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11-27-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,578
Posted By Chuckles1

Heads up!

I slow down and say "heads up" when I'm far enough away to give them time to react, gain control of their dog, and move to one side. Works for equestrians as well. Of course, 90% of my pedestrian...
11-27-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 330
Posted By Chuckles1

Well enough to enjoy...

Couldn't agree more. That's a great approach, and one I intend to apply to golf, a game that I love, but which frustrates any perfectionist tendencies one may harbor.

Nice, positive thread that...
11-13-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,040
Posted By Chuckles1

I used to wear a hat after I got skin cancer,...

I used to wear a hat after I got skin cancer, twice, on top of scalp right under helmet vents, to keep the sun off that area. Now I wear a helmet with aluminum foil covering the top of my head; hot,...
11-13-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 3,618
Posted By Chuckles1

9 speeds for me

I prefer my 2x9 to all others I've tried, but that's just a personal preference. My 2x10 seems a little "busy" to me, meaning too much shifting. Never had a 3x9, but for an all purpose bike it sounds...
11-06-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 866
Posted By Chuckles1

You got unlucky

Get back in the saddle, a little bit wiser. Shadows are tough. Maybe go slower until you regain confidence. I go fairly slow and stay off paved roads once fall comes and the light is constantly...
11-06-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 750
Posted By Chuckles1

I get about 50 miles out of my Unit Pack Power...

I get about 50 miles out of my Unit Pack Power 48V 20Ah triangle battery on a cheap Bikes Direct flat bar hybrid with geared rear hub drive 500W kit from Bafang. I always peddle except at very low...
11-06-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 614
Posted By Chuckles1

When my old Raleigh did what your's is doing, I...

When my old Raleigh did what your's is doing, I replaced the cable with a cheapo Walmart cable I found in my parts stash, and presto, good as new. I agree, you werent being mocked. Not to say there...
10-30-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 490
Posted By Chuckles1

I carry my triangle battery by the Velcro straps,...

I carry my triangle battery by the Velcro straps, in the rare instance of removing it. But I'm extremely careful handling it during removal or installation, for reasons you have discovered.
10-28-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,006
Posted By Chuckles1

Another good year...

Just taking a minute to appreciate cycling, as another season comes to a close. Still hoping to get in another ride or two on the gravel bike (about 700 miles so far this year), but below 50 degrees...
10-28-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 672
Posted By Chuckles1

Not sure if you do this already, but I'd suggest...

Not sure if you do this already, but I'd suggest using throttle for starting from stop, and for all low speed maneuvering. Get up some speed before starting to peddle so the crude peddle assist isn't...
10-17-21, 09:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 848
Posted By Chuckles1

Tektros are hydraulic. REAR one is difficult to...

Tektros are hydraulic. REAR one is difficult to adjust, as there is very little clearance between caliper body and bike frame. Rotor is very close to frame as well. Being a rear hub drive kit, I was...
10-17-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 294
Posted By Chuckles1

Yes, seat post should be greased if non-carbon...

Yes, seat post should be greased if non-carbon frame. If not greased, it could seize and be difficult to remove or adjust in the future. The grease should be wiped off and renewed with fresh grease...
10-16-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,099
Posted By Chuckles1

Twice to drink on 20 mile or less rides, unless I...

Twice to drink on 20 mile or less rides, unless I need to pee, in which case I race home as fast as possible with no stops. Of course in extreme cases I'll find a place to go, but if I'm five miles...
10-16-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 294
Posted By Chuckles1

Are you sure it's the saddle and not the seapost...

Are you sure it's the saddle and not the seapost creaking? I thought my bottom bracket was creaking, but it turned out that regreasing the seat post eliminated the annoying creak.
10-15-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,504
Posted By Chuckles1

Couldnt have said it better, at 65 though.

Couldnt have said it better, at 65 though.
10-15-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 848
Posted By Chuckles1

Nah, it's the darned Tektro disc brakes. My other...

Nah, it's the darned Tektro disc brakes. My other bike with Shimano hydraulic disc brakes adjusts easily. The Tektros seem to rub a little no matter what you do. I think the pad retraction is uneven...
10-14-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 848
Posted By Chuckles1

Ebikes are difficult to elevate for maintenance....

Ebikes are difficult to elevate for maintenance. Theres so much going on on my conversion (torque arms, motor cable, rear rack, disc brakes and rotors, etc) it's hard to find a place to even lift on...
10-14-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 749
Posted By Chuckles1

I bought a small torque wrench and accessories...

I bought a small torque wrench and accessories for use on my bikes. After using it for a while, I decided it's usually unnecessary. Allen wrenches are sized, like most wrenches, to be a proper...
10-14-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 628
Posted By Chuckles1

Don't know, but you can put 3M paint protection...

Don't know, but you can put 3M paint protection film on bottom of down tube, back of seat tube, and chainstays in an hour, and protect against most gravel strikes.
10-13-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,689
Posted By Chuckles1

The cool weather and lower humidity take more out...

The cool weather and lower humidity take more out of me on Fall rides. I just slow down, ride the gravel roads, enjoy the fall foliage, and don't worry about miles. No drop in enthusiasm, but big...
10-13-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,586
Posted By Chuckles1

Thanks!

Thanks again to the OP for the thread, and to Creativepart for providing the solution. As I mentioned, my Bafang rear hub drive (kit conversion) was doing this. Yesterday, after dousing spoke...
10-13-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 875
Posted By Chuckles1

A PITA for me too, since it takes a couple...

A PITA for me too, since it takes a couple minutes to sort it out when I'm anxious to hit the road. I think I'll try gluing it next time I find myself dealing with it. I have to customize all sorts...
10-11-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,586
Posted By Chuckles1

I think I have the same issue on my Bafang rear...

I think I have the same issue on my Bafang rear hub drive. At first I thought it was the chain, but then noticed it happens when using throttle and not peddling. Can't reproduce the noise by...
10-11-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 410
Posted By Chuckles1

It sounds like your RD hanger may be bent. You...

It sounds like your RD hanger may be bent. You can make an alignment tool from an old axle and a paint stirrer stick, or use a wheel with an axle that protrudes far enough to screw into hanger, and...
10-10-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 571
Posted By Chuckles1

That's what made all the difference for me the...

That's what made all the difference for me the once time I had an "impossibly" tight fit. Paint it on the rim and inside the tire at the place where it gets stuck. Good luck; I feel your pain. Also,...
10-10-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 673
Posted By Chuckles1

A lot depends on where you live. If you live in...

A lot depends on where you live. If you live in a city with lots of potential buyers, that's one thing. If you live in the "sticks" it's nearly impossible to sell anything that's not basically a...
10-08-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 849
Posted By Chuckles1

Me too, almost

Recently came a hairs breadth from biting the dust for the first time in twenty years. Was coasting down long, easy slope to the end of my gravel road, standing on pedals and weight forward to better...
09-29-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 438
Posted By Chuckles1

Not that brave; I'd probably get run over by a...

Not that brave; I'd probably get run over by a snowmobile. Where I live, I could ride some gravel roads that are plowed by the town and have a layer of hard snow/ ice, if I got studded tires. To...
09-27-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 438
Posted By Chuckles1

Autumn...

This is the time in Maine when you have to start adding clothes. Up to now it's been trying to stay cool in the heat and humidity. First come heavier socks, then heavier gloves, then two shirts, ...
09-18-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,144
Posted By Chuckles1

I melt a pot of paraffin wax in the spring and...

I melt a pot of paraffin wax in the spring and dip two chains per bike for 5 minutes. I change them out mid-season. If they squeak before change out time, I renew them by pulling about 5mL of...
09-16-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,820
Posted By Chuckles1

Definitely depends on the bike. I do it on my...

Definitely depends on the bike. I do it on my gravel bike, but not road or hybrid. And I rarely do it on gravel bike, because at 65, why take the risk of biting the dust and possible injury?
...
09-14-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,745
Posted By Chuckles1

I feel that way every spring on the first half...

I feel that way every spring on the first half dozen rides. Don't overdo it at first; you'll likely forget about it after a while, but you do have to push through some pain.
09-13-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By Chuckles1

Is there some rule of thumb on when you can pack...

Is there some rule of thumb on when you can pack a race full and when not? I too come across mismatched numbers of bearings and always wonder what's right.
09-13-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 894
Posted By Chuckles1

1) bike work stand 2) chain whip 3) crank...

1) bike work stand
2) chain whip
3) crank puller
4) cassette lock ring tool
5) bottom bracket removal tool
6) cable cutter (gotta get one of these myself)
09-13-21, 08:34 AM
09-13-21, 08:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 608
Posted By Chuckles1

Is that a cannon on back of that rig? Looks like...

Is that a cannon on back of that rig? Looks like something Red Green would build up at the cabin.
09-11-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 898
Posted By Chuckles1

Back in my day...

I just use a safety match. Move it slowly closer from underside until it shrinks the wrap. With a lighter or match, use aluminum foil to shield anything near the heatshrink area.
09-07-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 592
Posted By Chuckles1

My ebike is of questionable legality because it...

My ebike is of questionable legality because it has a throttle, but it cuts off at 28mph, so it's not outrageous. Hard to imagine that beast being exempt from all legal requirements for a motorcycle:...
09-07-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 345
Posted By Chuckles1

I bought a 48V 20Ah Unit Pack Power triangle...

I bought a 48V 20Ah Unit Pack Power triangle battery for my 500W Bafang geared rear hub conversion. No complaints, and I added a note when I bought it requesting the correct connector for my...
09-07-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 543
Posted By Chuckles1

Make sure the chain you buy has at least as many...

Make sure the chain you buy has at least as many links as the current chain. I often shop for bargains, and have seen some good prices on chains with fewer links than most new chains. Great if...
09-07-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 760
Posted By Chuckles1

Some ebikes, like my 500W geared rear hub drive...

Some ebikes, like my 500W geared rear hub drive from a kit, have somewhat crude pedal assist. I set mine up for 5 levels of power assist. It goes roughly 10, 15, 20, 24, 28 mph in each level.it acts...
09-04-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,474
Posted By Chuckles1

My 500W Bafang geared rear hub drive, from a kit,...

My 500W Bafang geared rear hub drive, from a kit, has exceeded my expectations. I predict you'll love it.
09-04-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 488
Posted By Chuckles1

Ah, the "freedom" to break laws... I get passed...

Ah, the "freedom" to break laws... I get passed by a pickup with one of those huge flags occasionally, and it's always speeding and has a loud exhaust. The perils of cycling.
09-04-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,503
Posted By Chuckles1

I'll second that. Curb jumping could damage a...

I'll second that. Curb jumping could damage a wheel if you time it wrong.
09-04-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,687
Posted By Chuckles1

Maybe a recumbent bike if you want to stick with...

Maybe a recumbent bike if you want to stick with cycling.
09-03-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By Chuckles1

Sunrace CSM40 comes in several tooth number...

Sunrace CSM40 comes in several tooth number configurations in your range. If you can find one in stock. My hybrid came with 11/34 version, and it shifts reliably.
08-31-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,456
Posted By Chuckles1

Sounds great if your body can take it. I like a...

Sounds great if your body can take it. I like a light morning bike ride ~10 miles, and walk nine holes of golf in the afternoon. Only down side is sometimes get nasty cramps in legs in the evening....
08-31-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 876
Posted By Chuckles1

A drop of superglue might keep it from...

A drop of superglue might keep it from unravelling, which is a PITA.
08-31-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,166
Posted By Chuckles1

I never brake for chipmunks. Even at 30+ mph,...

I never brake for chipmunks. Even at 30+ mph, they are so quick and agile that they always avoid my tires, even when it looks like they might get rolled over. I think you're more likely to hit them...
08-31-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 736
Posted By Chuckles1

All three of my bikes are Motobecanes from bikes...

All three of my bikes are Motobecanes from bikes direct. They are fine bikes, but if the frame doesn't fit you, FORGETABOUTIT!
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