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08-08-22, 06:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 226
Posted By chas58

convert a MTB? Naw, just get out and ride the...

convert a MTB? Naw, just get out and ride the thing as is.

I've mucked around converting a MTB, but for the most point there is no advantage in putting drop bars on a perfectly fine MTB. If you...
08-05-22, 04:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,215
Posted By chas58

Me too. I can get up to 54mm in the front. ...

Me too. I can get up to 54mm in the front.

on 28 or 32mm tires, it handles pretty much like it is designed (OEM is 33mm).

If I put 50mm front, 40mm rear (maxed out both), it gives the bike...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-22, 12:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 259
Posted By chas58

Ya really need to specify the size range you are...

Ya really need to specify the size range you are looking for.

Realistically, any commuting tire works fine unless you are in the mud or wet grass or something like that. Most greenways I've been...
08-01-22, 12:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 355
Posted By chas58

IMHO, the Trek FX (hybrid) is great for...

IMHO, the Trek FX (hybrid) is great for conversions, as it is a pretty stable platform.
The schwinn is probably great too, as those old ones tend to be pretty overbuilt. Most important thing of...
08-01-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 272
Posted By chas58

There is a lot of batteries other than just the...

There is a lot of batteries other than just the size. There is a big difference between cheap and expensive batteries.

One of the most important aspects is C rate. Roughly if you have a 10v...
08-01-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 831
Posted By chas58

I could be wrong, but its looking to me that...

I could be wrong, but its looking to me that these tires are not being mounted properly.

With tubeless wheels, mounting is much more critical and a PITA.

I've learned the hard way to:
- put...
08-01-22, 09:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,215
Posted By chas58

I think the point is, that with many new frames...

I think the point is, that with many new frames you can put a 50mm tire in there on a 700c rim

For older frames, there is nothing wrong with using 650x48 - there is just going to be less of a need...
07-27-22, 09:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,215
Posted By chas58

I think you are right. Falling out of favor is...

I think you are right. Falling out of favor is basically how the bike industry works. I think it may apply here, like it or not. Just look at 650b on the mountain bike side of things. They found...
07-27-22, 09:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 831
Posted By chas58

I've been using fatty strippers for about a...

I've been using fatty strippers for about a decade, but I don't think they would do ya any good here. They are about the thickness of a latex balloon - and you cut them off basically at the lip of...
07-25-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 831
Posted By chas58

Yeah, thanks for that. I did remember there are...

Yeah, thanks for that. I did remember there are two ways to make carbon hookless - couldn't remember what the second way was - using a throwaway bladder.
Sounds like ENVE probably has a higher...
07-25-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,215
Posted By chas58

Well, fads always change in the bike world. ...

Well, fads always change in the bike world. Gotta have a new shiny object.

You are correct though. In the last few years, the industry touted having wide 650b or narrower 700c rims, so you could...
07-21-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 640
Posted By chas58

My reach is shorter (and stack is shorter too)...

My reach is shorter (and stack is shorter too) than what I've always had before.

Realistically, I want my reach to be such that I am not putting weight on my hands. Stand up straight, then...
07-20-22, 11:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 831
Posted By chas58

That is odd. you got me stumped. If there...

That is odd. you got me stumped.

If there is a manufacturer defect enough to hurt the tire, I'd think you would see and/or feel it there.

looking at the OP, it looks like the tire failed...
07-19-22, 07:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 831
Posted By chas58

I love ramblers. Great tire. While I have no...

I love ramblers. Great tire. While I have no problems with them, they are not heavy duty.

Some brands have extra rim protection to protect against pinch flats (often looks like a piece of...
07-18-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By chas58

I have a 32mm Gatorskin if you want it. Great...

I have a 32mm Gatorskin if you want it. Great gravel tire, if a little low on volume for what most people want. Back in the day of 27" we basically had a tire range of 25 - 32mm.
07-18-22, 02:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 831
Posted By chas58

Thanks for sharing. Unfortunately this is a known...

Thanks for sharing. Unfortunately this is a known problem for hooked carbon rims (known in the industry if not with consumers like us).

It should not happen hookless (nor on a hooked aluminum rim)...
07-11-22, 05:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,091
Posted By chas58

True. The torque to the rear tire does apply...

True. The torque to the rear tire does apply some deformation and extra wear - most evident on treaded tires, but happens to all of them. I've done some fairly fast riding on mountain bike tires ...
07-11-22, 05:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,091
Posted By chas58

Funny man. I'll take sincere questions, but if...

Funny man. I'll take sincere questions, but if you are just here to troll and argue, I'm out... CYA,,,
07-11-22, 06:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,091
Posted By chas58

Does my ability to explain make it more or less...

Does my ability to explain make it more or less real? Or do real life examples help more?

On the terraspeed,
0 watts input over 1000 miles = zero wear.
0-1000 watts input, means tire is worn...
07-01-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,091
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: 28
Views: 1,091
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: 28
Views: 1,091
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: 656
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: 561
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: 561
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: 462
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: 561
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: 3,022
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: 3,022
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: 19
Views: 889
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: 610
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: 429
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: 610
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: 346
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: 1,300
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: 657
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: 854
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: 1,500
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: 1,500
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: 751
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: 1,300
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: 681
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: 751
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: 751
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: 681
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: 751
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: 751
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: 751
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: 681
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: 872
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...
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