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10-27-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 731
Posted By chas58

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Weknowdis. However, if you are not doing nationals or Cat 1-2, no one cares. CX...
10-27-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 731
Posted By chas58

It depends what you mean by competitive. ...

It depends what you mean by competitive. Certainly not in CAT1-2. But CX often is more about having fun on whatever you are riding, rather than being like a road bike race.

Some mis-information...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,159
Posted By chas58

One thing that hasn't been mentioned: Last...

One thing that hasn't been mentioned:

Last winter, I made the mistake of going out on beautiful warm feeling (sunny, no wind) day where the temperature was about 20F. The problem is we have a...
10-22-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 520
Posted By chas58

That, and apparently they are pretty good at...

That, and apparently they are pretty good at marketing. ;-)
Forum: Commuting
10-05-20, 06:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,860
Posted By chas58

Have fun! Studded tires are slow, but super...

Have fun! Studded tires are slow, but super sure footed. I took mine out to a frozen lake to see how hard I could push them, and ended up pulling a w"heelie on a high torque start. I ended up...
09-23-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 881
Posted By chas58

I was going to say the same thing. a 40mm deep...

I was going to say the same thing. a 40mm deep section wheel with a 40mm+ sized tire gives quite a large sail. I'm not a big fan of having my front tire getting blown around on an open gravel road...
09-23-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 881
Posted By chas58

cubewheels It probably depends on a lot of...

cubewheels It probably depends on a lot of things.
A lot of rims have spokes nipples that float in the rim. Thus the spokes are never in compression, they are only in tension.
If you take a big...
09-22-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Posted By chas58

Bingo. I was in the same place between 54...

Bingo.

I was in the same place between 54 and 56, and mail ordering a bike.
I bought both, tried them out with various stems, and kept the one I liked better.
Seriously, if you are spending the...
09-22-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,655
Posted By chas58

that could be a good bar. I've gotten...

that could be a good bar.

I've gotten addicted to swept back bars with flatish tops. Doesn't need to be much (12į?) but it shortens the reach and puts my hand in a little more comfortable...
09-21-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,655
Posted By chas58

I think the Ritchey WCS bars have some nice...

I think the Ritchey WCS bars have some nice choices. The ergo max has a subtle flair, flat tops, is swept back, and has even a little rise....
09-21-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,011
Posted By chas58

Glad to hear it. You'll learn to read the trail,...

Glad to hear it. You'll learn to read the trail, use your body weight, and pick your line and be a better biker because of it. Besides, underbiking is fun (as long as you don't take it too far)....
09-18-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,011
Posted By chas58

Awesome! I bought a state of the art MTB 30...

Awesome!
I bought a state of the art MTB 30 years ago, and I'm still riding it. I've spent decades "waiting" on the industry to make up their mind (26, no 29, no 27.5, no back to 29) and figure...
09-18-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 659
Posted By chas58

Odd, I bought a Specialized CG-R to put on a...

Odd, I bought a Specialized CG-R to put on a Specialized bike, not knowing it does not work with a horizontal top tube. Specialized and the dealer would not take it back, because you could see that...
09-17-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 659
Posted By chas58

Lots of LBS's have loaner programs - that might...

Lots of LBS's have loaner programs - that might be what you need.

I use an Ergon on my gravel rig, but it is their racy model. Totally flat top, with a flipped rear. It actually works pretty...
09-17-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,011
Posted By chas58

Geeze, last time I road maybury, I don't think...

Geeze, last time I road maybury, I don't think mountain bikes had even been invented yet. I know shocks weren't...

(my first two "mountain" bikes (aka bikes with 26 x 2.125 tires) were really...
Forum: Great Lakes
09-17-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 484
Posted By chas58

Huh. Well, there is already a nice bridge there...

Huh. Well, there is already a nice bridge there going to Mexican town. I guess its good to connect the south end of the river walk to something.

Personally, I'm just glad they are finishing the...
09-16-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,011
Posted By chas58

I love riding singletrack. My MTB hasnít gotten...

I love riding singletrack. My MTB hasnít gotten much love lately.

Observations

Iíll ride anything that is appropriate for a fully ridged bike
This opens up trails to me that I havenít ridden...
09-14-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 301
Posted By chas58

your town should have a recycling center that...

your town should have a recycling center that accepts batteries. Lots of products use lithium batteries these days.
09-14-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,051
Posted By chas58

I'm thinking that literally, all e-bike batteries...

I'm thinking that literally, all e-bike batteries are from china. You might get them from a reseller, but the source country is the same.
Maybe you are talking about the cells in the battery? ...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,434
Posted By chas58

Sweet! Good call on the barrel adjusters. My...

Sweet! Good call on the barrel adjusters. My rims used to be all the same width, but these days they are all over the place.

Studded tires are great in the right conditions. I got mine and...
09-09-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,523
Posted By chas58

steve is probably right. They get the lowest...

steve is probably right. They get the lowest marks for puncture resistance here: https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/cx-gravel-reviews/wtb-riddler .
Lowest measured for gravel tires in both...
09-08-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,523
Posted By chas58

Frank, Since you are new to this - cartridges...

Frank,
Since you are new to this - cartridges come in different sizes. Some are for 23mm tires, some are for 2.3inch tires. Make sure you get the right size for your tire.
I do like the head...
08-17-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,705
Posted By chas58

Yeah, something like a bead biter or Koolstop...

Yeah, something like a bead biter or Koolstop tool helps a lot. I bought both, and use the koolstop all the time with tubless. Makes life a lot easier for $10. Never really needed to use the bead...
08-14-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,229
Posted By chas58

Yah, I'm not very strong, lol. Gotta get power...

Yah, I'm not very strong, lol. Gotta get power from speed. I top out about 140-150. But in a group or solo ride (non sprint situation) I'm coasting above 35. Pedaling above that speed is messing...
08-14-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,321
Posted By chas58

IMHO - I've periodically ridden aluminum and...

IMHO -
I've periodically ridden aluminum and carbon versions of the same bike, and there is no comparison. Carbon was tons nicer. Maybe its just the resonance frequency. Shoot, one of the...
08-06-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,000
Posted By chas58

Yeah, 1x is fine when I'm riding on my own. But...

Yeah, 1x is fine when I'm riding on my own. But in a group ride when someone else is setting the pace and cadence - the gaps are more of an issue.
08-06-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,103
Posted By chas58

Its a huge difference for me, but it depends on...

Its a huge difference for me, but it depends on how you ride. But that is per tire, so (24.7-12.2)*2 = 25 watts (at 18mph). That is about 10% for someone in good shape cruising along. The "+" may add...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,006
Posted By chas58

I know right? "winning" an argument on the forum...

I know right? "winning" an argument on the forum is more important than lying or in sharing personal experiences in order to help the bike community, right?

You make a good point. I certainly...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,006
Posted By chas58

I laugh at the comments about carbon being...

I laugh at the comments about carbon being fragile (although it certainly can get cosmetic wear). I never seem to sell my bikes and have a variety from the last century. The only ones I have any...
08-05-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,232
Posted By chas58

Running it single speed, eh?

Running it single speed, eh?
08-03-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 656
Posted By chas58

match the product number listed there 11600995 ...

match the product number listed there 11600995
with the tire you want on the schwalbe site: https://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tires/G-ONE_Speed

Amazon can be funny sometimes. I spend a year...
07-30-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,232
Posted By chas58

Maybe its just me, but I'm glad I don't live in...

Maybe its just me, but I'm glad I don't live in Europe with all the ebike regulations.
Having a non licensed ebike that is speed limited to 15mph (powered) on the road kinda defeats the purpose. My...
07-30-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,232
Posted By chas58

Never a dull moment. I was once hiking in...

Never a dull moment. I was once hiking in Switzerland, literally crawling up parts of the trail (loose scree) when I was passed by someone riding a mountain bike down the thing. Unforgettable.
07-29-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,232
Posted By chas58

Yeah, that is a problem. I'm going about 5-10mph...

Yeah, that is a problem. I'm going about 5-10mph faster than they think I am (at 25mph). Most of the roads I ride have a speed limit of 25mph.

Its always funny when I'm riding dusk/dawn commute...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,006
Posted By chas58

ZLSanders - where are you at? Specifically...

ZLSanders - where are you at?

Specifically for you, carbon sounds like overkill. Personally, I would go for something that can take high volume tires (~40mm, maybe 50mm). That is going to help...
07-27-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 117,566
Posted By chas58

Good point!

Good point!
07-23-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,232
Posted By chas58

yeah, single speed doesn't really take advantage...

yeah, single speed doesn't really take advantage of mid drive's advantages, but nothing specifically wrong with it.

Tongsheng TSDZ2 Mid Drive is the lightest mid drive out there that has proven...
07-23-20, 01:30 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,232
Posted By chas58

Yep, it is the 328rpm motor (designed for 20"...

Yep, it is the 328rpm motor (designed for 20" wheel), so it likes to go fast. No load speed is 29mph I think. I doubt it has the power to do more than 20mph on its own, but with my legs providing...
07-22-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,232
Posted By chas58

I built this about 7 years ago. I have a couple...

I built this about 7 years ago. I have a couple of mountain bikes, but I love this one. Gets me to work swiftly.

Just put a new “cheap Chinese” battery in it. 10ah and about 3lbs. That was...
07-22-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,323
Posted By chas58

True, but I can still move my body back and down...

True, but I can still move my body back and down without a dropper for the occasional hard downhill turn on a gravel road. But I agree, there are times when I lower my CoG on gravel - just not...
07-20-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,110
Posted By chas58

Oh yeah, I get clogged valves. Valve stem is...

Oh yeah, I get clogged valves.

Valve stem is easy to clean.
My cores get gunked up too. With the core out of the stem, I press down (to "open" the valve) and there tends to be a lot of gunk...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-20, 04:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,831
Posted By chas58

I find the ding-dong bells are frequently...

I find the ding-dong bells are frequently ignored.

The spurcycle works surprisingly well. Both its tone and its duration are effective. The long duration let the pedestrian know my rate of speed...
07-15-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 826
Posted By chas58

I agree - ride it to pieces before upgrading. ...

I agree - ride it to pieces before upgrading.

The only thing I would change is tires - putting the biggest on you can find, and that fit your style. I love CX bikes, but sometimes they can be too...
07-14-20, 02:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,110
Posted By chas58

I'll just add - don't let them sit for months...

I'll just add - don't let them sit for months unused (like over winter) without rotating them. Otherwise your sealant will dry in a little hard pool of latex (don't ask how I know...)
07-13-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 274
Posted By chas58

I've been using the same size. Actually, mine is...

I've been using the same size. Actually, mine is a tad smaller (based on top tube length/reach). You can down size a little bit to be more nimble if you want. Probably don't want to get a large...
07-13-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,022
Posted By chas58

You'll like this story then. Last week I was...

You'll like this story then.
Last week I was finishing up a very fast group ride, and doing my cooldown (on my analogue bike) . Then I see someone in a high end Trek road bike pull out about 100...
07-13-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,822
Posted By chas58

Best tip - don't try to ride with the front...

Best tip - don't try to ride with the front group. Ride with the back group if you need to. Find people who are your pace, and stick with them rather than faster guys.

if you are drafting in a...
07-13-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,075
Posted By chas58

I think it is a POS. They advertize something...

I think it is a POS. They advertize something like "up to 18mm" of travel, but mine doesn't move at all. It does dampen vibrations (thanks zert), and can make an aluminum bike feel more like a...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,579
Posted By chas58

I've said it before, but helmet (or glasses)...

I've said it before, but helmet (or glasses) mounted mirrors are perfect for me. People who complain generally don't have them positioned properly, but they are a life saver for commuting. That...
07-06-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 759
Posted By chas58

Rolling resistance of Gravel Tires! Is your tire "fast?" bicyclerollingresistance

I've been waiting for this for years. Now we can see how some of our favorite gravel & CX tires stack up with road and mountain bike tires. Obviously there are a lot of factors besides rolling...
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