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08-06-20, 11:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,964
Posted By dwmckee

We carry 7 brands at our shop (not Cannondale,...

We carry 7 brands at our shop (not Cannondale, Specialized, Cervelo or Trek). We have never had a frame warranty claim denied by a manufacturer (large or small) that was in the warranty coverage...
08-06-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By dwmckee

On the Giant bikes we sell we often recommend...

On the Giant bikes we sell we often recommend changing out those tires asap. They mask the great ride of the bike, are slow, noisy and have a crappy ride (all of which you have noticed as well). We...
08-05-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 350
Posted By dwmckee

I would not use petroleum jelly as it can cause...

I would not use petroleum jelly as it can cause some rubber compounds to harden or break down over time. I use the Scwwalbe tire mounting fluid and it is fantastic really for troublesome tires. It...
08-05-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 786
Posted By dwmckee

Wow definitely two camps here. For me, I'd be...

Wow definitely two camps here. For me, I'd be worried that the bike has beed pretty abused and what else is hidden under the paint. Those cracks are HUGE. I woild not ride it even on a trainer...
08-04-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 875
Posted By dwmckee

I agree, but it is still a great tool for route...

I agree, but it is still a great tool for route creation; you just have to "verify" everything before you send your friends out on your new route...

I also have had a couple of cases where there...
07-19-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By dwmckee

Agreed as well. And you may find that...

Agreed as well.

And you may find that frames built for drop bars are quite different than ones for straight bars so things wind up in the wrong places i the cockpit if you change bars without...
07-12-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,964
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...
07-11-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,003
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, 08:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 916
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: 50
Views: 2,964
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: 396
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...
07-07-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,180
Posted By dwmckee

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07-06-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,180
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, 08:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,180
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...
06-16-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,358
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. ...
Forum: Touring
06-08-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,388
Posted By dwmckee

Stop worrying and start riding!! :)

Stop worrying and start riding!! :)
06-08-20, 08:27 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,292
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...
06-04-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 777
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...
06-02-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 992
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...
05-31-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 992
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...
05-26-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,292
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...
05-20-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,586
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: 60
Views: 4,437
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: 4,292
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...
05-14-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,180
Posted By dwmckee

Unterhausen - You are one of the ones I hoped to...

Unterhausen - You are one of the ones I hoped to entice with this! Let me know if you get the itch for a section. My boys and I are planning to do it this summer, but not sure if we will do the...
05-12-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,180
Posted By dwmckee

We are working on plans right now to try and...

We are working on plans right now to try and cross it later this summer. I think I have my naive sons talked into it! Teenagers need something to do these days... I can already hear the...
05-09-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,180
Posted By dwmckee

Cross Pennsylvania on Gravel!

Well, it took quite a while, but we have created an east-west cross-Pennsyjvania gravel route. And it is rather challenging with 386 miles of roads (621k) that are about 90% gravel and as you would...
04-27-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 640
Posted By dwmckee

If you are thinking of the Aspero you should look...

If you are thinking of the Aspero you should look at the Open U.P. as well. Gerard Vroomen left Cervelo (the ompany he founded) and formed Open with Andy Kessleer (former CEO of BMC). If there is...
04-07-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,986
Posted By dwmckee

We sell Hunt, FSA, Reynolds and Shimano GRX...

We sell Hunt, FSA, Reynolds and Shimano GRX wheels in our all gravel shop. Hunt has a cult following and they are nice for the price, but if you can spend a wee bit more I'd say the Shimano GRX...
03-28-20, 05:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 786
Posted By dwmckee

I'd say something that suppports 640b wheels for...

I'd say something that suppports 640b wheels for sure. Theer are a lot of choices.
03-28-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,427
Posted By dwmckee

You will get a variety of opinions on here of...

You will get a variety of opinions on here of course. For me, I own a Steel Renegade and have ridden the 9er as well. The 9er has a nice paint job and is somewhat ligter, but I do not feel it is...
Forum: Touring
03-17-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,137
Posted By dwmckee

Does anyone have a recommendation for a sunscreen...

Does anyone have a recommendation for a sunscreen that does not drip into your eyes and make them sting when you sweat? That is the curse of trying to do the rigt thing.
03-15-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 792
Posted By dwmckee

Still, that is an incredible price for a 105...

Still, that is an incredible price for a 105 groupset!
02-20-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 698
Posted By dwmckee

Nice! I still remember those brick-tread front...

Nice! I still remember those brick-tread front tires...
02-14-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,761
Posted By dwmckee

I'm not sure how you got that either out of a...

I'm not sure how you got that either out of a simple statement of consequential facts.
01-13-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,666
Posted By dwmckee

<br />+2<br /><br />Can't go wrong with the G One...

<br />+2<br /><br />Can't go wrong with the G One for the riding you describe. Also consider the Vittoria Terreno Dry and the Gravel King, though the GK may have a bit shorter life. We have been...
01-04-20, 11:40 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,172
Posted By dwmckee

ABSOLUTELY!!! Ride a $1200 Ultegra Bikes Direct...

ABSOLUTELY!!! Ride a $1200 Ultegra Bikes Direct bike (cheap frame, top components) then ride a Felt carbon with Tiagra (good frame, inexpensive components) and you will enjoy the Felt much much...
12-27-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,417
Posted By dwmckee

Cowbell for me. I am betting like a lot of other...

Cowbell for me. I am betting like a lot of other trends in bikes, bar flare trends will keep going wider to the extreme then the norm will settle back to something close to the Cowbell. I...
12-01-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,347
Posted By dwmckee

If you have a decentbike and ask a reasonable...

If you have a decentbike and ask a reasonable price I think good used bikes move quickly, especially a gravel bike. The Tariffs on new bikes are making the used ones look much more attractive..
Forum: Touring
11-18-19, 07:40 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,555
Posted By dwmckee

Man, you got suggestions for just about...

Man, you got suggestions for just about everything but what you asked for. I will stick to the topic you asked for. The only modern equivalent of boil-in-bag I am aware of is the convenient and...
Forum: Touring
11-09-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,133
Posted By dwmckee

The Gatorskins are a very durable tire... From...

The Gatorskins are a very durable tire... From the 80s. The most they have to update that tire is to put new graphics on it. Thet are ridiculously expensive for what they are and ride kust a bit...
Replies: 34
Views: 6,986
Posted By dwmckee

I can help out here! I bought one when they...

I can help out here!

I bought one when they first came out and I really liked it. Especially because I could use my original wheels and it had zero drag when not in use. Plenty of power for LED...
11-07-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,581
Posted By dwmckee

Oh one more thing. With an StVZO light the...

Oh one more thing. With an StVZO light the height and angle of the light is pretty critical to get right. A touch too high or low and you do not get all of the benefit. See the instructions when...
11-05-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,581
Posted By dwmckee

Ugh - Here goes the debate again. Maybe we need...

Ugh - Here goes the debate again. Maybe we need two separate threads so we can all get along! One for the StVZO fans and one for the non StVZO.

I personally am a fan of the glare-free StVZO which...
11-03-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,837
Posted By dwmckee

Yep. Gravel is where Carbon fiber really...

Yep. Gravel is where Carbon fiber really acceleratesd in advantage over aluminum and steel because of the unique advantages with carbon of greatly varying stiffness and compliance in different...
11-01-19, 11:08 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,837
Posted By dwmckee

Cannondale spent all of their R&D since the 80's...

Cannondale spent all of their R&D since the 80's making aluminum stiffer and lighter. Great for road, not so great for gravel. Rather than going back to ground zero for gravel frame development...
10-31-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,393
Posted By dwmckee

Having found myself soking wet after a heavy rain...

Having found myself soking wet after a heavy rain night in a bargain tent, all I can say is I'd have paid an extra $200 that night easy just to be dry again... Check reviews for testing in high...
10-29-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,099
Posted By dwmckee

We have the Hook EXT, Hook EXT-C and the Beyond...

We have the Hook EXT, Hook EXT-C and the Beyond in our shop in Pittsburgh if you want to come out and see for yourself. We sell a fair number of Bombtracks to high-end steel riders. They all are...
10-29-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,441
Posted By dwmckee

I am not sure what this comment is based on. Hunt...

I am not sure what this comment is based on. Hunt wheels are fine and a good value for the price. We sell a lot of them in our shop for a good quality second set of gravel wheels. We have had ZERO...
07-15-16, 08:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,744
Posted By dwmckee

I'd just throw the bottle in a jersey pocked and...

I'd just throw the bottle in a jersey pocked and forget about it.
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