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03-31-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 48
Posted By dwmckee

Rides Postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19

I am seeing a lot of great rides getting cancelled this spring and early summer due to the COVID-19 outbreak. If you were planning to participate in a ride that has been postponed or cancelled go...
03-31-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 427
Posted By dwmckee

Truing your rotor may help immensly to get pads...

Truing your rotor may help immensly to get pads closer without rubbing
03-30-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 946
Posted By dwmckee

Denatured alcohol is poisonous to humans and is...

Denatured alcohol is poisonous to humans and is also a poor disinfectant compared to other alcolols. Do not trust it to save you fron COVID-19.
03-30-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,810
Posted By dwmckee

I think you ruled out the Warbird and the Open...

I think you ruled out the Warbird and the Open too quickly. The Warbird is one of the best road bikes I have owned, and I now own an Open which turns out to be even more incredible at road and gravel...
03-29-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 422
Posted By dwmckee

Saving a piond in a set of wheels is a huge...

Saving a piond in a set of wheels is a huge difference you can feel in the fisst pedal stroke. Saving 2 pounds in a frame is hardly noticabe. It would almost be equivalen of having your body weight...
03-28-20, 05:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 380
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: 12
Views: 422
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
03-20-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 849
Posted By dwmckee

Thanks, I'll try that then.

Thanks, I'll try that then.
03-19-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 648
Posted By dwmckee

Jamis Renegade A1 is another that will leave you...

Jamis Renegade A1 is another that will leave you with some change in your pocket after tax, and is a great choice to look at side by side with the Salsa Journeyman.
Forum: Touring
03-17-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 849
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.
03-16-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 795
Posted By dwmckee

I have a friend that is a Cat 1 rider znd has...

I have a friend that is a Cat 1 rider znd has tried the Vittoria solution out and had very positive things to say about them. I am not sure if he is still riding them, but he was very positive on...
03-16-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 446
Posted By dwmckee

The S3 Renegade has a 30-36 bottom gear right...

The S3 Renegade has a 30-36 bottom gear right from the factory which gets you pretty close to your GI goal, but you have to go to 2x for that. The S3 has about the lowest stock gearing of any gravel...
03-16-20, 07:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By dwmckee

It may depend on how you define near-term.

It may depend on how you define near-term.
03-15-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,368
Posted By dwmckee

I ride an Open U.P. with a Lauf fork and a...

I ride an Open U.P. with a Lauf fork and a redshift seatpost. It is incredible. You feel no suspension effects like bobs and dips, but you float over everything with incredible tire contact for...
03-15-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By dwmckee

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

Still, that is an incredible price for a 105 groupset!
03-15-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 618
Posted By dwmckee

Yeah, this is why I say start with a new set of...

Yeah, this is why I say start with a new set of pads on a race like that instead of trying to get every last bit out of a set of older pads. There are definitely some rides where you can eat upo a...
03-15-20, 04:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By dwmckee

Wow, that's a great price for a 105 equipped...

Wow, that's a great price for a 105 equipped bike, but the Absolute is more of a fitness bike with limited tire capacity and a pretty steep steerer angle I thought...
03-15-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By dwmckee

Jamis Renegade Expat Ltd. is an outstanding valye...

Jamis Renegade Expat Ltd. is an outstanding valye on an excellent overall bike if you can convert to drop bars. Otherwise Salsa Journeyman is one of the very few flat bar choices along with the...
03-13-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 309
Posted By dwmckee

In certain years they make the frameset...

In certain years they make the frameset available, and a dealer may be able to check and see if this year or a last year frame is available. It makes a fantastic bike if you build one up, but it...
03-13-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 532
Posted By dwmckee

I would do the same. Actually I already have! ...

I would do the same. Actually I already have! even a 30 front 34 rear is pretty low and I would do that first then consider a cassette change after that if not low enough. The "Sub Compact" cranks...
03-12-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,862
Posted By dwmckee

Yes. Quite typically, bike manufacturers replace...

Yes. Quite typically, bike manufacturers replace just the defective component, even a frame. They leave it to the shop and consumer to figure out what do do about the component swap. A good shop...
03-11-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 618
Posted By dwmckee

Pads generally last thousands of miles. If they...

Pads generally last thousands of miles. If they are at all questionable before a long or very gritty ride I'd just start with a fresh set before the event. Too many folks think they have to wear...
03-11-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,862
Posted By dwmckee

Yeah, I can just imagine the new Walmart stock...

Yeah, I can just imagine the new Walmart stock boy (the same one that assembles kid bikes with the handlebars backwards) moving all of your pricey components over to your new replacement frame!
03-10-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By dwmckee

What is your target price range for teh frame?

What is your target price range for teh frame?
03-05-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,862
Posted By dwmckee

Please understand that while I do own a very...

Please understand that while I do own a very large and thankfully prosperous bike shop, I am speaking as a member of the community where our shop is, not as a shop owner. We are located in a smaller...
03-05-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,862
Posted By dwmckee

I think an important point is being missed here...

I think an important point is being missed here and that is that as we learned from Walmart in the 80's, Consumers thought it was great to great to get a $40 VCR at a big box store but did not have...
03-04-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,862
Posted By dwmckee

They just want to crush all of our small...

They just want to crush all of our small neighborhood bike shops and add to their corporate coffers. Same formula they have been using since the 80's. Amazon is even worse for what they are doing...
02-20-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 610
Posted By dwmckee

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

Nice! I still remember those brick-tread front tires...
02-15-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 745
Posted By dwmckee

A bit of runout in tha cassette (or feeewheel) ...

A bit of runout in tha cassette (or feeewheel) is normal. Note the upper pulley on many derailleurs and see how much it will move side to side to compensate for the slight runout of some cassettes....
02-14-20, 10:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,543
Posted By dwmckee

Nice setup! The Bombtrack EXT-C is in there with...

Nice setup! The Bombtrack EXT-C is in there with great choices like Jamis Renegade and the new Salsa Warbird. You can demo all 3 at one shop near Pittsburgh.
02-14-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,352
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.
02-14-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,776
Posted By dwmckee

Reynolds....

Reynolds....
02-14-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,472
Posted By dwmckee

To each his own, but I try to stick with what the...

To each his own, but I try to stick with what the manufacturer recommends so if I have a problem they do not give me a hassle about warranty. As a matter of fact I had just such an issue with two...
02-14-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,352
Posted By dwmckee

Get it now or Coronavirus may mean wait a year

FYI if you are considering a new gravel bike this year. Manufacturers have started alerting dealers that because so many components come out of factories that are shut down because of the...
Forum: Touring
02-13-20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,586
Posted By dwmckee

KEENs!!! You can still get theri bike shoes...

KEENs!!!

You can still get theri bike shoes (not the sandals). They are super comfortable, you can walk all day in them, they last forever and you can put SPD cleats on them. Simply nothing...
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 10:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,055
Posted By dwmckee

If it has rained in the past few days trail will...

If it has rained in the past few days trail will be soft and you will be happier with a wider tire at pressure lower than what you ride on road. You will make it in 28s, but will enjoy it more in 32...
Forum: Touring
02-11-20, 10:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 521
Posted By dwmckee

I have observed this phenomenon as welll, but do...

I have observed this phenomenon as welll, but do feel the winds tend to be more often from the West than from teh East. I'd plan heading East, (unless it is blowing the other way that day)
02-11-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,472
Posted By dwmckee

I have never heard of Bees Wax on a tire bead. ...

I have never heard of Bees Wax on a tire bead. I'd be afraid wax on the rubber would prevent the latex sealant from bonding to the tire surface to seal leaks... The Scwhalbe tire fluid is supposed...
02-10-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 723
Posted By dwmckee

Ah, you are correct, I was thinking of the...

Ah, you are correct, I was thinking of the Shimano road pedals and cleats. For the SPD you are correct that there is just a choice of release type, not float...
02-06-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 723
Posted By dwmckee

I believe your cour current Shimano pedals will...

I believe your cour current Shimano pedals will have zero float if you use the Zero Floal cleats instead of the full float ones.
Forum: Touring
02-05-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 9,085
Posted By dwmckee

This appears to be beyond reasonable stretch...

This appears to be beyond reasonable stretch limits. Your derailleur pulley is right up against the cassette and that will make for poor shifting. You need to lengthen the chain and drop the...
Forum: Touring
02-05-20, 08:27 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 9,085
Posted By dwmckee

I would not stretch a 105 to a 36 tooth cassetet...

I would not stretch a 105 to a 36 tooth cassetet unless maybe with a Wolftooth to lower the derailleur. That is quite a stretch and I do not think that cage is designed to get low enough to fit...
Forum: Touring
02-05-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 563
Posted By dwmckee

We have a couple of new flat bar Marakesh bikes...

We have a couple of new flat bar Marakesh bikes for sale (old model year). PM me with your size if interested. One has Jones Bars fitted...
Forum: Touring
02-05-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,597
Posted By dwmckee

If you are towing your kids back there I woul...

If you are towing your kids back there I woul consider their safety paramount. I would not Mickey Mouse anything that could be unsafe. First I would swap in a sturdy aluminum post and then use a...
Forum: Touring
02-05-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 615
Posted By dwmckee

We are tandem riders too an sometimes struggle...

We are tandem riders too an sometimes struggle with the size of the bike in tighter turns. I would think a single wheel trailer would be a better answer. Extrawheel, Bob or the one made in US by...
Forum: Touring
02-05-20, 07:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,310
Posted By dwmckee

This is an underappreciated rail trail. seemingly...

This is an underappreciated rail trail. seemingly overshadowed by the C&O & GAP. I have ridden both and I far prefer the Erie Canal as it is more scenic, has more variety and a lot more interesting...
02-04-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,923
Posted By dwmckee

Yes!! This is what I am riding now (U.P.) Also a ...

Yes!! This is what I am riding now (U.P.) Also a and I love it. Jamis Renegade C2 or C1 if you are on a budget. Or the Bombtrack Hook EXT-C for something a little different with 650b wheels stock.
02-03-20, 10:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 644
Posted By dwmckee

+3 Renegade all teh way!

+3 Renegade all teh way!
02-03-20, 10:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By dwmckee

+1

+1
02-03-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By dwmckee

You need to step up to 35 mm at least or even...

You need to step up to 35 mm at least or even 38MM for a good gravel combo.
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