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07-21-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 661
Posted By xroadcharlie

This Giant Escape disc might work well for you....

This Giant Escape disc might work well for you. It has hydraulic disc brakes, 700c x 35mm puncture protect tires and 3 x 8 gears for $550. Looks like a lot of bike for the money. The base Escape at...
07-21-19, 01:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 661
Posted By xroadcharlie

That looks like a good bike. I'd start by raising...

That looks like a good bike. I'd start by raising the stem. To do this you might have to buy a spacer kit designed for that purpose. Their may also be fore and aft adjustments you can make to the...
07-19-19, 07:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,233
Posted By xroadcharlie

Something Mathematically Meaningful. ...

Something Mathematically Meaningful.

28/38/48 crankset provides a 26.0 - 89.2 gear inch range.
22/32/42 crankset provides a 20.4 - 78.0 gear inch range.

Bottom line is the 28/38/48 crankset is...
07-19-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,003
Posted By xroadcharlie

I have no power meter, So I don't know what my...

I have no power meter, So I don't know what my most efficient cadence is. But when I am pedaling in what I perceive as the most effective gear, One that feels natural, I jump up one gear. My cadence...
07-15-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 344
Posted By xroadcharlie

I too switched to a comfort bike from a mountain...

I too switched to a comfort bike from a mountain bike last year. Huge improvement overall.

But to be fair, the mountain bike was a Canadian Tire special. It may be a good one would also be...
07-15-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 758
Posted By xroadcharlie

Hope not. The 2019 Giant Escape disc with the...

Hope not. The 2019 Giant Escape disc with the carbon forks looks like an excellent bike.
07-13-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,000
Posted By xroadcharlie

A little research suggests you are correct....

A little research suggests you are correct. However even the 100% pure orange juice still uses a congotion of chemicals after processing the pure juice.

If you really love you store bought 100%...
07-12-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,000
Posted By xroadcharlie

You make it with 5 oranges. Some make it with...

You make it with 5 oranges. Some make it with perhaps 1 orange for marketing purposes, a whole bunch of corn syrup, The really bad sweetener, chemicals that make it taste like orange juice, and...
07-12-19, 02:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,917
Posted By xroadcharlie

Leaving the handlebars slightly off center and to...

Leaving the handlebars slightly off center and to the left makes up for the crown in on the roads here in North America where we do it right.

Others may need to offset the handlebars left.

I do...
07-10-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,172
Posted By xroadcharlie

If our bikes were equipped with steel wheels...

If our bikes were equipped with steel wheels riding on a smooth steel surface, Like the train examples in other posts, Weight/mass would effect acceleration almost exclusively on a flat. And most of...
07-10-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 846
Posted By xroadcharlie

Use a piece of thin wall plastic tube, perhaps...

Use a piece of thin wall plastic tube, perhaps ABS or PVC that fits over the seat post the right length as a spacer.

Also as mentioned you may find a heavy duty seatpost clamp.
07-10-19, 07:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,400
Posted By xroadcharlie

I was riding on the sidewalk along Riverside...

I was riding on the sidewalk along Riverside drive, Where like a lot of cities the most expensive homes are built because the 1.5' bike lane has a drop in the middle where the ashfault meets the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-19, 01:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 563
Posted By xroadcharlie

Even with a 7 speed cassette I avoid using the...

Even with a 7 speed cassette I avoid using the small /small and large/ large cogs as a general rule of thumb. Even the middle chainring I prefer the 5 middle cogs.

That said, I will use any...
07-07-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Posted By xroadcharlie

That's one person's opinion with one bike. It is...

That's one person's opinion with one bike. It is not representative of the bike industry in general, And is not an opinion I share.

The Kenda 26 x 1.95" tires on my low end Giant Sedona X-Trail...
07-06-19, 07:27 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,172
Posted By xroadcharlie

Increasing weight increases rolling resistance...

Increasing weight increases rolling resistance almost proportionately. And rolling resistance may account for 25 - 50% of power requirements to maintain speed on a flat on a windless day. If we add 4...
07-06-19, 06:32 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,035
Posted By xroadcharlie

Seems to me if we are asking how much slower a...

Seems to me if we are asking how much slower a fat bike is then road or hybrid bike, Then we are concerned about speed. If that is the case, Unless you plan on using the bike mostly in the winter for...
Forum: Touring
07-06-19, 06:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,346
Posted By xroadcharlie

Actually your 2016 Cannondale Quick Speed 2 looks...

Actually your 2016 Cannondale Quick Speed 2 looks like a decent bike. It is geared on the high side for touring though. Perhaps replacing the 50/34 chainring (or crankset if necessary) with a compact...
07-06-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,037
Posted By xroadcharlie

Thanks for the replies. It looks like we...

Thanks for the replies.

It looks like we have a few good options to clean the drive train without compromising bearing grease. Hopefully it won't need that through a cleaning very often.
07-05-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,298
Posted By xroadcharlie

I see. I wonder if you could cover the wire...

I see.

I wonder if you could cover the wire and overlap the connector with one of those electrical wire sleeves they heat shrink on in electronics but don't heat shrink it. Or even a small clear...
07-03-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,298
Posted By xroadcharlie

They just choose the wrong derailleur. Thousands...

They just choose the wrong derailleur. Thousands of entry level bikes with front derailleurs have worked fine for decades with reg maintenance. My last cheap 1987 mountain bike I put out at the road...
07-03-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,451
Posted By xroadcharlie

When I was a kid a neighbor boy had one...50...

When I was a kid a neighbor boy had one...50 years ago. I had a mustang bike with a 3 speed console shift on the top bar. Loved that crome and gold bike with a 16" front wheel.

I'm surprised we...
07-03-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,052
Posted By xroadcharlie

I agree with grubetown. Freewheel bikes have been...

I agree with grubetown. Freewheel bikes have been used successfully for many years under tougher conditions then most of us will ever use. So there is something else wrong. Might be as simple as an...
07-03-19, 02:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,037
Posted By xroadcharlie

Thanks for the advice. I think I'll try just...

Thanks for the advice. I think I'll try just using a scraper and stif brush and see how that goes.

I'd rather not use the degreaser, But might try it sparingly sometime too.
07-02-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,037
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think I'll try it out. But try to avoid over...

I think I'll try it out. But try to avoid over wetting it. Thanks.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,811
Posted By xroadcharlie

It's pronounced like Saran wrap, But with a M at...

It's pronounced like Saran wrap, But with a M at the end!
07-02-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,451
Posted By xroadcharlie

If they have a 19T that fits, I would go with...

If they have a 19T that fits, I would go with that. While the difference from an 18T is small, Its there all the time. It would be better for acceleration, Especially from a stop, And make riding...
07-02-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,037
Posted By xroadcharlie

Degreaser...Doesn't it degrease the bearings too, Even if we are careful

I see degreaser at the bike shop. It looks like it would make cleaning my cassette and derailleur a much easier job with a small brush. While it's probably safe for the chain. Wouldn't it wash out...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-19, 01:47 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,811
Posted By xroadcharlie

My 2018 Giant Sedona has low end Shimano Altus...

My 2018 Giant Sedona has low end Shimano Altus derailler's and cassette with a Suntour XCC crankset and SRAM twist grip shifters.

For a low end bike like this to shift this well under nearly every...
06-30-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,744
Posted By xroadcharlie

I too get frustrated when my bike falls over...

I too get frustrated when my bike falls over resting on the stand. If the bike is on the stand on wet grass or it's a windy day, I'm always on edge wondering when it's going to fall, So I must stay...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-19, 03:10 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 26,992
Posted By xroadcharlie

They have some drive through nature presevers in...

They have some drive through nature presevers in Africa that might be fun. Only there YOU are the crispy cream desert.

One thing's for sure, Your sprint times will improve.
06-29-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,744
Posted By xroadcharlie

+1 Not only is a kickstand an essential...

+1
Not only is a kickstand an essential accessory to all my bikes, I'm questioning the validity of a single leg kickstand when the two leg ones are much more stable and make it easier to clean and...
06-29-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,035
Posted By xroadcharlie

When they say wider, They mean 28mm vs 25mm on...

When they say wider, They mean 28mm vs 25mm on ash fault.

Trust me. The 50mm tires on my Giant Sedona aren't even in the same league as the 28 or 32mm tires Giant uses on their road bikes on...
06-28-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,035
Posted By xroadcharlie

Unless you are riding on dry, Loose sand, There...

Unless you are riding on dry, Loose sand, There are WAY to many compromises with a FAT bike for my taste.

Rides4Beer's experience with his Giant Revolt Advanced is a perfect example of balancing...
06-27-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,499
Posted By xroadcharlie

You should be able to stand flat footed over the...

You should be able to stand flat footed over the top bar with some clearance, Otherwise It's too big. I too have about a 28" inseam. For those of us that have short legs we should either buy new...
06-27-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,744
Posted By xroadcharlie

I was using a steel rear kickstand, but the bike...

I was using a steel rear kickstand, but the bike fell over too easily no matter how I adjusted it. My new bike has a single leg center kickstand that is much lighter, more stable, and adjustable.
...
06-24-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,307
Posted By xroadcharlie

Gravel helmets? Wouldn't that be...

Gravel helmets?

Wouldn't that be uncomfortable!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,745
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think with experience you will be able to...

I think with experience you will be able to quantify effort by feel, from 30 - 90% and corollate it to you cadence range. I have calculated my base cadence range using my speedometer and noting the...
06-24-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,629
Posted By xroadcharlie

Until seeing the pictures of these beautiful...

Until seeing the pictures of these beautiful vintage bikes, I had never considered buying one. But that 69 Ranger in Syke's post #12...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-19, 03:15 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 9,071
Posted By xroadcharlie

I like clutter free too when it doesn't...

I like clutter free too when it doesn't compromise safety. My handlebar has 9 "Things" on it. All of which I use.

A Rear view mirror, Light, Bell, and of course 2 Brake leavers are all essential...
06-23-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,474
Posted By xroadcharlie

I suggest going by the bicycle manufacture's...

I suggest going by the bicycle manufacture's recommendation and make the adjustments recommended by trailangel if you are not average. Most bike seats and handle bars can be adjusted for a proper fit...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 9,071
Posted By xroadcharlie

I use this on my bike. For the same reason I have...

I use this on my bike. For the same reason I have gauges on my car. For no other reason then to have the information. Information is good, Its what we do with it that counts. It has a Clock, Trip...
06-21-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,400
Posted By xroadcharlie

Try adjusting the seat so it is flat, not tilted...

Try adjusting the seat so it is flat, not tilted forward and raise the handle bars some. You may also be able to slide the seat back or forward on it's rails.
06-19-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,607
Posted By xroadcharlie

Generally speaking I agree. That said. It...

Generally speaking I agree. That said.

It might be best to avoid extremes in both sprocket size and the resulting chain angles. but were talking 11 and 12 cog sprockets on a cassette, or chain...
06-17-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,167
Posted By xroadcharlie

I find it ironic that the 11 - 36 10 speed...

I find it ironic that the 11 - 36 10 speed cassette actually has bigger gear to gear gaps on one chainring, no matter what chainring we replace it with, then the 7 speed on many low end bikes like my...
06-16-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By xroadcharlie

This is the right diameter for my 48T chainring,...

This is the right diameter for my 48T chainring, But the wrong bolt pattern, 5 bolts, I need 4. Look on E-bay, You will probably find one that works for you if this doesn't. Changing the chainrings...
06-14-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,167
Posted By xroadcharlie

It would help if we new the chain ring you are...

It would help if we new the chain ring you are using. I'm with AeroGut, I'd consider replacing the chainrings, or replace the crankset with one compatible with your BB if necessary.

I think a...
06-14-19, 12:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 559
Posted By xroadcharlie

When you say you tried everything, I assume that...

When you say you tried everything, I assume that means aligning the calipers too.

Google it if you haven't. Lots of folks have the same problem. That is one reason I avoid disc brakes for the...
06-13-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,541
Posted By xroadcharlie

After doing some research last year myself on new...

After doing some research last year myself on new bikes, I narrowed it down to either the Giant Roam or Sedona.

I choose the 2018 Sedona for its upright seating position, its 1.95" low preasure...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,232
Posted By xroadcharlie

The 34/27 sprockets are approx. 34 gear inches...

The 34/27 sprockets are approx. 34 gear inches and that might be doable for a short distance on ashfault. I could live with my 33 GI sprockets for short hills that might be 15 - 20%. But I have a 21...
06-11-19, 07:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,811
Posted By xroadcharlie

https://www.schwalbetires.com/Marathon-GT-365 ...

https://www.schwalbetires.com/Marathon-GT-365

At $50 a pop these aren't budget tires, But I think there are a good balance for you. I might buy these myself when my 26 x 1.95" tires go. I think...
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