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09-15-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 349
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Biggest problem Iíve had has not been from pebble...

Biggest problem Iíve had has not been from pebble flinging, but one particular top tube bag which has seemed to rub away the paint...my guess is that it was a combination of grit getting between the...
09-05-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,687
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Was going to post something similar. Iím from...

Was going to post something similar. Iím from Kansas and wouldnít suggest someone come here for the gravel unless itís of specific interest, or a DK bucket list thing. The gravel is awesome and...
09-03-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 678
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Other than nutrition (electrolyte mix, gels,...

Other than nutrition (electrolyte mix, gels, food, etc) you might consider

sunscreen
chamois butter
food that wouldnít be easy to carry on a bike, like a box of cookies
extra tube
extra...
09-02-19, 04:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 921
Posted By wheelsmcgee

FYI: My size L Specialized AWOL came stock with a...

FYI: My size L Specialized AWOL came stock with a 70mm stem, I still use it, and it handles fine on gravel as far as Iím concerned.
08-22-19, 04:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 737
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Lowest cost would likely be the bottom end SRAM ...

Lowest cost would likely be the bottom end SRAM (SX?) level rear derailer, cassette, and crank (or any appropriate 1x crank & 12 speed compatible ring) plus the (12 speed Sram compatible) Microshift...
08-11-19, 05:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,559
Posted By wheelsmcgee

While I agree saddle choice is highly personal,...

While I agree saddle choice is highly personal, itís good that you're asking around. No bike stores in my area seem to have any sort of try-before-you-buy program (barring a box of take-offs, which...
08-05-19, 06:13 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,611
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Thanks for posting this...had never heard of...

Thanks for posting this...had never heard of grass track racing, but it sounds like a blast. This could do so well in Kansas (and most of the Midwest for that matter) since the capital outlay is...
08-03-19, 08:03 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 16,812
Posted By wheelsmcgee

As someone who has gawked at both, the only...

As someone who has gawked at both, the only ďmissĒ with the Ti whipshot (for me personally, maybe not you) was the max tire clearance...from what I can tell, 40mm is max or maybe even 38mm (maybe...
08-01-19, 10:00 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,611
Posted By wheelsmcgee

My Midwest/rural USA perspective: I donít...

My Midwest/rural USA perspective:

I donít see a lot of gravel cyclists ďmoving onĒ to the next big cycling thing, at least where I live...maybe in other parts of the country. Gravel roads here...
07-22-19, 07:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,021
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Been riding regularly for 4-5 years, mostly...

Been riding regularly for 4-5 years, mostly gravel roads. I do about 6-10 gravel races/events a year, mostly in the 50-100 mile range, but will likely be doing some longer ones in the future. I also...
07-21-19, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,021
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: 5
Views: 2,021
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: 22
Views: 1,670
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: 22
Views: 1,670
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: 4,643
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: 30
Views: 2,533
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: 33
Views: 2,590
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: 4,761
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: 807
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: 13
Views: 2,394
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: 1,482
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: 3,855
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: 1,051
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: 1,381
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: 4,835
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: 5,051
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: 5,051
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: 748
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: 711
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: 2,071
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: 1,020
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: 1,445
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: 966
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: 1,118
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: 1,118
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: 3,713
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: 2,388
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: 2,377
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: 1,611
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: 1,611
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: 1,140
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: 578
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: 2,109
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: 1,140
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: 2,001
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: 491
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: 804
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: 49
Views: 8,581
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: 13,358
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: 3,805
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...
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