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09-26-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,413
Posted By dwmckee

I am curious if you have looked into the Token BB...

I am curious if you have looked into the Token BB options as well. They are very high quality and supposedly pretty tolerant to BB shell irregularities.
09-26-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 210
Posted By dwmckee

Huh, My first reaction was not very favorable,...

Huh, My first reaction was not very favorable, then I started to warm up to the idea of these as a nice way to give my hands a break rather than as an aero benefit. Wouldn't you need an elbow rest...
09-20-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 677
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...
09-18-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,842
Posted By dwmckee

You may agree or not but I believe the coarse...

You may agree or not but I believe the coarse welds are Salsa's way to make a statement that cosmetics should not matter, focus on functionality...
09-17-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 448
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...
09-17-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 605
Posted By dwmckee

If over 30 miles I bring an apple or two, maybe a...

If over 30 miles I bring an apple or two, maybe a fig bar or a couple of carrots. I do not eat much even on a longer ride but I do drink watered down sport drink for quick absorption of calories. ...
09-17-20, 09:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 469
Posted By dwmckee

Both Deore groups are great! Durable and smooth...

Both Deore groups are great! Durable and smooth shifting, tune reliably and quickly, Stay in tune. I'd happily ride Deore across the US and back... Well proven on countless touring, mountain,...
09-16-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,932
Posted By dwmckee

Gravel roads span a very wide range of condition...

Gravel roads span a very wide range of condition (chunky, loose, hard pack, sand, mud, broken chip seal, grass, flint, bedrock, PLUS all paved road options) while riding paved roads only is more...
09-16-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 469
Posted By dwmckee

If the FutureShock appeals to you because of your...

If the FutureShock appeals to you because of your back then I suggest you also consider some bikes without the FutureShock and adding a Lauf suspension fork to it instead. Lauf puts the suspension...
09-16-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,239
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.
09-13-20, 10:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 776
Posted By dwmckee

Note: Riding Gravel review claims 1650 grams for...

Note: Riding Gravel review claims 1650 grams for 700C wheelset: https://www.ridinggravel.com/reviews-2/shimano-grx-components-checkpoint/
09-13-20, 10:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,098
Posted By dwmckee

Several months ago I dropped 2 teeth on my front...

Several months ago I dropped 2 teeth on my front chainring and it wa instantly like conditioning after a month of training! I was able to climp at a more sustainabel cadence and was not toast at the...
09-13-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 776
Posted By dwmckee

The published weight specs on the set bounced...

The published weight specs on the set bounced around when they first came out but the last we saw was I think 1650 grams. I'll check the weight on a set we have at the shop this week and confirm....
09-13-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 776
Posted By dwmckee

The DT Swiss Whelset mentioned above is our...

The DT Swiss Whelset mentioned above is our second favorite, but the often overlooked bargain is the new Shimano GRX wheelset at $419.00 US. It has fantastic and easy to service Shimano cup and cone...
09-13-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 513
Posted By dwmckee

I have ridden both extensively. The further you...

I have ridden both extensively. The further you ride the better the Warbird gets. It is not nimble like a cross bike (nor is it intended to be) but Salsa really has the ride dialed in for just...
08-30-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,085
Posted By dwmckee

Commentary is, well, yes commentary. You can...

Commentary is, well, yes commentary.
You can agree with it, question it, disagree with it, have your own opinions, ignore it and that all is welcome as well.

Unbranded chromoly tubing is, well...
08-29-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,085
Posted By dwmckee

Oh my gosh. This looks beautiful but sounds...

Oh my gosh. This looks beautiful but sounds rather dreadful when you get to the details. You can get a steel Jamis Renegade with GRX 400 derailleurs AND shifters, carbon fork and 5 pounds lighter for...
Forum: Touring
08-28-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,025
Posted By dwmckee

Yes, but if you box it (which is just remove...

Yes, but if you box it (which is just remove pedals and turn handlebars), you do not have to worry about limited bike space on the roll-on roll-off cars. And yoyu can check everything in the dy...
Forum: Touring
08-27-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,025
Posted By dwmckee

The first time we did this we took Amtrak from...

The first time we did this we took Amtrak from Pgh to DC and rode back. You can check bags and bikes in 24 hours before departure so the evening before we dropped everything off at the station and...
08-27-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 328
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: 1,181
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...
08-26-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 403
Posted By dwmckee

+1

+1
08-25-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 327
Posted By dwmckee

Of the Hutchinsons I have ridden I have always...

Of the Hutchinsons I have ridden I have always found another brand I liked a lot more. In my experience (albeit limited) they seem to be durable but are kind of harsh riding. I like Challenge,...
08-25-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 804
Posted By dwmckee

This way we can still drink beer and benefit fron...

This way we can still drink beer and benefit fron the fruits of other people's labor!

It is a quite useful tool for such things and for people that want to raise bars but keep same reach. etc. We...
08-24-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 804
Posted By dwmckee

Well, I would not do this, but good luck. If you...

Well, I would not do this, but good luck. If you want to compare current stem to the replacement options here is a tool we ise for conversions at our shop. You can compare before and after bar...
08-22-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 375
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.
08-21-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 584
Posted By dwmckee

In a pinch you can use a disc wheelset and just...

In a pinch you can use a disc wheelset and just not put a rotor on. Not ideal but it will work if the axle width and ends are compatible.
08-21-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 414
Posted By dwmckee

I have not tried this but generally Shimano specs...

I have not tried this but generally Shimano specs are conservative and you can get away with the next size up cassette HOWEVER with a 4 tooth increase you may need a longer chain to provide...
08-20-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 804
Posted By dwmckee

Normally converting a flat bar frame to a drop...

Normally converting a flat bar frame to a drop bar does not work out well because flat bar frames have pretty long top tubes for a given size and you want to put the drop bars right on top of the...
08-19-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,674
Posted By dwmckee

Any calculation of $/gram?

Any calculation of $/gram?
08-19-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,156
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: 881
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: 1,156
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...
08-17-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,468
Posted By dwmckee

The Gatorskin is very tough but not fast and have...

The Gatorskin is very tough but not fast and have little road feel compared to Rene Hearse, GP 5000, Gravel Kings, Panaracers and Challenge Strada Biancas. The Gatorskins are best for someone that...
08-17-20, 06:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,207
Posted By dwmckee

Thanks. Your steel Renegade is a good example of...

Thanks. Your steel Renegade is a good example of a well designed system of a steel frame in combination with the right tires can be a great gravel bike. Aluminum can be a good material too, but it...
08-16-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,207
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...
08-16-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,427
Posted By dwmckee

Backlogs around here is about 5 - 7 days now. ...

Backlogs around here is about 5 - 7 days now. Was 2 weeks in early summer just about everywhere. Our shop also makes appointments and takes about 3 days after the appointment. We also offer a rush...
08-16-20, 05:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 867
Posted By dwmckee

Great! I just finished a multi-day very dusty...

Great! I just finished a multi-day very dusty ride and can agree thay it can be fatigueuing to the eyes and I hate to think what the inside of my lungs look like!
08-16-20, 05:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 737
Posted By dwmckee

I got the Mineral Designs tool on Saturday and I...

I got the Mineral Designs tool on Saturday and I have already used it on a hroip ride. It was easy to use, very light and quite solid. I have no qualms about recommending it and maybe carrying a...
08-16-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,003
Posted By dwmckee

The GKings are a pretty fast tire but you are...

The GKings are a pretty fast tire but you are comparing them to one of the very fast road tires keep in mind. That is, fast at a constant speed, but acceleration will be a bit slower due to the...
08-11-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 737
Posted By dwmckee

I have been able to tighten my seatpost binder...

I have been able to tighten my seatpost binder bolt with my bit holder screwdriver but that is about the limit for it. If yours is slipping maybe use the gritty carbon fiber paste on the post for...
08-10-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 605
Posted By dwmckee

I'd look at what you get for the extra $800 and...

I'd look at what you get for the extra $800 and that is a LOT!

It so great that you can get a Revolt in your size right now with all of the shortages.

All Giant bikes are packed with valyue...
08-10-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,769
Posted By dwmckee

Gunnar and Waterford are US made frames and US...

Gunnar and Waterford are US made frames and US assembled I believe and Bob Jackson English-made frames are very affordable for what you get.
08-10-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 737
Posted By dwmckee

I just carry a really short screwdriver with...

I just carry a really short screwdriver with replaceable bits in the handle and incluse a torx bit in heh handle storage. Stubby screwdriver with holder in handle was aboyt $8 and torx bits about $2...
08-09-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,769
Posted By dwmckee

US made frame Co-Motion Klatch, but the frame...

US made frame Co-Motion Klatch, but the frame take your whole budget. Richard Sachs get pricey. Anderson if you are interested in Stainless Steel. An American made frame and assembled in US will...
08-09-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 534
Posted By dwmckee

The Warbird aluminum frame is much better than...

The Warbird aluminum frame is much better than the inexpensive aluminum frames on gravel bikes that sell for about $1,000 right now. Those better aluminum frames were pushing to the price near...
08-08-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,190
Posted By dwmckee

You hang out with the wrong peolpe then. I am in...

You hang out with the wrong peolpe then. I am in my 60s and I race competitive gravel (at least until all of the events were cancelled this year). I routinely whoop people in their 20s and 30s, and...
08-06-20, 11:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,992
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: 336
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, 07:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 599
Posted By dwmckee

There are a lot of posts about Future Shock...

There are a lot of posts about Future Shock warranty issues I have seen around... As this is used, you likely will be on the hook for cost of replacement if it is defective. Was it that way when you...
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