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Forum: Commuting
08-16-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,285
Posted By chas58

Is that what it is? I loved the 930 and 950...

Is that what it is?

I loved the 930 and 950 steel mountain bikes from the '90s!
Forum: Commuting
08-16-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 639
Posted By chas58

I do it with studded 26" tires. The tire...

I do it with studded 26" tires. The tire resistance doesn't matter much to the motor, so I can keep my summer pace even with heavy slow studded tires.

E-fat bikes are great - but keep in mind,...
08-16-19, 06:50 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,427
Posted By chas58

so, if you are an engineer like me, Get a...

so, if you are an engineer like me,

Get a heart rate monitor. You'll be able to track your fitness, freshness, and fatigue, not to mention your improvement.
Ideally, when you can ride hard for...
08-16-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,541
Posted By chas58

Semantics, maybe. In my opinion, it is a big...

Semantics, maybe. In my opinion, it is a big change for the Domaine, not a huge change for graveling.

Its interesting the way "gravel" changes bikes (mostly in a good way).

There are long,...
08-15-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,427
Posted By chas58

That is so cool! You will be surprised at how...

That is so cool! You will be surprised at how fast you improve. Especially with a bike like that to inspire you. Get a Strava account and watch your increase in performance! I find that in the...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 956
Posted By chas58

Yeah, that is the one I was referring to. But...

Yeah, that is the one I was referring to. But gosh, some of those pictures on the web site have to be 30 years old...

As a bonus it will make you more aero saving you a couple of watts along with...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,285
Posted By chas58

Hope you are handy with repairs, and where are...

Hope you are handy with repairs, and where are the pictures?
(preferably the advertised pictures and reality)
Replies: 19
Views: 1,280
Posted By chas58

...or, there is cross racing on old velodromes. ...

...or, there is cross racing on old velodromes. Our old cement velodrome is beat up, but it is a great venue for our cyclocross races. There is something about that one lap to go to the finish line...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,190
Posted By chas58

Good one. Although some of the lycra group rides...

Good one. Although some of the lycra group rides make me scratch my head more. Why would a bunch of bikes roll up to a stop light, and then roll in front of every car in line to be the first at the...
08-15-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 724
Posted By chas58

The only good answer is to get a beater. The...

The only good answer is to get a beater. The constant moisture (when snow gets packed into things), not to mention the salt - is harsh on your nice bike.

Then there is snow. What is snow? How...
08-15-19, 07:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 848
Posted By chas58

True, but in cold, wet - you really need to be...

True, but in cold, wet - you really need to be able to modulate front and rear appropriately, or you'll lock up the front and go down. I've thought about doing that, but it would really only work...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,190
Posted By chas58

OK, you win the BF contest!

OK, you win the BF contest!
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 683
Posted By chas58

I do like those quiet residential streets. They...

I do like those quiet residential streets. They are pretty much my goto for commuting.
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,626
Posted By chas58

Huh. I got a compact Nightrider from REI outlet...

Huh. I got a compact Nightrider from REI outlet ($25) a few days ago, and its sold out now. Go figure...
08-13-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 724
Posted By chas58

I use thinner slicks in summer/fall. Winter...

I use thinner slicks in summer/fall.

Winter spring, I use a 40mm tire (or more). I find that Schwalbe G-One work amazingly well in snow, not to mention cold, wet conditions.

skinny tires <40mm...
08-13-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,541
Posted By chas58

I know, if I say it enough here, and get people...

I know, if I say it enough here, and get people repeat it, it becomes bf "fact." LOL.

For details on the 6mm requirement, look up the ISO-4210 standard.
Forum: Commuting
08-12-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,626
Posted By chas58

I have Nightrider and Cygolite. Both are high...

I have Nightrider and Cygolite. Both are high quality.

Just need to decide how much light you want.

I like a little strap on light with a strobe for daytime commuting

For dark riding I...
08-12-19, 02:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,541
Posted By chas58

6mm for most bikes. its a bit tighter (4mm) on...

6mm for most bikes. its a bit tighter (4mm) on skinny tired dedicated race bikes.
(I put 38mm ramblers in the back of my old cross bike, and 40mm out front - cause the 40mm didn't quite fit in the...
08-12-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,432
Posted By chas58

Have you ridden them? I think the Spec. Sequoia...

Have you ridden them? I think the Spec. Sequoia is incredibly comfortable, and great for what it was. Compared to a Crux (opposite end of the spectrum) it was super comfy - something I could ride...
08-12-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,201
Posted By chas58

I recently upgraded my old steel bike to a modern...

I recently upgraded my old steel bike to a modern gear set; The only thing I had to do was to take change the chain and cassette going from 8 speed to 11 speed. (actually, I just pulled the 11spd...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,691
Posted By chas58

OT but I'm a fan of $5 merino wool or cashmere...

OT but I'm a fan of $5 merino wool or cashmere from Salvation Army. My problem with a synthetic jersey is that it stinks - especially if I'm commuting in it every day. Pretty much need to wash it...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,691
Posted By chas58

Thanks for the theory and ideas. The...

Thanks for the theory and ideas.



The cap thing doesn’t work for me. I have one, but can’t use it this time of year. Halo is the only solution that works for me.

In my case, I have good...
Forum: Commuting
08-09-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 956
Posted By chas58

In addition: I use a "rain" cover on my...

In addition:

I use a "rain" cover on my helmet to make a warm air pocket there. Got a pair of ski goggles, cause the eyes get cold as speed.

You can buy a bicycle fairing. That will keep a...
08-09-19, 07:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,300
Posted By chas58

Its kinda like mountain biking. If you are...

Its kinda like mountain biking. If you are bombing down mountains, you want long, low, slack on a gravel bike. But that kills maneuverability and acceleration.

I surprised a pack of roadies (and...
08-09-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,300
Posted By chas58

Yep, that is probably the biggest compromise with...

Yep, that is probably the biggest compromise with large tires. There is also Q factor- when getting that size you need to switch to mountain bike bottom bracket to get wide enough - either that or...
Forum: Commuting
08-08-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,691
Posted By chas58

seems to me that any caps defeat the purpose of...

seems to me that any caps defeat the purpose of getting a helmet with good ventilation.

I like caps in the cooler months, but not in the summer...
08-08-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,300
Posted By chas58

None. That is a gravel bike. Cross is...

None. That is a gravel bike.

Cross is obviously designed around 33mm tires. Adding width for 40mm tires satisfies the gravel market demand and gives lots of mud clearance. That is a win/win. ...
08-08-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,727
Posted By chas58

40mm. that is rather the standard, and there...

40mm.

that is rather the standard, and there is a lot of choice in that area.

nothing wrong with 38. I had a bike that only took 38 in the rear (and that was pushing it), but I could hardly...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,691
Posted By chas58

I use these and they are amazing. Also they...

I use these and they are amazing. Also they help make up for worn padding in my helmet too. Get the thin 1" version....
Forum: Commuting
08-07-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 860
Posted By chas58

:thumb: Schwalbe G-One series, and the new...

:thumb:

Schwalbe G-One series, and the new Coni GP5000 are awesome and surprisingly smooth.

Tubeless easy! they seem to work well on my DT swiss - although they are too tight on some of my...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-19, 01:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,002
Posted By chas58

Wow, Interesting. Never heard of them. ...

Wow, Interesting. Never heard of them.

We'll they have made up to 42 degrees northern latitude apparently.
08-06-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,375
Posted By chas58

For what it is worth, I made a 25lb bike (+3.5 lb...

For what it is worth, I made a 25lb bike (+3.5 lb 350 watt-hour battery) about 6 years ago. Its drop bar with a small hub motor, so it doesn't look like an ebike at all. And at that weight it rides...
08-06-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,090
Posted By chas58

years ago I used them for getto tubeless. But...

years ago I used them for getto tubeless. But there are so many small advantages with these, I ended up using them all the time (with tubeless wheels and tires). The fix about every difficulty...
08-06-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,198
Posted By chas58

True. Anyone who has lived on multiple...

True. Anyone who has lived on multiple continents, including the US, realizes this is a strangely American problem. It ain't gonna happen in China or Europe (although there are other parts of the...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,002
Posted By chas58

Found this on my commute, what the heck is it?

I had to duck to avoid this one. Yes there is an insect emerging from some type of cocoon. What is it???
...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,232
Posted By chas58

my $0.01 (cad) worth: You are doing good to...

my $0.01 (cad) worth:
You are doing good to think tire size as a priority. I use 32mm tires that are super fast – I’m convinced they are faster than smaller tires around here because they smooth out...
08-02-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,198
Posted By chas58

I posted this a week ago. You might enjoy it......

I posted this a week ago. You might enjoy it...

Interesting article about track training on a grass "velodrome" in Kansas.

https://www.velonews.com/2019/07/new...lodrome_497324...
08-01-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,300
Posted By chas58

It can't be both "too nervous" and "not that...

It can't be both "too nervous" and "not that reactive."

I wanted the best of both worlds, so I got a CX bike. In my case in loses nothing on a road bike (with the same tires). Maybe the handlebars...
08-01-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,427
Posted By chas58

True. I did #1...

True. I did #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) *.

Actually, I did
#4 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=4) :I started out with a...
07-31-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,541
Posted By chas58

Very true! (I wrote it off years ago because it...

Very true!
(I wrote it off years ago because it had a 75mm drop, then it went lower)




In my experience – a “stable” bike has to be pushed harder into a turn (and often can’t do really tight...
Replies: 19
Views: 1,280
Posted By chas58

@ ben - that is cool! Thanks for sharing! ...

@ ben - that is cool! Thanks for sharing!
clifford - sounds like what the BMX guys do with their pump tracks I see all around. "road rash" on grass isn't quite as bad as dirt, road or track (the...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 860
Posted By chas58

You doing it yourself, or having the LBS do it? ...

You doing it yourself, or having the LBS do it? You'll need a valve stem remover tool if you change the tires yourself - it can be hard (or not) getting the tire to seat on the wheel without a tube,...
Forum: Commuting
07-31-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,428
Posted By chas58

Yeah, it would have to be a pretty nice bottle. ...

Yeah, it would have to be a pretty nice bottle. I would bleach it out for sure...
07-31-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,090
Posted By chas58

Yup, it makes everything a little easier (if you...

Yup, it makes everything a little easier (if you just jam the whole thing inside the rim and then spread it out).

My tires seat very easily with skinny stripper and a floor pump (taking the valve...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 860
Posted By chas58

I like it, for tires 32mm or larger. I use it on...

I like it, for tires 32mm or larger. I use it on my commuter - saves a lot of potential road side hassle.

Set up can be a pain, depending on the tire/rim (sometimes it is easy).
Requires regular...
07-30-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,427
Posted By chas58

Yes in Europe No in USA. They will sell...

Yes in Europe
No in USA.

They will sell you a replacement bar for ~$400, and tell you that you can ebay the spare bar. ;-)
07-30-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,101
Posted By chas58

Yeah, it is kind of up to you, how much pressure...

Yeah, it is kind of up to you, how much pressure you put in the tire, how much you like it. If it is a $10 tire, replace it. If its high end and you love it (and since it is relatively new), you...
07-30-19, 11:08 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,541
Posted By chas58

Trek Domane released - big changes for graveling

Wow, the Domane gets more and more gravel oriented - long, low, (not so slack), with bigger tires - its getting more gravel than just endurance. Also a little heavier in order to make it more...
Replies: 19
Views: 1,280
Posted By chas58

Now for something different - Grass Velodromes

Interesting article about track training on a grass "velodrome" in Kansas.

https://www.velonews.com/2019/07/news/field-of-dreams-the-inside-story-of-kansass-grass-velodrome_497324

Goes back to...
07-29-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,080
Posted By chas58

Nice! Cross bikes are great for mixed road...

Nice!

Cross bikes are great for mixed road & gravel. If your heart is set on doing 200 gravel only miles in a day (in a straight line), or bombing down loose gravel hills at high speed – there...
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