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07-01-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 320
Posted By chas58

I suspect the rolling surface and the power...

I suspect the rolling surface and the power output play a huge role in tire wear.

600 miles on mixed hard surfaces (for me, broken chip seal and hard pack dirt) at 200-1000 watts kills the tread...
07-01-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 320
Posted By chas58

yah, I'm pushing the boundaries, but I put the...

yah, I'm pushing the boundaries, but I put the 32mm version on a 29 internal rim, and it measures a bit over 36mm. Its all I ride now in summer/fall (unless its wet and/or rough). It is a lot...
06-30-22, 11:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 320
Posted By chas58

Hate to be that guy, but did you search here? ...

Hate to be that guy, but did you search here?

Mine probably lasted 600 miles in the rear. Can't say it's noticeably faster, but other than wear it was good. There are a lot of alternatives if...
06-30-22, 11:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 479
Posted By chas58

Make sure you understand the warranty. Lynskey...

Make sure you understand the warranty. Lynskey is "reputable" but I still hear of their frames cracking occasionally (presumably because of the difficulty welding the stuff).
06-28-22, 12:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 383
Posted By chas58

Actually, I do. but the larger tire up front...

Actually, I do. but the larger tire up front reduces the trail and makes the bike more stable and less darty, which is good.
Even more so in a pelton, because I can't pick my line, but have to...
06-27-22, 09:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 383
Posted By chas58

I run 50mm Front, 38mm rear. Any problems you...

I run 50mm Front, 38mm rear. Any problems you expect?
Iike I said, it reduces the trail and makes the bike more stable, which is what I want when running big tires.
When running GP5000s, I want...
06-27-22, 03:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 341
Posted By chas58

I find in general, carbon rides noticeably better...

I find in general, carbon rides noticeably better than Aluminum on gravel, but that really depends on how the bike is designed and manufactured. Never ridden a boardman, so not sure how this applies...
06-27-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 383
Posted By chas58

Advantages: Better steering and flotation...

Advantages:

Better steering and flotation in the soft stuff
more shock absorption (a little like adding a small front shock)
Noticeably more trail, making the bike more stable in the rough...
06-27-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,784
Posted By chas58

I suspect its doing the same thing as NUUN or...

I suspect its doing the same thing as NUUN or Pickle Juice. I find it more cost effective than NUUN if I’m biking a lot in hot weather (and sweating a lot), and well, pickle juice is what, mostly...
06-27-22, 08:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,784
Posted By chas58

ms state I've been using this the last...

ms state

I've been using this the last couple of years. Trace Minerals Research Endure Performance Electrolyte. I used to get totally drained from a good bike ride, but now I recover quickly...
06-26-22, 01:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 600
Posted By chas58

Its in here somewhere if you really want to know....

Its in here somewhere if you really want to know. Convinced me to degrease every new chain I get.

https://cyclingtips.com/2022/03/nerd-alert-podcast-finding-the-best-chain-lube-for-your-needs/
06-15-22, 04:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By chas58

oh, good point. I almost assume everyone has one...

oh, good point. I almost assume everyone has one of these. Worth ever cent!

https://www.amazon.com/Kool-Stop-Tire-Bead-Jack/dp/B001AYML7K
...
06-14-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 347
Posted By chas58

I zip tie them to my shoes (to the boa straps...

I zip tie them to my shoes (to the boa straps actually). Since I use multiple bikes, this works great for me.
06-14-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By chas58

Totally dependant on Rim (and probably other...

Totally dependant on Rim (and probably other factors).

the OG GP5000 was impossible for me to mount - bead was too tight. The GK SS was too easy to mount - too easy in that the bead was too loose...
06-13-22, 04:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 194
Posted By chas58

Porsche's big move with Fazua

Now I'm really wondering what this means for the future. I've always admire their unobtrusive motor combinations - some of bikes with this drive look just like normal road bikes.

But now that...
06-13-22, 04:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,048
Posted By chas58

You mean Porsche? May not be widely...

You mean Porsche?

May not be widely known, but Porsche just bought Fazua! :-O
06-10-22, 08:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 527
Posted By chas58

DTSwiss 1800 series is comfy and practical 25...

DTSwiss 1800 series is comfy and practical 25 internal, aluminum, reasonable weight, tough, and comfortable.
06-06-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 610
Posted By chas58

I think it really matters how fast you want to...

I think it really matters how fast you want to go.

Hybrids I've ridden are most comfortable in the 5-15mph range. They have long wheelbases, accelerated leigerly, and I can't really go very fast...
06-01-22, 04:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,202
Posted By chas58

That is me. I spend decades on a mountain...

That is me.

I spend decades on a mountain bike, because road bikes are totally inappropriate to the roads around here (crappy broken up cement, asphalt and chip seal). At the beginning of this...
06-01-22, 06:21 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,202
Posted By chas58

Gravel bike is anything you want it to be. I...

Gravel bike is anything you want it to be. I guess the question is, what to you want it to be? In the most Generic terms, it is a drop bar bike that can take 33mm or larger tires. But like with...
05-28-22, 07:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 678
Posted By chas58

Nothing at all wrong with 650b, they are just...

Nothing at all wrong with 650b, they are just going to have a little smaller rolling diameter than the same width in 700c.

I find some 650b tires to be surprisingly slower than their 700c...
05-26-22, 07:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,048
Posted By chas58

Sounds like you want the smallest motor possible....

Sounds like you want the smallest motor possible. A strong biker does 250 watts, so a small 250 watt motor will give you plenty of power in bike terms. The smaller the motor, the lighter the bike...
05-26-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 602
Posted By chas58

I had an Ergon like that, if you are looking. I...

I had an Ergon like that, if you are looking. I loved it for the track where I was pulling high G forces and the flat surface was comfortable (they make road and gravel versions). Unfortunately...
05-26-22, 06:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 678
Posted By chas58

Correct, given your assumptions. but if OP...

Correct, given your assumptions.

but if OP is considering buying a new bike that can take 700x60mm tires (as stated above), 650b isn't gonna be needed. If you already have a bike that maxes out...
05-25-22, 10:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 678
Posted By chas58

Keep in mind, that for this type of riding, the...

Keep in mind, that for this type of riding, the roll over and approach angle (based on tire diameter) are going to be better with a 700c vs a 650b.
05-25-22, 05:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 602
Posted By chas58

they have two sizes. I'm average height/weight...

they have two sizes. I'm average height/weight and probably fit better on the large size for longer distances (and narrower when I'm doing a short crit or track session). I'm guessing something in...
05-25-22, 05:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 678
Posted By chas58

If you are not bottoming out, you could go lower...

If you are not bottoming out, you could go lower in PSI, but that is a good spot for a 35mm tire (lower gets squishy and vague).


A mountain bike would be a good bet. 50mm tires at 25-30psi...
05-24-22, 10:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 678
Posted By chas58

Yeah, I associate washboarding with acceleration,...

Yeah, I associate washboarding with acceleration, vehicle wheel hop while slightly losing traction (and to a lesser degree braking). Around here, I usually see it in transitions between asphalt and...
05-24-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 678
Posted By chas58

sure, lower pressure (with wider tires), and even...

sure, lower pressure (with wider tires), and even suspension can help.

Are you in the saddle our out?

Personally, I'm usually happy with a good suspension seat post, as it allows the bike to...
05-24-22, 06:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 602
Posted By chas58

My preference has been Fizik - I love the...

My preference has been Fizik - I love the ALIANTE. Nashbar always seemed to have these available 50% off back in the day.

If you want to sell a kidney or appendix, get one of these instead of...
05-23-22, 06:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 792
Posted By chas58

My brother and I did that. Best bike trip of my...

My brother and I did that. Best bike trip of my life. The quiet roads, rolling country side, great weather, wonderful people (So many people exclaimed - look a tandem - and when they saw we were...
05-23-22, 05:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 792
Posted By chas58

Good point. My brother and i stripped down our...

Good point. My brother and i stripped down our tandem and put it in the over head luggage racks (TVG) to get around that rule.

I have to admit, the stares we got taking the bike apart at the train...
05-20-22, 06:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 533
Posted By chas58

+1 Redshift. yup, I've heard nothing but good...

+1 Redshift. yup, I've heard nothing but good for redshift.

My bike maxes out at 38mm, but I can easily put a 50mm on the front, so I do that - at about 27psi it is pretty absorbent.

I find...
05-17-22, 05:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 765
Posted By chas58

shoot, anything from cygolite or night rider...

shoot, anything from cygolite or night rider would work fine. I've found my light in motion were not very durable, but the first two are pretty bomb proof.
05-17-22, 05:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 508
Posted By chas58

There are companies that make longer cage...

There are companies that make longer cage adapters that could possibly extend the range. I have shimano, and use a 34. It is outside of their ideal range, but just adjusting the b screw was all I...
05-13-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By chas58

A bulk of my gravel is class 1-2 and rough chip...

A bulk of my gravel is class 1-2 and rough chip seal in the summer. Yes, for longer off the beaten path rides and winter/spring I go bigger. I tend to swap back and forth between 32 and 40 (sometimes...
05-13-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By chas58

Good points mstateglfr I got pretty...

Good points mstateglfr

I got pretty confused with the wide spread of numbers for the GP5000 32mm - since it is tested so many times.

Bottom line: The "gravel" tires are tested with tubes in...
05-13-22, 07:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By chas58

That looks like a great option, thanks! ...

That looks like a great option, thanks!



interesting choice Yah, but no.
I've done the 4season thing for years. These are slightly slower tougher tires somewhere between the Gatorskin and 4...
05-13-22, 07:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By chas58

I plumped my GP5000 up to 36mm

Taking a cue from the wider is better trend, and finding my personal sweet spot for bad asphalt and light gravel is 35mm, I’ve managed to get my GP5000 up to 36mm

The wheels are 29 internal, which...
05-11-22, 08:11 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,830
Posted By chas58

Yah, I wanted S-works cruz too but ended up...

Yah, I wanted S-works cruz too but ended up getting a Canyon Inflite for 1/2 the price. It's perfect for my riding. I do race training rides with roadies (pacelines @20-30mph), and cross country...
05-11-22, 08:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 530
Posted By chas58

29 internal. The rim is rated for 35mm, and the...

29 internal. The rim is rated for 35mm, and the tire measures just under 36 - its nice and snug. Never had so much fun on a non mountain bike. Some day Conti will make a 35mm version (fingers...
05-10-22, 01:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 530
Posted By chas58

Yah, I've created some 36mm Conti GP5000 tires...

Yah, I've created some 36mm Conti GP5000 tires that rule on a fast group ride, yet eat up class 1 & 2 gravel and horrid chip seal. Its been a long time grail to have a bike as fast as my track...
05-05-22, 07:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By chas58

I have a garage full of tires/wheels. but...

I have a garage full of tires/wheels.

but for your case, I use a Furious Fred (2" or 50mm) in the front (light weight, cush, good dry traction) and a Gravel King SS (semi Slick) for the rear for...
05-05-22, 07:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,714
Posted By chas58

Nope on the Thudbuster, but I'd guess it rides a...

Nope on the Thudbuster, but I'd guess it rides a lot like the Short throw, just with less total movement. That elastomer and parallax combo works well. Bonus points that you can tune it for your...
05-05-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,409
Posted By chas58

Me too. LOL. lord knows I don't wear aero...

Me too. LOL. lord knows I don't wear aero clothes on gravel either.
05-04-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By chas58

Got it. Those tires should work well for that. ...

Got it. Those tires should work well for that.

FYI, I usually run less pressure in my front tire as my weight distribution is 40/60. With a larger front tire, you could drop it another 5lbs...
05-04-22, 07:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,714
Posted By chas58

yup, some take the buzz out (really nice when I...

yup, some take the buzz out (really nice when I am riding an aluminum frame) and some like the Canyon/Ergon go further and will absorb a lot of the chatter and bounciness I get from rough gravel and...
05-04-22, 07:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,191
Posted By chas58

Conti just announced these (just for you! ;-) ...

Conti just announced these (just for you! ;-)

https://www.bikeradar.com/news/continental-terra-hardpack/

45mm Terra Speed if you want a lighter, faster tire.
...
05-02-22, 03:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By chas58

I do it. Mostly to get more traction and lower...

I do it. Mostly to get more traction and lower pressure on the front (kind of like having a front shock).
On the rear I want something efficient that isn't going to have a lot of tread...
05-02-22, 03:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,409
Posted By chas58

Well put! That sounds fairly accurate.

Well put! That sounds fairly accurate.
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