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07-18-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 334
Posted By chas58

I don't have any issues with chain on a short...

I don't have any issues with chain on a short cage ultegra. With a long cage - it might be more of an issue.
07-18-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 509
Posted By chas58

just ride it & put some good tires on it. ...

just ride it & put some good tires on it.

back in the day, 27" wheeled bikes typically took 1, 1 1/8, and 1 1/4 tires. The latter are 32mm tires - so plenty of clearance on the typical '80s bike....
07-18-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 429
Posted By chas58

I was tempted to buy that bike. A CX bike like...

I was tempted to buy that bike. A CX bike like that can handle a lot like a road bike with bigger tires - as opposed to a more conservative gravel bike which will be longer, lower, slacker and have...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,756
Posted By chas58

Merino Wool or Cashmere. Preferably from...

Merino Wool or Cashmere. Preferably from Salvation Army. I'm a wool commuter from below freezing to 80ish (although thin wool can go warmer). Wonderful temperature range, sweat wicking, no smell...
07-12-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By chas58

or 13lb Ultimate CF Evo Disk! lo.

or 13lb Ultimate CF Evo Disk! lo.
07-12-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,437
Posted By chas58

I used off the shelf motors. Its not harder than...

I used off the shelf motors. Its not harder than what you are doing. Typically there are 3-4 varieties of a motor (different motor windings). These are for different voltage levels and different...
07-11-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 921
Posted By chas58

I’ve never ridden a “twitchy” bike. I (and most...

I’ve never ridden a “twitchy” bike. I (and most seasoned riders) will quickly adapt to a bike’s geometry. I have ridden bikes that are “agile” and bikes that I have to “force” into a turn. The later...
07-11-19, 02:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 921
Posted By chas58

I've always been, one bike for everything.

I've always been, one bike for everything.
07-11-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 657
Posted By chas58

back when there were real gravel bikes. ...

back when there were real gravel bikes.

Yeah, fixed gear or single speed back in the day. TdF fixed gear - now that would be a sufferfest.
07-11-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 921
Posted By chas58

Hmm. You mention things like the Domain, 3T, ...

Hmm. You mention things like the Domain, 3T, and the Foil, then say a cyclocross bike is too twitchy. I find a cyclocross bike is less agile than a road bike, but more agile than an endurance...
07-11-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 847
Posted By chas58

What is this third Category? Friction drives on...

What is this third Category? Friction drives on road bikes???

Yup, hub motors work great around Ann Arbor.
07-11-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,437
Posted By chas58

When engineering my build of a hub motor, I had...

When engineering my build of a hub motor, I had to balance the motor windings, noload speed, human input, hill climbing, motor torque, motor speed, motor power. Its purpose built for me, rather...
07-11-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 462
Posted By chas58

Dang. IF you are going to geek out on us – well,...

Dang. IF you are going to geek out on us – well, ebike.ca has done all the work for you. You can enter weight, speed, resistance (ohms), Cr, CdA, Volts, Amps, etc….

Play with this. ...
07-10-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 847
Posted By chas58

Yup, I would say that is pretty realistic. Good...

Yup, I would say that is pretty realistic. Good description.
07-10-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,437
Posted By chas58

Wow, that is an impressive battery! Battery...

Wow, that is an impressive battery!
Battery technology is changing fast, and he is using top shelf stuff. that is good to see. Best friction kit I have seen!

(There is a lot of junk out there,...
07-10-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,437
Posted By chas58

you have a great build. That little battery is...

you have a great build. That little battery is good for how you use it (not using it full out most of the time).
Forum: Commuting
07-10-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 664
Posted By chas58

Agreed. I have that design in my stable. Its...

Agreed. I have that design in my stable. Its fun at 10mph. not really useful at 20mph (which is my commute speed). Its great for an upright relaxed geometry, stable bike ridden in the 5-15mph...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,483
Posted By chas58

depends what you mean by supple. high thread...

depends what you mean by supple.
high thread count tires tend to be harder to puncture but easier to tear
low thread count tires (with thicker cords) tend to be a little easier to puncture, but...
07-10-19, 11:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 921
Posted By chas58

Interesting question. As stated above, the...

Interesting question.

As stated above, the Trek is a little more relaxed and is limited to ~33mm tires, where the 3T can get real fat with 650b tires – but it has more aggressive geometry. What...
Replies: 12
Views: 2,055
Posted By chas58

I agree, I can have a lot of fun on a steel bike....

I agree, I can have a lot of fun on a steel bike. But for me going from steel to a more modern alloy design was like changing from a 16t cog to a 15t cog. If I was jumping on steel, or trying to...
07-10-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,437
Posted By chas58

That is a great write-up. I appreciate it. I love...

That is a great write-up. I appreciate it. I love hearing of experiences with a light weight build. You have a great setup there!

good to hear they have minimized that RC motor whine. The PAS...
07-10-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,437
Posted By chas58

I'm lost. What can you do yourself with a mid...

I'm lost. What can you do yourself with a mid drive that you can't do with a hub?

Sounds like you will enjoy the process. Just let us know if you have any more questions!
07-10-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 847
Posted By chas58

Yeah, test ride some and buy what you like. ...

Yeah, test ride some and buy what you like.

A small hub motor can be quiet and unobtrusive and maintenance free
Mid drives are great for hills and obviously put more wear on the drive-train.
...
07-09-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By chas58

If I let a battery sit long enough, it will lose...

If I let a battery sit long enough, it will lose charge. If one or more of the cells get too low, they will not revive. I consider myself lucky that it did eventually balance out and revive. Not a...
07-09-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,437
Posted By chas58

Maybe you can teach me something. Got some...

Maybe you can teach me something. Got some examples of some well built friction drives? I've done some research on them, but they always seem to disappoint - like 750w just doesn't pull like a 750...
07-09-19, 11:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,437
Posted By chas58

Curious, why Mid drive? You can go lighter and...

Curious, why Mid drive? You can go lighter and more stealth with a hub, but if you are doing hills, mid drive is the way to go. Just wondering what your decision process is...
07-09-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 990
Posted By chas58

It is if you are the WSJ target audience. They...

It is if you are the WSJ target audience. They have been told that cycling is the new golf, so they are trying to write articles about it.
07-08-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By chas58

Dead battery fix & off season maintenance.

Tried riding my bike this spring on a 4 year old battery. It went about a mile. UGH. I'm adding up the dollar signs in my mind...

This happened to me before, and I disposed of the battery...
07-08-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,437
Posted By chas58

I don't know if you are going to post more than...

I don't know if you are going to post more than one post, but yeah, what they said.

Friction drives are rather noisy and haven't really gotten much "traction" in the ebike world...
07-08-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,319
Posted By chas58

NEED PICTURES!!! Congratulations!!! ...

NEED PICTURES!!!

Congratulations!!!

Panasonic makes some of the best batteries out there (there is a lot of junk on the market), so you did well there. Bafang makes great motors and 26mph is...
07-08-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,396
Posted By chas58

I've been doing this for decades, but cell phones...

I've been doing this for decades, but cell phones changed everything. Its nutz out there on the roads.

But I never really owned a road bike before gravel. I borrowed road bikes, and road...
07-08-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,284
Posted By chas58

They are (32mm TL), and thank God they make that...

They are (32mm TL), and thank God they make that size. I think I have an unfair advantage when doing high speed road rides with roadies. Not only are they at 8.3 watts resistance (really, 22 watts...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,957
Posted By chas58

I like light and fast. I've been using a...

I like light and fast. I've been using a langster, which at 19lbs and $600 is a heck of a price to performance ratio. Probably only a couple of hundred used. But over the years I have to agree...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,483
Posted By chas58

47mm is the answer to your unanswered question....

47mm is the answer to your unanswered question. Here is the official chart. Take it with a grain of salt - I've gone outside the boundaries. But its a good benchmark.

...
Forum: Commuting
07-08-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,483
Posted By chas58

I agree. 1.5 slick is about ideal. I've...

I agree. 1.5 slick is about ideal.

I've used the 26x1 1/8 gatorskins (and 1" panaracers), and they do nothing for the bike. Technically they are a little slower unless you are riding on new...
07-08-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,284
Posted By chas58

I have many thousands of miles on my 4 Seasons...

I have many thousands of miles on my 4 Seasons run ghetto tubless (with a skinny stripper on for safety). I did finally get a good slice in (3-4mm long) it recently, but sealed fine.

The GP5000...
07-03-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By chas58

Sit in your house, lol. Seriously, it has to...

Sit in your house, lol.

Seriously, it has to be in "saleable as new" condition. So, I treated the bike like I would on a test ride at the LBS. Nothing long, no dirt, but maybe 2-4 miles to feel...
07-02-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,007
Posted By chas58

I've seen the same thing in age groups. I would...

I've seen the same thing in age groups. I would rather be in the open category than the 50+ age bracket.
Maybe we are just smarter as we age? I got passed at the finish at the velodrome by a guy 70...
07-02-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,300
Posted By chas58

It is because of tubless. There are no...

It is because of tubless. There are no "standards" so to keep from getting sued or reviews of blowoffs, wheels tend to be made with a larger diameter, and tires with a smaller diameter, sometimes...
07-02-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,300
Posted By chas58

Don't ever get the GP5000 tubeless. they are...

Don't ever get the GP5000 tubeless. they are much, much harder to mount. Smaller diameter on the bead, stiffer bead, much thicker bead.
07-02-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By chas58

My solution is to get the Grail. It is an...

My solution is to get the Grail. It is an endurance bike, but can take 40mm tires. The grail is very relaxed compared to the Canyon Gravel bike I have. Yes, with the aluminum bike you can make it...
07-02-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,941
Posted By chas58

Wow, one of the few "fixed gear" riders around...

Wow, one of the few "fixed gear" riders around here!

(when we first teach people at the Velodrome if they have ever ridden fixed gear before, the reply is usually "no." The we ask them if they...
06-28-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,512
Posted By chas58

Yup, nothing wrong with them but its just Asian ...

Yup, nothing wrong with them but its just Asian stuff rebranded. I was looking at them and ended up having "mill city cycles" build me up a custom set at a great price - and got to support one of...
Forum: Commuting
06-27-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,652
Posted By chas58

Yeah, that sealed for me with flat attack. Well,...

Yeah, that sealed for me with flat attack. Well, at least for a few days (I didn't notice it was there at first on a knobby tire), then it worked its way through to the inner part of the innertube...
06-27-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,225
Posted By chas58

True. If you have some decent OEM 1600-1700g...

True. If you have some decent OEM 1600-1700g gravel wheels, you won't see much of a benefit. If you have 2.2kg boat anchor wheels - definite improvement.

As said above, you can get some good...
06-27-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,352
Posted By chas58

Probably true for people like us, but there is a...

Probably true for people like us, but there is a diversity of riders.

Some of the downsides to understand before committing:

Tires cost more
Requires maintenance – so not good for a garage...
06-27-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,352
Posted By chas58

Tires that loose are initially are often better...

Tires that loose are initially are often better after being mounted over night. This lets the tire unfold, and allows any small leaks to seal.
Some people will mount folding tires with tubes for a...
06-26-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,225
Posted By chas58

Not much for me at all. First, get some light...

Not much for me at all. First, get some light tires. 1 kg for a pair of tires is rather heavy but typical. 700gr/pair is pretty light and much cheaper than wheels. Then Maybe then spend an extra...
06-26-19, 10:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,174
Posted By chas58

You are right, its kind of a mixed bag. In...

You are right, its kind of a mixed bag. In general, lowering the BB height and center of gravity will make the bike more stable in fast loose conditions. Less trail will make it a little more...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-19, 10:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,992
Posted By chas58

I have had mixed results. Works great on a 2"...

I have had mixed results.
Works great on a 2" or wider tire. Almost too good (It worked so well that I didn't notice a nail was in the tire, then the nail went through the rim side of the tube and...
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