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09-16-21, 02:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 193
Posted By chas58

I have the terraspeed in addition to the...

I have the terraspeed in addition to the Schwalbe. I'll say the terraspeed is a bit smaller than most 40mm tires (good in your case), but it wears very fast. You'll be replacing that one pretty...
09-16-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 193
Posted By chas58

I use Schwalbe G-One Alround for winter. They...

I use Schwalbe G-One Alround for winter. They are perfect for the conditions you describe. Fast, comfortable, reliable, and amazing traction in poor conditions (not mud though).

As a bonus...
09-15-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 299
Posted By chas58

Oops, sorry, Its the Garmin power meter pedals -...

Oops, sorry, Its the Garmin power meter pedals - Shimano SPD compatible.
09-15-21, 07:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By chas58

I'll add that one of the biggest benefits to...

I'll add that one of the biggest benefits to tires with tread is getting out of ruts. With a slick tire, I have to bunny hop out. It will not climb out on its own - while a tread with side knobs...
09-15-21, 07:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 588
Posted By chas58

Sounds good. I'll add, that since 90%+ of all...

Sounds good.
I'll add, that since 90%+ of all my flats are on the rear (because - physics), I sometimes will still run a tube in the front (so I can easily change the tire season to season), but...
09-14-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 588
Posted By chas58

I've done it all, so here is my thoughts a...

I've done it all, so here is my thoughts

a non tubeless tire and a non tubeless wheel are insanely easy to switch over. I forget how easy it can be until I use some of my older bikes
A tubeless...
09-14-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By chas58

Congrats, and enjoy! Simple answer - yes. I...

Congrats, and enjoy!

Simple answer - yes. I often will use a tire with more tread on the front. My rear is often slick, or close to it, but I don't mind having some bite up front if its gonna...
09-14-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 343
Posted By chas58

Well, on the Canyon spectrum - you really need to...

Well, on the Canyon spectrum - you really need to choose based on your favorite tire size. The Inflite and Grail are pretty road like in the positioning and feel - although the Grail is gonna be...
09-14-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 345
Posted By chas58

yeah, I was worried about that. It can be such...

yeah, I was worried about that. It can be such a sh*t show with beginners - half the group thinks they are a hot shot and will run you off the course shortly before they blow up.

I figured one...
09-14-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 299
Posted By chas58

Interesting idea. I know that Shimano's new...

Interesting idea. I know that Shimano's new power meter pedals can be converted between 3 types of pedal types by doing what you described. I could theoretically see doing this going from my Gravel...
09-03-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 456
Posted By chas58

I used to chat with the designer of their gravel...

I used to chat with the designer of their gravel bikes - but yeah they took a major left turn a couple of years ago (not for the best). (he runs his own bike company now).
09-03-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 695
Posted By chas58

Wow, those look identical to an old set of 26"...

Wow, those look identical to an old set of 26" MTB race tires I had from Bontrager. Great tires - maybe I'll get a set
09-02-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 454
Posted By chas58

uh, no. That isn't for bikes like this. I...

uh, no. That isn't for bikes like this. I mean, you pedal, convert kinetic energy to electricity, run wires to the rear hub, and convert electricity back into kinetic energy? I don't think so....
09-02-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By chas58

Agreed. don't do it. I wouldn't go above...

Agreed. don't do it. I wouldn't go above 250-350 watts on the front (actually, I wouldn't do it at all). The front fork is not designed for this torque at all. If that motor spins in the dropouts...
09-01-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 454
Posted By chas58

yeah, can't use a 700c motor in a 20" wheel, or...

yeah, can't use a 700c motor in a 20" wheel, or vice versa. (well, I do, so there is that).

For the motors I use, 32km/hr is about 200 rpm in a 700c wheel, and probably 330 rpm in a 20" wheel. ...
09-01-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 505
Posted By chas58

I do, but I'm wierd. I have a low powered bike...

I do, but I'm wierd. I have a low powered bike that I designed to run at 100rpm - so it is basically a road bike that runs at speeds I would ride at a race pace or at a tandem pace with my brother....
09-01-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 695
Posted By chas58

LMAO. Where did that come from? I did a...

LMAO. Where did that come from?
I did a century ride on them once with my wife. They are slow and heavy boat anchors. Exactly what I wanted for a long ride with my wife. I thought they would be...
08-30-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,871
Posted By chas58

I've done this for years. Some comments: I...

I've done this for years. Some comments:

I don't run those tires more than 60psi (well, I'm hookless, and that is the max psi they are rated for hookless). But I wouldn't go more if I could....
08-30-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 330
Posted By chas58

This. Your chainstays are relatively parallel...

This. Your chainstays are relatively parallel around the BB, so if you can fit a 42mm 700c you are also limited to a 42mm 650b.

You can put a chunker tire on that front fork though. I was gonna...
08-27-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,871
Posted By chas58

Agreed. What we sometimes forget here is that a...

Agreed. What we sometimes forget here is that a "gravel bike" is really just a versatile drop bar bike. On skinny tires I was very limited to where I could ride at speed. On a gravel bike - even...
08-27-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 695
Posted By chas58

I'd be concerned about FF durability too. I use...

I'd be concerned about FF durability too. I use it on the front, so it gets no wear and tear. It certainly spins up fast, allows me to run low pressure and keeps me on course.
I've loved the...
08-25-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,305
Posted By chas58

Good to hear it. I bought my original kits from...

Good to hear it. I bought my original kits from them almost 10 years ago. They gave me great service (unlike many others in Asia). So, they are not a fly by night company - they have been around a...
08-25-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 325
Posted By chas58

I've gone through a couple of lightly used...

I've gone through a couple of lightly used batteries in the last decade (too expensive for that). I think my problem is that they got too cold and too far below freezing. I used to keep AA...
08-25-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 695
Posted By chas58

Yeah, he called them a cheater tire. Given that...

Yeah, he called them a cheater tire. Given that they are pretty much as fast as my 32mm slicks, but I can ride with 1/3 of the pressure - that makes them a lot faster on the rough stuff. I...
08-25-21, 02:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 784
Posted By chas58

I've done rodie rides on them - at speed the...

I've done rodie rides on them - at speed the rides are 25mph steady, 30+ sprints. They are about the same as a Conti 4 season.
.The GP5000 - now those are noticeably faster. At 30mph we are...
08-25-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 784
Posted By chas58

Well, the rambles are going to be as fast as...

Well, the rambles are going to be as fast as anything anyone suggested here. Hard to do better than that. Heck, some of my conti slicks aren't any faster than that.
The Conti 4000s are crazy fast...
08-25-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 695
Posted By chas58

I use schwalbe Furious Fred 50mm (minimal tread -...

I use schwalbe Furious Fred 50mm (minimal tread - super, super fast - nothing like it), and 54mm Thunder Burt. Both have very low rolling resistance. The FF is super fast and super light - I'm...
08-25-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,220
Posted By chas58

As someone who races both, I'd like to know why...

As someone who races both, I'd like to know why you say this?

It sounds like you are saying CX is like a road race bike, while Gravel is like an endurance bike?
I mean, I only have one bike for...
08-20-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,871
Posted By chas58

I'll say, the one time where slicks FAIL in the...

I'll say, the one time where slicks FAIL in the dry is riding through a rut (i.e. dry tire tracks) that run in the direction I'm riding. Tires with a side tread can typically ride out - but slicks...
08-20-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,871
Posted By chas58

new solution Well yeah, there's...

new solution



Well yeah, there's that... ;-)



That is why I ride fixed gear - so I can't slow down! LOL.
(there is some truth to that, but my fixie isn't a gravel bike)
Forum: Commuting
08-19-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,226
Posted By chas58

Nothing. I've been doing this for decades. ...

Nothing.

I've been doing this for decades. 26km means I'm not gonna be sprinting - its an endurance pace. At that pace (~150watts?) bike isn't gonna make much difference.

Really, I build an...
08-19-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,525
Posted By chas58

My math shows N-1. I don't need a road bike or...

My math shows N-1. I don't need a road bike or urban bike, or a mountain bike or a cross bike. I still need a velodrome bike and a bike with suspension, but those two aren't getting ridden much....
08-19-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,871
Posted By chas58

Sorry, wrong article. My bad. I meant this one. ...

Sorry, wrong article. My bad. I meant this one.
https://www.renehersecycles.com/why-we-dont-make-gravel-tires/

Specifically, curious as to what you thought about this:

So why do gravel racers...
08-18-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,871
Posted By chas58

Curious then, as to what you thought about Jan...

Curious then, as to what you thought about Jan Heine's article I linked above?
08-18-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 591
Posted By chas58

40mm (measures closer to 38mm) Terraspeed on the...

40mm (measures closer to 38mm) Terraspeed on the front is perfect if you want speed. The biggest problem with that tire is how fast it wears on the rear, but it should last a good long time on the...
08-18-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,871
Posted By chas58

These comments always puzzle me. Do you guys...

These comments always puzzle me. Do you guys really need knobs? Maybe I've been mountain biking for too many decades and take technique for granted. But slicks are fine for gravel. Bicycle...
08-18-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,871
Posted By chas58

I have 2 sets of wheels, one with 40mm Maxxis...

I have 2 sets of wheels, one with 40mm Maxxis Ramblers and one with 32 GP5000
For me, it really comes down to tire pressure. the 32s are often at 50 PSI, and if I'm comfortable with that and I'm...
08-12-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 414
Posted By chas58

My choice would be to put a hub motor on the rear...

My choice would be to put a hub motor on the rear of that thing. Simple, cheap, and easy. the 3-speed will be redundant with a motor (heck, I built a single speed as I just don't shift). 250 watts...
08-12-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 591
Posted By chas58

There are a lot of ways to attack this, depending...

There are a lot of ways to attack this, depending on your preference.

What is wrong with Geometry? My gravel bike has road bike handling, and I like it. What do you want to change?
A big thing...
08-12-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 915
Posted By chas58

44 definately (unless there is a lot of...

44 definately (unless there is a lot of pavement). Heck, I have some light weigh 50mm gravel tires that feel like cheater tires compared to 40mm. Really, no downside to them unless I'm spending a...
07-28-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 894
Posted By chas58

I've always used Maxxis Rambler tires. Very...

I've always used Maxxis Rambler tires. Very fast, very light, great traction, low rolling resistance. Couldn't ask for more (unless its muddy). They do clear mud well for short patches of mud....
07-28-21, 03:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 380
Posted By chas58

Well, often its not the tire, its the rim. ...

Well, often its not the tire, its the rim. Going tubeless can be an extreme nightmare. I find my gatorskins to be pretty easy to mount up, but it rather depends on which rim I'm using. A good...
Forum: Great Lakes
07-14-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 522
Posted By chas58

Yeah, we have a park with that stuff in Michigan....

Yeah, we have a park with that stuff in Michigan. Pretty cool, although the park tends to be empty when the sun goes down. Too bad...
(not that it is bright enough to ride on, but cool none the...
07-12-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,712
Posted By chas58

Interesting. Reminds me of when I did gravel...

Interesting. Reminds me of when I did gravel riding before there were gravel bikes.



I’ve found myself quite comfortable going down harshly washboarded roads on 32mm tires (GP5000). ...
07-09-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,793
Posted By chas58

Yes, huge difference. But Ill say that 40mm tire...

Yes, huge difference. But Ill say that 40mm tire on a gravel bike isnt ideal for vertical work (Steep climbs, fast rocky descents). I can easily put a 50mm tire on my front fork, and Ill do that...
07-02-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 963
Posted By chas58

uh, no. I'll scare you off. Its a potential...

uh, no. I'll scare you off. Its a potential fire hazard (and you really, really don't want a Li-Ion fire - ever seen a tesla that burned??? (or the house it was in?)).
when you connect the two...
06-30-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 754
Posted By chas58

7 and 8 speeds have the same chain size and cog...

7 and 8 speeds have the same chain size and cog spacing. Above that and your indexing will be off.
You can get a hub motor that uses a cassette (instead of a freewheel), and you can put 9-11...
06-30-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 712
Posted By chas58

Yeah, that would work fine. Probably anything...

Yeah, that would work fine. Probably anything from 2.00 to 2.3 would work (although going larger there is always the possibility of clearance issues - but typically there is a lot of room on these...
06-28-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 937
Posted By chas58

That is great - glad you found what you wanted,...

That is great - glad you found what you wanted, in your size, and in stock! I think you'll love the 2x. 1x is fasionable, but no real downsides to 2x - besides - the sharp and snappy gear changes...
06-23-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,163
Posted By chas58

let us know. When you say kit, you mean motor,...

let us know. When you say kit, you mean motor, controller, battery and all? $50 won't get you a battery for that.
I did buy a cheap 36v10ah (10s3P) off of ebay last year with authentic...
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