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09-15-22, 03:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,892
Posted By chas58

I got that 2mph back just by using GP5000s....

I got that 2mph back just by using GP5000s. Really, not much difference between that and a pure road racing steed in my case.
09-14-22, 03:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 199
Posted By chas58

yep, 20 is pretty standard for that tire size. ...

yep, 20 is pretty standard for that tire size. ETRTO standard lists it from 17 to 23. I've run it from 20 to 29 internal.

For reference, you can always search for the standard: etrto tire chart...
Forum: Great Lakes
09-09-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,097
Posted By chas58

Last time I rode around Belle Isle (a few weeks...

Last time I rode around Belle Isle (a few weeks ago) I was surprised to drop what looked to be a strong cyclist (although I was pretty maxed out). Probably a good thing that I didn't realize he was...
09-08-22, 05:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 570
Posted By chas58

I was gonna say the same thing. It sounds like...

I was gonna say the same thing. It sounds like Tesla owners get pretty pissed off if they see what they think is an inappropriate vehicle in their charging station. Possibly because those diesel...
09-07-22, 04:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 921
Posted By chas58

It depends on so many things. How the carbon...

It depends on so many things.

How the carbon is layed up is critical. I've ridden (older) high end carbon bikes that I considered unrideable because they were way way too stiff (ever ridden a...
09-06-22, 02:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By chas58

I do like having my batteries come with a switch....

I do like having my batteries come with a switch. Failing that, the controller can work, but I usually just jump the wires, or go to home depot and get a simple low voltage switch to plug in there.
09-02-22, 11:37 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,892
Posted By chas58

Huge difference going to GP5000s. Huge being...

Huge difference going to GP5000s. Huge being ~10% or 2mph at 20mph. What else can make that difference (besides rider position, lol).

I've been riding GP5000s on very fast club rides...
08-26-22, 03:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 478
Posted By chas58

I made one. Haven't ridden it much, as its too...

I made one. Haven't ridden it much, as its too hilly around here. Maybe I'll try it at a CX race, as for the most part I never shift at a race.

I've spent years doing fixed - not sure I'd do...
08-08-22, 06:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,021
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: 1,798
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: 13
Views: 828
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: 13
Views: 795
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: 21
Views: 1,021
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: 1,043
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: 1,798
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: 1,798
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: 1,043
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: 1,043
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: 1,798
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: 937
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: 1,043
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: 1,043
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: 453
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: 1,043
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: 1,282
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: 1,282
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: 1,282
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: 1,282
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: 1,282
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: 1,282
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: 33
Views: 1,170
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: 625
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: 625
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: 548
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: 625
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: 3,112
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: 3,112
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: 969
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: 658
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: 480
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: 658
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: 361
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: 1,460
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: 683
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: 939
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: 44
Views: 1,981
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: 44
Views: 1,981
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: 769
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: 1,460
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: 736
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...
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