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10-19-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 300
Posted By dwmckee

Not sure of your budget or other preferences, but...

Not sure of your budget or other preferences, but you might want to go with a 650b wheelset if you have really chunky stuff so you can forget about the rocks and just enjoy riding. With 650b you can...
10-19-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 495
Posted By dwmckee

[/b] I rode Mount Davis last year and can...

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I rode Mount Davis last year and can verify that east coast gravel may not be as glamorous as some of the western rides, but the grades here are killer and I was pretty whooped afterwards......
10-16-20, 05:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 495
Posted By dwmckee

What gravel ride are you looking forward to post COVID?

Wow, there is a shortage of new threads here lately so I'll propose a new topic. With all of the cancelled gravel rides this season, what large ride are you most looking forward to next year when...
10-16-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 275
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...
10-15-20, 09:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By dwmckee

I believe there are options up to 36 teeth.

I believe there are options up to 36 teeth.
10-15-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 686
Posted By dwmckee

This is why they make stickers. No Bondo, no...

This is why they make stickers. No Bondo, no paint, no disassembly, 20 seconds and you are back riding again. And if you have not forgotten about it after 10,000 more miles then you can still take...
Forum: Touring
10-15-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,866
Posted By dwmckee

Gosh, if it were me I'd sell the Brooks on ebay...

Gosh, if it were me I'd sell the Brooks on ebay and buy a Selle An Atomica or similar...
Forum: Touring
10-15-20, 09:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 688
Posted By dwmckee

I think you need to invest in a guide book for...

I think you need to invest in a guide book for the trip. You can pick up a used one from 5 years ago and get it cheap. It will show you all of the camping options to gauge your days according to...
10-15-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 459
Posted By dwmckee

No. (unless you have the legs of a 5' 7" person...

No. (unless you have the legs of a 5' 7" person and your hands end where your wrists normally would be!)
10-12-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 512
Posted By dwmckee

Lots of folks are discovering the Jones Bars...

Lots of folks are discovering the Jones Bars these days as a great upgrade for do-all bikes.
10-12-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 426
Posted By dwmckee

You narrowed your search to two fairly uncommon...

You narrowed your search to two fairly uncommon gravel bikes that you almost never see out there anywhere. At this price range some of the mainstream gravel bikes offer great value and are well...
10-12-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 297
Posted By dwmckee

Rear Claris derailleur is a cheap and easy fix. ...

Rear Claris derailleur is a cheap and easy fix. But Claris is pretty mediocre I agree but the upgrade to 9 speed is a huge jump up in quality and not crazy expensive. Your front crank & derailleur...
10-12-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 527
Posted By dwmckee

I'd skip the Vaya. When it was the only game...

I'd skip the Vaya. When it was the only game intown it was fantastic, but there are so many good options all around it now that are more refined, lighter and less expensive. No one buys the Vaya...
10-11-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 384
Posted By dwmckee

Man that looks like a nice way to make a familiar...

Man that looks like a nice way to make a familiar route much more interesting. We do a monthly shop gravel ride and you are inspiring me to make our November ride after dark!
10-11-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 358
Posted By dwmckee

Excellent tire!!

Excellent tire!!
10-04-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,727
Posted By dwmckee

Part of effective front braking on the variable...

Part of effective front braking on the variable traction available in gravel is modulation. A bigger rotor will give you more braking power but LESS modulation on the front not more.
09-30-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 422
Posted By dwmckee

Shops around here charge $60 and are running...

Shops around here charge $60 and are running about a week to get most things done. You get it done correctly the first time and a decent shop will check the common small stuff you may not realize...
09-26-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,783
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: 396
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: 33
Views: 1,443
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: 5,395
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: 630
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: 25
Views: 1,206
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: 857
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: 41
Views: 3,793
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: 857
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: 47
Views: 2,307
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: 22
Views: 1,323
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: 1,370
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: 22
Views: 1,323
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: 22
Views: 1,323
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: 599
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: 2,629
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: 2,629
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: 3,604
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: 3,604
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: 351
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: 1,245
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: 422
Posted By dwmckee

+1

+1
08-25-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 351
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: 858
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: 858
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: 404
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: 623
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: 506
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: 858
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: 1,873
Posted By dwmckee

Any calculation of $/gram?

Any calculation of $/gram?
08-19-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,502
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: 977
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: 1,502
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...
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