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12-08-21, 01:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 868
Posted By chas58

Talking LMAO. Good one! I'm sure all the people I see...

LMAO. Good one!
I'm sure all the people I see riding and ebike around town have a quick link and know how to use it. :lol:
12-08-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 252
Posted By chas58

I've seen a lot more of them since covid...

I've seen a lot more of them since covid (although not nesc. related to the pandemic). They do seem to be hitting critical mass.
I gotta admit, it was nice being the only person around with a...
12-03-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 868
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: 35
Views: 868
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...
12-01-21, 04:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 868
Posted By chas58

Why is that?

Why is that?
11-30-21, 05:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,212
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).
...
Forum: Great Lakes
11-30-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 262
Posted By chas58

I listen to a couple of podcasts that can't help...

I listen to a couple of podcasts that can't help but discuss it as an asside (no specific episode though).

At a high level for bike industry:
There has been a surge in demand for bike stuff...
Forum: Great Lakes
11-30-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,371
Posted By chas58

good plan on Oakway. That thing practically is a...

good plan on Oakway. That thing practically is a trail already!
11-30-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 868
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: 555
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: 555
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, 03:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 389
Posted By chas58

This. +1. Ideally there will be no problem,...

This. +1.

Ideally there will be no problem, but on the off chance there are, then shim them.
11-29-21, 01:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 275
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: 35
Views: 868
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: 461
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: 461
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: 913
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: 638
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, 02:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 913
Posted By chas58

No, That isn't going to help any. If I...

No, That isn't going to help any.

If I google your bike it shows a 48/31 crank and an 11-34 cassette.

so, if you are in the small chain ring and the large cog, you are at 31x34, which is pretty...
11-22-21, 09:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 453
Posted By chas58

Yes, take a look at "Grin's motor simulator tool...

Yes, take a look at "Grin's motor simulator tool - https://ebikes.ca/tools/simulator.html"
It is an amazing tool for designing and building ebikes.

Being a strong rider, it took a little design...
11-22-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 504
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: 504
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: 638
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. ...
11-22-21, 07:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 913
Posted By chas58

It sounds like you are concentrating on climbing....

It sounds like you are concentrating on climbing. So, lower is better. Start with chainring (or the cassette if you wish). But if you go a lot bigger in the rear, you will need a new derailleur and a...
11-19-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 913
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...
11-19-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,552
Posted By chas58

I just read an article on one of the pro teams...

I just read an article on one of the pro teams that did the ParisRobaix.
They used 50F/65R with 30mm tires (for what is it worth)




40/60 makes sense as the weight distribution is typically...
11-18-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 453
Posted By chas58

No. There are a lot of variables, but if...

No.
There are a lot of variables, but if everything is the same (power from the motor and power input from you), there is no difference. Now if you ramp up power faster with the throttle, and...
11-17-21, 03:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 671
Posted By chas58

I dunno, I have bikes where i have replaced...

I dunno, I have bikes where i have replaced everything except for the handlebars. I guess I'm rough on my stuff. ;-)
11-16-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,203
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, 05:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 689
Posted By chas58

you are right.

you are right.
Forum: Great Lakes
11-15-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,371
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...
Forum: Great Lakes
11-15-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,371
Posted By chas58

Wow, that is a huge change. I loved the room...

Wow, that is a huge change. I loved the room that 3 lanes of traffic gave the island. I'm typically doing the island with friends, and we are doing near the speed limit. That looks like there...
Forum: Great Lakes
11-15-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,371
Posted By chas58

Yeah, we were spending more money for toll booth...

Yeah, we were spending more money for toll booth attendants than we were making in tolls, so that went out when it went to the licence plate thing. But yeah, you can be ticketed if you don't have...
Forum: Great Lakes
11-15-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 286
Posted By chas58

Personally, I find cars (mostly trucks actually)...

Personally, I find cars (mostly trucks actually) very aggressive around here. The exceptions are Ann Arbor and Detroit proper (within city limits). Detroit suburbs are a nightmare.

you can...
11-15-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 763
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...
11-15-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 671
Posted By chas58

I think you'll read in the fine print that it is...

I think you'll read in the fine print that it is not designed for large jumps - so as long as you don't send it (or crash), you'll be fine.
11-15-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 361
Posted By chas58

1st, are both available? Its quite the bummer to...

1st, are both available? Its quite the bummer to decide on your ideal bike and find its not gonna be in stock.

2nd: long exposed seat tubes are wonderful for gravel. I have a Canyon with a...
11-15-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 688
Posted By chas58

Actually, I put 50mm on the front my CX bike for...

Actually, I put 50mm on the front my CX bike for gravel races (54mm sometimes). 40mm is plenty big for me in the rear in I'm not hammering on singletrack.
11-15-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,230
Posted By chas58

Honestly, realizing I can get off my bike and...

Honestly, realizing I can get off my bike and run/walk for 50-100ft has opened up new worlds in my gravel riding. Its not all about the bike. ;-)
11-10-21, 03:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,494
Posted By chas58

Well, you can still bike in the winter! I...

Well, you can still bike in the winter!

I use my ebike more in the winter than the summer. I use studded tires, and used to hate them because they were so heavy and slow. But ya know, my ebike...
11-10-21, 03:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,131
Posted By chas58

KDGast Nice. I do race training rides in the...

KDGast Nice. I do race training rides in the summer. when at speed they are 25mph steady, ramping up to over 30mph (analogue bike).
Coming home from one of these rides a guy pulls out in front of me...
11-10-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 688
Posted By chas58

I used to worry about these kinds of questions...

I used to worry about these kinds of questions long ago, but in reality - you can race just about anything in CX as long as it can take "off road" tires (33mm or wider). I've seen FTD (fastest time...
11-10-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,552
Posted By chas58

I'm ~175. 40mm tires I'm 30F/40R with 50-55mm...

I'm ~175. 40mm tires I'm 30F/40R with 50-55mm I'm about 25 front.
11-10-21, 03:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,552
Posted By chas58

This is the original 15% tire drop chart. Still...

This is the original 15% tire drop chart. Still valid today. I guess you can interpolate a little for 40mm. This is wheel load (not rider weight). This was mind blowing when it was originally...
11-09-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 777
Posted By chas58

AFAIK, the motor doesn't make much difference in...

AFAIK, the motor doesn't make much difference in efficiency.
Speed is the biggest efficiency killer (although in my design I used aero and weight to stay efficient too).

Small motor and big...
11-09-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 955
Posted By chas58

That makes sense Scott - get the bead as tight...

That makes sense Scott
- get the bead as tight as possible on the rim bed.
Other options
- build up the rim bed with rim tape
- use skinny stripper.

3 alternatives!
11-08-21, 03:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,301
Posted By chas58

I have struggled with this question a bit. I'm...

I have struggled with this question a bit. I'm not sure there is a good answer for everyone.

15mph is way too slow where I ride. Heck, I built a bike like that once, and never ended up using...
11-08-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,230
Posted By chas58

Yeah, I've seen people get fastest time of the...

Yeah, I've seen people get fastest time of the day on a cross country mountain bike. Not sure why a CX bike would be any faster in a race where 10mph+ is probably my speed on grass. My CX bike...
11-05-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,230
Posted By chas58

Wimps! If you had Jan Heine's tires you would...

Wimps! If you had Jan Heine's tires you would ride right through that sand! They are an "unfair advantage in Cyclocross"...
11-05-21, 04:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,167
Posted By chas58

Uh, no. I have a hybrid in my collection....

Uh, no.

I have a hybrid in my collection. Don't know what it is, but I can't easily ride it over 15mph. normally I cruise at 20mph (or 25 in a pack).

Its great if you like the fit and are not...
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