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12-23-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By chas58

Holy Cr*p, that is an old thread.

Holy Cr*p, that is an old thread.
12-22-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,577
Posted By chas58

I was looking at this a couple of years ago, and...

I was looking at this a couple of years ago, and Specialized's trail numbers seemed pretty close.

Tarmac - Roubaix -Diverge -Crux -Sequoia
55MM 57mm 56MM 62MM 67mm

I compared the specialized...
12-22-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,767
Posted By chas58

Very true, although its changing relatively fast....

Very true, although its changing relatively fast.
5 years ago, I bought a 36v10ah 10lb battery for about $300. Now I can buy the same capacity for 1/3 the weight, and less than 1/2 the price.
Give...
Forum: Commuting
12-21-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,667
Posted By chas58

I like having a luxury commuter. I don't worry...

I like having a luxury commuter. I don't worry about it. Really, carbon is tough stuff. It doesn't like point loads, but I've had a bike fly off my car, and other than replacing all the broken...
12-21-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 779
Posted By chas58

realistically, a top speed of 26 or 28mph isn't...

realistically, a top speed of 26 or 28mph isn't gonna make a difference in my commute time on my 14 mile commute.
12-21-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 273
Posted By chas58

Well, recumbents are increadibly efficient due to...

Well, recumbents are increadibly efficient due to their aerodynamics. Battery size is all up to you - based on speed and distance mostly. 17.5 is going to give you huge range (in e-bike terms) on a...
12-21-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 485
Posted By chas58

Wow, interesting question. So, you want to...

Wow, interesting question.

So, you want to go steep and heavy, and 1:1 gearing 30tx32t doesn't give you enough power?

It depends on the cassette, but a lot I see have maybe the first 3-4...
Replies: 6
Views: 671
Posted By chas58

9.75 isn't a speed. What was the speed?

9.75 isn't a speed. What was the speed?
12-21-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,055
Posted By chas58

IMHO, that is like asking why not put a shock on...

IMHO, that is like asking why not put a shock on the rear instead of the front?

I sometimes ride with a wider front tire. This gives me
- better flotation, and steering in soft conditions
- a...
12-17-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By chas58

Good points. Personally, I can do any speed...

Good points.
Personally, I can do any speed I'm physically capable of doing with a 46t chainring (50+ k/hr). Then again, going from 50 to 48t is same difference as going from 11t to 11.5t in the...
12-17-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By chas58

LMAO. When CX racing on those tires, I ride up...

LMAO. When CX racing on those tires, I ride up things much steeper than I (or anyone here probably) ever rides gravel grinding. But then again, at the extreme limits there are just things a gravel...
12-10-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,551
Posted By chas58

for sure, 3x suxs! I don't drop a chain on my 2x...

for sure, 3x suxs! I don't drop a chain on my 2x (ultegra) bike, but remember the hassle of 3x. Maybe that PTSD is why people want 1x. Certainly it is confusing for new/casual riders. Makes...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,987
Posted By chas58

good summary Paul. With a fat bike, I was...

good summary Paul.
With a fat bike, I was surpised that I would just grind to a halt with deep snow, while a standard size tire would easily cut through. Then again, ruts are a thing, and smaller...
12-08-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 472
Posted By chas58

how tall is she? Canyon does 650B in the XXS...

how tall is she?
Canyon does 650B in the XXS sizes, but their size chart starts at 5'4"
12-07-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,043
Posted By chas58

3- no, club riders around here are a PITA. Too...

3- no, club riders around here are a PITA. Too much testosterone. They ride faster than ebikes down mups 2 abreast, and clog the traffic around here blocking roads for cars. That is what I read on...
12-07-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,460
Posted By chas58

Chaad - I think you hit the nail on the head with...

Chaad - I think you hit the nail on the head with most of your comments.
26lbs is pretty light - certainly light compared to many mountain bikes on the market.
I built a bike similar to this 7...
12-07-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By chas58

I think you need to have a battery that has a USB...

I think you need to have a battery that has a USB port outlet on it.
12-07-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,043
Posted By chas58

If OP is still reading... I don't know how...

If OP is still reading...

I don't know how much exercise you want, but a strong rider can sustain ~250 watts on a commute. If you get a 500+++ powered bike, it will be a lot stronger than you. ...
12-07-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,578
Posted By chas58

Good point Koyote. I'll do 30+mph at 120rpm, but...

Good point Koyote. I'll do 30+mph at 120rpm, but I remember when I was first learning to do that I would be bouncing a lot in the saddle. I can see that being an issue at 40psi. I'm typically not...
12-07-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,551
Posted By chas58

1x is good for solo riding, or for more casual...

1x is good for solo riding, or for more casual rides.
2x is good for a bike that is going to be ridden in a group, where you can't always choose the pace, and good for a bike that is both ridden...
12-03-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,460
Posted By chas58

That is friggen gorgeous. Let me know when you...

That is friggen gorgeous. Let me know when you get it so I can come to A2 and give it a test ride.

(ok, well the "starting at $4,500" part isn't pretty.)
12-03-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,530
Posted By chas58

Bummer! Well, that chain wear is not too...

Bummer!

Well, that chain wear is not too abnormal, but certainly keep it lubed regularly, and use a chain checker (they are cheap to buy). Your worn chain will destroy your gears as you...
12-03-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,013
Posted By chas58

Oh, god no. Don't need carbon wheels on an...

Oh, god no. Don't need carbon wheels on an ebike. You may save the weight equivalent to a small lunch sized box of raisins. That's nothing compared to the weight of the motor or battery. How much...
12-02-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 671
Posted By chas58

Two posts? Coming back for more? Any mountain...

Two posts? Coming back for more? Any mountain bike with studded tires can do 4+ inches of snow (from experience). But 30mph in the winter on two wheels is gonna put you in the hospital sooner or...
12-01-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,450
Posted By chas58

Fun video, thanks! Massive chain ring. 62lbs,...

Fun video, thanks! Massive chain ring. 62lbs, 1500 watt, 40mph. Sounds like a lot of fun. But hats off to ANYONE that can pedal a 62lb bike with 60x17 gearing at 20+mph. That is a strong rider! He's...
12-01-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,073
Posted By chas58

That is hard to believe. but if you've already...

That is hard to believe. but if you've already done almost 1,000 rides this year...

I did something like that on year- commuting 20miles every day, then another 100 miles doing "training" then on...
12-01-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,073
Posted By chas58

I'm guessing he likes mid drive more than hub.

I'm guessing he likes mid drive more than hub.
11-30-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 813
Posted By chas58

It depends on a lot of factors, where you live...

It depends on a lot of factors, where you live (which country, which city), how much power and speed you have. Typically its gonna weigh a lot more. It may or may not be a lot faster.
11-29-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,450
Posted By chas58

Sorry, don't mean to offend. JK means "joking." ...

Sorry, don't mean to offend. JK means "joking." We are friends here. You've got a nice bike man, like I said.

Anyway, I've seen doco on the Texas law matching the original California...
11-25-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 719
Posted By chas58

Yeah, sometimes I head down south so I can ride...

Yeah, sometimes I head down south so I can ride in Canada.

You need to decide on your target speed, power, and range.
You can get crazy with either of those, but its going to cost you a lot of...
11-25-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,523
Posted By chas58

Well, you don't need any knobs, but you do need...

Well, you don't need any knobs, but you do need volume.
I have sand racing tires that are slicks, but 60mm in size.

I rode one of my gravel routes on 32mm tires once, and running through deep...
11-25-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,523
Posted By chas58

Many of our rail trails have this, and some of...

Many of our rail trails have this, and some of our parks. Its rarely deep, unless its on a path more for jogging than riding.
11-25-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,349
Posted By chas58

Been there, don that. Its a great combo. ...

Been there, don that. Its a great combo. Interestingly, I had the ramblers with 32mm 4 seasons, and realistically they were pretty similar in performance. But those GP5000s are in a whole...
11-25-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,349
Posted By chas58

You are going to be very happy with those. If...

You are going to be very happy with those. If you are on the fence between sizes, I would always defer to the larger size.
11-24-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,349
Posted By chas58

Its good to see more "road race" type tires being...

Its good to see more "road race" type tires being offered in the 32mm size (and even road bikes that can fit 32mm tires!). Conti and Michelin are some recent examples.

If you want a "road" tire...
11-24-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 828
Posted By chas58

That is standard, so you should have no problems...

That is standard, so you should have no problems for road/gravel wheels.
However, you stated that you wanted 29er wheels. Those are gonna be 15mm through axle (front), and of course boost spacing...
11-24-20, 07:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,349
Posted By chas58

Yes: SK = Short Knob.

Yes: SK = Short Knob.
11-24-20, 07:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,450
Posted By chas58

That is a good point. But the MTB category is so...

That is a good point. But the MTB category is so splintered, you can find what you want. Personally, I love '90s mountain bikes for road riding as they had geometry much more similar to a road...
11-23-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,450
Posted By chas58

My point exactly. 38mph is just under 2000...

My point exactly.

38mph is just under 2000 watts. 2000w >750w.

Besides, Last I heard, Texas was one of the 26 states on board with the California definition:



Yeah, you probably are not...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-20, 04:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,428
Posted By chas58

Well, you can stay young forever, you just have...

Well, you can stay young forever, you just have to do it differently. Back when I was your age, I had a young man about 65yrs old pass me at the finish at our velodrome. Wisdom goes a long way.
...
11-23-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,450
Posted By chas58

Talking Beautiful, I love it. Adjustable stems are a...

Beautiful, I love it. Adjustable stems are a wonderful thing.
But, just like growing and smoking a joint, it may be "legal" in your state, but that does not make it legal federally. Don't let the...
11-23-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 828
Posted By chas58

Ya, over thinking it. Definitely get two sets...

Ya, over thinking it.
Definitely get two sets of rotors (and cassettes). Many people like to get tighter spacing on the road cassete and nice big gears on the gravel cassette (not a huge jump, but...
11-23-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,349
Posted By chas58

Ditto that. I know there are a lot in the...

Ditto that.

I know there are a lot in the camp that 40mm is fine for the road. And, it is if you are not riding hard. But the GP5000 has 1/2 to 1/3 the rolling resistance of many of the tires...
11-19-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,450
Posted By chas58

I have road and mountain ebikes. Riding them,...

I have road and mountain ebikes. Riding them, its pretty similar. The road bike with the same kit, goes farther as is is much more efficient. speed wise they are the same.

You should test ride...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,929
Posted By chas58

Well, the Terra Speeds will last about a month on...

Well, the Terra Speeds will last about a month on an ebike on pavement. Thunder Burt certainly has low rolling resistance, and makes my bike handle like a truck, but in a straight line it has low...
11-18-20, 03:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 913
Posted By chas58

Like in riding in Snirt?​​​​​​​ ...

Like in riding in Snirt?​​​​​​​
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11-18-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 913
Posted By chas58

I can't do that because I get toe overlap on the...

I can't do that because I get toe overlap on the front and the rear I'm gonna hit it an knock it out of wack - especially if I'm throwing it in the rear of my car.
Forum: Commuting
11-17-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,929
Posted By chas58

Makes sense. Short of a touring tire, I find...

Makes sense.

Short of a touring tire, I find most good tires are comfy at the right pressure. Shoot, going from 35mm to 50-60mm is going to give you a pretty comfy ride (at the right pressure). ...
Forum: Great Lakes
11-17-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By chas58

Well, drafting a school bus can be fun, although...

Well, drafting a school bus can be fun, although the exhaust is horrible and they do stop a lot. ;-)

I agree. I hate that "main street" bike path between Royal Oak (RO) and Clawson. Too much...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,929
Posted By chas58

1) Not sure what you mean by traction. All...

1) Not sure what you mean by traction. All decent bike tires have good traction for commuting. Naturally, higher end tires have better ride quality.

2) Rolling resistance? Why? With...
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