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Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-22, 12:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 822
Posted By xroadcharlie

If you can make it up with the 30T cog and 34T...

If you can make it up with the 30T cog and 34T chainring but it takes a lot of effort, Then a 34T sprocket on the cassette would most likely work well for you. It's not worth the effort to go to 32T....
05-07-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 318
Posted By xroadcharlie

The bike is mostly stock and 2018. I had the...

The bike is mostly stock and 2018. I had the Shimano Tourney derailleur replaced with an Altus at the bike shop after clumsy me stepped on it. Im pretty sure it has the correct parts.

I didn't...
05-07-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 318
Posted By xroadcharlie

Thanks, I'll check some video's.

Thanks, I'll check some video's.
05-07-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 318
Posted By xroadcharlie

Aligning the rear derailleur with the sprockets.

How do you align the rear derailleur using the barrel adjusters once it has been properly installed and otherwise adjusted.

I tried eyeballing the jockey wheels with the sprockets in different...
04-24-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 773
Posted By xroadcharlie

I have sram Gripshift mrx pro 7 speed twist grip...

I have sram Gripshift mrx pro 7 speed twist grip shifters on my 2018 Giant Sedona. I wanted the trigger shifters but couldn't find another bike like this with them. I was pleasantly surprised at how...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,161
Posted By xroadcharlie

Perhaps you're rides are at too high an...

Perhaps you're rides are at too high an intensity. It may be a short full intensity ride is more exhausting then much longer medium intensity rides. With the right gears most reasonably fit middle...
04-15-22, 06:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 787
Posted By xroadcharlie

Bad roads are more likely caused by multiple...

Bad roads are more likely caused by multiple freeze/Thaw cycles, No so much a harsh (cold) winter. It may be with a very cold winter road damage is actually reduced. But then you have to deal with...
04-08-22, 08:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,688
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think people produce bicycle pedalling power...

I think people produce bicycle pedalling power much like an electric motor. At a low rpm/cadence we can produce many times our average torque for a short time without any I'll effects. Which is why...
04-07-22, 07:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,688
Posted By xroadcharlie

There's a short semi steep hill near me that is...

There's a short semi steep hill near me that is good exercise for us seniors when walking up briskly. I've found even on my bike, The steeper parts take more effort to climb with my 21 gear inch...
04-06-22, 07:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,688
Posted By xroadcharlie

Nothing wrong with walking a bike up a hill, or...

Nothing wrong with walking a bike up a hill, or on flat land for that matter.

While walking up a short, semi steep gravel trail I suggested to a man walking his multi speed bike up that he...
04-04-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 847
Posted By xroadcharlie

Based on reviews by the press and owners alike I...

Based on reviews by the press and owners alike I plan on replacing the Kenda K892 tires that came on my Giant Sedona with some Schwable Marathon or Marathon + tires when these wear out.

These...
03-26-22, 05:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,763
Posted By xroadcharlie

I had some knee pain after riding so thought I...

I had some knee pain after riding so thought I would check my saddle fore and aft position. It was off by a couple cm based on KOPS. After setting it correctly the knee pain stopped.

There is no...
03-24-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 359
Posted By xroadcharlie

I like the closer spacing of the 11 - 30...

I like the closer spacing of the 11 - 30 cassette. But make no mistake, the 15% jump from 19.3 to 22.2 gear inches can be a game changer for long steep hills if you need them, not so much for a short...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-22, 08:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,132
Posted By xroadcharlie

That Specialized Sirrus 6 is a very nice bike...

That Specialized Sirrus 6 is a very nice bike with the 2x chainring. You made a wise choice, No need to 2nd guess yourself. Thanks to the proper spacing of the cogs on the cassette, You basically...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-21-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By xroadcharlie

According to "The Folding Cyclist" The Dahon eco...

According to "The Folding Cyclist" The Dahon eco c 6 has a gear inch range of 37 - 73, probably rounded, should be 2x. Which would be 200%, just confused with 200 gear inches. That might be just...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-22, 07:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,132
Posted By xroadcharlie

That is an expensive bike. I don't understand why...

That is an expensive bike. I don't understand why the front derailleur is rubbing. It shouldn't be. It just needs some careful adjustments. Try adjusting the limit screws when it is rubbing for a...
03-17-22, 06:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,630
Posted By xroadcharlie

Couldn't agree more. As I pointed out in post #8,...

Couldn't agree more. As I pointed out in post #8, When I swapped bikes with a friend who had the Roll low entry, I was so impressed with the comfort and stability of this bike, I will probably buy...
03-14-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,445
Posted By xroadcharlie

When I bought my new Giant Sedona in 2018 I was...

When I bought my new Giant Sedona in 2018 I was looking for a bike with a close ratio Cassette/Freewheel. I find it a bit strange that the 6 gears I use most are more closely spaced (14 - 24T) on...
03-12-22, 08:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,630
Posted By xroadcharlie

We would all like a lightweight bike for cheap....

We would all like a lightweight bike for cheap. Good luck with that. Your lucky to get disc brakes. The Specialized Roll comes in at about 30 lbs, That's about as good as it gets for this type bike....
03-05-22, 11:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 527
Posted By xroadcharlie

My bike came with a Shimano Tourney mountain bike...

My bike came with a Shimano Tourney mountain bike rear derailleur. Worked fine until clumsy me stepped on it Replaced it with a much sturdier Altus mountian bike model. A very good value. It's budget...
02-28-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 865
Posted By xroadcharlie

I never really gave the fast twitchy steering on...

I never really gave the fast twitchy steering on my Giant Sedona much thought until I had swapped bikes with my friend's Specialized Roll. It was only then I realized how much difference the front...
02-27-22, 08:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 865
Posted By xroadcharlie

This is very possible. The difference between a...

This is very possible. The difference between a friends Specialized Roll and my Giant Sedona's steering Sensitivity is shocking. Both have stock stems but the Sedona has noticeably less fork rake and...
02-26-22, 08:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By xroadcharlie

I like the 48/38/26T chainring option best of the...

I like the 48/38/26T chainring option best of the 3 you have listed as It maintains the 22T difference of your current chainrings while reducing cranking effort by about 13%. You'll still have 118...
Forum: Foo
02-06-22, 09:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 955
Posted By xroadcharlie

Checkerflag was 3/8 mile track here in Windsor...

Checkerflag was 3/8 mile track here in Windsor Ontario many years ago. There was some very exciting, very fast racing here in Superstock division on the steep banked paved track. Especially when they...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-27-22, 10:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,402
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think swapping out your 50/34 chainring with a...

I think swapping out your 50/34 chainring with a 46/30 would be your best bet. This would reduce crank effort by about 12%. That's a big step. Which might make those annoying climbs no longer a...
01-09-22, 04:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,152
Posted By xroadcharlie

This! When I went looking for a new bike in...

This!

When I went looking for a new bike in 2018 I wanted a gear inch range of about 30 to 90 for a hybrid or comfort bike. I also wanted to keep increments between gears of 10 - 20% depending on...
01-01-22, 09:04 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,957
Posted By xroadcharlie

It depends on the gravel. I ride a comfort bike...

It depends on the gravel. I ride a comfort bike now, But when I was young my road bikes 27 x 1.25" (32 mm) tires had no problem with many gravel roads. Even dry trails of firm gravel or dirt.
...
12-12-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,012
Posted By xroadcharlie

I use this calculator, PSI Calculator...

I use this calculator, PSI Calculator (http://psicalculator.com/) Which like many on line bicycle tire pressure calculators is based on the 15% drop principle. This is probably based on average paved...
Forum: Touring
12-02-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,941
Posted By xroadcharlie

When I went looking for a new bike in 2018 I...

When I went looking for a new bike in 2018 I wanted the thumb shifters, But the bike I liked best came with twist grip shifters. A little research on the SRAM Twist Grip Max shifters didn't reveal...
11-25-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,328
Posted By xroadcharlie

I would suggest buying a ladies bike or a low...

I would suggest buying a ladies bike or a low entry style bike to practice on. This way you can practice balancing at low speeds and get off easily at any time.

There is no shame in not having...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-08-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,834
Posted By xroadcharlie

I had no idea how head tube angle and trail could...

I had no idea how head tube angle and trail could change how a bike handles until I switched bikes with a friend last night. It may also account for some difference in ride quality.

I was riding...
11-01-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,287
Posted By xroadcharlie

I bought a 2018 Giant Sedona instead of the...

I bought a 2018 Giant Sedona instead of the Sedona DX because I don't want the maintenance of suspension forks every 25 hours, and full service every 200 which requires disassembling the entire unit....
10-26-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,124
Posted By xroadcharlie

I really like the close ratios of your 13 - 23...

I really like the close ratios of your 13 - 23 freewheel/cassette. I'd keep it. And replace the chainrings with a 46/30T that will make those nasty headwinds and a bunch more hills a breeze to tackle...
10-25-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 20,437
Posted By xroadcharlie

I read all this talk about 90 rpm being a good...

I read all this talk about 90 rpm being a good cadence for cyclist, Yet I see all the time road cyclist speeding along while riding my comfort bike at a cadence barely faster then my 70 rpm (in a...
10-23-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,237
Posted By xroadcharlie

If I where to buy a new road bike with that...

If I where to buy a new road bike with that budget I would look at Giant's Defy Advanced 3. This endurance bike appears to provide a fine balance between speed and comfort. I'm sure there are other...
10-21-21, 06:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 303
Posted By xroadcharlie

You probably have a 37T chainring for your...

You probably have a 37T chainring for your current 2'nd gear, not the 36 I used in the example. Run the numbers in one of those on line "gear inch calculators" to confirm the correct chainring to get...
10-20-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 675
Posted By xroadcharlie

Your Talon 4 should make a fine street bike if...

Your Talon 4 should make a fine street bike if you can get comfortable on it. Adjusting the seat set back and height correctly is a good start, Then work with handlebar height, maybe a higher, longer...
10-20-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 303
Posted By xroadcharlie

If you can do your mountain biking in 2'nd gear,...

If you can do your mountain biking in 2'nd gear, I'm guessing a 36T rear sprocket, you could replace the 32T chainring with a 38T if it will fit and still get very close to the same ratio in 1'st,...
10-19-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 462
Views: 20,437
Posted By xroadcharlie

There are basically no hills here, Mostly paved...

There are basically no hills here, Mostly paved overpasses, So my needs are limited as much by wind, which is probably average as hills,

On my typical 20 - 25 km casual ride I usually use only 5...
10-17-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,234
Posted By xroadcharlie

I found the size charts to be a good place to...

I found the size charts to be a good place to start. Giant nailed it with my new bike in 2018. I would have worked with the stock stem on your Allez (90 mm on a 2020) for some time first.

As for...
10-06-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 639
Posted By xroadcharlie

You might check this out, Giant's Axact 6....

You might check this out, Giant's Axact 6. Its$30here in Canada.
Tried changing the text, Nope that didn't work

Everything that goes on the first line is $&#ked up. :crash:
10-04-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,067
Posted By xroadcharlie

Just because a light has a bracket for a bike...

Just because a light has a bracket for a bike doesn't make it a bike light. Most are just glorified flashlights that send a blinding light into the eyes of oncoming cars, cyclist and pedestrians.
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Forum: Commuting
10-02-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,265
Posted By xroadcharlie

Not just wide tires, But good quality supple...

Not just wide tires, But good quality supple tires. The cheap 2" (50 mm) tires on my comfort bike are OK, but probably no better then supple 35mm tires.

Most of our weight is on the seat, so it is...
10-01-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,548
Posted By xroadcharlie

My Giant Sedona is made in China. I would match...

My Giant Sedona is made in China. I would match it's build quality, engineering, fit and finish with any bike 2x the price made anywhere in the world. The dam thing was almost perfect right out of...
09-28-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 583
Posted By xroadcharlie

Just bought this today. ....for $30. ...

Just bought this today. ....for $30.

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/supercycle-usb-bike-light-combo-0735106p.html#srp

A 2 light USB rechargeable kit from Canadian Tire here in Canada with a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,621
Posted By xroadcharlie

I used to think if the light worked well in a...

I used to think if the light worked well in a dark garage it was good enough for the road. And it might be on a poorly lit road with no traffic. But on well lit busy road I see we need much more....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-06-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 730
Posted By xroadcharlie

Your current compact double is fine IMO. I would...

Your current compact double is fine IMO. I would just keep it. But if you're bored it might be a fun project. If you don't have experience at this, Do a lot of research first. It may be easy for a...
09-04-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,147
Posted By xroadcharlie

I ride a bike not only for adventure and fun, but...

I ride a bike not only for adventure and fun, but for excersize. My concern is with an e bike I'm going to get lazy and use the motor too much. Since neither time nor speed are factors on my rides I...
09-04-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,209
Posted By xroadcharlie

When I bought my Giant Sedona comfort bike in...

When I bought my Giant Sedona comfort bike in 2018 I was convinced the 2" (50 mm) wide tires would give me a plush ride. Hardly. While the cheap Kenda "multi-surface" tires are a very good value,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,311
Posted By xroadcharlie

A 34T cog is about 12% easier to peddle then a...

A 34T cog is about 12% easier to peddle then a 30T. For short steep climbs it helps, Sometimes we can just hunker down and go, Knowing we get to rest in a few minutes. But for long climbs with no...
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