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06-25-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By chas58

That is not what it is designed for, but you can...

That is not what it is designed for, but you can do it. Its just going to change things a bit (pedal strike, trail). Its a pretty stable bike, so a little less trail isn't going to hurt much, and...
06-25-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 473
Posted By chas58

Why not just use the appropriately sized chain...

Why not just use the appropriately sized chain ring to give you the gearing you need?
06-25-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,489
Posted By chas58

I've never ridden my 28mm GP4000 on gravel. ...

I've never ridden my 28mm GP4000 on gravel. Sidewalls are too thin for my liking.
But The 32mm GP5000 TL is my goto for fast gravel and all around fast riding.

The thicker cords, thicker...
06-25-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,066
Posted By chas58

I'll run 10-15psi lower with tubeless vs tubes on...

I'll run 10-15psi lower with tubeless vs tubes on gravel (40mm). But there is a lot of piece of mind knowing I won't get a pinch flat (or puncture) tubeless.

On the other hand, some of my tubeless...
06-25-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,749
Posted By chas58

Yeah, I picked the wrong place to go over the...

Yeah, I picked the wrong place to go over the handlebars as it launched me off the side of the mountain. Fortunately, it was wooded (soft-loamy) and very steep (so I could roll on landing). I...
06-25-19, 07:37 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,749
Posted By chas58

True. Iíve been learning about the whole...

True. Iíve been learning about the whole fitness/fatigue thing inspired by the strava metrics. Clearly, I can be super fit, but also very fatigued. I feel it some days. But to prepare for a race...
06-24-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,749
Posted By chas58

Long, low, slack. That is how to roll. My...

Long, low, slack. That is how to roll.

My bike is none of the 3. Its a blast to ride, but a handfull on long decents.

P.S. Appologies for the people answering their own question and...
06-24-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 6,229
Posted By chas58

You mean, front or rear? I find the rears...

You mean, front or rear?

I find the rears pretty darn irritating...
06-24-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,322
Posted By chas58

It kinda does. Most of that seems to be in the...

It kinda does. Most of that seems to be in the chain stay. Maybe its just me, but I have not found a bike with a 435mm chain stay that can really accelerate and "pop" like one with a 420mm chain...
06-24-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 473
Posted By chas58

Read this: ...

Read this: http://ridinggravel.com/components/wheel-comparison-650b-vs-700c/
06-24-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 473
Posted By chas58

All other things being equal (including tire...

All other things being equal (including tire width), the 650b will lower your bottom bracket significantly. The biggest issue there is probably pedal strike, although theoretically the bike will be...
06-24-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,322
Posted By chas58

What is there specifically about a gravel bike...

What is there specifically about a gravel bike that you feel holds you back? Tires? Weight? Rider positioning???
To me, a gravel bike is anything that can comfortably take 40mm gravel tires - and...
06-14-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,202
Posted By chas58

I would do 28 at least. Probably the biggest...

I would do 28 at least. Probably the biggest issue is, if you break a spoke can you still ride home?
06-14-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 648
Posted By chas58

The Tubeless tire has thicker cords (you can see...

The Tubeless tire has thicker cords (you can see them) and more rubber on the sidewall that should make it harder to tear a gash in them. It doesn't seem to affect ride quality or rolling...
06-14-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,064
Posted By chas58

Nice. Yes, keep us updated. (one reason to go...

Nice. Yes, keep us updated.
(one reason to go bigger up front is many bikes can't take as big in the rear as they can in the front).
Replies: 19
Views: 3,712
Posted By chas58

Interesting to have tire squirm on a track with...

Interesting to have tire squirm on a track with 28 degree banks. We have 24, 44, and 51 degree banking, and those tighter high speed turns do a number on equipment (mostly seats and spokes). I...
06-14-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 648
Posted By chas58

Uber. I have plugs and gorilla tape. It...

Uber.

I have plugs and gorilla tape. It would have to be a good sidewall gash - and if its that rough I'm on larger tires. But when a stick ripped off my derailer last year, it was uber time.
06-14-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 648
Posted By chas58

Conti GP5000 Review. Tubeless for fast Gravel

GP5000 32mm

Finally - high end 32mm tires! Not too long ago I got excited just to see 28mm sizes. And Conti has finally gone tubeless (although they are a PITA for my wheels).

Construction:
...
06-13-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 660
Posted By chas58

The industry standard for rubber is 6 years. ...

The industry standard for rubber is 6 years.
Yeah, you can go longer, but its the most important single component on your bike, and tires are not expensive.

IMHO, 6 years is very...
06-13-19, 03:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,064
Posted By chas58

Durable? both should last decades unless you are...

Durable? both should last decades unless you are abusing them or crash. My weak point has been spokes which eventually just wear out - and I get tired of replacing them when they start going...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,214
Posted By chas58

Clearly you chose the wrong wheel builder years...

Clearly you chose the wrong wheel builder years ago...

On the other hand, my bikes with disk brakes look just as bad - but that is because disk brakes make it easier to ride in crappy conditions.
06-13-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,489
Posted By chas58

Until a week ago, I would have said your 36mm...

Until a week ago, I would have said your 36mm Challenge tires. Ďbeen playing with some 32mm GP5000s tubless. Half the rolling resistance of the Challenge tires is kinda tempting. For me, it would be...
06-13-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,462
Posted By chas58

No link? Is it this $835 model? ...

No link?

Is it this $835 model?
...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,214
Posted By chas58

That is normal for a bike with rim brakes that is...

That is normal for a bike with rim brakes that is used as a commuter or in any wet condtions. The grime from the street and the brake pads gets on your wheel and then dribbles out and makes tan...
06-13-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,064
Posted By chas58

I use a 54mm Thunder Burt - although that is a...

I use a 54mm Thunder Burt - although that is a tight fit. That tire in a 650b would be perfect. 50mm Furious fred works for me too, but has less bite. Its a lot faster though if you don't need...
06-10-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,056
Posted By chas58

V-brakes never bothered me. I'm not sure...

V-brakes never bothered me. I'm not sure mechanical disks are any better. But hydraulic (v-brake or disk) are great if ya got them.

Thudbusters are wonderful inventions, and great for road...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,070
Posted By chas58

Welcome, and have fun commuting. I do enjoy...

Welcome, and have fun commuting. I do enjoy being outside rather than in a box waiting in a queu or traffic.

Key things for you to consider:

- What size bike do you need? Go to...
06-10-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,567
Posted By chas58

They are about perfect for UK conditions. Very...

They are about perfect for UK conditions. Very fast rolling and lots of grip in good and bad weather (although obviously not great in slimy mud).
06-10-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 913
Posted By chas58

That is odd, especially since those beads don't...

That is odd, especially since those beads don't seem to stretch at all. I've mounted, remounted, tried to put them on rims they didn't fit on, ridden them lots - and what you are saying doesn't make...
06-10-19, 07:26 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,105
Posted By chas58

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@KeatonR (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/keatonr-21230.html) Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!
06-07-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 913
Posted By chas58

So, my answer to any tubeless tire related...

So, my answer to any tubeless tire related problem is skinny-strippers (latex strips).
One of their many features is to form a loose bond to the tire, completely sealing the air chamber. If the...
06-06-19, 03:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 871
Posted By chas58

Well, its the same problem when...

Well, its the same problem when removing/installing the core. If the nut isn't tight enough, stem will spin. They say to "hand tighten" but I give it a little extra with a wrench to make sure its...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,555
Posted By chas58

The OP posted one post in his life here, and then...

The OP posted one post in his life here, and then left. I think the rest of us know the answer...

(Maybe he went to ******Ican'tsaythatonBF to find what he was looking for)
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,411
Posted By chas58

Poll results for those wondering about flats...

Poll results for those wondering about flats...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,762
Posted By chas58

Came home with a deep 4mm long hole in my tire...

Came home with a deep 4mm long hole in my tire the other day. Might not have noticed it, except that the sealant was still weeping out of it until it formed a scab. Its nice that we have the...
06-05-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 908
Posted By chas58

I don't need the extra standover heigh for Gravel...

I don't need the extra standover heigh for Gravel (like I do for mountain bike riding). You might be able to get an extra 20mm out of the stem, but it sounds as if the top tube is 40-60cm too small...
06-05-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,582
Posted By chas58

Not in TX any more, eh? Agreed a larger...

Not in TX any more, eh?

Agreed a larger cassette and extended cage for your derailer should do the trick. Its not hard to do if you have the inclination, but your LBS will be happy to help out. ...
06-05-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 857
Posted By chas58

Makes sense. That is what I did. Pretty easy to...

Makes sense. That is what I did. Pretty easy to dish the wheel 1mm.
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,084
Posted By chas58

My favorite steel commuters were a BD track bike...

My favorite steel commuters were a BD track bike (Kilo TT), an old mint specialized Allez. Newer I would go for a Genesis (probably gotta be in Brittan for that), Jamis Quest (seems to be fairly...
06-03-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 857
Posted By chas58

Ugh, its not a defect, it looks to me to be how...

Ugh, its not a defect, it looks to me to be how the frame was designed. Please don’t go modifying your frame or filing anything.

Its not an uncommon design with Gravel bikes (i.e. running wider...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,984
Posted By chas58

rear view mirror, and active avoidance.

rear view mirror, and active avoidance.
06-03-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 857
Posted By chas58

My bike has the same issue (mine is a Canyon). ...

My bike has the same issue (mine is a Canyon). I'm guessing its to keep 2x drive train and a narrow Q-factor. Probably not as big an issue on a 1x only frame. I dished my rear wheel to move it...
05-31-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 899
Posted By chas58

It rather depends on your priorities. With...

It rather depends on your priorities.

With two wheel sets, I use a 32mm slick for the riding you are describing. I want light, fast, and good cornering. I'm not riding them in crappy conditions....
05-31-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,286
Posted By chas58

Links?

Links?
05-31-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 989
Posted By chas58

I change the whole cable and probably guides...

I change the whole cable and probably guides when it sticks like that. Its easy and not too expensive.
Forum: Commuting
05-30-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,652
Posted By chas58

Ja, German tires. Conti or Schwalbe. I've had...

Ja, German tires. Conti or Schwalbe. I've had the sidewalls wear out before the tread on Gatorskins (just ended up pulling that "gatorskin" off the sidewall and it was fine - it did not like the...
05-30-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 989
Posted By chas58

I find that if I slacken everything, I can...

I find that if I slacken everything, I can usually pull the cable out of the frame bosses. Then I can run that final bit (before he derailer) up high and check the condition of the cable and/or lube...
05-28-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,535
Posted By chas58

Your specific gears may be different, but you...

Your specific gears may be different, but you generally can get a similar range with 1x or 2x. The biggest difference is the jumps between gears. It doesn't bother me much on my own, but riding in...
05-28-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,681
Posted By chas58

As I recall, they have 2-3 versions of the Carbon...

As I recall, they have 2-3 versions of the Carbon frame. I'm guessing that the higher modulus is lighter and more responsive?

My problem is that I can't test ride one, and that is too much $$$...
Forum: Great Lakes
05-28-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,179
Posted By chas58

where did you end up going?

where did you end up going?
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