-jaxon-titanium-gravel-plus-bike/) posted over at the Riding Gravel forum.
02-24-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,427
Posted By wheelsmcgee

This pretty much sums it up. I have a drop bar...

This pretty much sums it up. I have a drop bar 29er (well, fatbike frame) that was sold as a rigid flatbar 29+ from bikesdirect. I changed to 29x2.2 tires pretty quickly (dropbars came later) but I...
02-23-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,088
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Looks awesome! it may not break any landspeed...

Looks awesome! it may not break any landspeed records with those tires, but I bet itíll be a blast to ride.

Monstercross taken to a new level. Monsterboss? Monsterhoss?
02-22-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 560
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Great idea Tim. For anyone in the Kansas area,...

Great idea Tim. For anyone in the Kansas area, Bobby Thompson (aka The Casual Cyclist) has a listing pinned on his Facebook page of events that are within a half day drive of Emporia, KS. Not sure...
02-20-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,956
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I like my 45mm riddlers, but 40s are faster and...

I like my 45mm riddlers, but 40s are faster and perfectly capable on most of the gravel around here. I think the reason so many gravel tires are in the 38-40mm range is that this is the widely...
02-17-19, 05:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,088
Posted By wheelsmcgee

You should definitely do it...drop bar fatties...

You should definitely do it...drop bar fatties are as awesome as they look! Plus, you seem to have the parts and/or are ordering them. Doooo-eeeeet!

I have a cheapo BD fatbike (was sold as 29x3,...
02-17-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,825
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Just saw yesterday on a local Salsa dealerís FB...

Just saw yesterday on a local Salsa dealerís FB that 2019 warbirds are back in stock (apex, tiagra, 105 builds specifically - the ones with the affected forks).
02-15-19, 05:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 474
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Not quite 2.1, but there is a skinwall Maxxis...

Not quite 2.1, but there is a skinwall Maxxis Ikon in 27.5x2.2, Maxxis website says 580grams.
02-06-19, 08:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 782
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Which tiagra? I believe Tiagra 4700 uses a...

Which tiagra? I believe Tiagra 4700 uses a different pull ratio than earlier shimano 10 speed stuff. In any case, Check out the Wolf Tooth Tanpan. Itís a pulley adapter that changes a pull ratio...
02-06-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,954
Posted By wheelsmcgee

+1. This is the single biggest lesson Iíve...

+1. This is the single biggest lesson Iíve learned about tire mounting problems, particularly on tubeless compatible rims (never had a major problem on non-tubeless tires/rims ).
01-13-19, 06:15 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 12,972
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I ride out in country gravel roads in the...

I ride out in country gravel roads in the Midwest, so have found my share of beer cans...sometimes unopened. Once found a Yeti aluminum beverage can ďcoozieĒ, still new in the wrapper...definitely...
01-11-19, 05:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,900
Posted By wheelsmcgee

RidewithGPS has the option of a 7 day ďtrialĒ...

RidewithGPS has the option of a 7 day ďtrialĒ subscription...at least on iPhone, $3.99 I think. I also like turn by turn navigation, but mainly for races that are long and not well marked. I use this...
01-11-19, 04:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,297
Posted By wheelsmcgee

If you run tubeless, changing tires filled with...

If you run tubeless, changing tires filled with sealant is kind of a mess. Maybe not a big deal if youíre changing tires once a season.
01-05-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,076
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Funny, just happened to me today (not technically...

Funny, just happened to me today (not technically with google maps though). I had used the site Gmaps pedometer (https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/m/) , something i really enjoy for tracing out new...
12-14-18, 05:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 627
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Iíd look for any appropriately wide tire with a...

Iíd look for any appropriately wide tire with a smoothish tread. I have a road bike that lives on a trainer full time, and am on my third rear tire...first was the tire that came on the bike, a 23mm...
12-13-18, 04:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,368
Posted By wheelsmcgee

There is another thread here about Unicorn...

There is another thread here about Unicorn Cycles, which apparently sells custom titanium frames, made overseas, for ~$1400 (imagine that is the base price)...even when you consider having to buy the...
12-12-18, 08:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 858
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I only change tires to fix a flat or because the...

I only change tires to fix a flat or because the old tire is worn out and going to be trashed. Tubeless is awesome but a pita to change out tires for a single ride. If I didnít have multiple...
11-21-18, 07:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,643
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I have been really happy with SPD pedals. They...

I have been really happy with SPD pedals. They have been reliable for me, and they seem to have plenty of options at various price points, both from shimano and as compatible off-brand...
11-18-18, 08:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 800
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I donít do overnighters, but like to bring plenty...

I donít do overnighters, but like to bring plenty of tools/snacks/fluid on long rides in remote locations. I have a roll top saddle/bike packing bag that has plenty of capacity, but didnít like it...
11-14-18, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 403
Posted By wheelsmcgee

just a guess (not the OP here) but 29+ wheels...

just a guess (not the OP here) but 29+ wheels these days are commonly running 40-45mm rims (and thatís internal width) so the rim might not even fit between the stays/fork of a gravel bike, and would...
10-26-18, 05:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,036
Posted By wheelsmcgee

On my AWOL, I keep two bottles in the triangle...

On my AWOL, I keep two bottles in the triangle (3rd bottle holder under the downtube, but it is a mud magnet so I donít use it much)

I managed to hose clamp a 3rd bottle cage inside the triangle,...
10-25-18, 03:49 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 24,063
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I just checked, and the coupon code works on top...

I just checked, and the coupon code works on top of that price, brought it down to $2390. Thatís the base mech 105 package, but still very good price for a MUSA titanium frame. Tempting indeed!
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