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12-22-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,127
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: 1,713
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...
12-10-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,567
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: 4,011
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...
12-07-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,070
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: 1,487
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, 04:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,070
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, 02:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,567
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, 03:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,053
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...
11-29-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,475
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: 740
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: 3,638
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, 03:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,373
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...
11-23-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,475
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: Great Lakes
11-17-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 311
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...
11-16-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 926
Posted By chas58

Full fenders are kind of a pain. That said, I've...

Full fenders are kind of a pain. That said, I've always used a seat post fender on my gravel bike, because gravel roads do get pretty messy from time to time.

my winter gravel bike has fullish...
11-12-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,498
Posted By chas58

Probably obvious, but the point of CO2 on gravel...

Probably obvious, but the point of CO2 on gravel is to seat the bead if you can "fix" the tire without a tube.
But certainly, 90% of the time I'm using a small pump to keep the air flowing until...
11-12-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,482
Posted By chas58

Agreed. Certainly a helmet light is...

Agreed. Certainly a helmet light is indespensible for single track, however.

Helmet lights totally washout any shadows making rocks and obstacles hard to see. And, they can be blinding riding by...
11-12-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,482
Posted By chas58

Shoot(a), I just follow someone with brighter...

Shoot(a), I just follow someone with brighter lights...

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That was last night -...
11-12-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,482
Posted By chas58

Light in motion SUX!!! Didn't we just have a...

Light in motion SUX!!! Didn't we just have a post on this?

They are great when they are new, but they don't last long
The USB cover comes off, making your light vulnerable to moisture
the...
Forum: Commuting
11-09-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,715
Posted By chas58

huh. I've used Perl Izumis for years. Big...

huh. I've used Perl Izumis for years. Big opening, worked well for me. Just ordered another pair.
11-09-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,794
Posted By chas58

Exactly. I had a friend with a spec Miata -...

Exactly. I had a friend with a spec Miata - after race season we would crank up the coil overs to max height and go run the "double track" through the woods on a fully prepped race car. It was...
11-06-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,167
Posted By chas58

Depends on the attitude of your local shop, but...

Depends on the attitude of your local shop, but most of them will be/should be happy to help you and have a set rate for this. I'd get it, ride it for a month, and then have them do an extensive...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,011
Posted By chas58

fenders can pack up with snow, so ya probably...

fenders can pack up with snow, so ya probably want a lot of clearance.

There are many types of snow. I find thinner tires cut down through fresh snow to get a better grip, while larger tires can...
11-01-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 615
Posted By chas58

I've enjoyed my aluminum DT Swiss. The...

I've enjoyed my aluminum DT Swiss. The G1800/GR1800 are nice and wide (24 inside) and work great in that tire range. The C/CR1600 are about 2mm narrower (22 inside) and are a good choice if you...
11-01-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 975
Posted By chas58

Here is the original chart that changed...

Here is the original chart that changed everything. Still relevant today:
The thing is, this chart kicked off the low pressure high volume revolution, so it doesn't have very wide tires on it....
10-27-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,632
Posted By chas58

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Weknowdis. However, if you are not doing nationals or Cat 1-2, no one cares. CX...
10-27-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,632
Posted By chas58

It depends what you mean by competitive. ...

It depends what you mean by competitive. Certainly not in CAT1-2. But CX often is more about having fun on whatever you are riding, rather than being like a road bike race.

Some mis-information...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,134
Posted By chas58

One thing that hasn't been mentioned: Last...

One thing that hasn't been mentioned:

Last winter, I made the mistake of going out on beautiful warm feeling (sunny, no wind) day where the temperature was about 20F. The problem is we have a...
10-22-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,334
Posted By chas58

That, and apparently they are pretty good at...

That, and apparently they are pretty good at marketing. ;-)
Forum: Great Lakes
10-13-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 903
Posted By chas58

Michigan Cyclist rides 100 miles in 2:20!!!

OMG, Cyclist from Holland Mi just rode a bicycle around MIS for 100 miles in 2:20:46 - that is a speed of 42.6mph (drafting his father's minivan). Broke the current record which was 3:11.
(love the...
Forum: Commuting
10-05-20, 06:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,178
Posted By chas58

Have fun! Studded tires are slow, but super...

Have fun! Studded tires are slow, but super sure footed. I took mine out to a frozen lake to see how hard I could push them, and ended up pulling a w"heelie on a high torque start. I ended up...
09-23-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,095
Posted By chas58

I was going to say the same thing. a 40mm deep...

I was going to say the same thing. a 40mm deep section wheel with a 40mm+ sized tire gives quite a large sail. I'm not a big fan of having my front tire getting blown around on an open gravel road...
09-23-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,095
Posted By chas58

cubewheels It probably depends on a lot of...

cubewheels It probably depends on a lot of things.
A lot of rims have spokes nipples that float in the rim. Thus the spokes are never in compression, they are only in tension.
If you take a big...
09-22-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By chas58

Bingo. I was in the same place between 54...

Bingo.

I was in the same place between 54 and 56, and mail ordering a bike.
I bought both, tried them out with various stems, and kept the one I liked better.
Seriously, if you are spending the...
09-22-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,022
Posted By chas58

that could be a good bar. I've gotten...

that could be a good bar.

I've gotten addicted to swept back bars with flatish tops. Doesn't need to be much (12į?) but it shortens the reach and puts my hand in a little more comfortable...
09-21-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,022
Posted By chas58

I think the Ritchey WCS bars have some nice...

I think the Ritchey WCS bars have some nice choices. The ergo max has a subtle flair, flat tops, is swept back, and has even a little rise....
09-21-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,794
Posted By chas58

Glad to hear it. You'll learn to read the trail,...

Glad to hear it. You'll learn to read the trail, use your body weight, and pick your line and be a better biker because of it. Besides, underbiking is fun (as long as you don't take it too far)....
09-18-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,794
Posted By chas58

Awesome! I bought a state of the art MTB 30...

Awesome!
I bought a state of the art MTB 30 years ago, and I'm still riding it. I've spent decades "waiting" on the industry to make up their mind (26, no 29, no 27.5, no back to 29) and figure...
09-18-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 786
Posted By chas58

Odd, I bought a Specialized CG-R to put on a...

Odd, I bought a Specialized CG-R to put on a Specialized bike, not knowing it does not work with a horizontal top tube. Specialized and the dealer would not take it back, because you could see that...
09-17-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 786
Posted By chas58

Lots of LBS's have loaner programs - that might...

Lots of LBS's have loaner programs - that might be what you need.

I use an Ergon on my gravel rig, but it is their racy model. Totally flat top, with a flipped rear. It actually works pretty...
09-17-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,794
Posted By chas58

Geeze, last time I road maybury, I don't think...

Geeze, last time I road maybury, I don't think mountain bikes had even been invented yet. I know shocks weren't...

(my first two "mountain" bikes (aka bikes with 26 x 2.125 tires) were really...
Forum: Great Lakes
09-17-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 700
Posted By chas58

Huh. Well, there is already a nice bridge there...

Huh. Well, there is already a nice bridge there going to Mexican town. I guess its good to connect the south end of the river walk to something.

Personally, I'm just glad they are finishing the...
09-16-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,794
Posted By chas58

I love riding singletrack. My MTB hasnít gotten...

I love riding singletrack. My MTB hasnít gotten much love lately.

Observations

Iíll ride anything that is appropriate for a fully ridged bike
This opens up trails to me that I havenít ridden...
09-14-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By chas58

your town should have a recycling center that...

your town should have a recycling center that accepts batteries. Lots of products use lithium batteries these days.
09-14-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,270
Posted By chas58

I'm thinking that literally, all e-bike batteries...

I'm thinking that literally, all e-bike batteries are from china. You might get them from a reseller, but the source country is the same.
Maybe you are talking about the cells in the battery? ...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,475
Posted By chas58

Sweet! Good call on the barrel adjusters. My...

Sweet! Good call on the barrel adjusters. My rims used to be all the same width, but these days they are all over the place.

Studded tires are great in the right conditions. I got mine and...
09-09-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,764
Posted By chas58

steve is probably right. They get the lowest...

steve is probably right. They get the lowest marks for puncture resistance here: https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/cx-gravel-reviews/wtb-riddler .
Lowest measured for gravel tires in both...
09-08-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,764
Posted By chas58

Frank, Since you are new to this - cartridges...

Frank,
Since you are new to this - cartridges come in different sizes. Some are for 23mm tires, some are for 2.3inch tires. Make sure you get the right size for your tire.
I do like the head...
08-17-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,536
Posted By chas58

Yeah, something like a bead biter or Koolstop...

Yeah, something like a bead biter or Koolstop tool helps a lot. I bought both, and use the koolstop all the time with tubless. Makes life a lot easier for $10. Never really needed to use the bead...
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