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08-06-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 456
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, 03:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,953
Posted By chas58

Or you can read bicycle quarterly to see that...

Or you can read bicycle quarterly to see that tread doesn't make any difference on gravel tires. ;-)
There is some truth to that, but I find the breakaway characteristics are much different with...
08-06-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 345
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, 03:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,111
Posted By chas58

ouch, that is really painful to see. Were they...

ouch, that is really painful to see. Were they able to fix it?
I was listening to a podcast the other day where they would scan the frame, determine the internal damage, and make the bike better...
08-06-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By chas58

Just make sure you are getting the anti-spark...

Just make sure you are getting the anti-spark version (they have a green stripe on them), since you'll be swapping often.
08-06-20, 08:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 890
Posted By chas58

Yeah, custom builds for ebikes tend to be...

Yeah, custom builds for ebikes tend to be expensive. Bolting stuff on to a mass produced frame is cheap and ugly. But its getting better. Integrated ebike builds used to be $7000. Now you can...
Forum: Commuting
08-06-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,111
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, 03:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 545
Posted By chas58

I have two commuter bikes by specialized: 1)...

I have two commuter bikes by specialized:
1) $600 (new) Single speed (Langster). Its old, but only weighs 19lbs and is fast. I do hills on it, but you have to be riding regularly to wanna do hills...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,111
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, 03:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 139
Posted By chas58

I put some foam around my latest battery (cheap...

I put some foam around my latest battery (cheap POS battery, but so far its working). It got hot, and that is a bad bad thing. So, I took the foam off. May not be a problem if you are not pushing...
08-05-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By chas58

The controller only sees the voltage and the...

The controller only sees the voltage and the current, so no problem there.

I would (and do) use a "xt90 connector anti spark" connector to make it easy to swap batteries without any problems...
08-05-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,452
Posted By chas58

Running it single speed, eh?

Running it single speed, eh?
08-05-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 890
Posted By chas58

Yamaha is making some great stuff. Their gravel...

Yamaha is making some great stuff. Their gravel ebike is pretty sweet for the price point, and now this thing.

Re: honeymoon - its been a ball having a stealth ebike over the last 7 years, but...
08-05-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 318
Posted By chas58

I thought carrots won...

I thought carrots won...
08-04-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 321
Posted By chas58

I run the 32mm GP5000 for light summer gravel,...

I run the 32mm GP5000 for light summer gravel, and it works out great. Sometimes I'll put a 40mm tire on the front, but nothing rolls like the GP5000.
I have the G-one in larger sizes, but I...
08-03-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,191
Posted By chas58

I've done gravel road rides (race training...

I've done gravel road rides (race training actually) with faster guys on hardtails. Generally I can climb faster, and descend a lot faster.

Climbing I'm putting down to weight 2-4kg is...
08-03-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 318
Posted By chas58

Probably not available. I was in the same...

Probably not available.

I was in the same basket as you. A bike like this is a great urban warhorse. Realistically though the most aggressive frames with that tire size and frame size are...
08-03-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 321
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: 49
Views: 1,452
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, 03:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 602
Posted By chas58

I love mine. They are an extravagance. Lower...

I love mine. They are an extravagance.
Lower rotational weight and aero advantages don't count for much on gravel, but I do us mine at the velodrome (<40mph).
Boas are very very nice. I have...
07-30-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,452
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.
Forum: Commuting
07-30-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,051
Posted By chas58

Good call. Really, cable disk brakes are not any...

Good call. Really, cable disk brakes are not any better than good rim brakes. Caliper brakes with good pads are very effective.
Hydraulics makes a big difference on either type - but probably not...
07-30-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 637
Posted By chas58

Yes. My bike is like that for the reasons...

Yes.

My bike is like that for the reasons you listed - although I'd say the short wheelbase is the biggest factor in my case. Climbs like a goat, but it will not drift. I can do all kinds of...
07-30-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 407
Posted By chas58

good looking bike.

good looking bike.
07-30-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 291
Posted By chas58

I had a friend put a new suspension fork on an...

I had a friend put a new suspension fork on an old frame. It handled horribly, just horrid. Because the oldschool short travel forks were not available any more he had probably added 20mm to the...
07-29-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,452
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...
07-28-20, 02:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 291
Posted By chas58

I would want to know: the rake, Crown Height...

I would want to know: the rake, Crown Height (axle to crown), weight, Steerer length, maximum tire size.

Catalog is here but it doesn't say much: ...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,111
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...
07-28-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,452
Posted By chas58

That is pretty much what I did above, but that is...

That is pretty much what I did above, but that is a rarity for a build. Light and fast isn't very popular. I supply about 1/2 the power, the motor (which is very small) the other half. It does...
07-27-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,582
Posted By chas58

I did this. I didn't ride the hybrid version...

I did this. I didn't ride the hybrid version much. Too much trail and too long a wheelbase for me just made the bike handle and accelerate too slow, so I dismantled it. It would be great for pure...
07-27-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 114,409
Posted By chas58

Good point!

Good point!
07-27-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 114,409
Posted By chas58

This is what was advertised inside: ...

This is what was advertised inside:
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1170x910/laudation_36v10a_10s3p_0e5727d9eb8414834bcc4180086394974673a362.jpg
As advertised on ebay. Can't...
07-27-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 114,409
Posted By chas58

Bought a "cheap" battery off ebay - laudation 36V...

Bought a "cheap" battery off ebay - laudation 36V 10ah Li-ion Battery 18650 (10s3p) for $135 shipped...
07-27-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 377
Posted By chas58

Tubeless tires typically have a tighter bead...

Tubeless tires typically have a tighter bead (which often makes them harder to mount) and sometimes can hold air without an inner tube or sealant. If you don't have any problem mounting them and...
07-23-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,452
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: 49
Views: 1,452
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, 04:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,084
Posted By chas58

Huh, that is interesting. Does that come from...

Huh, that is interesting. Does that come from test riding bikes, comparing geometry, or changing forks? Personally, I can't tell the difference in a couple of MM. Takes about 5mm for me to really...
07-22-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,452
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, 03:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 316
Posted By chas58

It sounds like geometry to me. I've seen people...

It sounds like geometry to me. I've seen people easily do high speed stuff on a "bike friday" If its designed well, its really only the "rollover" that is different with small diameter tires.
07-22-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,084
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...
07-22-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,084
Posted By chas58

Negative trail sux. Hasn't happened to me much,...

Negative trail sux. Hasn't happened to me much, but it will wake me up! Yes, on a gravel bike.

A big part of the slack MTB head tube angles is to give you long trail like on a motorcycle - its...
07-22-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 510
Posted By chas58

How many miles you get on them? (lotsa...

How many miles you get on them?
(lotsa pavement and hardpack?)
07-21-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,084
Posted By chas58

Wow, good question. I like the Tacoma analogy. ...

Wow, good question. I like the Tacoma analogy.

You may be overthinking it.

I’ve never heard someone saying the Jake had too much flop. Its no where near as slack as today’s mountain bikes. ...
07-20-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 971
Posted By chas58

Most ebike riders just want something...

Most ebike riders just want something comfortable, not efficient.
I can always pick out a video because they are just flying along at about 50rpm.

I designed my own e-bike, but fit was paramount,...
07-20-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,045
Posted By chas58

Yep, that's the ticket. "that's how it is at...

Yep, that's the ticket. "that's how it is at first, but it gets better"

I'm surprised at how poor bike handling skills roadies have (don't know if that is you or not).
and
I'm surprised at...
07-20-20, 03:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 629
Posted By chas58

Actually, mine is good for 4-5 hours, and that is...

Actually, mine is good for 4-5 hours, and that is only because of the low stack. Its crazy comfortable on gravel and washboard. Before this bike, I always used a thudbuster, but I don't have to any...
07-20-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 914
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...
07-17-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 906
Posted By chas58

I tried that (before "gravel bikes"). Didn't...

I tried that (before "gravel bikes"). Didn't work too well on the rough stuff (rocks, washboard, dirt potholes), although it is fine on rail trails. It can be a good starting point. Road bikes...
07-17-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 629
Posted By chas58

Kinda makes sense, as "gravel" is getting more...

Kinda makes sense, as "gravel" is getting more "progressive" meaning longer/lower/slacker - but if you want a fast attack bike that isn't necessarily what you want. Lately, CX bikes have been...
07-17-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 991
Posted By chas58

I'm curious as to how that turns out. Those big...

I'm curious as to how that turns out.
Those big GK-SK are pretty slow compared to G-One or Ramblers. I can't say the smaller ones are slow,but the big ones have a LOT of drag.
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