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08-10-22, 08:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 836
Posted By dwmckee

Financially at least it makes most sense for an...

Financially at least it makes most sense for an OEM build or a frame up build. Hard to toss out a lot of high-end expensive parts to convert existing. I wonder how much they could reduce the cost...
08-09-22, 07:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 836
Posted By dwmckee

Has anyone out there made the jump to Classified...

Has anyone out there made the jump to Classified yet? The dealer network is starting to fill out in the US.
08-08-22, 09:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By dwmckee

If you are trying to stay under $700 then a used...

If you are trying to stay under $700 then a used cross bike might be a consideration. But if the budget is up to $2K then I'd pass on the used cross bike. Just my opinion but Cyclocross bikes are...
08-08-22, 09:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By dwmckee

Have you contacted a dealer directly? We have a...

Have you contacted a dealer directly? We have a 56 in stock are getting 3 more in during September (54 & 56 I believe). A lot of their newer stock is supposed to ship out in later September. Next...
08-06-22, 08:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By dwmckee

For under $2K you are limited to Steel, Aluminum...

For under $2K you are limited to Steel, Aluminum and now MAGNESIUM. Magnesium is 1/3 lighter than aluminum and much stronger yet dampens vibration almost as well as good carbon. It is also 1/2 the...
08-06-22, 04:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By dwmckee

Sorry, I thought 105 only came in STI levers for...

Sorry, I thought 105 only came in STI levers for drop bars.
08-06-22, 04:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 267
Posted By dwmckee

Yep, what they said. Converting an old MTB to...

Yep, what they said. Converting an old MTB to drop bars often means you want the bars right on top if the steerer tube which is not very easy to do and does not handle all that well.
08-05-22, 08:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By dwmckee

Are you using 105 shifters with flat bars?

Are you using 105 shifters with flat bars?
08-04-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 1,694
Views: 356,591
Posted By dwmckee

Is that an aluminum fork on that Litespeed?

Is that an aluminum fork on that Litespeed?
08-01-22, 06:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By dwmckee

If you can go to $2K there are a lot of great...

If you can go to $2K there are a lot of great choices. If under $1K the pick'ns are slim.
08-01-22, 06:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By dwmckee

What is your budget, and how rough is the stuff...

What is your budget, and how rough is the stuff you want to ride?
07-30-22, 04:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,167
Posted By dwmckee

Giant does make some excellent wheels, but they...

Giant does make some excellent wheels, but they do not get a lot of recognition for them.

The new Reynolds ATR and G700 wheels look excellent. Higher-end have i9 hub internals. Straight pull,...
07-30-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 21,836
Posted By dwmckee

I have been running Compass/Rene Herse tires on...

I have been running Compass/Rene Herse tires on at least one bike for eight years now and have never had a problem. They are excellent tires though they are not super durable. I mostly ride 38MM at...
07-25-22, 09:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 391
Posted By dwmckee

Why did they hang that thing down so far? It...

Why did they hang that thing down so far? It really is going to eat up ground clearance like that. I can imagine riders circling back to pick up the tool kit they just knocked off. A solution in...
07-24-22, 08:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By dwmckee

What bike are you considering?

What bike are you considering?
07-23-22, 07:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 522
Posted By dwmckee

I know this was not on your list, but it should...

I know this was not on your list, but it should be; get the GRX rear derailleur though. That is a big improvement in chain management on rougher roads! I do prefer the overall feel of the GRX...
07-23-22, 07:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,273
Posted By dwmckee

Yep, well put. 650B is for those that tend to...

Yep, well put. 650B is for those that tend to ride in the rougher stuff, but most gravel out there is easily handled with 700c. Many bikes out there now support both wheel sized for flexibility and...
07-18-22, 11:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,398
Posted By dwmckee

Sorry, I did not add enough detail. In my...

Sorry, I did not add enough detail. In my experience with the linear gauges on the Road Morph, they land at a varying pressures (up and down) after the stroke is completed, not just as the pump...
07-18-22, 11:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 837
Posted By dwmckee

(1) I would not modify the rims in any way. ...

(1) I would not modify the rims in any way.
(2) I'd contact the manufacturer about the problem first, not BF where you will get every OPINION under the sun.
(3) I'd try a different brand of tire...
07-14-22, 08:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,398
Posted By dwmckee

It would be interesting to have someone try this...

It would be interesting to have someone try this out to see how accurate it is. The slider type gauges I have used like this in the past tended to jump around 5 - 7 PSI on each stroke. I really...
07-13-22, 08:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 247
Posted By dwmckee

These are not real common bikes so you may not...

These are not real common bikes so you may not get many here with firsthand experience with either. I'd ride 'n decide but do it quick as used gravel bikes go fast if they are decent. Older Grades...
07-13-22, 07:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,398
Posted By dwmckee

Hmmm... Than has never been an issue for me with...

Hmmm... Than has never been an issue for me with the Lezyne.
07-12-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 752
Posted By dwmckee

Yeah, they were lost for a while to the goofy...

Yeah, they were lost for a while to the goofy side.
07-12-22, 08:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,398
Posted By dwmckee

The Lezyne comes in different models (barrel...

The Lezyne comes in different models (barrel diameters) to optimize for low or high pressure needs. The valve screws onto the Presta or Schrader valve stem so you never have to worry about it coming...
07-12-22, 08:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 446
Posted By dwmckee

Giant Revolt Aluminum is in your price range, and...

Giant Revolt Aluminum is in your price range, and it is a great value. Frame is excellent for an aluminum frame and components are the best you can do at that price range. Dealers still have a few...
07-06-22, 07:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 393
Posted By dwmckee

I had same gearing on my Open and same problem. ...

I had same gearing on my Open and same problem. I dropped to a 30-46 chainset and got FASTER overall because I could spin up hills. Stick with 2x because as you get older your cadence range narrows...
07-01-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 784
Posted By dwmckee

It looks like it is your job to try it out and...

It looks like it is your job to try it out and let us know.
06-27-22, 10:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,398
Posted By dwmckee

I have two Road Morphs and they are great pumps...

I have two Road Morphs and they are great pumps but switched to this now as my main pump because the gauge is much more precise. The Road Morph gauge seemed to not provide very repeatable pressure...
06-26-22, 08:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 565
Posted By dwmckee

I'd feel better if she were wearing a helmet!

I'd feel better if she were wearing a helmet!
06-26-22, 08:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 864
Posted By dwmckee

Whatever you do, go with at least a 9-speed rear...

Whatever you do, go with at least a 9-speed rear cassette. The 8-speed groups are rather clunky with big steps between gears; going to a 9-speed setup is not that much more money either and worth...
06-26-22, 08:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,398
Posted By dwmckee

Roughly a foot long. Fits easily in a top tube...

Roughly a foot long. Fits easily in a top tube bag, jersey pocket or on a mount next to a water bottle. Here is why we like it:
- The long hose means no side force on the valve stem while pumping...
06-26-22, 07:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 897
Posted By dwmckee

I do not see it in there. Generally I believe...

I do not see it in there. Generally I believe you degrease a new chain only if you plan on waxing it instead of oiling it.
06-16-22, 04:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,398
Posted By dwmckee

For gravel, you want a pump with a larger barrel...

For gravel, you want a pump with a larger barrel for faster filling of large, lower pressure tires. And you want a very accurate gauge since gravel tires can be vastly different at 33 vs 36 PSI. We...
06-13-22, 07:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 665
Posted By dwmckee

Hunt bargain wheels are... well... bargains. You...

Hunt bargain wheels are... well... bargains. You do get what you pay for. Some folks seem to think they are getting an $800 value wheelset for $400 or a $1200 wheelset for $800; I guess that is...
06-02-22, 06:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 354
Posted By dwmckee

Gosh that is a beautiful find and in beautiful...

Gosh that is a beautiful find and in beautiful condition! You have a good eye for a vintage bike deal. I am sure you will love riding it! Just a heads up though that those Panaracer slicks are not...
06-01-22, 06:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 783
Posted By dwmckee

To each his/her own, but I ride gravel to get...

To each his/her own, but I ride gravel to get away from motor vehicles, not to tailgate them.
06-01-22, 06:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 722
Posted By dwmckee

Claris only if it is absolutely all you can...

Claris only if it is absolutely all you can possibly afford, Sora is a big step up for just a bit more money.
05-24-22, 05:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By dwmckee

I like the POC helmets for just one reason, the...

I like the POC helmets for just one reason, the vents are all big enough that you can stick a finger in and scratch any part of your head. My previous helmet was advertised as having 36 vents, but...
05-24-22, 05:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 751
Posted By dwmckee

If you start to spin out on the washboard...

If you start to spin out on the washboard sections, then oval chainrings smooth out torque somewhat. I ride the extreme shoulder sometimes, and even in the edge of the grass to avoid the washboard.
05-24-22, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 691
Posted By dwmckee

One of the most popular in the endurance crowd...

One of the most popular in the endurance crowd (and my favorite) is the Selle An Atomica.
05-23-22, 08:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 594
Posted By dwmckee

We have tested the Redshift stem at our shop for...

We have tested the Redshift stem at our shop for a few hundred mikes. It works very well. Not as well as the Lauf fork, but as a lower-cost solution it is pretty good. Definitely sucks up most of the...
05-23-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 873
Posted By dwmckee

We have been heavily considering the Tuscany...

We have been heavily considering the Tuscany Trail or Tuscany Road route on the Bombtrack bikes website. That may be worth a look!
05-18-22, 09:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 818
Posted By dwmckee

For road use with other vehicles or pedestrians...

For road use with other vehicles or pedestrians around the cutoff and no light wasted on illuminating the sky this is plenty bright. If you are offroad trail riding then one of the inexpensive...
05-18-22, 09:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 742
Posted By dwmckee

The stock Giant tires are horrible by the way as...

The stock Giant tires are horrible by the way as they have a very stiff casing and a pretty mediocre tread compound. Most any tire is going to be a huge improvement, and low tire pressure is always...
05-17-22, 07:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 818
Posted By dwmckee

Here is what I use - Rather phallic looking, but...

Here is what I use - Rather phallic looking, but an excellent light and it has a strong horizontal cut-off so you do not blind everything that is headed toward you. From Busch & Muller...
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05-17-22, 07:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By dwmckee

Yup! Or contaminated pads and/or rotors also.

Yup! Or contaminated pads and/or rotors also.
05-09-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,681
Posted By dwmckee

So, we should be calling these multi-surface or...

So, we should be calling these multi-surface or mixed-surface rides instead then? I bet I can guess where that will go if you put it to a vote.
05-06-22, 05:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,572
Posted By dwmckee

There are so many good gravel bikes out there and...

There are so many good gravel bikes out there and Felt was late to market with the Breed so hardly anyone pays attention to it.
05-01-22, 08:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,572
Posted By dwmckee

The 3T is probably the one with the most aero...

The 3T is probably the one with the most aero testing and development. It is supposed to be faster dirty than when clean (turbulent air can follow sharp bends better than smooth laminar flow). ...
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