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Forum: Foo
05-14-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 770
Posted By xroadcharlie

One option is to buy an electric car/suv with NO...

One option is to buy an electric car/suv with NO BATTERY. Provide an option for an easily replaceable standardized battery that could be leased for a small fee, Drive the 200 - 300 miles to a service...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-09-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 764
Posted By xroadcharlie

This is true for many bikes. But as they get more...

This is true for many bikes. But as they get more sophisticated. Like hydraulic brakes and electric derailleurs it takes more skill. I been riding a bike for 50+ years and the only time its been in...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,023
Posted By xroadcharlie

Climbing is mostly about a high sustainable power...

Climbing is mostly about a high sustainable power to weight ratio. At 235 lbs an unusually fit rider might be able to pull that weight up a short hill with the fast group. Like putting a heavier,...
03-23-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,784
Posted By xroadcharlie

Giants Roam Disc 3 @$680 US might work for you....

Giants Roam Disc 3 @$680 US might work for you. It has a suspension fork that can be locked out and 42 mm tires for a good ride/performance balance, it does have a double chainring though. I too...
02-16-21, 12:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,672
Posted By xroadcharlie

Absolutely there is nothing wrong with 26" wheels...

Absolutely there is nothing wrong with 26" wheels on a mountain bike. In fact with the small frame size I use, Its perfect.

With larger frames there's nothing wrong with 27.5" thats popular now...
02-05-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,423
Posted By xroadcharlie

Out of curiosity I've done some testing on some...

Out of curiosity I've done some testing on some local paved hills to see how I would fair locked into 1 of my 21 gears. I was surprised to find that even at 70 gear inches I was able to climb some of...
01-30-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,148
Posted By xroadcharlie

I like the Giant Toughroad SLR 2. It's reasonably...

I like the Giant Toughroad SLR 2. It's reasonably priced with carbon forks and 2 x 9 speed gearing for any situation you might encounter.
...
01-22-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,628
Posted By xroadcharlie

I only ride locally and seldom have to deal with...

I only ride locally and seldom have to deal with traffic or distances over 10 miles. So from a safety standpoint I'm not terribly concerned. I sometimes ride into a 30 mph wind and find that the...
12-01-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,142
Posted By xroadcharlie

Then perhaps it's not just my imagination that...

Then perhaps it's not just my imagination that the old Giant road bike a fellow I met biking one day, I swear was 1/2 the weight of my 34 lb Giant Sedona comfort bike. I couldn't believe how light...
09-07-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,644
Posted By xroadcharlie

He might have been trying to express a 0...

He might have been trying to express a 0 overdrive ratio. Like in some cars when the transmission ratio is 1:1. The 6 speed automatic in my cuv is direct drive in 4'th for example, An overdrive of 0....
08-30-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,478
Posted By xroadcharlie

Perhaps one reason steel bikes are preffered by...

Perhaps one reason steel bikes are preffered by some people is because when aluminum frames where introduced the low end ones used larger, thick diameter tubes to compensate for the reduced strength...
08-24-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,376
Posted By xroadcharlie

You want numbers? Here you go. Just fill in the...

You want numbers? Here you go. Just fill in the blanks.

https://caloriesburnedhq.com/calories-burned-biking/

1 lb. of fat is 3,500 calories. Since we can't choose where the fat comes from, Only...
08-15-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,198
Posted By xroadcharlie

While I ride mostly for pleasure and adventure, I...

While I ride mostly for pleasure and adventure, I too sometimes think a traditional road bike might be fun. Coolness has never been a factor for my bike of choice, I buy what I like, Could care less...
07-19-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 8,197
Posted By xroadcharlie

Why do I want disc brakes?Because Luke Skywalker,...

Why do I want disc brakes?Because Luke Skywalker, a Jedi Knight told you to.
"You want disc brakes"
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07-13-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,321
Posted By xroadcharlie

With a total weight of 183 lbs I keep my Kenda 26...

With a total weight of 183 lbs I keep my Kenda 26 x 1.95" tires @30 - 35 psi front & 36 - 42 psi rear. According to psicalculator.com I should use 27 psi front @ 45% weight distribution, and 36 rear...
07-10-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,619
Posted By xroadcharlie

As pointed out in post #26...

As pointed out in post #26 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=26) , How covid19 is transmitted depends how you define air born A carbon monoxide buildup around a...
06-25-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,303
Posted By xroadcharlie

Me too. I don't get it! I put on 8,000 miles...

Me too. I don't get it!

I put on 8,000 miles between 2 cheap derailleur type drivetrains and never changed a chain or sprockets with minimal maintenance. Both worked fine when I gave them away. I...
06-11-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,595
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think the 38 mm H5 is a good choice for you. It...

I think the 38 mm H5 is a good choice for you. It might still be quick enough on pavement, but adds some stability for gravel. That said you must still be careful around sand, or dirt trails after a...
05-26-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,650
Posted By xroadcharlie

Thanks for the insights. I will make a note of...

Thanks for the insights. I will make a note of where the seat is now for future reference.

It's just nice when things work out.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 07:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,231
Posted By xroadcharlie

Google clip on areo bars. Combined with...

Google clip on areo bars.

Combined with lowering the stem will result in a much more aggressive stance, almost full road bike for areo purposes if the reach is still comfortable.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,355
Posted By xroadcharlie

I'm with you and have 0 interest in dealing with...

I'm with you and have 0 interest in dealing with hydraulics for a bicycle when proper rim brakes work just fine on the kind of riding I do. No racing for sure and no frequent steep descents in the...
05-03-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,257
Posted By xroadcharlie

Kickstands, Like a rear view mirror, small...

Kickstands, Like a rear view mirror, small lights, and a bell are essential on any bike l've owned.

In addition to the added cost and weight, A kickstand is just one more thing the bike...
04-26-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,818
Posted By xroadcharlie

Power to weight ratio is the key here using the...

Power to weight ratio is the key here using the same bike. For most of us, when we loose 10 lbs and maintain the same activity level, 3 - 4 lbs of that might be muscle. You probably lost the same...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,495
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think a low cadence is more energy efficient...

I think a low cadence is more energy efficient with moderate loads, Certainly for light loads. Think of a cars engine, To get the best mileage we try to keep the engine in the low rpm range. But like...
04-11-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 589
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think the Roam is fine for light to moderate...

I think the Roam is fine for light to moderate trails too. That said, If most of your riding is going to be trail, Then I would recommend Giant's Talon hardtail mountain bike. It will be slower on...
03-18-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 701
Posted By xroadcharlie

If it's in good shape and you can test ride it,...

If it's in good shape and you can test ride it, I'd pay $225 for it if you like it. You might offer less. If I really liked it I'd pay the asking price if he doesn't come down. The extra $25 is worth...
03-14-20, 11:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,509
Posted By xroadcharlie

I'm with Miele Man on this one. The problem...

I'm with Miele Man on this one.

The problem with the door zone is unlike most cycling where a little courtesy and defensive riding can go a long way to reduce the risk of accidents for cyclists,...
01-08-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,711
Posted By xroadcharlie

Kenda makes a variety of decent tires your size...

Kenda makes a variety of decent tires your size from about $20 -$30. They came stock on my 2018 Giant Sedona. I had planned on replacing them with better tires, But they proved to be a very well...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-27-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 12,695
Posted By xroadcharlie

Using a popular bike tire pressure calculater I...

Using a popular bike tire pressure calculater I get 59 psi front and 72 psi rear for 225 lbs weight of rider and bike. I would use the max recommend 70 psi rear and 60 psi front. Of course there is a...
12-12-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 967
Posted By xroadcharlie

I love this gear calculator. It takes a little...

I love this gear calculator. It takes a little time to get used to it, But once you do in an instant you can see where the ratio's between any # of gears and chainrings are to large and where they...
12-01-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,158
Posted By xroadcharlie

Any new bike you ride, even bikes of the same...

Any new bike you ride, even bikes of the same design, you absolutely should go slow until you know how the bike will react when pushed. It might very well mean different techniques to control your...
10-12-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,753
Posted By xroadcharlie

Stand over height is one of the most important...

Stand over height is one of the most important dimensions of frame geometry IMO and is why I bought my Giant Sedona comfort bike. It has one of the lowest next to a girls bike with a big enough...
10-11-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,176
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think, as already pointed out, It is more...

I think, as already pointed out, It is more important that we clean and lube the chain regularly then the which brand of chain lube we use

I use WD 40 Wet chain lube because that is what was on...
09-11-19, 01:16 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,562
Posted By xroadcharlie

It is not surprising that too much bike riding...

It is not surprising that too much bike riding like most pleasurable experiences except one (and we all know what that is) can get boring. It's like coming home from vacation, Sometimes no matter how...
09-10-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,562
Posted By xroadcharlie

I have a wide range of scenic (and sometimes not...

I have a wide range of scenic (and sometimes not so scenic) routes I take 2 - 3 days per week. Often when I ride, after a rest I will walk the bike. Sometimes for 10 - 15 minutes. I feel great after...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 298
Views: 31,035
Posted By xroadcharlie

But why should I have to maintain Hydraulic...

But why should I have to maintain Hydraulic systems on a bike at all. Proper mechanical rim and disc brakes do a fine job for 90% of us?
08-20-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,378
Posted By xroadcharlie

Soo! What do you do when it rains!

Soo! What do you do when it rains!
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 298
Views: 31,035
Posted By xroadcharlie

Bingo! My 1970 Olds Cutlass had 4 wheel drum...

Bingo!

My 1970 Olds Cutlass had 4 wheel drum brakes, Never had a problem stopping except once while racing another car and trying to stop on the other side of a hill at 90 mph. Good thing I had...
08-18-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,327
Posted By xroadcharlie

Where I ride, Which is mostly flat I could leave...

Where I ride, Which is mostly flat I could leave my 21 speed comfort bike on the 48 x 18 sprockets (69 gear inches) and probably get by for 80% of my ride with a little practice reasonably well. But...
08-08-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,906
Posted By xroadcharlie

I kind of like the blue color on the 2020 Giant...

I kind of like the blue color on the 2020 Giant Roam 0 myself. A lot of bikes are black, Including mine, and I like the Blue much better. The only thing with blue is accessories are often black and...
08-02-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,328
Posted By xroadcharlie

Too slow for what? If you're riding in a...

Too slow for what?

If you're riding in a group and find yourself exahusted at the end, Or you can't keep up with your spouse, Fine. That might justify making some changes.

But if you are a...
07-15-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,054
Posted By xroadcharlie

Hope not. The 2019 Giant Escape disc with the...

Hope not. The 2019 Giant Escape disc with the carbon forks looks like an excellent bike.
06-29-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,818
Posted By xroadcharlie

+1 Not only is a kickstand an essential...

+1
Not only is a kickstand an essential accessory to all my bikes, I'm questioning the validity of a single leg kickstand when the two leg ones are much more stable and make it easier to clean and...
06-27-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 16,818
Posted By xroadcharlie

I was using a steel rear kickstand, but the bike...

I was using a steel rear kickstand, but the bike fell over too easily no matter how I adjusted it. My new bike has a single leg center kickstand that is much lighter, more stable, and adjustable.
...
06-24-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,052
Posted By xroadcharlie

Gravel helmets? Wouldn't that be...

Gravel helmets?

Wouldn't that be uncomfortable!
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,594
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think with experience you will be able to...

I think with experience you will be able to quantify effort by feel, from 30 - 90% and corollate it to you cadence range. I have calculated my base cadence range using my speedometer and noting the...
05-29-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,026
Posted By xroadcharlie

Actually the tire you have don't look half bad if...

Actually the tire you have don't look half bad if you're replacing them with tires about the same size. I'd go wider, Minimum of 38mm. Otherwise there may be little room for improvement. When it...
05-11-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,402
Posted By xroadcharlie

Your Welcome. The pressure you are running...

Your Welcome.

The pressure you are running seems reasonable. It will likely prevent pinch flats and provide low rolling resistance. I estimated 75 psi - rear / 65 psi front since it likely takes...
05-11-19, 12:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,402
Posted By xroadcharlie

I've had a sort of obsession with fat tires (up...

I've had a sort of obsession with fat tires (up to 2" / 50 mm) myself as of late as the best all purpose tire, But I see Giant has some expensive gravel bikes with 30 - 40 mm tires. Also many hybrid...
05-05-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 11,787
Posted By xroadcharlie

Actually my first 10 speed from the mid 1970's...

Actually my first 10 speed from the mid 1970's was kind of like that. Switching the two chainrings pretty much staggered the gears on the cassette. Giving me 20 distinct gears. The next bike I bought...
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