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03-02-22, 10:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 451
Posted By Chuckles1

AMEN. 10 vs 9 just means more shifting, more...

AMEN. 10 vs 9 just means more shifting, more wondering what gear you're in. With a 9-speed 11-36 cassette, it's hard to imagine you could need a lower gear and remain upright even if spinning hard.
02-27-22, 10:58 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,567
Posted By Chuckles1

Avoid high traffic roads, busy intersections,...

Avoid high traffic roads, busy intersections, etc. until your basic riding skills are solid. Bike paths, side roads until you are expert at cornering, braking, standing up to peddle, dismounting,...
01-27-22, 10:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,125
Posted By Chuckles1

I've had enough things stolen over time to make...

I've had enough things stolen over time to make me leery of leaving my ebike unattended, so many advantages are negated. I'd love to use it for picking up a few groceries (it has a nice rack and...
12-09-21, 10:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,129
Posted By Chuckles1

That's encouraging! One year on a 700x45...

That's encouraging! One year on a 700x45 Marathon rear with no troubles.
10-28-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,496
Posted By Chuckles1

Another good year...

Just taking a minute to appreciate cycling, as another season comes to a close. Still hoping to get in another ride or two on the gravel bike (about 700 miles so far this year), but below 50 degrees...
10-17-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 400
Posted By Chuckles1

Yes, seat post should be greased if non-carbon...

Yes, seat post should be greased if non-carbon frame. If not greased, it could seize and be difficult to remove or adjust in the future. The grease should be wiped off and renewed with fresh grease...
10-16-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 400
Posted By Chuckles1

Are you sure it's the saddle and not the seapost...

Are you sure it's the saddle and not the seapost creaking? I thought my bottom bracket was creaking, but it turned out that regreasing the seat post eliminated the annoying creak.
10-14-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,103
Posted By Chuckles1

I bought a small torque wrench and accessories...

I bought a small torque wrench and accessories for use on my bikes. After using it for a while, I decided it's usually unnecessary. Allen wrenches are sized, like most wrenches, to be a proper...
10-14-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 779
Posted By Chuckles1

Don't know, but you can put 3M paint protection...

Don't know, but you can put 3M paint protection film on bottom of down tube, back of seat tube, and chainstays in an hour, and protect against most gravel strikes.
10-13-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,994
Posted By Chuckles1

Thanks!

Thanks again to the OP for the thread, and to Creativepart for providing the solution. As I mentioned, my Bafang rear hub drive (kit conversion) was doing this. Yesterday, after dousing spoke...
09-29-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 501
Posted By Chuckles1

Not that brave; I'd probably get run over by a...

Not that brave; I'd probably get run over by a snowmobile. Where I live, I could ride some gravel roads that are plowed by the town and have a layer of hard snow/ ice, if I got studded tires. To...
09-27-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 501
Posted By Chuckles1

Autumn...

This is the time in Maine when you have to start adding clothes. Up to now it's been trying to stay cool in the heat and humidity. First come heavier socks, then heavier gloves, then two shirts, ...
09-14-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,248
Posted By Chuckles1

I feel that way every spring on the first half...

I feel that way every spring on the first half dozen rides. Don't overdo it at first; you'll likely forget about it after a while, but you do have to push through some pain.
09-13-21, 08:34 AM
09-07-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 421
Posted By Chuckles1

I bought a 48V 20Ah Unit Pack Power triangle...

I bought a 48V 20Ah Unit Pack Power triangle battery for my 500W Bafang geared rear hub conversion. No complaints, and I added a note when I bought it requesting the correct connector for my...
09-04-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 555
Posted By Chuckles1

Ah, the "freedom" to break laws... I get passed...

Ah, the "freedom" to break laws... I get passed by a pickup with one of those huge flags occasionally, and it's always speeding and has a loud exhaust. The perils of cycling.
09-04-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,074
Posted By Chuckles1

Maybe a recumbent bike if you want to stick with...

Maybe a recumbent bike if you want to stick with cycling.
08-31-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,655
Posted By Chuckles1

Sounds great if your body can take it. I like a...

Sounds great if your body can take it. I like a light morning bike ride ~10 miles, and walk nine holes of golf in the afternoon. Only down side is sometimes get nasty cramps in legs in the evening....
08-27-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,816
Posted By Chuckles1

I use hood mounted mirrors on my drop bar bikes, ...

I use hood mounted mirrors on my drop bar bikes, and a bar end mirror on my flat bar hybrid. The bar end mirror is great in that it doesn't move no matter what bumps I hit. The hood mounted mirrors...
08-22-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,809
Posted By Chuckles1

That's excellent. At 65 I enjoy rides up to 20...

That's excellent. At 65 I enjoy rides up to 20 miles; any more is self defeating. I hope to have half your stamina if I reach 83!
08-20-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,499
Posted By Chuckles1

This is good advice. When I go down long hills, I...

This is good advice. When I go down long hills, I sometimes reach a point where I say to myself, "avoid and don't brake if a car pulls out" of a right side driveway. Below 20mph I might brake hard...
08-16-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,248
Posted By Chuckles1

Scammers

I put a bike on CL for $800. A woman emailed saying she wanted it, but was out of town on business. I was suspicious. Then she wanted me to ship it. Then she sent a check for $2,800, said extra was...
08-07-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 538
Posted By Chuckles1

Interesting; I never thought of that when I...

Interesting; I never thought of that when I changed 12/25 to an 11/34. I just bought a longer cage derailleur (GS) and a new chain. What a difference it made for my old legs in hill country.
08-03-21, 07:34 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 8,725
Posted By Chuckles1

I always used the legal signals, left turn left...

I always used the legal signals, left turn left arm straight out, right turn left arm out, bent 90 degrees, forearm straight up. Drivers seem perplexed. I think ill start pointing right with right...
07-16-21, 12:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,313
Posted By Chuckles1

Yes, a big tank of liquid nitrogen that blows out...

Yes, a big tank of liquid nitrogen that blows out a safety valve would quickly displace virtually all the oxygen in an elevator in seconds. Compressed gas cylinders would do the same if they had a...
07-12-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,405
Posted By Chuckles1

No, but I certainly inspect it when changing a...

No, but I certainly inspect it when changing a tire or tube.
07-01-21, 10:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,522
Posted By Chuckles1

Unless you're strapped for cash...

Getting the right bars and stem on a gravel bike make all the difference in the world. My gravel bike had 44mm bars and an 80mm stem, and I couldn't get comfortable. For $40 bucks or less I put on...
06-29-21, 09:54 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 7,403
Posted By Chuckles1

You need at least a 12 speed cassette because you...

You need at least a 12 speed cassette because you have to pedal at the exact same cadence at all times, up the hills and down.
06-28-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,002
Posted By Chuckles1

One word for you

Ebike! Or is that two words?
06-24-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,162
Posted By Chuckles1

Ive noticed that respondents in this section of...

Ive noticed that respondents in this section of the forum are often contentious, more so than other sections. Psychologists, get to work on why matters of safety raise hackles...

I mostly quote...
06-18-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,281
Posted By Chuckles1

Wait until the off-season, and regrease or...

Wait until the off-season, and regrease or replace BB bearings. My bike with external bearings is doing the same thing, and that's my cue to clean and regrease. If the bikes a keeper, buy the tools...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,768
Posted By Chuckles1

Me too. I only use a rear GS, as that's where I...

Me too. I only use a rear GS, as that's where I used to get flats. Ive had a 700x28c GS on my road bike for the last two years. I'm 155lbs. and pump it to 65psi. I dont notice any bad ride qualities....
06-15-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,006
Posted By Chuckles1

Ok, but gravel bike is better

My gravel bike is my favorite between road, gravel, and hybrid. I got a flat-bar hybrid this year with long wheel base, 700c tires, 180mm hydro discs, and put a geared rear hub drive kit on it. It...
06-15-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,384
Posted By Chuckles1

Dude, it's the heat and humidity! Those are...

Dude, it's the heat and humidity! Those are insane conditions. You must be in decent health to survive that. We are all different, but once you're 60+, you need to moderate. If you get satisfaction...
06-09-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 888
Posted By Chuckles1

Mid-drive just make sure...

Make sure a mid-drive will fit your bike before buying a kit. I wanted to do a mid-drive, but both candidate bikes had too wide chainstays that would have precluded proper fitting of mid-drive. I put...
06-08-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,336
Posted By Chuckles1

I get the type described when I stand up from too...

I get the type described when I stand up from too long in the recliner after cycling. Also calf cramps in bed at night after cycling. I agree with the quote above. Cramps have defied my every attempt...
06-01-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,313
Posted By Chuckles1

My drop bar disc brake gravel bike has become my...

My drop bar disc brake gravel bike has become my favorite bike over the three years I've had it. Average speed is a bit lower than road bike, but comfort and versatility are worth it. Variety is the...
06-01-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,654
Posted By Chuckles1

Dearly missed...

Still have the first cycling jersey I ever bought from Performance, probably twenty years old, still wearable and superior to anything I've bought since. Ditto on MTB shorts I still wear on most...
05-29-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 778
Posted By Chuckles1

Auditory feedback is an important part of staying...

Auditory feedback is an important part of staying safe and keeping your bike in good order. Congrats on your improved hearing, and your successful mechanic work/crank-BB upgrade.
05-28-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,516
Posted By Chuckles1

Schwalbe Marathon 700x45 rear tire Bar end...

Schwalbe Marathon 700x45 rear tire
Bar end mirror left side
Front and rear lights
REAR rack and pack
500W Bafang rear hub drive motor kit and 48V 20 Ah triangle battery
05-24-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,473
Posted By Chuckles1

I recently made a hybrid 3x7 speed into a rear...

I recently made a hybrid 3x7 speed into a rear hub drive ebike, 500W Bafang w/48V battery. I only use the largest, 48t chainring, and gears 3-6 on the 11-34 cassette. Point being, with a motor you...
05-17-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,430
Posted By Chuckles1

Inner tube underlay

I couldn't get comfortable on my gravel bike, and even put it up for sale. Then I wrapped several parts of the drop bars with inner tube strips about 5/8"wide cut from old tube. I wrapped the places...
05-15-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,411
Posted By Chuckles1

Legs are where it's at...

Keep cycling and scrap the weights if they're not doing you any good. Ive seen very few people whose arms are dysfunctional in old age, but hordes of people whose legs are their downfall. At 65, I...
05-03-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 535
Posted By Chuckles1

9 speeds rule...

11-36 cassette with a new GS or SGS derailleur. A Sora GS and 11-36 cassette transformed my 9 speed road bike into a good hill climber, and it shifts beautifully. An Alivio RD would also work well, I...
05-02-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,907
Posted By Chuckles1

I used to do Andy's procedure. Lately I've...

I used to do Andy's procedure. Lately I've started noting which side rubs after initial lever squeeze centering, and putting a feeler gauge between rotor and pad on that side after loosening both...
03-19-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 826
Posted By Chuckles1

Disc brake adjustment bliss

Was having some frustration with getting calipers positioned just right for silent rolling.

Stumbled on the following technique, probably old news to many, but maybe helpful for some new to...
03-18-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,379
Posted By Chuckles1

I'd prefer the simplicity of Schrader valves, but...

I'd prefer the simplicity of Schrader valves, but am not going to drill out rims. I use the adapters as pictured above, so I can use a compressor to top of all my tires once a week. I pump...
03-18-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,735
Posted By Chuckles1

Doctor or physical therapist might recommend...

Doctor or physical therapist might recommend electrical muscle stimulator to keep muscles from atrophy. Best to start ASAP if it fits your situation.
03-14-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,826
Posted By Chuckles1

I get them now that I'm in my mid- sixties; ...

I get them now that I'm in my mid- sixties; never got them when I was younger. And I get them after rides, hours later, not during. If I do get a crampy feeling when cycling, I slow down for a...
02-16-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 571
Posted By Chuckles1

If it aint broke...

IMHO, 9 speeds is ideal. Of course it can depend on other factors on a particular bike, but more than 9 speeds is tedious to me. If you can find a 9 speed cassette with tooth numbers you like,...
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