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04-01-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,679
Posted By chas58

ROLF. You crack me up, telling me what I am...

ROLF. You crack me up, telling me what I am doing when you don't know me or what I am doing. :roflmao:I guess bored people like to argue???

Speed wise, my terraspeeds roll similar to my...
04-01-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,679
Posted By chas58

Awright, I bit the bullet... These things...

Awright, I bit the bullet...

These things "roll fast" although I'm not sure I can feel the 3-4 watts difference in resistance compared to any other high end tire gravel tire. Not as swift as the...
04-01-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,371
Posted By chas58

How would you describe the difference between the...

How would you describe the difference between the two? I'm curious. I thought the Warbird seemed a little sluggish for my tastes, but that is also known as "stability" It just didn't make me smile...
04-01-20, 03:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 827
Posted By chas58

I'm thinking if you still haven't decided, you...

I'm thinking if you still haven't decided, you should just split the difference and get the RLT Steel...
https://ninerbikes.com/products/rlt-9-steel
03-30-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 827
Posted By chas58

IMHO, 2lbs isn't a big difference, unless you are...

IMHO, 2lbs isn't a big difference, unless you are doing a lot of climbing or start/stop.

In my experience, it depends how much power I'm putting down. If I'm going for a spirited ride at...
03-30-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 716
Posted By chas58

you know about the tire presssure chart? 60psi...

you know about the tire presssure chart? 60psi on 32mm looks like a good baseline for you. Personally I think this chart is a little low for what I want on the road, but works well for gravel. Or...
03-26-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,371
Posted By chas58

Oh no, I'm becoming a shill. :eek: It could...

Oh no, I'm becoming a shill. :eek:

It could be the aluminum Inflite has smaller tire clearance. I'm pretty sure the original ones do. I have the carbon model (~7.9kg, or closer to 7kg with good...
03-25-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 922
Posted By chas58

i agree. I'm just jealous you found a nice one...

i agree. I'm just jealous you found a nice one for $500!
03-25-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 922
Posted By chas58

I thought of the Lemond route. They are rare...

I thought of the Lemond route. They are rare around here, and don't go for less than $800. That is a lot for a bike that is 15 years old. It may be worth the money, but isn't entry level. But if...
03-24-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,371
Posted By chas58

Hot off the press... ...

Hot off the press...
https://cyclingtips.com/2020/03/2020-canyon-grail-al-7-0-gravel-bike-review/
“This is a gravel bike for the recovering roadie. It handles like a road bike, feels light like a...
03-24-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,371
Posted By chas58

ON the Inflite, I run 50mm front and 40mm rear...

ON the Inflite, I run 50mm front and 40mm rear when I want to go big. If its dry, I put a 54mm 700c Thunder Burt on the front (great for those high speed gravel road race conditions where 50% of the...
03-24-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,371
Posted By chas58

Yep, it has similar performance, with the Grail a...

Yep, it has similar performance, with the Grail a bit more relaxed - longer/lower/slacker (wheelbase/BB/headtube).

GCN did a comparo of the Inflite and the Grail, and said the Grail was faster on...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,715
Posted By chas58

You'll love them. Literally half the rolling...

You'll love them. Literally half the rolling resistance of the GP 4season I had on previously, a bit smoother ride and more traction. Looking to wear faster though. Not too worried about punctures...
03-23-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,371
Posted By chas58

Sometimes I'm a bit of a contrarian. But I liked...

Sometimes I'm a bit of a contrarian. But I liked the Open concept, and like that "pop" on acceleration - so I got a Canyon Inflite. Similar geometry as the Open, Certainly top tier in quality, and...
03-20-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 909
Posted By chas58

Yeah, I haven't gotten on the flared handebar...

Yeah, I haven't gotten on the flared handebar thing. generally, I'm in the drops when I need to be aero, not when I need control. At speed I want a narrow handle bar; going slower on technical...
03-19-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 909
Posted By chas58

Just thinking about it more. I like being on...

Just thinking about it more.

I like being on the drops on tight hard single track as that extra weight on the front gives me a little more bite, and a lower center of gravity. I do ride with less...
03-19-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 909
Posted By chas58

I'm not sure what the difference between "on the...

I'm not sure what the difference between "on the hoods" and "on top of the hoods" is? Personally I find that being on the hoods with my elbows bent allows me to open up my chest cavity a bit...
03-19-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,202
Posted By chas58

How is your experiment going?

How is your experiment going?
03-19-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,202
Posted By chas58

My bad, I was responding to the OP, not to the...

My bad, I was responding to the OP, not to the side discussion.

What you are saying is (obviously) true (well, except I didn't cramp my fit). I have drop bar bikes designed for stems from 70mm to...
03-18-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,202
Posted By chas58

Huh? Ya lost me on that. I didn't cramp my fit....

Huh? Ya lost me on that. I didn't cramp my fit. But how do you "maintain a bike's fit" while shortening the stem 40mm???

I did something almost exactly like what OP asked about in post #1...
03-18-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 759
Posted By chas58

Gravel is a bit too new to have many used bikes. ...

Gravel is a bit too new to have many used bikes. I started off with a used cross bike, and that worked well. There is not a "huge" difference between a CX and gravel (unless you like to bomb fast...
03-18-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,202
Posted By chas58

I'm an engineer, but I'm not speaking...

I'm an engineer, but I'm not speaking theoretically. I'm speaking from my experience.

Anyone can experiment to simulate this ride with your hands close to the stem. The bike reacts differently....
03-17-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,202
Posted By chas58

It is a good rule of thumb if you don't want to...

It is a good rule of thumb if you don't want to have a professional bike fit or try to use one of the online calculators. It is literally a way to eyeball it.

To be clear - generally speaking -...
03-17-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,233
Posted By chas58

you meant to say "not" uncommon? I love...

you meant to say "not" uncommon?

I love mine. I have always dreamed about having a bike as fast as my track bike and as comfortable as my mountain bike. I though that was an impossible dream,...
03-17-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,679
Posted By chas58

Sometimes they under size tires save weight...

Sometimes they under size tires save weight making them seem lighter than comparable tires (that might actually be 42mm). It also allows them to be compatible with more frames. Doesn't bother me,...
03-17-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,689
Posted By chas58

I agreed, initially. But Spain makes a good...

I agreed, initially. But Spain makes a good point. I don't know how many people on average go to the hospital because they bike. I went 6 months ago because of a velodrome race crash, and they had...
03-16-20, 05:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 716
Posted By chas58

I can change my pads (shimano Ultegra) without...

I can change my pads (shimano Ultegra) without taking the wheels off (just don't lose that clip!). Do need something to compress that piston back in though. Certainly in the early days of...
03-16-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,395
Posted By chas58

You may be right, but I found it interesting the...

You may be right, but I found it interesting the GCN guys did the cobbles on a bike with a lauf fork, and a bike with fatter tires (+10mm?), and liked the ride on the bigger tires better. YMMV...
03-16-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,233
Posted By chas58

Yeah, what Pawka said. I think I gave myself an...

Yeah, what Pawka said. I think I gave myself an hour if you are taking your time, you could do it in 30 minutes if your are the focused organized type.
Your best bet is probably to watch the...
03-09-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,875
Posted By chas58

Or it comes from "... the insistence of Reynolds...

Or it comes from "... the insistence of Reynolds when they learned it was to be a more vibration reducing design for gravel. 853 being deemed too stiff for the application."

So, you are saying...
03-09-20, 10:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 553
Posted By chas58

I do love those tires. Light and supple and...

I do love those tires. Light and supple and cheap. :-)
03-09-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By chas58

I road and raced one (Motobecane Fantom Cross,...

I road and raced one (Motobecane Fantom Cross, with gears). Mine was aluminum & Ultegra - still use it. Decent bike for the money, even if the design was a little dated. Got mine off craigs list...
03-03-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,875
Posted By chas58

I'm guessing a big price difference. Having...

I'm guessing a big price difference. Having ridden both - the Motobecane frames are very fine and very adequate. I enjoy them and they do most everything I need in non race type conditions. ...
03-03-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,875
Posted By chas58

80% of all statistics are made up. ;-)

80% of all statistics are made up. ;-)
03-03-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,875
Posted By chas58

Dang, you are good. Yep, that is it! "853 being...

Dang, you are good. Yep, that is it! "853 being deemed too stiff for the application"
03-03-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 248
Posted By chas58

Did you put the wheel under water, under pressure...

Did you put the wheel under water, under pressure to verify it is leaking at the valve? (soapy water works too).

My idiotically repetitive problem solver suggestion for any tubeless problems are...
02-29-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,875
Posted By chas58

I don't. I'm guessing it was someone like...

I don't. I'm guessing it was someone like Genisis, and I remember they stepped "down" a series to something like 725. If I look at their Croix de fer, I see they use 725, so that might have been...
Forum: Great Lakes
02-29-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 956
Posted By chas58

Here is the paved version. ...

Here is the paved version.
https://www.strava.com/routes/685195
Forum: Great Lakes
02-29-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 956
Posted By chas58

Here is the paved version. Check out this...

Here is the paved version.
Check out this route on Strava: https://strava.app.link/MEWaoGMtt4 — ODRAM
Forum: Great Lakes
02-28-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By chas58

Yup, around here in March, cold is great (fast...

Yup, around here in March, cold is great (fast and hard), warm is muddy & sucky.
Forum: Great Lakes
02-28-20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 956
Posted By chas58

Yeah, I put a link to the route above. Lots of...

Yeah, I put a link to the route above.
Lots of good rails to trails in Michigan too. :thumb:
Sounds like a cool trip, with the ferry across the lake.
The gravel map for michigan lights up most...
Replies: 3
Views: 453
Posted By chas58

I do like light wheels, as they help me with...

I do like light wheels, as they help me with acceleration and jumps. Its nice to be able to leap forward (although you can use the banking to do that too). But if you are a strong rider and riding...
Replies: 14
Views: 649
Posted By chas58

I thing that surprised me about my track bikes is...

I thing that surprised me about my track bikes is the handle bars. My stock bars have a long and deep reach, so that is in effect having a longer reach and lower stack. comparing a road and track...
Forum: Commuting
02-28-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 812
Posted By chas58

You should be fine during stated park hours. ...

You should be fine during stated park hours.
I'm sure they want to monitor activities in the parking lots (more to go back for history if there is an issue) and to make sure no one is there after...
Forum: Commuting
02-28-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,011
Posted By chas58

If I need a good estimate, I use Strava. That...

If I need a good estimate, I use Strava. That uses my actual average speed.

I cruise around 20mph, so to use google maps, 2/3 of their estimated time is fairly accurate for me. But Strava nails...
02-28-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,875
Posted By chas58

Reynolds told one OEM not to use 853 for their...

Reynolds told one OEM not to use 853 for their gravel bike as it is too stiff - so they went for a different series. I gotta say, Tom Ritchey does some nice stuff with steel that feels very nice. ...
02-26-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,112
Posted By chas58

A front bicycle fork (non through axel) is really...

A front bicycle fork (non through axel) is really not designed to take any torque. It doesn't take much to spin the motor in the drop out, and then you are at risk of the front wheel falling off or...
02-25-20, 08:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,233
Posted By chas58

​​​​​​ Well, you don't pay for shipping at...

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Well, you don't pay for shipping at all on the bike you return. Free return shipping, and 100% money back. If you return, there is no cost to you. Unboxing is fun. Reboxing is a a...
02-24-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,233
Posted By chas58

Oh, just going from memory I though the Diverge...

Oh, just going from memory I though the Diverge felt a little sluggish and I thought it was too easy to hit the pedal the way I ride. Canyon was pretty lively feeling - but I haven't ridden the AL...
02-24-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 274
Posted By chas58

I'm your size. For me, it is more RPM dependent....

I'm your size. For me, it is more RPM dependent.
For my tandem or mountain bike (where I need the torque and leverage) I'm at 175
For my track bike, where I need HP (& high rpm) I'm at 165.
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