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09-14-22, 09:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 276
Posted By xroadcharlie

I agree with Darth. Unless you are having...

I agree with Darth. Unless you are having problems with the rear derailleur, I wouldn't change it. It looks like your bike has Shimano's bottom of the line Tourney rear derailleur. Don't let that...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,749
Posted By xroadcharlie

Perhaps part of the reason those that can safely...

Perhaps part of the reason those that can safely commute, Whether it's to work, to visit a friend, or whatever is because the thought of biking there is out of our comfort zone. I find as I get older...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-22, 07:12 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,749
Posted By xroadcharlie

When I look back to when I was working at a...

When I look back to when I was working at a restaurant in high school, I remember wishing I had a car. But truth be told, even after a 5 - 6 hour shift after school, most nights I found the short 5...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-22, 07:45 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,749
Posted By xroadcharlie

Why don't more people ride bikes for commuting.

When I worked at a large factory I see a few people walking to work sometimes for 30 minutes. They don't have to spend $500+ on a new bike, I see some bikes on Kijiji around here for $50 - $100...
09-07-22, 08:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 441
Posted By xroadcharlie

I understand why a high cadence might be the best...

I understand why a high cadence might be the best option when max power levels are required, Like making that burst of speed to the finish line in an important race, or climbing a hill fast, But for...
09-04-22, 06:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 441
Posted By xroadcharlie

By swapping out the 16T rear cog with an 18T...

By swapping out the 16T rear cog with an 18T you'll increase your speed by about 13% at the same cadence. But it will require about 13% more effort for headwinds and hill climbing. I'd probably opt...
09-02-22, 10:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 715
Posted By xroadcharlie

More likely from using the remote control for the...

More likely from using the remote control for the TV so often. Try switching hands!
08-28-22, 11:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 676
Posted By xroadcharlie

So she wants a flat bar road bike. I wouldn't...

So she wants a flat bar road bike. I wouldn't have a road bike converted. Giant sells the Fastroad. A lighter faster bike then most hybrids. There are probably other brands with similar offerings.
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08-21-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,078
Posted By xroadcharlie

I use the Stack/Reach ratio when comparing bike...

I use the Stack/Reach ratio when comparing bike frame geometries to determine riding position. Of course there are other variables, but most of them, Like stem length, angle and height, and seat...
08-03-22, 09:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,695
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think this is a prudent approach. Thats why I...

I think this is a prudent approach. Thats why I alternate walking with hiking up a hill for aprox 1 hour one day, and bike 20 - 25 km the next (aprox 70 minutes). I might do this 5 days a week. Tues...
07-28-22, 02:57 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,124
Posted By xroadcharlie

Funny you mention "consumable" bike parts. In...

Funny you mention "consumable" bike parts. In about 20 years I've cycled I had a road bike, a mountian bike, and my current comfort bike. While hardly a cycling enthousiast, I've put a several...
07-26-22, 01:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,364
Posted By xroadcharlie

And for good reason. Excellent reviews on the...

And for good reason. Excellent reviews on the Continental RideTour 27 x 1-1/4" tire from a respected manufacturer for a reasonable price. Unless you have specific needs, This looks like a fine...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,352
Posted By xroadcharlie

As I understand it, Nearly all of the energy...

As I understand it, Nearly all of the energy required to push the extra weight up a hill is returned on the downside if you don't apply the brakes. But the extra speed on the downside is subject to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-22, 08:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 502
Posted By xroadcharlie

I understand stand the principle of a gyroscope....

I understand stand the principle of a gyroscope. Keep in mind a smaller tire will spin faster then a large one at the same speed thereby increasing the gryo effect. Which is one reason I believe it...
07-12-22, 01:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 542
Posted By xroadcharlie

I agree with 2old. The 270 watt/hour battery is...

I agree with 2old. The 270 watt/hour battery is the single item that might be disappointing to you. Hauling nearly 290 lbs up a 5 - 7% grade with an effective usable power reserve of about 160 watts...
07-10-22, 12:29 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,446
Posted By xroadcharlie

How about a CVT, Continously variable...

How about a CVT, Continously variable transmission.


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07-09-22, 12:13 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,953
Posted By xroadcharlie

The engine...aka rider of the bike makes a huge...

The engine...aka rider of the bike makes a huge difference for speed. My 34 lb Giant Sedona Comfot bike with its bolt upright position and cheap Kenda 2" semi knobby tires is quite probably the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-05-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,146
Posted By xroadcharlie

I just looked up a decent appropiate 46/30...

I just looked up a decent appropiate 46/30 crankset. I thought they'ed be less expenive. And yes, to spend that kind of money on my $500 Giant Sedona seems high. But where talking about a CDN $3,000+...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,146
Posted By xroadcharlie

I once thought that using my lowest gear of 21...

I once thought that using my lowest gear of 21 gear inches was more effictive for me to climb a steep hill with soft gravel on my comfort bike. Certianly for the steepest parts of the climb this is...
07-03-22, 02:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,298
Posted By xroadcharlie

I'd at least swap out the tires if they are...

I'd at least swap out the tires if they are knobbies for a touring tire, perhaps a narrower one. Google "best bicycle touring tires".

The Schawalbe Marathon Plus HS440 comes highly recommended.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 2,521
Posted By xroadcharlie

Think of our legs and crankset as a gas engines...

Think of our legs and crankset as a gas engines crank, pistons and connecting rods. At low power levels spinning the engine fast wastes power, hence a low idle speed is best. Keeping the engine at...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,146
Posted By xroadcharlie

Swapping out the 50/34 chainring to a 46/30 would...

Swapping out the 50/34 chainring to a 46/30 would reduce your climbing effort by about 12% and allow you to climb at about 7 kph at a reasonable 60 rpm. I would not pedal over 50 kph, Just coast.
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07-03-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By xroadcharlie

I wanted a 1x too when I bought my Giant Sedona...

I wanted a 1x too when I bought my Giant Sedona in 2018. I might have bought their base Cypress which came with a 1 x 7 speed but didn't like the 10T jump from 6'th to 7'th. The Sedona uses the same...
07-02-22, 09:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By xroadcharlie

Giant makes a nice hybrid/adventure bike that...

Giant makes a nice hybrid/adventure bike that might work for you. Their ToughRoad should be good for heavy riders with its composite fork, 50mm tires, and a 2 x 10 speed gearset, not the 1x you want....
07-02-22, 12:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 820
Posted By xroadcharlie

How about another Sedona. I love my 2018. It's 3...

How about another Sedona. I love my 2018. It's 3 x 7 speed transmission gives me a gear for every scenario I encounter. I like their Cypres too. The base model has no front suspension, which I like....
06-30-22, 05:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 250
Posted By xroadcharlie

The two low priced units i installed both...

The two low priced units i installed both provided option for entering the tire circumfrance manually. If they dont go low enough, you could use a preset size that is easily divisable to get the...
06-24-22, 12:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,776
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think Giant gives consumers as good or better...

I think Giant gives consumers as good or better value then any other brand from anywhere in the world Whether your spending $500 on one of their comfort bikes, Like my Sedona, or $5,000 on one of...
06-22-22, 08:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 548
Posted By xroadcharlie

I've been quite pleased with the Kenda K892 tires...

I've been quite pleased with the Kenda K892 tires (they have other similar offerings) that came with my 2018 Giant Sedona. While these budget priced tires aren't very glamorous,They nonetheless check...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-14-22, 03:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 595
Posted By xroadcharlie

Sorry I can't help you out with that. But I just...

Sorry I can't help you out with that. But I just discovered the disadvantages of decals. I lock my bike with a cable lock with a vinyl sleeve and even that is damaging the decal. Good luck
06-14-22, 03:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 668
Posted By xroadcharlie

IMO reliability should be high on your priority...

IMO reliability should be high on your priority list. A popular chainring for hybrid bikes is the 46/30 for both compatability and a wide gear range.

The 30/42 combo gets you down to under 20 gear...
06-14-22, 11:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 654
Posted By xroadcharlie

"How bad is cross chaining" In your case, as...

"How bad is cross chaining"

In your case, as with many folks it is no problem. It no doubt varies between bikes and drivetrains. That said even if cross chaining works as smoothly as the other...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-22, 07:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 467
Posted By xroadcharlie

"I am thinking I may be better running lower...

"I am thinking I may be better running lower gearing than Ultegra 50-34 that came on it"

Sometimes we over think things! Try it first. Unless you have some pretty challanging hills with soft...
06-08-22, 07:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 324
Posted By xroadcharlie

I got so frustrated with my shimano Altus rear...

I got so frustrated with my shimano Altus rear deraileur jumping between gears, i've been adjusting it on the fly at the shifter. I tried eyeballing it first with poor results. While its not 100%...
05-31-22, 12:44 PM
Replies: 3,245
Views: 841,932
Posted By xroadcharlie

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I bought this 2018 Giant Sedona comfort/adventure bike to replace an old...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-22, 03:15 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 3,676
Posted By xroadcharlie

Even an 8 speed 13 - 34 cassette w/42T chainring...

Even an 8 speed 13 - 34 cassette w/42T chainring provides a 33 - 87 gear inch range. That would cover a lot of territory for most folks. My 2018 bike came with a tripple chainring, But I didn't buy...
05-26-22, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,161
Posted By xroadcharlie

When I put my old cheap mountain bike against the...

When I put my old cheap mountain bike against the tree in my front yard with a "free" sign, it was there for days. It's pretty bad when I see bikes out for trash that are in better shape then the one...
05-25-22, 12:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By xroadcharlie

It looks like your bike came with a 50/34T...

It looks like your bike came with a 50/34T chainring. If that's the case, Switching to a 48/32T isn't worth the effort. To make it worth the effort and cost you would need to go as a minimum to a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-22, 12:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,290
Posted By xroadcharlie

If you can make it up with the 30T cog and 34T...

If you can make it up with the 30T cog and 34T chainring but it takes a lot of effort, Then a 34T sprocket on the cassette would most likely work well for you. It's not worth the effort to go to 32T....
05-07-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 353
Posted By xroadcharlie

The bike is mostly stock and 2018. I had the...

The bike is mostly stock and 2018. I had the Shimano Tourney derailleur replaced with an Altus at the bike shop after clumsy me stepped on it. Im pretty sure it has the correct parts.

I didn't...
05-07-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 353
Posted By xroadcharlie

Thanks, I'll check some video's.

Thanks, I'll check some video's.
05-07-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 353
Posted By xroadcharlie

Aligning the rear derailleur with the sprockets.

How do you align the rear derailleur using the barrel adjusters once it has been properly installed and otherwise adjusted.

I tried eyeballing the jockey wheels with the sprockets in different...
04-24-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 793
Posted By xroadcharlie

I have sram Gripshift mrx pro 7 speed twist grip...

I have sram Gripshift mrx pro 7 speed twist grip shifters on my 2018 Giant Sedona. I wanted the trigger shifters but couldn't find another bike like this with them. I was pleasantly surprised at how...
Forum: Commuting
04-21-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,789
Posted By xroadcharlie

Perhaps you're rides are at too high an...

Perhaps you're rides are at too high an intensity. It may be a short full intensity ride is more exhausting then much longer medium intensity rides. With the right gears most reasonably fit middle...
04-15-22, 06:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 871
Posted By xroadcharlie

Bad roads are more likely caused by multiple...

Bad roads are more likely caused by multiple freeze/Thaw cycles, No so much a harsh (cold) winter. It may be with a very cold winter road damage is actually reduced. But then you have to deal with...
04-08-22, 08:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,022
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think people produce bicycle pedalling power...

I think people produce bicycle pedalling power much like an electric motor. At a low rpm/cadence we can produce many times our average torque for a short time without any I'll effects. Which is why...
04-07-22, 07:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,022
Posted By xroadcharlie

There's a short semi steep hill near me that is...

There's a short semi steep hill near me that is good exercise for us seniors when walking up briskly. I've found even on my bike, The steeper parts take more effort to climb with my 21 gear inch...
04-06-22, 07:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,022
Posted By xroadcharlie

Nothing wrong with walking a bike up a hill, or...

Nothing wrong with walking a bike up a hill, or on flat land for that matter.

While walking up a short, semi steep gravel trail I suggested to a man walking his multi speed bike up that he...
04-04-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 901
Posted By xroadcharlie

Based on reviews by the press and owners alike I...

Based on reviews by the press and owners alike I plan on replacing the Kenda K892 tires that came on my Giant Sedona with some Schwable Marathon or Marathon + tires when these wear out.

These...
03-26-22, 05:17 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,381
Posted By xroadcharlie

I had some knee pain after riding so thought I...

I had some knee pain after riding so thought I would check my saddle fore and aft position. It was off by a couple cm based on KOPS. After setting it correctly the knee pain stopped.

There is no...
03-24-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 378
Posted By xroadcharlie

I like the closer spacing of the 11 - 30...

I like the closer spacing of the 11 - 30 cassette. But make no mistake, the 15% jump from 19.3 to 22.2 gear inches can be a game changer for long steep hills if you need them, not so much for a short...
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