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07-12-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 515
Posted By dwmckee

We have two cracked Cannondale carbon frames, a...

We have two cracked Cannondale carbon frames, a defective Felt frame with a sheared chain stay and Specialized frame with a cracked BB shell on the wall in our shop to show people as examples of what...
07-12-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 105
Posted By dwmckee

Just FYI, you are unlikely to save money compared...

Just FYI, you are unlikely to save money compared to purchasing a complete bike. Frame also will dictate bottom bracket, crank choice, brake mount type, headset and possibly wheels you can use (650b...
07-12-20, 06:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 86
Posted By dwmckee

I have been using the RedShift and it is great. ...

I have been using the RedShift and it is great. Is having it at the back of the seat rails that big of a problem? I find setting it at 5 pounds over my weight eliminates bob and keeps it at just...
07-11-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,134
Posted By dwmckee

This is my suggestion too. Excellent and you...

This is my suggestion too. Excellent and you need minimal tread for what you describe, just width. Second and third are Gravel King Slicks mentioned above and Challenge Strada Bianca in their...
07-11-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 401
Posted By dwmckee

Gravel Kings a re pretty versatile and fast and...

Gravel Kings a re pretty versatile and fast and durable, and not too expensive. Also Vittoria Terreno Dry are good at just about everything.
07-11-20, 08:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 249
Posted By dwmckee

Also look at Jamis Renegade, and Carbon Giant...

Also look at Jamis Renegade, and Carbon Giant Revolt and Salsa Warbird, all great bikes that may work for you. If it is used and reasonably priced it probably will disappear in a day or two as FYI...
07-11-20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 285
Posted By dwmckee

Here is a good list of diagnostic checks we use...

Here is a good list of diagnostic checks we use for something like this to pinpoint the source.
Is it one click per pedal stroke?
Same place in the pedal stroke?
When you pedal very lightly as...
07-11-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 528
Posted By dwmckee

Ti posts typically are not more comfortable than...

Ti posts typically are not more comfortable than a good carbon one.
07-11-20, 08:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 292
Posted By dwmckee

What type of brake mounts, headset diameter, axle...

What type of brake mounts, headset diameter, axle ends and bottom bracket do you need to match? And what size frame are you looking for?
07-10-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 515
Posted By dwmckee

Hambini does thrash most everyone. I do like to...

Hambini does thrash most everyone. I do like to listen to what he says, but also look for corroboration with other sources. I also know quality measure is based on multiple random samples over time,...
07-10-20, 10:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Posted By dwmckee

My goal is to get out as much as I can and just...

My goal is to get out as much as I can and just enjoy the ride. I got rid of the bike computer several years ago and I could not be any happier. I have a loop I do frequently and just monitor time...
07-10-20, 05:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,080
Posted By dwmckee

That is the same model and color I have and you...

That is the same model and color I have and you will love how it adapts from nimble road bike to excellent but nimble endurance bike. For road I use 35mm Rene Here tires on it, skip the 32s. It...
07-07-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 933
Posted By dwmckee

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07-06-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 933
Posted By dwmckee

I am planning to but still have some planning to...

I am planning to but still have some planning to do for this one. Also working on another route back to Scranton from Meadville for a giant loop. Will be 800 miles and 75,000 feet of climbing when...
07-05-20, 09:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 278
Posted By dwmckee

If the two sets of wheels align a millimeter or...

If the two sets of wheels align a millimeter or two differently, it is a simple matter to ealign the caliper to each wheelset. In my experience this is rarely necessary owever.
07-05-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 331
Posted By dwmckee

I have been riding a Lauf fork a year now. It...

I have been riding a Lauf fork a year now. It adds very little weight and adds a ton of control on fast rough decents as a great added bonus. The Lauf fork immediately eliminated numb hands. And...
07-05-20, 08:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 281
Posted By dwmckee

A 1/4 in pincture is beyond what most sealants...

A 1/4 in pincture is beyond what most sealants can realistically seal unless you are really lucky. Sometimes you can get a bit of luck and get a low-pressure seal after a lot of air loss that will...
07-05-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 328
Posted By dwmckee

Are you looking for rail-trail gravel or dirt...

Are you looking for rail-trail gravel or dirt road rural chuncky hilly gravel?
07-05-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 933
Posted By dwmckee

Well, we rode it this past week and just got back...

Well, we rode it this past week and just got back home. Man are we whooped. I have never seen so much of central PA before and I have to tell you this state is beautiful!! We have dense hemlock...
06-28-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 363
Posted By dwmckee

I think you can get by, but wider would be a lot...

I think you can get by, but wider would be a lot better to give you more tire volume cushion and to shoulder-up the sidewall when cornering. If it were me, I'd hold out for 22 - 25 mm internal width.
06-24-20, 07:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,210
Posted By dwmckee

I have the Hunts and I have the Shimant GRX...

I have the Hunts and I have the Shimant GRX wheelset at $418. I'd go Shimano hands down as they are really rugged and durable and their cup-cone bearings are excellent! Overall Shimano hub quialiy...
06-18-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 573
Posted By dwmckee

My 4 faves in order for heavy road: Challenge...

My 4 faves in order for heavy road: Challenge Strada Bianca, Rene Herse, Panaracer Gravel King slicls, Schwalbe G-One Definitely in that order...
06-16-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,080
Posted By dwmckee

I rode a Warird for 2 years, owned a Renegade, a...

I rode a Warird for 2 years, owned a Renegade, a Revolt, and now have been on an Open U.P. for over two years. The U.P has changed my riding over two years like no other bike has. It is perfect. ...
06-14-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 285
Posted By dwmckee

It looks like they are all sold out. Building up...

It looks like they are all sold out. Building up from a frame usualy costs you more than buying complete bike unless you have parts already. The Jamis Renegade A2 is a great bike for less than $1,000...
06-14-20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 218
Posted By dwmckee

Yes. And you have to weigh the risks of a...

Yes. And you have to weigh the risks of a failure here, it could be a lot more than a cracked frame. Maybe just keep a cheap used hybrid for rides with the kid in the seat then sell it when they...
06-14-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 781
Posted By dwmckee

I simply would never lay out that cash for a bike...

I simply would never lay out that cash for a bike I had never ridden. Even a great bike may not have the fit or geometry that suits you and your riding well. And high-end gravel bikes are still...
06-14-20, 04:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 389
Posted By dwmckee

I'd also add to try a few things to experiment to...

I'd also add to try a few things to experiment to be sure you know what the irritation is caused by. Is it sweat or sunscreen getting in your eves from sweat? If it is pollen allergies can you take...
06-14-20, 04:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 245
Posted By dwmckee

Yeah, you are way better off with GRX. I beliebe...

Yeah, you are way better off with GRX. I beliebe the 600 and 800 serues support 1x, not sure about 400 serise GRX though.
06-13-20, 09:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,797
Posted By dwmckee

I have two friends, husband and wife that bought...

I have two friends, husband and wife that bought Topstiones this year and are regretting it. Too twitchy (roadish) and too stiff for real extended gravek riding. C'dale is like some of the other big...
06-12-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 789
Posted By dwmckee

The Giant is decent, but the tires are the worst...

The Giant is decent, but the tires are the worst I have ever ridden (easily changeable however). Also on the Giant they do not have a GRX version available in 2020 (MISTAKE) and I have seen at least...
06-11-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 789
Posted By dwmckee

I'd broaden my search to include some brands that...

I'd broaden my search to include some brands that have been making gravel bikes for a decade or more. Despite marketing and branding to make you think to the contrary, the big brands (Trek, Giant,...
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 19,072
Posted By dwmckee

You stay dry in the expensive one!

You stay dry in the expensive one!
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 855
Posted By dwmckee

I rode one in 1991 from Pittsburgh to Portland. ...

I rode one in 1991 from Pittsburgh to Portland. It was my first tour. Great bike when I was 30, but now my brittle bones favor steel and I ride a Co-Motion Cascadia. Very good handling and fast on...
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,297
Posted By dwmckee

Stop worrying and start riding!! :)

Stop worrying and start riding!! :)
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,380
Posted By dwmckee

Not many folks want to hook up with a total...

Not many folks want to hook up with a total stranger on a month-long adventure, but there are several group tours that cross the US you may want to consider.
06-08-20, 08:27 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,033
Posted By dwmckee

As I understand it, hybrids are basically all...

As I understand it, hybrids are basically all gone in many markets and used bike prices are starting to rise a bit. Walmart is out of bikes in most areas as well. Lower-priced gravel bikes are...
06-05-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 703
Posted By dwmckee

The wide is just wider than I will ever need and...

The wide is just wider than I will ever need and I am a 2x hang-on so regular is fantastic. No real downside other than 1x only. What size are you and do you have parts to build on a frame? I...
06-05-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 981
Posted By dwmckee

Warbird War road and especially the jamis...

Warbird War road and especially the jamis renegade are excellent choices for you. And well in your budget. Renegade is hard to beat and one of the most popular for good reason.
06-04-20, 09:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,825
Posted By dwmckee

Giant needs to have a GRX option to remain...

Giant needs to have a GRX option to remain relevant in the gravel bike market. I'd expect a GRX option for next model year. At least a GRX 600 2x would be my bet.
06-04-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 703
Posted By dwmckee

I have to apologize to the Ti lovers in advance. ...

I have to apologize to the Ti lovers in advance.

I have owned both an was in love with the idea of Ti, but the reality is, durability aside quality carbon is hands down better at just about...
06-03-20, 08:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,173
Posted By dwmckee

Not sure if Ikea is open yet!

Not sure if Ikea is open yet!
06-03-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 911
Posted By dwmckee

The Gravel King Slicks, Challenge Strada Bianca...

The Gravel King Slicks, Challenge Strada Bianca and Rene Herse tires are possible candidates but I am not sure what they will inflate to on your rims. Shelbyfv has it though, do not be surprised if...
06-02-20, 11:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,911
Posted By dwmckee

All better choices than the Trek and I'd put the...

All better choices than the Trek and I'd put the Salsa Warbird at the top of all of those. The Warbird is on the fourth generation of the frame and they have it really dialed in after many years in...
06-02-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 928
Posted By dwmckee

We still have a few Renegade 56 and 58 models but...

We still have a few Renegade 56 and 58 models but things are going really fast and no new stock available for quite some time on many models. We have a few S3 and S4 models available and an aluminum...
06-01-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 928
Posted By dwmckee

Sounds good, we look forward to meeting you. ...

Sounds good, we look forward to meeting you.
How tall are you by the way?
I am Don and I am usually there in the evening or on Saturday (I have a day job!). If you want to meet with me let Laura...
05-31-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,076
Posted By dwmckee

I carry two water bottles and some powdered...

I carry two water bottles and some powdered electrolyte mix no matter the distance. When I run out of water I stop and any house with someone out front mowing the lawn and ask if I can refill my...
05-31-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 928
Posted By dwmckee

My apolgies in advance for the commercial, but I...

My apolgies in advance for the commercial, but I guess I need to follow up on the kind intro from mstateglfr. We own SweetWater Bikes here in Pittsburgh. We are a family-owned shop and one of just...
05-30-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,377
Posted By dwmckee

Absolutely! The Rene Herse (Compass) tires are...

Absolutely! The Rene Herse (Compass) tires are really something else. As close to a tubular I will get to in the future. I have ridden tubulars in the past and loved the ride but hated tha hassle....
05-29-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 333
Posted By dwmckee

I think it is a 250 watt-hour battery integrated...

I think it is a 250 watt-hour battery integrated in the down tube and the option for an additional 210 watt-hour external battery that looks like a water bottle and plugs in to the port down by the...
05-29-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 598
Posted By dwmckee

Be sure pressure is to spec. 1000 miles out of...

Be sure pressure is to spec.
1000 miles out of a tire for an ebike is not terrible...
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