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06-15-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,157
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Lael replies to a few questions about her setup...

Lael replies to a few questions about her setup for UGXL in the comment section of the bikepacking.com article. She said her drop bar Epic HT is actually lighter than her Diverge (which is saying a...
06-09-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,029
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I think itís here to stay. I donít even own any...

I think itís here to stay. I donít even own any 1x bikes (well, unless you count 1x1) but there are some advantages that I donít see going away anytime soon, like:

Marginally more robust against...
06-03-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 501
Posted By wheelsmcgee

42x15-40 covers a very similar range to 34x11-32...

42x15-40 covers a very similar range to 34x11-32 or 11-34Önot identical, but in the same ballpark. Both 11-32 & 11-34 cassettes are fairly common. Depending on the bolt pattern on your 1x crank...
06-03-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 501
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I know itís a highly individual thing, but since...

I know itís a highly individual thing, but since you asked about what gearing we are running: On my main bike I have a 50/34 double paired with an 11-36 cassette (11s). I could actually be fine...
06-03-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 501
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I think youíll have trouble finding a 15-40 9s...

I think youíll have trouble finding a 15-40 9s cassette. Itís possible that you could buy two 9s cassettes and mix/match the cogs to get the gears you want, but this might require a bit of digging...
06-03-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 671
Posted By wheelsmcgee

So, I have run the 45mm Riddlers and am currently...

So, I have run the 45mm Riddlers and am currently running the 45mm Maxxis Ramblers. In my limited experience, the Ramblers ride similar but have been a marginally more robust against puncturesÖthat...
06-03-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,260
Posted By wheelsmcgee

This. To give some perspective, I have around...

This. To give some perspective, I have around 100 miles of roads that I ride pretty regularly (not all at once!). This is in Kansas, in a rural area with no leash laws or anything like that. Each...
05-28-21, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 427
Posted By wheelsmcgee

As someone who has done this, my random thoughts:...

As someone who has done this, my random thoughts:

It can easily creep up in cost if youíre not careful. In my case, I already had cable actuated disc brakes (good) so I ďjustĒ bought a pair of...
05-26-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,166
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I donít dream very big, and donít dream down to...

I donít dream very big, and donít dream down to every last detail, so to me a dream bike would probably just be something too nichť for me to justify buying because of the limited use Iíd get out of...
04-13-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 848
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I also carry a small saddle bag with the ďevery...

I also carry a small saddle bag with the ďevery rideĒ essentials. On the longer events I do, I need to bring a few extra things.

One option I have is my hydration pack. This has a 2L bladder...
03-25-21, 06:37 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 11,532
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Say what now?! Okay, you have my attention.

Say what now?! Okay, you have my attention.
03-22-21, 04:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,076
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I just bought some new bars and put them on last...

I just bought some new bars and put them on last week, for the wrap I decided to try a sticky tape (Supacaz Sticky Kush). I wear gloves 90% of the time but thought the texture would be nice for...
03-18-21, 07:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 900
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Yea, I kinda feel the same way. I ride to enjoy...

Yea, I kinda feel the same way. I ride to enjoy myself and get some good cardio and fresh air. One thing I donít enjoy is white knuckling it to keep upright as I navigate through miles of slippery...
02-13-21, 06:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,141
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Iíve been happy with Maxxis Ramblers, they seem...

Iíve been happy with Maxxis Ramblers, they seem to be a good compromise between rolling well on pavement and gripping on gravel. Iíve used the 700x40 in the past, currently using the 45s, but will...
01-09-21, 10:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,342
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Look for ďbikingreenĒ 46/30 chainring set on...

Look for ďbikingreenĒ 46/30 chainring set on eBay. I bought it for my r7000 cranks to try out on my warbird. Itís about $80 and is of decent quality. Unfortunately, it didnít work on my frame...
11-26-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,969
Posted By wheelsmcgee

A couple to check out (both Carbon) Lauf...

A couple to check out (both Carbon)

Lauf True Grit

Rodeo Labs Trail Donkey
10-30-20, 04:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,214
Posted By wheelsmcgee

It not a bad idea, and at $60 for a pair (with...

It not a bad idea, and at $60 for a pair (with valves) the price isnít crazy. I would almost buy it just to see what it is like to run narrower tires again but with ridiculously low psi.
10-30-20, 04:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,423
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Cool. According to Wiktionary, unbound is an...

Cool. According to Wiktionary, unbound is an adjective meaning ďnot bound, not tied upĒ. Seems descriptive of both the race and the rename effort itself.
10-28-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,042
Posted By wheelsmcgee

This. I have a Brooks B17 and was never pleased...

This. I have a Brooks B17 and was never pleased with it in long rides, even after many hundreds of miles of break-in. It got retired to my dedicated trainer bike which I rarely ride for over an...
10-26-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,574
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Yea, I see that. I was super torn between the...

Yea, I see that. I was super torn between the Outback and Forester, and wouldíve gone the other way had they not discontinued the MT on the Forester in 2018. The Crosstrek is the last SUV they...
10-26-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,574
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I fail to see any similarity. My Outback and...

I fail to see any similarity. My Outback and Gravelbike are completely different colors.
10-15-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,478
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Iím a touch over 6í and my Warbird is two sizes...

Iím a touch over 6í and my Warbird is two sizes up (size 57.5). I feel like I bought the right size, but could probably go +/- 1 without too much trouble. It would be interesting to sit on a 54.5,...
09-20-20, 04:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,746
Posted By wheelsmcgee

This thread is getting me hungry. I rarely...

This thread is getting me hungry.

I rarely do anything beyond electrolyte mix for rides under 30 miles (maybe a gu or a clif bar if I havenít eaten anything yet that morning). Much over that (40...
09-08-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,084
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Iíve been happy with the DT Swiss c1800 wheelset...

Iíve been happy with the DT Swiss c1800 wheelset that came on my 105 Warbird. DT Swiss says 1741g for the set, MSRP is under $500 but Iím guessing you can find them for less than that because they...
08-28-20, 05:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,459
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Beautiful...Love the purple and gold accents!...

Beautiful...Love the purple and gold accents! 10/10, would ride!
08-21-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,798
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Just remembered another one: LKLM, you can find...

Just remembered another one: LKLM, you can find their frames on eBay...I donít know if they have a ďgravelĒ or ďcrossĒ frame per se, but their World Traveler touring frame comes with both disc/canto...
08-18-20, 08:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,798
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Possible? Maybe. Cost efficient and safe? Maybe...

Possible? Maybe. Cost efficient and safe? Maybe not. Youíre better off selling the frame and buying one thatís designed with disc mounts. Of course, the fork can be replaced separately with one...
08-18-20, 06:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,037
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I doubt I can maintain the ~45mph needed to stop...

I doubt I can maintain the ~45mph needed to stop motorists from passing me (also, that wouldnít solve the oncoming traffic problem). I might try one of those tall bikes; keep my breathing holes...
08-15-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,037
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I know itís been two months, but I never noticed...

I know itís been two months, but I never noticed this reply. I do get sunscreen in my eyes on occasion, but this is definitely not related...Iím often out right around sunrise so donít often wear...
08-13-20, 04:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,066
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I had to get some BB service recently and when I...

I had to get some BB service recently and when I first called the shop, they were so backed up they told me to call them back in a week and a half. After that that, the work was done pretty...
08-06-20, 09:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,369
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Price is weirdly absent but shows up if you add...

Price is weirdly absent but shows up if you add it to the cart, $625.
07-28-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,696
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Iíve certainly been pleased with the R7020 setup...

Iíve certainly been pleased with the R7020 setup on my warbird. Braking is great and requires almost no pressure. In fact, they are so good that when I first rode the bike I briefly thought...
07-24-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,850
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I think about 90% of gravel riders are going to...

I think about 90% of gravel riders are going to prefer drop bars over flat bars, especially if they are going to do any significantly long rides. Of course, you can put drop bars on a 29er if the...
07-22-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 961
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I donít do much with Strava, but to change things...

I donít do much with Strava, but to change things up and keep me motivated in the heat, I decided to enter a ďJuly cycling challengeĒ = 600km. No problem I thought, even with me running many days...
07-20-20, 06:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,350
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Not much to add, but Iíve also had some minor...

Not much to add, but Iíve also had some minor issues with RWGPS. There is a 1 mile ďroadď that it tries to navigate me over, which AFAIK was never a public road, or hasnít been for years. I think...
07-18-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,689
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Someone bought me a podium that came with the...

Someone bought me a podium that came with the dustcap a year or two ago, liked it so much I bought a few extra for my other podiums. They are very handy for keeping crud out of your mouth...Around...
07-18-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,861
Posted By wheelsmcgee

I have had a pair on my AWOL for a couple years...

I have had a pair on my AWOL for a couple years now and think for the price* they are a great pedal.

*On second thought, letís say ďthe price in 2017Ē. Iím pretty sure I paid well under $50, all...
07-11-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,308
Posted By wheelsmcgee

If steel is okay, check out Konaís Rove or Sutra...

If steel is okay, check out Konaís Rove or Sutra framesets. Kona just put the new models up on their website in the past few days, so Iím guessing they are/will be soon available.
07-08-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 14,504
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Great review, I commend you for getting brave...

Great review, I commend you for getting brave with the dremel.

The price for a rear derailer and two levers is pretty great. Any idea if the shifter cable pull is compatible with any other...
07-07-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 858
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Yes, the Kaw Nation and DK leadership released a...

Yes, the Kaw Nation and DK leadership released a joint statement to that effect in April. From what I can tell, not all indigenous people (maybe including a few Kaw) agreed with that assessment. ...
07-07-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 858
Posted By wheelsmcgee

DK200 cancelled for 2020

https://dirtykanza.com/new-dirt/2020-event-status-update/

Sounds like it was cancelled due to a mixture of COVID concerns, and the recent social media firestorm related to the name and founderís...
07-06-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 639
Posted By wheelsmcgee

To me, 1/4Ē is a decently sized puncture, and I...

To me, 1/4Ē is a decently sized puncture, and I am more surprised that sealed at all and you arrived home with 10psi left. Most every time I have gotten a tubeless puncture (most much smaller than...
07-04-20, 06:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,845
Posted By wheelsmcgee

No experience with the SK myself, but a lot of...

No experience with the SK myself, but a lot of riders around here like them (mostly the larger sizes). Apparently they have a bit of a rep for flinging small pebbles at the rider behind you, but I...
07-01-20, 06:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,043
Posted By wheelsmcgee

When itís really hot and humid, I feel like I...

When itís really hot and humid, I feel like I sweat more when wearing my hydration pack, and it that if does inhibit air flow a bit, but itís worth it. I drink a lot more water when Iím wearing it...
06-29-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,896
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Metievel - hereís a good list of contenders, not...

Metievel - hereís a good list of contenders, not sure if itís been updated in a while:

https://bikepacking.com/index/drop-bar-mountain-bikes-29er/
06-25-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 969
Posted By wheelsmcgee

This is a good list. OP - I would add...

This is a good list.

OP - I would add something related to the chain/FD rub...depending on what chainring/cassette combo you are in, you may need to ďtrimĒ the front shift.

If you are not...
06-21-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 907
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Where I live the weather is somewhat erratic. We...

Where I live the weather is somewhat erratic. We can get nice days even in January/February, so I never really stop riding completely...I just donít ride as much due to days where it isnít so nice. ...
06-14-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,037
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Update: I thought before I threw down a lot of...

Update: I thought before I threw down a lot of cash on something nice, Iíd see if some basic, foam lined safety glasses would work. I ended up ordering a tinted 3M product (sort of a less...
06-11-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,037
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Yea, not a bad idea. I if Iím going to be out a...

Yea, not a bad idea. I if Iím going to be out a really long time, Iíll wear a buff (for sun protection, but also pull it over my face for dust if needed). If I can keep sweat out, my current...
06-10-20, 09:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,037
Posted By wheelsmcgee

Eye irritation and gravel cycling?

Anyone else have any problems with gravel dust causing eye redness and irritation? Itís definitely a thing with me. Today I was out for 2 hours...not super long, but it was dusty, windy, and I got...
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