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07-07-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By dwmckee

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07-06-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 858
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: 242
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: 279
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: 220
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: 293
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: 858
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: 359
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: 1,202
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: 563
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: 12
Views: 829
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: 269
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: 211
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: 767
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: 380
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: 230
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: 1,765
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: 760
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: 760
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: 19,050
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: 841
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: 1,293
Posted By dwmckee

Stop worrying and start riding!! :)

Stop worrying and start riding!! :)
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,299
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: 4,006
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: 700
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: 975
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: 1,645
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: 700
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: 3,144
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: 896
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: 1,904
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: 924
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: 924
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: 1,071
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: 924
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: 1,370
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: 331
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: 594
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...
05-29-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By dwmckee

I'd ask Kuat as they know the rack's capability...

I'd ask Kuat as they know the rack's capability better than any of us.
05-29-20, 06:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 331
Posted By dwmckee

Wilier Jena Hybrid Gravel Bike

Has anyone checked out the new Wilier Jena Gravel bike. It is a limited power electric hybrid with a smaller motor and battery. It weight just 28 pounds and is designed just to give you a boost on...
05-28-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,300
Posted By dwmckee

I ride a variety of dirt and gravell roads, but...

I ride a variety of dirt and gravell roads, but I tend to always keep a good eye further ahead so I have more time to slow down if there is a hairpin turn or loose patch ahead. I also continually...
05-26-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,006
Posted By dwmckee

After all is said and done, I see NO bicycle...

After all is said and done, I see NO bicycle manufacturing reshoring to the US in light of the recent tariffs. Not even a hint of it. That is a fact. Cannondale & Trek are not talking about coming...
05-25-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 904
Posted By dwmckee

Wow, I never see the new Shimano components...

Wow, I never see the new Shimano components discounted like that. Where did you get the 20% deal and 12% rebate?
05-25-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,021
Posted By dwmckee

Wet steel rails and manhole covers are worse than...

Wet steel rails and manhole covers are worse than wet road lines! Even cars easily skid or spin on them when roads are wet but they just do not tip over as easily!
05-22-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 397
Posted By dwmckee

I have mapped over 2,000 miles of gravel roues in...

I have mapped over 2,000 miles of gravel roues in PA and my main tool is ridewithgps. I use the phone app to navigate with also. It is excellent. I use it every week. I despise the lack od...
05-20-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 924
Posted By dwmckee

This is what I thought of instantly! No...

This is what I thought of instantly! No suspension correction to deal with...
05-19-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,281
Posted By dwmckee

Aren't they riding even faster now on 25 & 28 mm...

Aren't they riding even faster now on 25 & 28 mm tires in the Tour?
05-19-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,006
Posted By dwmckee

Actually they do. When tariffs were expected to...

Actually they do. When tariffs were expected to hit 25% two things happened (1) manufacturers hurried to produce what they could ship before the tarriffs hit then slowed production appreciably after...
05-18-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,223
Posted By dwmckee

I agree. The front of the rear fender is a giant...

I agree. The front of the rear fender is a giant chute to dump water and gravel onto your front derailleur and crank. You should have fenders that extend at least to below teh chainstays.
05-18-20, 08:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 612
Posted By dwmckee

I use a Lauf fork and a redshift seatpost (the...

I use a Lauf fork and a redshift seatpost (the Thudbuster is really ugly and Redshift works really well).
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