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09-30-20, 02:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 283
Posted By xroadcharlie

I sometimes wish my Shimano Altus triple...

I sometimes wish my Shimano Altus triple chainring had a way to trim the front derailleur. It uses a twist grip shifter and while it allows for a trim adjustment when I make the shift sometimes I'm...
Forum: Foo
09-26-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,071
Posted By xroadcharlie

I absolutely would not give PayPal my banking log...

I absolutely would not give PayPal my banking log in. I won't even subscribe to amazon prime because they require my credit card. I went to Netflix instead because I can subscribe with gift card.
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09-24-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,145
Posted By xroadcharlie

4.3 out of 5 stars. 40 reviews#073-4218-6 ...

4.3 out of 5 stars. 40 reviews#073-4218-6
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Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 696
Posted By xroadcharlie

Like most cyclist, Every one I've seen anyway I...

Like most cyclist, Every one I've seen anyway I have been treating stop signs like yield signs pretty much forever.

That said, I try to set a good example around children and will slow right down,...
09-20-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 624
Posted By xroadcharlie

If the roads you ride are in reasonably good...

If the roads you ride are in reasonably good shape I would go with the 38mm tires. Good ones will ride as good or better then then cheap 45's. I have budget 50mm Kenda's and while a fine general...
09-14-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 447
Posted By xroadcharlie

The cheap tires on my mountain bike were 30+...

The cheap tires on my mountain bike were 30+ years old when I gave the bike away 2 years ago. Still had tread and nothing but hairline cracks in the rubber which hadn't hardened. Fine for the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,371
Posted By xroadcharlie

Personally I like the blue color. What's so great...

Personally I like the blue color. What's so great about black. I have a black Giant Sedona now. Next time I'm definitely getting one with more character. Black is boring IMO.

That said, And you...
09-08-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,240
Posted By xroadcharlie

The subject of bike availability was on the local...

The subject of bike availability was on the local news today here in Windsor Ontario. One of the popular bike shops they visited had only 2 bikes left. A Fatbike and an expensive single speed road...
09-07-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,241
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....
08-31-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,783
Posted By xroadcharlie

Steel does seem to be an excellent choice for...

Steel does seem to be an excellent choice for bike frames, Perhaps better then alluminum if we use good steel tubing (like thinwall cromoly).

Is it possible that the bicycle industry's marketing...
08-30-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,783
Posted By xroadcharlie

That might explain why we don't see many aluminum...

That might explain why we don't see many aluminum springs. But some cars do have composite springs...Fiberglass specifically.
08-30-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,783
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Posted By xroadcharlie

Use Sheldon Browns bike gear calculator to check...

Use Sheldon Browns bike gear calculator to check the gearing on your current cassette and one your considering. Set it to show % jumps.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gear-calc.html

Generally...
08-24-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,565
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...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 3,341
Posted By xroadcharlie

1x is fine if it has a low enough gear. But the...

1x is fine if it has a low enough gear. But the SL7 on the link doesn't, so it wouldn't even make my shortlist.

Giant's comparable bike, the Propel Advanced offers a 2x Crankset. And Giant, The...
08-21-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 714
Posted By xroadcharlie

I concur with DorkDisk. And would start with...

I concur with DorkDisk. And would start with different tires. A more compliant tire (even a 35 mm) with a higher thread count casing is probably more of an improvement in both ride and handling then...
08-20-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,565
Posted By xroadcharlie

Unfortunately the only way to target belly fat is...

Unfortunately the only way to target belly fat is with invasive procedures like cutting it out or sucking it out Even then, the body will likely rebalance itself soon after. We can do some core...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,185
Posted By xroadcharlie

I'd like to try Giant's Defy and Contend myself....

I'd like to try Giant's Defy and Contend myself. Based on the description by Giant and reviews I read on both, It looks like the Defy would be best, As comfort is a high priority me. Frame material...
08-17-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,474
Posted By xroadcharlie

Recently I experimented using just 2 of my 21...

Recently I experimented using just 2 of my 21 gears on my comfort bike, 55 and 70 gear inches...the 38 and 48T chain rings w/18T rear cog. These 2 gears alone cover a huge territory from slow...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 866
Posted By xroadcharlie

If you're goal is lower gearing, You might be...

If you're goal is lower gearing, You might be better off replacing the cassette. It looks like you have a 25T largest rear cog. If you could get a cassette with a 32T sprocket it would make hill...
08-15-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,202
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...
08-11-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 351
Posted By xroadcharlie

Funny you brought that up. I wonder about that...

Funny you brought that up. I wonder about that too. To my way of thinking, A higher head tube angle will tend to make the front wheel right itself more readily from off center for more stability. But...
08-11-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 606
Posted By xroadcharlie

If it where me, I'd consider if the extra $800 is...

If it where me, I'd consider if the extra $800 is going to be a financial burden or not. If not, then I would buy the Revolt 0 not only because it's available soon, but it is going to be a better...
08-10-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,155
Posted By xroadcharlie

That's why you should bring a cheat sheet, or...

That's why you should bring a cheat sheet, or write some numbers on your hand like you did for a high school test. This way you just have to find the right numbers to choose the correct gear, ...
08-09-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 501
Posted By xroadcharlie

Its probably a major job to convert to a 1 x 10...

Its probably a major job to convert to a 1 x 10 speed. Your current drivetrain can probably be repaired for a fraction of what converting it to a 1 x 10 speed. I find leaving my low end 3 x 7 on one...
08-05-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 552
Posted By xroadcharlie

I use a combination of the tire preasure...

I use a combination of the tire preasure Indicated using the "Psicalculator.com" recommendations and the makings on my 50mm tires...40 - 65 psi.

According to the calculator I only need about 30...
07-31-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 6,341
Posted By xroadcharlie

I much prefer tried and proven rim brakes for...

I much prefer tried and proven rim brakes for their easy service. The last thing I want is to deal with hydraulic fluid. Rim brakes give me more stopping power then I'll ever need and are easy to...
07-29-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 841
Posted By xroadcharlie

Slick tires on a gravel bike? Sounds like...

Slick tires on a gravel bike?

Sounds like somebody tried turning it into a road bike. I'd start with putting on some proper gravel tires at least 38 mm wide. Use one of those on line tire pressure...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-20, 06:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 542
Posted By xroadcharlie

I have the Bontrager GO time It works for me....

I have the Bontrager GO time It works for me. The smallest character's on the display are difficult to read, But the important ones, like speed, trip, timer etc are fine.
07-29-20, 04:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 628
Posted By xroadcharlie

He should have been able to leave the bike on one...

He should have been able to leave the bike on one chainring even with a malfunctioning derailleur. If the chain is still falling off, Something else is wrong IMO. Perhaps the chain or chainring are...
07-29-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,333
Posted By xroadcharlie

More reflectors means more visibility reducing...

More reflectors means more visibility reducing the likelihood of an accident and perhaps life altering injuries.

My 2018 Giant Sedona came with pedal and Spoke reflectors which I keep, And no,...
07-25-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,596
Posted By xroadcharlie

My cousin's husband just found the bike he was...

My cousin's husband just found the bike he was looking for locally on kijiji.. An almost new Specialized low entry model that listed at $850 + 13% tax he got for $500 cash. It seems the people...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 7,036
Posted By xroadcharlie

Actually the stock low of 30 gear inches (GI) is...

Actually the stock low of 30 gear inches (GI) is pretty good IMO for the average cyclist on a road bike. That's just over 5 mph at 60 rpm.

While I have a 21 GI granny gear, I only need my 30 GI...
07-19-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By xroadcharlie

I Wondered about that. I have seen a list of bike...

I Wondered about that. I have seen a list of bike brands that Giant supplies, and was shocked. And yes Trek was on it. I can't seem to find it now. I have noticed some bikes from different brands...
07-19-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 6,991
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: 1,171
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...
07-12-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,735
Posted By xroadcharlie

I agree with those that say to buy the correct...

I agree with those that say to buy the correct frame size using Trek's sizing chart. If you're in between, then you have some leeway.

If you want a higher riding position and more comfort then a...
07-10-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,247
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...
07-09-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 560
Posted By xroadcharlie

I tried riding my mountain bike with 54mm tires...

I tried riding my mountain bike with 54mm tires through dry sand Ha...good luck, and I'm only 150 lbs.

Yet beach cruisers often come with 2" (50 mm) tires do fine. But they are usually on damp...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,026
Posted By xroadcharlie

+1 I'm not surprised. If all else is close...

+1
I'm not surprised. If all else is close between 2 bikes, While weight alone has a proportional impact when accelerating and climbing, That extra effort is not lost unless you brake, or you're on...
07-07-20, 09:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,592
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think what's holding you back isn't the 35mm...

I think what's holding you back isn't the 35mm width of your tires. If they are the same quality tire that Giant put on my Sedona in 2018, It's got much more to do with tread, and stiff sidewalls...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 816
Posted By xroadcharlie

In my case I knew what I wanted. Upright Seating,...

In my case I knew what I wanted. Upright Seating, wide 26" wheels on a small frame, Rim brakes, a rigid fork, a low step over height at least 7 evenly spaced gears and good quality parts if...
07-05-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,847
Posted By xroadcharlie

I wonder about the use of degreaser. Since it...

I wonder about the use of degreaser. Since it does such a fine job on a cassette, derailleur and crankset, what is it doing when it invariably gets into the bearings?

I'm using a stiff bristle...
07-05-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 484
Posted By xroadcharlie

If your rear derailleur on your new bike will...

If your rear derailleur on your new bike will handle a 14 - 28 freewheel. for less then the cost of breakfast for two you can buy a Shimano 6 speed 14 - 28 freewheel. That will provide you with about...
07-03-20, 07:38 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,777
Posted By xroadcharlie

I've found the best value in most consumer...

I've found the best value in most consumer products is not the least expensive option. Certainly not the expensive models for most cyclists. We can spend US $700 - $5,000+ on a Giant road bike for...
Forum: Touring
07-02-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 890
Posted By xroadcharlie

I've never seen stack/reach ratio before. I like...

I've never seen stack/reach ratio before. I like that the one # allows us to get an idea of rider position. Remember that this is just frame measurements. One of two bikes with the same stack/reach...
06-28-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,057
Posted By xroadcharlie

I don't know if there is a best hybrid in your...

I don't know if there is a best hybrid in your price range of the models you suggest. There probably all fine bikes for what they are.

As fo suspension forks, If you have very rough roads or...
06-28-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 939
Posted By xroadcharlie

Nice bike. I like the mechanical disc brake...No...

Nice bike. I like the mechanical disc brake...No hydraulics' to deal with!

My 2018 bike is too high also to remain on the seat stopped. I often slide off the saddle and stand over the bar. This is...
06-25-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,148
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...
06-21-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,135
Posted By xroadcharlie

How did you find the 16T sprocket? If you are...

How did you find the 16T sprocket? If you are good with it, use it again. If your tired of fighting wind and don't mind a slightly higher cadence, go with the 18T sprocket. Lower gears can be more...
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