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07-28-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 630
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....
07-12-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,108
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). ...
06-23-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 635
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...
06-16-21, 11:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,334
Posted By chas58

Just ran across this use case:

Just ran across this use case:
06-10-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,577
Posted By chas58

I'm surprised no one mentions wear and tear. I...

I'm surprised no one mentions wear and tear. I do rides where people spend a lot of time in the 10t cog, but spending time in that gear and putting power down in that gear is going to cause greatly...
06-09-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,577
Posted By chas58

Why? So mountain bikes can easier design frames...

Why? So mountain bikes can easier design frames with suspension, and can have seat tubes that are not straight. That is the why.

Some people like 1x, saying it is simpler (well, it has more...
05-25-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,028
Posted By chas58

Yeah its always been fuzy. European's have a...

Yeah its always been fuzy. European's have a pretty clear distinction and require licenses for even moderately fast ebikes (<28mph). Technically, there are similar rules over here, but its pretty...
05-24-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,289
Posted By chas58

yep, you are gonna have fun with that one. ...

yep, you are gonna have fun with that one. Congrats!

I lived in St. Kilda for a minute. Always got a kick of walking down to the end of the street to see the penguins.
05-19-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 863
Posted By chas58

These were my goto tires for those conditions and...

These were my goto tires for those conditions and limited tire clearance. Both are 700x30mm. That Kenda is crazy fast and crazy cheap....
05-18-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,418
Posted By chas58

Looking for one of these? ...

Looking for one of these?
https://www.greenbikekit.com/electric-bike-kit/front.html

I've bought most of my stuff from them for ~8 years. Seemed to be pretty good for a Chinese shop. Its been a...
05-18-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 863
Posted By chas58

well, I'm thinking any 33mm CX tire should work...

well, I'm thinking any 33mm CX tire should work unless you are really tight. I've used Schwalbe G-One in their CX version, and they are about the size of my 32mm tires.
That said, I spend most of...
05-13-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,697
Posted By chas58

God, how I love biking on those forest roads. ...

God, how I love biking on those forest roads.


Yah, back in the day, Gravel grinding was done on 28x1-1/4" tires.
05-13-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,879
Posted By chas58

Yeah, bigger tires, longer wheelbase, but similar...

Yeah, bigger tires, longer wheelbase, but similar handling.

Canyon has 3 off road drop bar bikes. I think it is great to have the diversity. Not sure I wan to put 28-32mm tires on a grizl, but...
04-22-21, 04:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 957
Posted By chas58

Geeze, every time I turn around there is a new...

Geeze, every time I turn around there is a new version and size of this tire.

X-One is a cyclocross tire. 33mm is kinda small for gravel - like the carcass is the same size as my 32mm road tires....
04-20-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 957
Posted By chas58

That will work. the last 6 months I've been...

That will work. the last 6 months I've been using 33mm X-One just cause they are laying around my garage. Work good in the winter (but I do like the extra volume in the summer).
04-03-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,143
Posted By chas58

North Oakland County (and surrounding counties -...

North Oakland County (and surrounding counties - Metro Detroit). Lots of gravel roads, and lots of Chloride around here - don't want to be riding your bike after a chloride treatment without a good...
04-03-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,317
Posted By chas58

Unless there is something wrong, Canti and...

Unless there is something wrong, Canti and v-brakes have plenty of power (well, if your rims are not muddy). lord knows I can lock up any of my brakes.
However, hydraulic brakes (rim or disk) do...
04-02-21, 12:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,317
Posted By chas58

Good point. It is insane how much faster my...

Good point. It is insane how much faster my Canyon (inflite carbon) climbs than my hardtails. It feels like it has a motor.

On trails appropriate for bikes without suspension, I sometimes chase...
04-02-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,752
Posted By chas58

Thank you for the sincere replies everyone. ...

Thank you for the sincere replies everyone.

and, thanks for the good info cjenrick I hope that is true.
I did not feel "strong" for the first 3 months, which wasn't a big deal. My wife...
04-01-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 957
Posted By chas58

I've read some German magazines, and oddly the...

I've read some German magazines, and oddly the all-round is slightly faster, although the difference is small enough to be negligible. I have both, and can't say the speed is really faster. You...
03-29-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 629
Posted By chas58

Nice write up. I'm intrigued by TSDZ2 and the...

Nice write up. I'm intrigued by TSDZ2 and the built in PAS sensor (and light weight). In all the builds I have done, I'm liking 40mm tires for road work (and bigger for rougher stuff). I started...
03-22-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,070
Posted By chas58

Honestly, every thing changed when cell phones...

Honestly, every thing changed when cell phones became prevalent. Some distracted driver could take you out at any time these days. I've been bike commuting for 40+ decades, and these days I use my...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-22-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,960
Posted By chas58

Yeah, I got it before it was a pandemic (oddly). ...

Yeah, I got it before it was a pandemic (oddly). Took me months to get back to "normal" but even then my strength, VO2max, max sustainable heart rate will probably never recover to what it was. I...
12-22-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,653
Posted By chas58

Very true, although its changing relatively fast....

Very true, although its changing relatively fast.
5 years ago, I bought a 36v10ah 10lb battery for about $300. Now I can buy the same capacity for 1/3 the weight, and less than 1/2 the price.
Give...
Forum: Commuting
12-21-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,242
Posted By chas58

I like having a luxury commuter. I don't worry...

I like having a luxury commuter. I don't worry about it. Really, carbon is tough stuff. It doesn't like point loads, but I've had a bike fly off my car, and other than replacing all the broken...
12-17-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,604
Posted By chas58

Good points. Personally, I can do any speed...

Good points.
Personally, I can do any speed I'm physically capable of doing with a 46t chainring (50+ k/hr). Then again, going from 50 to 48t is same difference as going from 11t to 11.5t in the...
12-10-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,105
Posted By chas58

for sure, 3x suxs! I don't drop a chain on my 2x...

for sure, 3x suxs! I don't drop a chain on my 2x (ultegra) bike, but remember the hassle of 3x. Maybe that PTSD is why people want 1x. Certainly it is confusing for new/casual riders. Makes...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,499
Posted By chas58

good summary Paul. With a fat bike, I was...

good summary Paul.
With a fat bike, I was surpised that I would just grind to a halt with deep snow, while a standard size tire would easily cut through. Then again, ruts are a thing, and smaller...
12-07-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,270
Posted By chas58

3- no, club riders around here are a PITA. Too...

3- no, club riders around here are a PITA. Too much testosterone. They ride faster than ebikes down mups 2 abreast, and clog the traffic around here blocking roads for cars. That is what I read on...
12-07-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,277
Posted By chas58

Chaad - I think you hit the nail on the head with...

Chaad - I think you hit the nail on the head with most of your comments.
26lbs is pretty light - certainly light compared to many mountain bikes on the market.
I built a bike similar to this 7...
12-07-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,270
Posted By chas58

If OP is still reading... I don't know how...

If OP is still reading...

I don't know how much exercise you want, but a strong rider can sustain ~250 watts on a commute. If you get a 500+++ powered bike, it will be a lot stronger than you. ...
12-07-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,105
Posted By chas58

1x is good for solo riding, or for more casual...

1x is good for solo riding, or for more casual rides.
2x is good for a bike that is going to be ridden in a group, where you can't always choose the pace, and good for a bike that is both ridden...
12-03-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,446
Posted By chas58

Oh, god no. Don't need carbon wheels on an...

Oh, god no. Don't need carbon wheels on an ebike. You may save the weight equivalent to a small lunch sized box of raisins. That's nothing compared to the weight of the motor or battery. How much...
11-29-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,103
Posted By chas58

Sorry, don't mean to offend. JK means "joking." ...

Sorry, don't mean to offend. JK means "joking." We are friends here. You've got a nice bike man, like I said.

Anyway, I've seen doco on the Texas law matching the original California...
11-25-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 948
Posted By chas58

Yeah, sometimes I head down south so I can ride...

Yeah, sometimes I head down south so I can ride in Canada.

You need to decide on your target speed, power, and range.
You can get crazy with either of those, but its going to cost you a lot of...
11-25-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,017
Posted By chas58

Well, you don't need any knobs, but you do need...

Well, you don't need any knobs, but you do need volume.
I have sand racing tires that are slicks, but 60mm in size.

I rode one of my gravel routes on 32mm tires once, and running through deep...
11-25-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,998
Posted By chas58

Been there, don that. Its a great combo. ...

Been there, don that. Its a great combo. Interestingly, I had the ramblers with 32mm 4 seasons, and realistically they were pretty similar in performance. But those GP5000s are in a whole...
11-23-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,103
Posted By chas58

My point exactly. 38mph is just under 2000...

My point exactly.

38mph is just under 2000 watts. 2000w >750w.

Besides, Last I heard, Texas was one of the 26 states on board with the California definition:



Yeah, you probably are not...
Forum: Great Lakes
11-17-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 563
Posted By chas58

Well, drafting a school bus can be fun, although...

Well, drafting a school bus can be fun, although the exhaust is horrible and they do stop a lot. ;-)

I agree. I hate that "main street" bike path between Royal Oak (RO) and Clawson. Too much...
11-16-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,152
Posted By chas58

Full fenders are kind of a pain. That said, I've...

Full fenders are kind of a pain. That said, I've always used a seat post fender on my gravel bike, because gravel roads do get pretty messy from time to time.

my winter gravel bike has fullish...
11-12-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,717
Posted By chas58

Probably obvious, but the point of CO2 on gravel...

Probably obvious, but the point of CO2 on gravel is to seat the bead if you can "fix" the tire without a tube.
But certainly, 90% of the time I'm using a small pump to keep the air flowing until...
11-12-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,942
Posted By chas58

Agreed. Certainly a helmet light is...

Agreed. Certainly a helmet light is indespensible for single track, however.

Helmet lights totally washout any shadows making rocks and obstacles hard to see. And, they can be blinding riding by...
11-12-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,942
Posted By chas58

Shoot(a), I just follow someone with brighter...

Shoot(a), I just follow someone with brighter lights...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/526x540/pollyann_afbb017f63724d16a3217557200551d40ad83e8a.jpg

That was last night -...
11-12-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,942
Posted By chas58

Light in motion SUX!!! Didn't we just have a...

Light in motion SUX!!! Didn't we just have a post on this?

They are great when they are new, but they don't last long
The USB cover comes off, making your light vulnerable to moisture
the...
Forum: Commuting
11-09-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,959
Posted By chas58

huh. I've used Perl Izumis for years. Big...

huh. I've used Perl Izumis for years. Big opening, worked well for me. Just ordered another pair.
11-09-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 10,666
Posted By chas58

Exactly. I had a friend with a spec Miata -...

Exactly. I had a friend with a spec Miata - after race season we would crank up the coil overs to max height and go run the "double track" through the woods on a fully prepped race car. It was...
11-06-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,444
Posted By chas58

Depends on the attitude of your local shop, but...

Depends on the attitude of your local shop, but most of them will be/should be happy to help you and have a set rate for this. I'd get it, ride it for a month, and then have them do an extensive...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,499
Posted By chas58

fenders can pack up with snow, so ya probably...

fenders can pack up with snow, so ya probably want a lot of clearance.

There are many types of snow. I find thinner tires cut down through fresh snow to get a better grip, while larger tires can...
11-01-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 732
Posted By chas58

I've enjoyed my aluminum DT Swiss. The...

I've enjoyed my aluminum DT Swiss. The G1800/GR1800 are nice and wide (24 inside) and work great in that tire range. The C/CR1600 are about 2mm narrower (22 inside) and are a good choice if you...
11-01-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,117
Posted By chas58

Here is the original chart that changed...

Here is the original chart that changed everything. Still relevant today:
The thing is, this chart kicked off the low pressure high volume revolution, so it doesn't have very wide tires on it....
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