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05-14-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 339
Posted By dwmckee

In square taper cranks it is very easy to shim...

In square taper cranks it is very easy to shim out jist the drive side of the crank with a piece of shim stock on two sides of the square taper, effectively making it a wee bit thicker and that...
05-14-21, 09:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 339
Posted By dwmckee

If you do not cross-chain drastically then not...

If you do not cross-chain drastically then not such a problem. And very precise tuning can get it pretty good. You could see if the mechanic could shim out your crank to the right side a millimeter...
05-13-21, 08:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 339
Posted By dwmckee

If the chain is rubbing the side of the large...

If the chain is rubbing the side of the large chain ring when in higher gears on the small front chain ring it could be due to a chainline problem. GRX cranks are spaced outward an additional 2.5mm...
05-10-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 794
Posted By dwmckee

The Sherpa will fit mountain bikes too as long as...

The Sherpa will fit mountain bikes too as long as they do not exceed 40 pounds. The Sherpa cannot be extended beyond a 2 bike rack however.
05-09-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,539
Posted By dwmckee

I use both the Herse Extra Lights and the...

I use both the Herse Extra Lights and the Standard casing. The additional cost of the extra lights is not worth it in my opinion as the standard casing is fantastic. I have used Orange Seal in them...
05-09-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 794
Posted By dwmckee

Here is the user guide. Pages 8 - 11. Be sure...

Here is the user guide. Pages 8 - 11. Be sure no grit remains between bike and holding arm and be sure holding arm is as tight as it will go to eliminate any movement between the arm and the bike. ...
05-07-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 900
Posted By dwmckee

Yep! You do need tread in mud, sand, grass,...

Yep!

You do need tread in mud, sand, grass, but on good gravel slicks with the right tire pressure and then you can really kill it on the paved portions. The Vittoria Terreno Zero or Dry has a...
05-06-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By dwmckee

I had a set of Byways on for a while and it was...

I had a set of Byways on for a while and it was like always riding into a 10 MPH headwind! If you have the horsepower, great, but I need every bit of efficiency for my small engine that I can get.
05-06-21, 06:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 794
Posted By dwmckee

+1 for the Kuat. No problem with damage to the...

+1 for the Kuat. No problem with damage to the fork if you use it correctly. The Transit 3-bike is less than $400. The Sherpa 2-bike is less. I own both. 4-bike racks tend to be quite a bit more...
05-06-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 900
Posted By dwmckee

All tires stick to gravel pretty well, the...

All tires stick to gravel pretty well, the problem with gravel is that the gravel itself rolls under the tire, slick or not. Slicks DO NOT slide across the gravel, gravel rolls under it, just like...
05-03-21, 07:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 777
Posted By dwmckee

(1) The people are low key an fun that I meet...

(1) The people are low key an fun that I meet gravel riding.
(2) Maybe see 2 - 3 cars all day. On some rides we see more horses and Amish carts than cars.
(3) beautiful scenery that gets me away...
05-01-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 451
Posted By dwmckee

There are several gravel bikes available with...

There are several gravel bikes available with rackmounts and all of the manufacturers spec a weight limit on the racks. Jamis Renegade & Salsa Warbird and I think Giant Revolt. Some require a...
04-30-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 848
Views: 198,231
Posted By dwmckee

We had a customer at our shop that replaced 2...

We had a customer at our shop that replaced 2 under warranty that were separating between the crank arm and the spindle. He was a real cruncher though. I have not had any issues. You might want to...
04-29-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 848
Views: 198,231
Posted By dwmckee

Nice Ritchey!

Nice Ritchey!
04-29-21, 09:35 PM
Replies: 848
Views: 198,231
Posted By dwmckee

Did you have trouble with the crank? I have...

Did you have trouble with the crank? I have been riding the SL-K in 30-48 for almost 4 years and going strong. I am not a high-watt output rider however. I find it perfect for my riding.
04-29-21, 08:26 PM
Replies: 848
Views: 198,231
Posted By dwmckee

I'd let go of the 25s and just ride the 38s for...

I'd let go of the 25s and just ride the 38s for everything...
04-29-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,987
Posted By dwmckee

BRR comes out of road riding in the early days...

BRR comes out of road riding in the early days and they were slow to buy into wide for gravel, hence the slow creep-up to wider tires in their ratings. I remember their first 35mm rating and they...
04-28-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,847
Posted By dwmckee

I agree that the Giant is probably a better...

I agree that the Giant is probably a better choice.
04-28-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,539
Posted By dwmckee

I ride both standard and extra lights, have not...

I ride both standard and extra lights, have not yet tried endurance. I have mot had a flat in years and I ride average of 60 - 70% gravel overall. They are reasonably durable, but not as durable as...
04-27-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 488
Posted By dwmckee

Forget about tank size and get the shortest...

Forget about tank size and get the shortest fattest hose you can get on it with extra large fittings (inside diameter) and a free-flowing fill valve like the Park or other. Take out the valve core. ...
04-27-21, 07:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,539
Posted By dwmckee

I know this is common wisdom, but Ted King, Lael...

I know this is common wisdom, but Ted King, Lael Wilcox and Jan Heine all three agree that quality 650b tires are as fast as any 700C. And they try LOTS of tires... They mostly ride 650B now if you...
04-26-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 900
Posted By dwmckee

Slicks on gravel is my most common choice as long...

Slicks on gravel is my most common choice as long as I do not have too much pressure. If I expect sand, mud or much wet grass then I look for some tread.
04-26-21, 10:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 596
Posted By dwmckee

I have owned two Ti bikes now and spent a lot of...

I have owned two Ti bikes now and spent a lot of money on them. My advice for gravel riding is that carbon frames beat the heck out of Ti in every way except for lifetime durability. And as far as...
04-26-21, 09:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 591
Posted By dwmckee

Yeah my experience with WTB and Rene Herse is...

Yeah my experience with WTB and Rene Herse is that WTB is slow and RH is fast and way more fun. I have had RH tires on at least one bike for the past 7 years now and I find them outstanding. The...
04-26-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 671
Posted By dwmckee

The older you get the more you appreciate the...

The older you get the more you appreciate the smaller steps between gears on 2x. So much easier to find the right gear.
04-26-21, 09:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By dwmckee

Not sure what your price range is but the Shimano...

Not sure what your price range is but the Shimano GRX wheelset is great and at $418 for the set it is a great value. Very durable and easy to service bearings. The Byways are pretty slow and I'd...
04-24-21, 03:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,261
Posted By dwmckee

A lot of the inexpensive wheels shops sell now...

A lot of the inexpensive wheels shops sell now days are a set of front and rear wheels together. Possibly the shop did not want to break up a set as one wheel is harder to sell? Some wheels come...
04-20-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 846
Posted By dwmckee

A 7 minute video can teach you everything you...

A 7 minute video can teach you everything you need to know about adjusting and maintaining a cable disc brake. 7 min video and woosh! you are through the time portal to 2021! Just carry a 5mm hex...
04-20-21, 07:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,181
Posted By dwmckee

That big red sign hanging from the front hub is...

That big red sign hanging from the front hub is the same sign you see on bikes they sell at Walmart.
04-20-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 795
Posted By dwmckee

Not 1-1/8"?

Not 1-1/8"?
04-18-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,117
Posted By dwmckee

Just me thinking out loud, but you have way too...

Just me thinking out loud, but you have way too little tire underneath you. Can you go up to a 38 or 40?
04-17-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,117
Posted By dwmckee

I suspected this. The Giant rides beautifully...

I suspected this. The Giant rides beautifully and has a very well designed frame. The tire pressure may have been on the high side, OR on the lower models they come with the horribly cheap Giant...
04-17-21, 07:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 596
Posted By dwmckee

Badger6 has it covered very well.

Badger6 has it covered very well.
04-16-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,117
Posted By dwmckee

40 mm clearance is plenty for the riding you...

40 mm clearance is plenty for the riding you describe and even rougher gravel. Though wider is always better! The Giant really is a fantastic value, why was that one crossed off of your list? ...
04-16-21, 07:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,524
Posted By dwmckee

As far as 1x chain drops, we rarely have...

As far as 1x chain drops, we rarely have customers come in with that complaint. With one exception. There was a certain model and year bike that we sold a few years ago that had an...
04-13-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,524
Posted By dwmckee

There are several low profile single ring chain...

There are several low profile single ring chain keepers available out there... I'm just sayin...
04-13-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,524
Posted By dwmckee

Nice! Did you have your technique down so you...

Nice! Did you have your technique down so you could jam on the horn button with your knee! It is a shame kids now have little interest in the freedom of a bike... My friend's bike with the Bendix...
04-12-21, 04:13 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,524
Posted By dwmckee

That was it! Must have been a Bendix then. I...

That was it! Must have been a Bendix then. I was too poor to have one back then so I was on a single speed. Who knew I was a cool single speeder before it was so fashionable!
04-11-21, 07:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,524
Posted By dwmckee

There are several choices available for 3-speed...

There are several choices available for 3-speed internal geared hubs, but you wll have to live with the manufacturer;s choice of ratios, and you may have to settle for at least 3 gears. My friend...
04-11-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,298
Posted By dwmckee

Very cool! That definitely was a leader, well...

Very cool! That definitely was a leader, well before the name existed...
04-11-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,524
Posted By dwmckee

If you are building a high-end bike the cost is...

If you are building a high-end bike the cost is not that bad as it covers carbon wheel, cassette, front derailleur, allows you to use less expensive 1x shifters, etc. but if you already have all of...
04-10-21, 09:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,298
Posted By dwmckee

The propper term as I understand it is an Allroad...

The propper term as I understand it is an Allroad bike and Jan Heine from Bicycle Quarterly coined the term to categorize the bikes he rides that are designed for great performance on both fire roads...
04-10-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,513
Posted By dwmckee

The 11 speed chain shortage is getting serious...

The 11 speed chain shortage is getting serious right now. Not sure how long that will go on. We have had a 750 foot roll on order for 2 months now, with delivery scheduled 180 days out which is not...
04-10-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,513
Posted By dwmckee

Just the bauxite to iceland. I guess I was...

Just the bauxite to iceland. I guess I was providing too much detail. Sorry if that was confusing. I added that detail because it affedct aluminum production which eventually impacts buke frame...
04-09-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,513
Posted By dwmckee

The website is verifying almost exactly what I am...

The website is verifying almost exactly what I am saying. Only about 27% of ths ships in the canal are containerized freight ships. The rest (about 73%) and tankers, LNG carriers, etc.....
04-09-21, 05:33 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,513
Posted By dwmckee

The wierd thing is in some cases for accessories...

The wierd thing is in some cases for accessories like apparel, seats, racks, bar tape, cables etc. it is now turning out that a good LBS is more likely to have what you need than the big online...
04-09-21, 05:29 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,513
Posted By dwmckee

On the parts side, at least some of the shortage...

On the parts side, at least some of the shortage is generated by people hoarding parts now just in case. And I can tell you we are doing it at our shop. Just like everyone else we had to overbuy...
04-09-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 433
Posted By dwmckee

That is probably the most popular gravel bike we...

That is probably the most popular gravel bike we sell. We have not received a single one yet this year from Jamis and we are a pretty large Jamsi dealer.
04-08-21, 10:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 433
Posted By dwmckee

What shop did you get the Renegade from. They ae...

What shop did you get the Renegade from. They ae still hard to come by!
04-08-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,455
Posted By dwmckee

Your best option may be to take current hanger to...

Your best option may be to take current hanger to a local machine shop and ask them to make you two. We have a local machine shop that will do somehing like this for our bike shop when we have a good...
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