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Forum: Commuting
05-29-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 262
Posted By chas58

28mm Gatorskins are probably your best bet. ...

28mm Gatorskins are probably your best bet.



Rain: It is physically impossible to get a 28mm tire to hydroplane (well if you arenít doing triple digits). Iíve read plenty about how tread...
05-29-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 408
Posted By chas58

For some reason your hall wires are not working. ...

For some reason your hall wires are not working. They allow the 3 phase motor to sync up to the controller. So yep, its busted.
05-29-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 658
Posted By chas58

Well, analogue does have its own set of joys.

Well, analogue does have its own set of joys.
05-29-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 160
Posted By chas58

Lotsa good questions. I like hub motors as...

Lotsa good questions.
I like hub motors as they are light and cheap - but a mid drive is probably more suitable for you if you have a lot of hills. Those Bafang motors are some of the best. I...
Forum: Commuting
05-29-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 262
Posted By chas58

I like to buy tires that I can return (i.e. from...

I like to buy tires that I can return (i.e. from somewhere like LBS or REI). I like 28mm or 32mm for commuting. You don't really need any tread - for your usage all tires (with good rubber...
05-28-20, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 197
Posted By chas58

Wheels and tires are a good bet. Unless the...

Wheels and tires are a good bet. Unless the wheels are obsolete (i.e. rim brake). Enjoy it like it is and if something starts to bug you, then replace it. I'm happy with CX gearing - I can do...
05-28-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 604
Posted By chas58

I've been riding them on pavement all year (well,...

I've been riding them on pavement all year (well, its been a short season so far). Really, they are a lot like the G-One Alround. Maybe a little faster, a little smoother, a little smaller, a...
05-28-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,451
Posted By chas58

My initial impression of the 32c GP5000 (besides...

My initial impression of the 32c GP5000 (besides the easy speed) was that it was as comfortable as my 40mm gravel tires - although that is somewhat pressure dependent (obviously I can go lower with...
05-26-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,451
Posted By chas58

I did a lot of testing last year. Answer - it...

I did a lot of testing last year. Answer - it depends on the tire.

A good gravel tire (I used Ramblers and G-One) was not a lot different than a "training" road tire. I used a Conti-4 seasons.
...
05-22-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 408
Posted By chas58

Well, I was gonna suggest to the same thing that...

Well, I was gonna suggest to the same thing that worked in this thread:

https://www.bikeforums.net/electric-bikes/1202125-e-bike-problems.html

Namely, change out the controller. You could...
05-21-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 408
Posted By chas58

no, that isn't normal. Sounds like the hall...

no, that isn't normal. Sounds like the hall sensors are not connected properly. One way or another the controller isn't doing a good job talking to the motor.

I have one that I run without the...
05-21-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By chas58

Hard rock is a great donor bike. I would...

Hard rock is a great donor bike. I would definitely go pre-built if you want reliability and if you don't like to futz. I'm a futzer so I find it kinda fun to do the DIY stuff. Still, I've had to...
05-21-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 996
Posted By chas58

Wow, really squeezed it in for that front tire. ...

Wow, really squeezed it in for that front tire. Reminds me of another issue on short wheelbase bikes - toe overlap.
05-21-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 318
Posted By chas58

Well, if you are looking for gravel - this map...

Well, if you are looking for gravel - this map has lots of routes: https://gravelmap.com/
05-21-20, 10:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By chas58

Hey, any racing when they offer me a beer on...

Hey, any racing when they offer me a beer on every lap clearly doesn't take itself too seriously. There is room for everyone.
05-20-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By chas58

It is a kind of insane sustained max effort with...

It is a kind of insane sustained max effort with some technical challenges thrown in to spice it up!
05-19-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 168
Posted By chas58

let me know if your 36v needs a new home. ...

let me know if your 36v needs a new home. Otherwise I may try to dig up Unit Pack Power.
Forum: Commuting
05-19-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 848
Posted By chas58

I've tried all the above. I do tend to ride...

I've tried all the above. I do tend to ride faster than average and didn't like futzing around with panniers - especially since I tend to ride home into a headwind every day in the spring and don't...
05-19-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 996
Posted By chas58

Good point! I mounted the front of mine much...

Good point! I mounted the front of mine much lower than in that picture so they go down to the chainstays and keep the drive train cleaner.
05-19-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 318
Posted By chas58

Heat maps are invaluable. I like to make my...

Heat maps are invaluable.

I like to make my own maps with "off road" connections. Sometimes I can go to google street view to see if my connection is ridable. And, often Strava heat maps I can...
05-19-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 196
Posted By chas58

But, not too tight! haha...

But, not too tight! haha...
05-18-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 151
Posted By chas58

Yeah, I saw that. Its been a ball being...

Yeah, I saw that. Its been a ball being unrestricted in the US for the past 7 years, but I knew those days were numbered. Still, France isn't messing around.
05-18-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,451
Posted By chas58

Very true. My "gravel" bike is faster than my...

Very true. My "gravel" bike is faster than my road bikes (its also more expensive). I'm "sport" level, not elite. lol. Still, I'll do crits, CX, gravel, and even mix it up with hardtails. The...
05-18-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 259
Posted By chas58

could be. I can't really feel the difference with...

could be. I can't really feel the difference with a tubed or tubeless. Some tires react a little different to pressure than others though...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,068
Posted By chas58

Well, I did do a detailed build post here in case...

Well, I did do a detailed build post here in case anyone was having similar ideas. ;-)
Not sure if the archives go back that far though.
Replies: 22
Views: 2,511
Posted By chas58

It was great watching you guys race - thanks for...

It was great watching you guys race - thanks for coming up. I enjoyed the video. :-)

We had 4 bad crashes last fall. One poor guy looked like he had a younger rider just ride up into him when...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,068
Posted By chas58

I saw a cringy video explaining the bike and how...

I saw a cringy video explaining the bike and how they got the name. Made me immediately write them off as not knowing what they were doing, nor anything about bikes. Looked like a couple of bro's...
05-15-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 667
Posted By chas58

I'm confused. You do or don't want the lightest?...

I'm confused. You do or don't want the lightest? I have a Klein from those days that may be the lightest, but you are talking steel? Anything from the mid 90's is probably good geometry wise -...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 255
Posted By chas58

Yeah, I've ridden Trek and Specialized bikes that...

Yeah, I've ridden Trek and Specialized bikes that fit that general build.
Forum: Commuting
05-14-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,068
Posted By chas58

I built that bike about 7 years ago. Except I...

I built that bike about 7 years ago. Except I know bikes, I know the proper angle for bullhorns, I know where to mount my brake levers, I know the basics of bike sizing. Some of the pictures I have...
05-14-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 265
Posted By chas58

Well, there is never any wind in the morning when...

Well, there is never any wind in the morning when I go in (unless something very nasty is brewing in the atmosphere). But if there is any wind in the afternoon, it is always in my face as I commute...
05-14-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 735
Posted By chas58

I have no idea what you are talking about...

I have no idea what you are talking about specifically. That is too broad a statement. They just announced their "new" ebike, and it looks pretty interesting to me:
...
05-14-20, 02:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By chas58

Interesting. I've seen that happen with fat bike...

Interesting. I've seen that happen with fat bike tires at low pressure, but this is a new one for me. Schwalbe does make e-bike rated tires - I've never looked for a 20" one before though. Small...
05-14-20, 02:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 232
Posted By chas58

Got it all figured out? I usually start with...

Got it all figured out?
I usually start with the basics. Wire the battery (positive & negative) and the throttle, and it should work. I've had problems with the throttle wires not matching, in...
05-14-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 535
Posted By chas58

true. I find I ride 40-54mm in the winter (when...

true. I find I ride 40-54mm in the winter (when I'm slow, out of shape and the roads are in rough shape), and 32mm in the summer - when I'm riding in groups where weight and aero make a noticeable...
05-14-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,102
Posted By chas58

CX is a good option. Most all modern ones take...

CX is a good option. Most all modern ones take 40mm (they call it "mud clearance" for 33mm). I'm not sure why people worry about BB. Might help if you are a newbie, but my XC mountain bike (and track...
05-13-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,102
Posted By chas58

I like the no brand look, but the saddle and...

I like the no brand look, but the saddle and bottle cages give it away. ;-)
05-12-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 535
Posted By chas58

40mm is fine for most roads you can drive a car...

40mm is fine for most roads you can drive a car on. Its fine for smooth single track. Obviously if it gets rocky or rooty, bigger is better. I'm fine blasting through single track on 40mm tires,...
05-11-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,102
Posted By chas58

This Canyon climbs and leaps under acceleration...

This Canyon climbs and leaps under acceleration unlike anything I've ridden outside of the velodrome. Besides, I can put that cheater tire on the front......
05-11-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 437
Posted By chas58

48/15 is a warmup gear? Geeze. that is about...

48/15 is a warmup gear? Geeze.
that is about what our gear limit is (90")

We do have a CX race that covers part of an old outdoor velodrome. I always pass people there because no one seems to...
05-11-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 275
Posted By chas58

I agree with Mista. Adding a Heart Rate Monitor...

I agree with Mista. Adding a Heart Rate Monitor totally changed my training. I used to go as hard as I could, which left my tapped out, with no energy for sprints or climbs.

Now I know the...
05-11-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 378
Posted By chas58

If I were you, I would concentrate on getting my...

If I were you, I would concentrate on getting my bike fitness and skills back, ride the bikes like they are and see which one calls to me. I rather find mountain bikes boring on the road, and I do...
05-11-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 996
Posted By chas58

Those full coverage fenders are a good option. I...

Those full coverage fenders are a good option. I would recommend those if this was the "commuting" forum. But, its not.

Still, it depends what "adequate protection" means to you. As stated...
05-07-20, 02:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 996
Posted By chas58

SKS VELO 47 Trekking 700c Fender Set

SKS trekking. Choose your size, but probably want about <5mm wider than your tires. Not my bike but this is what they look like without the stays. They do basically slide off if you want, but I...
05-07-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 692
Posted By chas58

The DT should do you well. the Shimano wheelset...

The DT should do you well. the Shimano wheelset is likely not tubeless ready, and is only 17mm ID. I haven't bought a wheel that narrow in years, even for my road bikes...
05-07-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 996
Posted By chas58

I kinda like the plastic SKS fenders (plastic...

I kinda like the plastic SKS fenders (plastic doesn't ding or rattle or make noise). You can get them in pretty much any size you need to fit tires from 23mm to 60mm. The ones i use have optional...
04-28-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By chas58

I've always wanted a light 2P pack for commuting....

I've always wanted a light 2P pack for commuting. I'm running low current, so no real downside for me. My bike weighs 25lbs + battery, so it is really designed to go light and fast.

Its not just a...
04-27-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 529
Posted By chas58

Yeah, kinda cool having them as a local bike...

Yeah, kinda cool having them as a local bike shop. Nice to be able to shop on line and support local too. ;-)
(well, except I have to pay state sales tax, oh well).
04-27-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 227
Posted By chas58

Dang, good price. They are amazing. Bought one...

Dang, good price. They are amazing. Bought one for my stoker on my tandem. Loved it so much I bought another one. They are great on gravel bikes - really smooth things out for the butt...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By chas58

Oh, I would go bigger on the FX. I commute...

Oh, I would go bigger on the FX.

I commute drop bar, but over the years have migrated from 25 to 28 to 32mm at 20mph. Winter and spring I use 40mm.

I go tubeless over 32mm (actually, anything...
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