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05-17-22, 05:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 318
Posted By chas58

shoot, anything from cygolite or night rider...

shoot, anything from cygolite or night rider would work fine. I've found my light in motion were not very durable, but the first two are pretty bomb proof.
05-11-22, 08:11 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,621
Posted By chas58

Yah, I wanted S-works cruz too but ended up...

Yah, I wanted S-works cruz too but ended up getting a Canyon Inflite for 1/2 the price. It's perfect for my riding. I do race training rides with roadies (pacelines @20-30mph), and cross country...
05-10-22, 01:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 304
Posted By chas58

Yah, I've created some 36mm Conti GP5000 tires...

Yah, I've created some 36mm Conti GP5000 tires that rule on a fast group ride, yet eat up class 1 & 2 gravel and horrid chip seal. Its been a long time grail to have a bike as fast as my track...
05-05-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 921
Posted By chas58

Me too. LOL. lord knows I don't wear aero...

Me too. LOL. lord knows I don't wear aero clothes on gravel either.
04-29-22, 02:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 921
Posted By chas58

I think Aero for gravel is rather silly, but if...

I think Aero for gravel is rather silly, but if you are looking at aero for the road portion of your ride that makes sense.

Aero really starts to make a difference over 20mph. Below 15 it isn't...
04-26-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 418
Posted By chas58

yah, I kept going too fast and having to coast so...

yah, I kept going too fast and having to coast so I didn't hit the car in front of me. ;-) mostly it was bursts of 300-700 watts. But those tires (and wheels) are crazy fast (36mm Grand Prix...
04-25-22, 03:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By chas58

Well, I'm not the normal ebike guy (as anyone on...

Well, I'm not the normal ebike guy (as anyone on endless-sphere will tell ya).

It would depend on a lot of things. For me:
I designed and built a light bike for commuting - one that road at...
04-25-22, 02:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 418
Posted By chas58

I draft behind trucks. Small trucks with...

I draft behind trucks. Small trucks with trailers, or delivery trucks are the best. I look for a line of 3+ cars - because if I draft off on one car, they will always speed up - but if it is 2+...
04-25-22, 05:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,382
Posted By chas58

Yah, I'm gonna say this seat post will not be...

Yah, I'm gonna say this seat post will not be very effective for ya. I have a bike with 5" of exposed post and the CGR did nothing at all. With the Canyon, there is a bit of a lever arm going...
04-22-22, 01:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,382
Posted By chas58

I've had rockshock telsscoping for a mountain...

I've had rockshock telsscoping for a mountain bike (not great for Gravel)
Thudbuster great for gravel, but kinda big and heavy
Specialized CGR - horrid
Canyon/Ergon (single piece) ideal for gravel...
04-20-22, 05:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,382
Posted By chas58

It's worth it. Its amazing. I was gonna buy...

It's worth it. Its amazing. I was gonna buy one, but it came on my bike, lol. Ergon sells it too. It is a 10 out of 10. Couldn't be better.

I bought the Specialized version (CG-R). Biggest...
04-12-22, 08:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 226
Posted By chas58

I do that all the time - in a fashion. I like...

I do that all the time - in a fashion. I like going fat on my front tire, and may run 54mm front, 38mm rear.

Generally, doing this adds more trail (effectively reducing the head tube angle...
03-24-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,211
Posted By chas58

Yah, my Canyon is that weight too. Mine never...

Yah, my Canyon is that weight too. Mine never looks that shiny though - its always full of mud, dirt, scratches, sweat, and blood. I clean it, but it always goes back to its natural state.
03-24-22, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By chas58

With aluminum hooked rims, you can almost do...

With aluminum hooked rims, you can almost do anything you want (in the day we put mountain bike tires on rims that width). 40mm should be fine, if not ideal.

DT Swiss 1800 are a great option for...
03-22-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,211
Posted By chas58

Yah, my bike weighs about 17.4lbs (less with road...

Yah, my bike weighs about 17.4lbs (less with road tires/wheels). It is insanely fun. The biggest difference is in out of the saddle acceleration. At a steady 150-200watts, it doesn't really make...
03-22-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 542
Posted By chas58

OH, that sux. In the US, they have free return...

OH, that sux. In the US, they have free return shipping, so I was out of pocket nothing (and if I hit my credit card cycle right, I never had to pay the bill). I live 18 miles north of canada, FYI....
03-16-22, 08:58 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,621
Posted By chas58

The new Specialized Crux would fit the bill...

The new Specialized Crux would fit the bill nicely. Its an endurance road bike that fits wide tires. Basically an Aethos with larger tires. I'm guessing anything with the "S" is out of your price...
03-16-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 542
Posted By chas58

I'm basically your height. If I do the "jam the...

I'm basically your height. If I do the "jam the book" method above, my inseam is 86cm - although I wear 32" jeans

IMHO, the critical distance is my reach to the handlebars - Top tube length +...
03-15-22, 05:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 883
Posted By chas58

Basstar, it would be good if you would describe...

Basstar, it would be good if you would describe what area of riding you want to improve.

IMHO, the best tire for your condition is the 60mm wide Schwalbe G-one (speed). That tire was specifically...
03-04-22, 03:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,528
Posted By chas58

Even better if your OEM uses 650b in their small...

Even better if your OEM uses 650b in their small sizes and 700c in their larger sizes
02-22-22, 04:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 828
Posted By chas58

Agreed, they are all great tires. I have the...

Agreed, they are all great tires. I have the original G-one allround, original speed, and original GP5000. Yeah, the GP5000 is significantly faster (roughly 10%).
02-16-22, 04:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,942
Posted By chas58

OP - IMHO, there is no such thing as a 250 watt...

OP - IMHO, there is no such thing as a 250 watt bike - unless you are using a 24v battery
assuming the smallest battery is 36v and the smallest possible controller giving 10amps continuous = 360...
02-09-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 946
Posted By chas58

See answers below in red Just gonna...

See answers below in red



Just gonna say the german mags tested the G-one Allround as faster than the speed. I'd say its within the margin of error (i.e. they are realistically about the...
02-01-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,970
Posted By chas58

Click bait so it comes up in a google search, I...

Click bait so it comes up in a google search, I mean, they have advertised this out of stock item for years now.
01-07-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,391
Posted By chas58

I was thinking in pounds, so their "casual...

I was thinking in pounds, so their "casual riding" bikes are £2,899 - £3,299. Considering the qualiy of the base bike, and the integration of the electronics, it is a good buy.

But then again...
01-06-22, 10:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,391
Posted By chas58

Well, for 3K, you can get some nice stuff. I...

Well, for 3K, you can get some nice stuff. I think Electric did a nice review of a Yamaha a while back. But if I had that coin, I'd get a Canyon endurance or Grail ebike. Those things are...
01-06-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 789
Posted By chas58

The question I have on this thread is - is this...

The question I have on this thread is - is this question for riding, storage, or charging?

For riding, don't worry about it. if it starts off at room temperature, it will generate its own heat. ...
01-03-22, 04:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,135
Posted By chas58

I find skinnier tires work a lot better in deep...

I find skinnier tires work a lot better in deep heavy snow, as they slice right through it. wide tires mean more snow has to be pushed out of the way.

Fat tires work on hard packed bumpy stuff...
01-03-22, 04:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,135
Posted By chas58

Yeah, I checked the radar once, everything was...

Yeah, I checked the radar once, everything was clear for the next hour. I went out and it started drizzling. No problem, just made the roads wet. But a wet road and black ice look the same. I...
12-30-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,135
Posted By chas58

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/892x1582/snow_road_ee09867390514fe8edc287066cb23e1e3870b22e.jpg
12-15-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,278
Posted By chas58

I think you got it above. It was "invented" for...

I think you got it above. It was "invented" for MTB because it freed up frame design options.
downsides: More wear and tear on chain/chainring/cassette, bigger jumps between gears, you REALLY need...
12-03-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,140
Posted By chas58

Agreed. I'd add redundancy. on a hub...

Agreed.

I'd add redundancy.
on a hub motor, I have ridden home with a dead battery and with a broken chain. Can't do the broken chain bit on a mid drive. ;-)
12-03-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,140
Posted By chas58

I'll recommend the Rad rover. Building your own...

I'll recommend the Rad rover. Building your own bike can be "fun" but it takes a fair amount of time, research, trial, and error that all dissapears with an off the shelf solution. Unless you are a...
11-30-21, 05:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,343
Posted By chas58

Jonathan, I guess you got your answer then. My...

Jonathan, I guess you got your answer then.
My gravel bike climbs like a scalded cat, but it is light & stiff (in the right areas) - short chainstays, stiff BB, very efficient power delivery).
...
11-30-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,140
Posted By chas58

For a conversion, get a Bafang BBSHD mid drive: ...

For a conversion, get a Bafang BBSHD mid drive:
https://lunacycle.com/bafang-bbshd-1000w-middrive-kit/
11-30-21, 07:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,215
Posted By chas58

...unless Trek buys Surly and kills off what the...

...unless Trek buys Surly and kills off what the brand made great. ;)
11-29-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,215
Posted By chas58

Heck, I just built one up for winter from an old...

Heck, I just built one up for winter from an old mountain bike. What more should I want? gotta love those gorgeous Klein frames - Trek should really bring them back.
...
11-29-21, 01:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,029
Posted By chas58

Beautiful day for an ebike. I highly...

Beautiful day for an ebike.

I highly recommend studded tires. The ebike doesn't care. I've been doing this for decades, but ice still manages to surprise me no matter how skilled and experienced I...
11-29-21, 01:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,140
Posted By chas58

hub drive is a lot simpler, cheaper, a little...

hub drive is a lot simpler, cheaper, a little lighter and less maintenance. However, if you are riding hills and/or heavy loads you'll need to use gears and need a mid drive. Personally I don't use...
11-24-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 851
Posted By chas58

I'm assuming that you want a hub motor, and you...

I'm assuming that you want a hub motor, and you want to know if a 29" wheel will fit?

The answer is yes
you can buy a 29" hub motor and the wheel will fit fine as that is your wheel size (29" =...
11-23-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 851
Posted By chas58

NO. To be specific, a 29" wheel is a 700c...

NO.

To be specific, a 29" wheel is a 700c wheel

A 26" wheel is going to cause all kinds of problems.
The theoretically, you can put a 650b (27.5) wheel on it, but I'm not sure why you...
11-23-21, 11:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,639
Posted By chas58

Is that a typo? 50/34 maybe? 54/30 would be...

Is that a typo? 50/34 maybe? 54/30 would be insane.
11-22-21, 03:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,282
Posted By chas58

Ha, ha, that is great. best mistake ever. I...

Ha, ha, that is great. best mistake ever. I think you will love it - and after reading through this post, you can appreciate it even more. Enjoy!!!
11-22-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,128
Posted By chas58

Interesting question. As you probably know,...

Interesting question.

As you probably know, US tends to use lights with integrated batteries, while dyno systems tend to be European. I guess the ebike market is evolving.
German lighting laws...
11-22-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,128
Posted By chas58

In Germany, all is forbidden, unless explicitly...

In Germany, all is forbidden, unless explicitly allowed
In US, all is allowed, unless explicitly forbidden.
and in France all is forbidden, but it is all negotiable.

That is from a sign in an...
11-22-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,282
Posted By chas58

Yeah, it helps a bit. My bike has a long top...

Yeah, it helps a bit. My bike has a long top tube and a crazy short stem. Humorously, my old school MTB has a 120mm stem, and my gravel bike has a 70mm stem.

With gravel. you can go wide. ...
11-19-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,639
Posted By chas58

I'm gonna think, if you have lightish...

I'm gonna think, if you have lightish tires/wheels (you do) and a 1:1 drive train (you do), you have everything you need except the motor. Going 1x or throwing $$$ at a good bike isn't going to fix...
11-16-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,313
Posted By chas58

Looks nice. One of my favorite things about...

Looks nice. One of my favorite things about e-bikes is that I can put studded tires on it with no problem. On an analogue bike, they really slow me down - but the e-bike just doesn't care.
Forum: Great Lakes
11-15-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,774
Posted By chas58

Looking forward to watching that one. You know,...

Looking forward to watching that one. You know, we have 3 velodromes? Although that video starts at the velodrome that is only used for cyclocross these days. I kinda like doing a CX race at the...
11-15-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,445
Posted By chas58

Yes, gears multiply torque. If you have 36t...

Yes, gears multiply torque. If you have 36t chainring and 36t cog in the rear, you are 1:1 (like a hub motor). If you gear down lower, you are multiplying the torque. That is why mid drives are...
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