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09-24-21, 03:02 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By chas58

Personally, I wouldn't (and don't) go getto...

Personally, I wouldn't (and don't) go getto tubless without these:
FattyStripper Tubeless Fat Bike Solution and SkinnyStripper Tubeless CX & DH Solution <link rel="image_src"...
09-24-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 550
Posted By chas58

From what I remember living in BenNeLux, snow...

From what I remember living in BenNeLux, snow wasn't much of an issue. Or do you go riding on those rare snow days?

I think all of your tires are basically the same. I don't agree with the...
09-23-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 550
Posted By chas58

I think the 40mm is more robust (that is what I...

I think the 40mm is more robust (that is what I have) but I don't think they changed the design. They changed the claimed weight to 465, but JoM above measured them at 411 and 417.
Its not...
09-23-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 264
Posted By chas58

Um, no. Its gonna burp at low psi, and then bad...

Um, no. Its gonna burp at low psi, and then bad things will happen.

Full disclosure - I have done something like this with "skinny stripper" latex rim strips to prevent burping, but I'm not gonna...
09-22-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 550
Posted By chas58

Where did you hear about the change in...

Where did you hear about the change in construction with a tire that is about a year old?

I swap tires, but I'm thinking my rear tire is pretty much done at what is probably 500 miles or less. ...
09-22-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 229
Posted By chas58

LOL, there were so many of these back in the day...

LOL, there were so many of these back in the day when mountain biking was new...
09-22-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 300
Posted By chas58

yeah, and if you are riding with rodies - well...

yeah, and if you are riding with rodies - well putting down 1000 watts on a 9t cog is asking for a lot of wear and a quick trip to chain slip (unless you replace the chain/cog very often). If you...
09-22-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 348
Posted By chas58

Did you decide? I have Schwalbe Thunder...

Did you decide?

I have Schwalbe Thunder \Burt (54mm) and Furious Fred (50mm). There is a HUGE difference, but that is buy design. The FF handles like a road bike tire and corners hard. The TB...
09-20-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 310
Posted By chas58

Wow, $500 sounds great!

Wow, $500 sounds great!
09-20-21, 04:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 550
Posted By chas58

Yeah, that is a good option. I'd probably do the...

Yeah, that is a good option. I'd probably do the SK on the front. From what I have read, there isn't a big difference between the SK and the SS. The slick is a b it different.

I always thought...
09-16-21, 02:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 550
Posted By chas58

I have the terraspeed in addition to the...

I have the terraspeed in addition to the Schwalbe. I'll say the terraspeed is a bit smaller than most 40mm tires (good in your case), but it wears very fast. You'll be replacing that one pretty...
09-16-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 550
Posted By chas58

I use Schwalbe G-One Alround for winter. They...

I use Schwalbe G-One Alround for winter. They are perfect for the conditions you describe. Fast, comfortable, reliable, and amazing traction in poor conditions (not mud though).

As a bonus...
09-15-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 380
Posted By chas58

Oops, sorry, Its the Garmin power meter pedals -...

Oops, sorry, Its the Garmin power meter pedals - Shimano SPD compatible.
09-15-21, 07:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 530
Posted By chas58

I'll add that one of the biggest benefits to...

I'll add that one of the biggest benefits to tires with tread is getting out of ruts. With a slick tire, I have to bunny hop out. It will not climb out on its own - while a tread with side knobs...
09-15-21, 07:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 691
Posted By chas58

Sounds good. I'll add, that since 90%+ of all...

Sounds good.
I'll add, that since 90%+ of all my flats are on the rear (because - physics), I sometimes will still run a tube in the front (so I can easily change the tire season to season), but...
09-14-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 691
Posted By chas58

I've done it all, so here is my thoughts a...

I've done it all, so here is my thoughts

a non tubeless tire and a non tubeless wheel are insanely easy to switch over. I forget how easy it can be until I use some of my older bikes
A tubeless...
09-14-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 530
Posted By chas58

Congrats, and enjoy! Simple answer - yes. I...

Congrats, and enjoy!

Simple answer - yes. I often will use a tire with more tread on the front. My rear is often slick, or close to it, but I don't mind having some bite up front if its gonna...
09-14-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 402
Posted By chas58

Well, on the Canyon spectrum - you really need to...

Well, on the Canyon spectrum - you really need to choose based on your favorite tire size. The Inflite and Grail are pretty road like in the positioning and feel - although the Grail is gonna be...
09-14-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 413
Posted By chas58

yeah, I was worried about that. It can be such...

yeah, I was worried about that. It can be such a sh*t show with beginners - half the group thinks they are a hot shot and will run you off the course shortly before they blow up.

I figured one...
09-14-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 380
Posted By chas58

Interesting idea. I know that Shimano's new...

Interesting idea. I know that Shimano's new power meter pedals can be converted between 3 types of pedal types by doing what you described. I could theoretically see doing this going from my Gravel...
09-03-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 536
Posted By chas58

I used to chat with the designer of their gravel...

I used to chat with the designer of their gravel bikes - but yeah they took a major left turn a couple of years ago (not for the best). (he runs his own bike company now).
09-03-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 746
Posted By chas58

Wow, those look identical to an old set of 26"...

Wow, those look identical to an old set of 26" MTB race tires I had from Bontrager. Great tires - maybe I'll get a set
09-02-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 508
Posted By chas58

uh, no. That isn't for bikes like this. I...

uh, no. That isn't for bikes like this. I mean, you pedal, convert kinetic energy to electricity, run wires to the rear hub, and convert electricity back into kinetic energy? I don't think so....
09-02-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 358
Posted By chas58

Agreed. don't do it. I wouldn't go above...

Agreed. don't do it. I wouldn't go above 250-350 watts on the front (actually, I wouldn't do it at all). The front fork is not designed for this torque at all. If that motor spins in the dropouts...
09-01-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 508
Posted By chas58

yeah, can't use a 700c motor in a 20" wheel, or...

yeah, can't use a 700c motor in a 20" wheel, or vice versa. (well, I do, so there is that).

For the motors I use, 32km/hr is about 200 rpm in a 700c wheel, and probably 330 rpm in a 20" wheel. ...
09-01-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 580
Posted By chas58

I do, but I'm wierd. I have a low powered bike...

I do, but I'm wierd. I have a low powered bike that I designed to run at 100rpm - so it is basically a road bike that runs at speeds I would ride at a race pace or at a tandem pace with my brother....
09-01-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 746
Posted By chas58

LMAO. Where did that come from? I did a...

LMAO. Where did that come from?
I did a century ride on them once with my wife. They are slow and heavy boat anchors. Exactly what I wanted for a long ride with my wife. I thought they would be...
08-30-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,965
Posted By chas58

I've done this for years. Some comments: I...

I've done this for years. Some comments:

I don't run those tires more than 60psi (well, I'm hookless, and that is the max psi they are rated for hookless). But I wouldn't go more if I could....
08-30-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 359
Posted By chas58

This. Your chainstays are relatively parallel...

This. Your chainstays are relatively parallel around the BB, so if you can fit a 42mm 700c you are also limited to a 42mm 650b.

You can put a chunker tire on that front fork though. I was gonna...
08-27-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,965
Posted By chas58

Agreed. What we sometimes forget here is that a...

Agreed. What we sometimes forget here is that a "gravel bike" is really just a versatile drop bar bike. On skinny tires I was very limited to where I could ride at speed. On a gravel bike - even...
08-27-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 746
Posted By chas58

I'd be concerned about FF durability too. I use...

I'd be concerned about FF durability too. I use it on the front, so it gets no wear and tear. It certainly spins up fast, allows me to run low pressure and keeps me on course.
I've loved the...
08-25-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,353
Posted By chas58

Good to hear it. I bought my original kits from...

Good to hear it. I bought my original kits from them almost 10 years ago. They gave me great service (unlike many others in Asia). So, they are not a fly by night company - they have been around a...
08-25-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 353
Posted By chas58

I've gone through a couple of lightly used...

I've gone through a couple of lightly used batteries in the last decade (too expensive for that). I think my problem is that they got too cold and too far below freezing. I used to keep AA...
08-25-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 746
Posted By chas58

Yeah, he called them a cheater tire. Given that...

Yeah, he called them a cheater tire. Given that they are pretty much as fast as my 32mm slicks, but I can ride with 1/3 of the pressure - that makes them a lot faster on the rough stuff. I...
08-25-21, 02:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 804
Posted By chas58

I've done rodie rides on them - at speed the...

I've done rodie rides on them - at speed the rides are 25mph steady, 30+ sprints. They are about the same as a Conti 4 season.
.The GP5000 - now those are noticeably faster. At 30mph we are...
08-25-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 804
Posted By chas58

Well, the rambles are going to be as fast as...

Well, the rambles are going to be as fast as anything anyone suggested here. Hard to do better than that. Heck, some of my conti slicks aren't any faster than that.
The Conti 4000s are crazy fast...
08-25-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 746
Posted By chas58

I use schwalbe Furious Fred 50mm (minimal tread -...

I use schwalbe Furious Fred 50mm (minimal tread - super, super fast - nothing like it), and 54mm Thunder Burt. Both have very low rolling resistance. The FF is super fast and super light - I'm...
08-25-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,289
Posted By chas58

As someone who races both, I'd like to know why...

As someone who races both, I'd like to know why you say this?

It sounds like you are saying CX is like a road race bike, while Gravel is like an endurance bike?
I mean, I only have one bike for...
08-20-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,965
Posted By chas58

I'll say, the one time where slicks FAIL in the...

I'll say, the one time where slicks FAIL in the dry is riding through a rut (i.e. dry tire tracks) that run in the direction I'm riding. Tires with a side tread can typically ride out - but slicks...
08-20-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,965
Posted By chas58

new solution Well yeah, there's...

new solution



Well yeah, there's that... ;-)



That is why I ride fixed gear - so I can't slow down! LOL.
(there is some truth to that, but my fixie isn't a gravel bike)
Forum: Commuting
08-19-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,745
Posted By chas58

Nothing. I've been doing this for decades. ...

Nothing.

I've been doing this for decades. 26km means I'm not gonna be sprinting - its an endurance pace. At that pace (~150watts?) bike isn't gonna make much difference.

Really, I build an...
08-19-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,787
Posted By chas58

My math shows N-1. I don't need a road bike or...

My math shows N-1. I don't need a road bike or urban bike, or a mountain bike or a cross bike. I still need a velodrome bike and a bike with suspension, but those two aren't getting ridden much....
08-19-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,965
Posted By chas58

Sorry, wrong article. My bad. I meant this one. ...

Sorry, wrong article. My bad. I meant this one.
https://www.renehersecycles.com/why-we-dont-make-gravel-tires/

Specifically, curious as to what you thought about this:

“So why do gravel racers...
08-18-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,965
Posted By chas58

Curious then, as to what you thought about Jan...

Curious then, as to what you thought about Jan Heine's article I linked above?
08-18-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 638
Posted By chas58

40mm (measures closer to 38mm) Terraspeed on the...

40mm (measures closer to 38mm) Terraspeed on the front is perfect if you want speed. The biggest problem with that tire is how fast it wears on the rear, but it should last a good long time on the...
08-18-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,965
Posted By chas58

These comments always puzzle me. Do you guys...

These comments always puzzle me. Do you guys really need knobs? Maybe I've been mountain biking for too many decades and take technique for granted. But slicks are fine for gravel. Bicycle...
08-18-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,965
Posted By chas58

I have 2 sets of wheels, one with 40mm Maxxis...

I have 2 sets of wheels, one with 40mm Maxxis Ramblers and one with 32 GP5000
For me, it really comes down to tire pressure. the 32s are often at 50 PSI, and if I'm comfortable with that and I'm...
08-12-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 453
Posted By chas58

My choice would be to put a hub motor on the rear...

My choice would be to put a hub motor on the rear of that thing. Simple, cheap, and easy. the 3-speed will be redundant with a motor (heck, I built a single speed as I just don't shift). 250 watts...
08-12-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 638
Posted By chas58

There are a lot of ways to attack this, depending...

There are a lot of ways to attack this, depending on your preference.

What is wrong with Geometry? My gravel bike has road bike handling, and I like it. What do you want to change?
A big thing...
08-12-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 955
Posted By chas58

44 definately (unless there is a lot of...

44 definately (unless there is a lot of pavement). Heck, I have some light weigh 50mm gravel tires that feel like cheater tires compared to 40mm. Really, no downside to them unless I'm spending a...
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