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Forum: Commuting
07-08-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,038
Posted By chas58

I've said it before, but helmet (or glasses)...

I've said it before, but helmet (or glasses) mounted mirrors are perfect for me. People who complain generally don't have them positioned properly, but they are a life saver for commuting. That...
07-06-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 383
Posted By chas58

Rolling resistance of Gravel Tires! Is your tire "fast?" bicyclerollingresistance

I've been waiting for this for years. Now we can see how some of our favorite gravel & CX tires stack up with road and mountain bike tires. Obviously there are a lot of factors besides rolling...
07-06-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 505
Posted By chas58

Did you get your answer? 32mm beats 23mm in all...

Did you get your answer? 32mm beats 23mm in all conditions unless you are obsessive with weight and aero - but even then it may be more of a placebo. If you can fit 32mm, use them.
06-25-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 325
Posted By chas58

+1. Highly recommended. One of the best bang...

+1. Highly recommended. One of the best bang for the buck tools I have ever bought. Never thought of it before tubeless, but it makes life so much easier (and sometimes solves impossible jobs).
...
06-25-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 325
Posted By chas58

Well, the orignial product was fatty strippers. ...

Well, the orignial product was fatty strippers. Word of advice: don't google this at work. :lol:
06-25-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 689
Posted By chas58

32mm GP5K ID 22mm size: 33mm (the 32mm 4...

32mm GP5K
ID 22mm
size: 33mm

(the 32mm 4 seasons measured just a bit over 35, )
(the 28mm GP4k measured 30mm on 19c, 31 on 22c)
06-24-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 224
Posted By chas58

Met my first prod stealth ebike last night

Last night I was pedaling along (naturally aspirated), and a road bike pulls out about 50ft in front of me. I'm kinda curious to how fast he is riding, so I close the gap; we were doing about 27mph....
06-23-20, 01:51 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,953
Posted By chas58

Mine are pretty durable casing wise. I got pin...

Mine are pretty durable casing wise. I got pin holes all the time with my Ramblers, but these are pretty tight - about the same as Schwalbe G-One series. This is not a thin casing tire.
06-22-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 353
Posted By chas58

Sweet! I tend to go too fast, too hard, or just...

Sweet! I tend to go too fast, too hard, or just sweat too much and get too hot. Still, I'm blessed that I can ride from my home in the burbs, be on gravel in a couple of miles and go as far as I...
06-19-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 818
Posted By chas58

Unless you are a true bike geek (like many of us...

Unless you are a true bike geek (like many of us here), I would just leave it as it is. Hybrid makes a decent gravel bike - they are long and stable and not particularly fast. Just put the biggest...
06-18-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 598
Posted By chas58

I got a bike that puts a huge grin on my face and...

I got a bike that puts a huge grin on my face and makes me want to go out and have fun because it is agile and accelerates well.

The posts above are accurate.
Mountain bikes goal is to be stable...
06-18-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 684
Posted By chas58

I do as much as I can. I've learned to be...

I do as much as I can.
I've learned to be careful and not go at a race pace or I might freeze my throat (inside, not outside).
Too often I seem to catch some black ice and sprain something, even...
06-08-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 712
Posted By chas58

First question. Can any of you provide a good...

First question. Can any of you provide a good Ebike 101 type link? I have read here and there, but still find myself with more questions than answers. When I think I have answers, I look at a...
Forum: Great Lakes
06-08-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 438
Posted By chas58

Here are some variations that go through the...

Here are some variations that go through the parks in the area, using cut throughs, single track and nice hidden little places. You of course can Avoid the
The simplest route is to start at Stoney...
Forum: Great Lakes
06-05-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 662
Posted By chas58

The heat maps are very good, and obviously they...

The heat maps are very good, and obviously they get distorted by group rides with dozens, hundreds, or thousands of riders (hence the one day a year when you can run/ride across the canada looks like...
06-04-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,888
Posted By chas58

I used a small hub motor and a 4lb battery - so...

I used a small hub motor and a 4lb battery - so it feels like a bike and is great even without power. The motors are kinda small to do anything much on their own, but as they double the output from...
05-29-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 440
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...
05-26-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,312
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.
...
05-21-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 477
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, 10:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
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.
05-14-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 358
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...
05-12-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 606
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,...
05-07-20, 02:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,226
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, 11:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,226
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...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 540
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...
04-22-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,909
Posted By chas58

Yeah, no real downside for 2x in my case. Its...

Yeah, no real downside for 2x in my case. Its even lighter for some reason. There are some minor wear and tear issues for 1x if that makes a difference to you.

I find I use the 36t chainring for...
04-17-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 659
Posted By chas58

I love canyon bikes, and I'm grateful they...

I love canyon bikes, and I'm grateful they started selling them in the US. For women like you, an extra huge bonus is that they make the small bikes with 650b wheels instead of 700c wheels. This...
03-30-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,028
Posted By chas58

you know about the tire presssure chart? 60psi...

you know about the tire presssure chart? 60psi on 32mm looks like a good baseline for you. Personally I think this chart is a little low for what I want on the road, but works well for gravel. Or...
03-26-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,833
Posted By chas58

Oh no, I'm becoming a shill. :eek: It could...

Oh no, I'm becoming a shill. :eek:

It could be the aluminum Inflite has smaller tire clearance. I'm pretty sure the original ones do. I have the carbon model (~7.9kg, or closer to 7kg with good...
03-24-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,833
Posted By chas58

Hot off the press... ...

Hot off the press...
https://cyclingtips.com/2020/03/2020-canyon-grail-al-7-0-gravel-bike-review/
“This is a gravel bike for the recovering roadie. It handles like a road bike, feels light like a...
03-19-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,268
Posted By chas58

Just thinking about it more. I like being on...

Just thinking about it more.

I like being on the drops on tight hard single track as that extra weight on the front gives me a little more bite, and a lower center of gravity. I do ride with less...
03-19-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,268
Posted By chas58

I'm not sure what the difference between "on the...

I'm not sure what the difference between "on the hoods" and "on top of the hoods" is? Personally I find that being on the hoods with my elbows bent allows me to open up my chest cavity a bit...
03-17-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,953
Posted By chas58

Sometimes they under size tires save weight...

Sometimes they under size tires save weight making them seem lighter than comparable tires (that might actually be 42mm). It also allows them to be compatible with more frames. Doesn't bother me,...
03-17-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,275
Posted By chas58

I agreed, initially. But Spain makes a good...

I agreed, initially. But Spain makes a good point. I don't know how many people on average go to the hospital because they bike. I went 6 months ago because of a velodrome race crash, and they had...
02-12-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By chas58

that is your best bet. A tubeless tire is...

that is your best bet.
A tubeless tire is going to have a tighter bead, so it is less likely to stretch and blow off. They tend to have a little different bead shape too. Sometimes (definitely...
Forum: Great Lakes
02-09-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By chas58

Of Texas, my destroyed derailleur, or of the...

Of Texas, my destroyed derailleur, or of the fixed gear commuter?
02-04-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,711
Posted By chas58

I finally bought the bullet and got a carbon...

I finally bought the bullet and got a carbon bike. Not all carbon is equal, but this one has amazing acceleration. Doing something KOM for a mile, I can still do it on my 30 year old noodley steel...
Forum: Great Lakes
01-31-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,171
Posted By chas58

kinda, not really. Good question... What I...

kinda, not really. Good question...

What I usually do is go and edit a route in Strava (or copy it so I can own/edit).

When editing a route I can see the satellite or map view and the heat...
Forum: Great Lakes
01-30-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,171
Posted By chas58

Oh then, you are familiar with pickup trucks and...

Oh then, you are familiar with pickup trucks and the types that drive them (I'm from Houston originally).

Your best bet may be to go to google maps and follow along on the satellite view for the...
Forum: Great Lakes
01-29-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 332
Posted By chas58

Interesting, thanks!

Interesting, thanks!
Forum: Commuting
01-28-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,855
Posted By chas58

I agree. Studds are critical some times of the...

I agree. Studds are critical some times of the year (even though I hate them). I'm not worried about falling with them, but have had some nasty spills without them.
Slow falls seem to be the...
01-27-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,888
Posted By chas58

For anyone interested in this subject, Ron (aka...

For anyone interested in this subject, Ron (aka spinning magnets) has written an execlent in depth article on the TSDZ2
I would highly recommend it if you want to do in depth.

TSDZ2, mini 750W...
01-27-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 715
Posted By chas58

Guess not... I love the bike, and it would...

Guess not...

I love the bike, and it would look quite interesting with skinny tubes and fatter tires.

Its going to depend on the clearance - mostly the width of the stays and forks. If the...
01-22-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 773
Posted By chas58

IDK, my tricycle had airless tires. So did my...

IDK, my tricycle had airless tires. So did my BigWheel (I miss that hand brake); Makes it easier to do fixed gear skid stops...
...
01-22-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 773
Posted By chas58

New low rolling resistant Airless tires

Thank's to Bridgestone's sponsorship, their new low rolling resistant Airless tires to be used at this summer's Olympics. Would be interesting if this really worked - although with a design like that...
01-16-20, 08:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 609
Posted By chas58

I enjoyed the video. Thanks!!!

I enjoyed the video. Thanks!!!
Forum: Commuting
12-18-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,279
Posted By chas58

Very True. OP - try this out with what you...

Very True.

OP - try this out with what you have. Any of the bikes listed will work, but are really dependant on your terrain and strength/speed

Fat bike: I don't know how fast you ride. ...
12-10-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,767
Posted By chas58

Enjoy! FYI, I spend most of my time on 40mm...

Enjoy! FYI, I spend most of my time on 40mm tires. Unless you are racing in an internationally certified event (UCI), no one typically really cares. Shoot, the last race I put a 50mm tire on. ...
11-15-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 46,781
Posted By chas58

Conti Tubless GP5000. 32mm tubless works great...

Conti Tubless GP5000. 32mm tubless works great in light gravel and rough asphalt.
half price. $94.95 -> $44.58
These tires were a fortune earlier in the year.
...
Forum: Commuting
11-14-19, 04:04 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,114
Posted By chas58

Ha, ha. I know. I spent decades riding in Texas...

Ha, ha. I know. I spent decades riding in Texas rain and floods. Still, it beat riding in Gulf Coast humidity...
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