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04-15-22, 06:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 767
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...
04-04-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 844
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...
03-24-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 359
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...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-21-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 554
Posted By xroadcharlie

According to "The Folding Cyclist" The Dahon eco...

According to "The Folding Cyclist" The Dahon eco c 6 has a gear inch range of 37 - 73, probably rounded, should be 2x. Which would be 200%, just confused with 200 gear inches. That might be just...
03-17-22, 06:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,612
Posted By xroadcharlie

Couldn't agree more. As I pointed out in post #8,...

Couldn't agree more. As I pointed out in post #8, When I swapped bikes with a friend who had the Roll low entry, I was so impressed with the comfort and stability of this bike, I will probably buy...
03-05-22, 11:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 527
Posted By xroadcharlie

My bike came with a Shimano Tourney mountain bike...

My bike came with a Shimano Tourney mountain bike rear derailleur. Worked fine until clumsy me stepped on it Replaced it with a much sturdier Altus mountian bike model. A very good value. It's budget...
02-26-22, 08:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By xroadcharlie

I like the 48/38/26T chainring option best of the...

I like the 48/38/26T chainring option best of the 3 you have listed as It maintains the 22T difference of your current chainrings while reducing cranking effort by about 13%. You'll still have 118...
01-01-22, 09:04 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,913
Posted By xroadcharlie

It depends on the gravel. I ride a comfort bike...

It depends on the gravel. I ride a comfort bike now, But when I was young my road bikes 27 x 1.25" (32 mm) tires had no problem with many gravel roads. Even dry trails of firm gravel or dirt.
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11-25-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,312
Posted By xroadcharlie

I would suggest buying a ladies bike or a low...

I would suggest buying a ladies bike or a low entry style bike to practice on. This way you can practice balancing at low speeds and get off easily at any time.

There is no shame in not having...
10-25-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 462
Views: 20,388
Posted By xroadcharlie

I read all this talk about 90 rpm being a good...

I read all this talk about 90 rpm being a good cadence for cyclist, Yet I see all the time road cyclist speeding along while riding my comfort bike at a cadence barely faster then my 70 rpm (in a...
10-04-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,056
Posted By xroadcharlie

Just because a light has a bracket for a bike...

Just because a light has a bracket for a bike doesn't make it a bike light. Most are just glorified flashlights that send a blinding light into the eyes of oncoming cars, cyclist and pedestrians.
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10-01-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,530
Posted By xroadcharlie

My Giant Sedona is made in China. I would match...

My Giant Sedona is made in China. I would match it's build quality, engineering, fit and finish with any bike 2x the price made anywhere in the world. The dam thing was almost perfect right out of...
09-04-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,100
Posted By xroadcharlie

I ride a bike not only for adventure and fun, but...

I ride a bike not only for adventure and fun, but for excersize. My concern is with an e bike I'm going to get lazy and use the motor too much. Since neither time nor speed are factors on my rides I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,296
Posted By xroadcharlie

A 34T cog is about 12% easier to peddle then a...

A 34T cog is about 12% easier to peddle then a 30T. For short steep climbs it helps, Sometimes we can just hunker down and go, Knowing we get to rest in a few minutes. But for long climbs with no...
08-08-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 933
Posted By xroadcharlie

I get about 72 miles based on 1200w (60V x 20A)...

I get about 72 miles based on 1200w (60V x 20A) /200w motor load for 6 hours @ 12 mph.

Most standard E bikes w/500w battery are said to go about 40 - 50 miles. They are likely much more efficient....
08-08-21, 08:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 870
Posted By xroadcharlie

Not necessarily. The 20mm reduction in stem...

Not necessarily. The 20mm reduction in stem length means a shorter reach for a more upright riding position. You might be able to raise the handlebars to compensate if there not already at the...
07-25-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 971
Posted By xroadcharlie

At the lower end of the range I want much bigger...

At the lower end of the range I want much bigger steps then at the high end. At least 20%. The Shimano Megarange 7 speed used on many entry level bikes has a 42% jump from 24 to 34T. When I got the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-18-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,356
Posted By xroadcharlie

Only in extreme circumstances would I recommend...

Only in extreme circumstances would I recommend using just the back brake. The object is to find the right balance of front/rear breaking force for most situations you are likely to encounter. It is...
06-24-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 560
Posted By xroadcharlie

That looks like a fine bike for recreational...

That looks like a fine bike for recreational riding as is, if it is in good working order.

Unless the bike you are upgrading is special, or has serious flaws, IMO its not worth doing the upgrading...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-12-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 14,439
Posted By xroadcharlie

If you read the sales pitch for the Trek Domane...

If you read the sales pitch for the Trek Domane you will understand why speed wobble is more likely with the Domane then most other road bikes.

It's the IsoSpeed technology that gives it that...
05-26-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,232
Posted By xroadcharlie

I'd probably like about 65 - 66 gear inches if I...

I'd probably like about 65 - 66 gear inches if I where riding with some hills and against a sometimes moderate wind. This translates to 15 kph @49 rpm and 25 kph @81 rpm.

My bike has a 62 and 70...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,502
Posted By xroadcharlie

When I bought my 1'st and only road bike when I...

When I bought my 1'st and only road bike when I was 16 I didn't know they had tires for gravel. The cheap 27 x 11/4" tires worked fine on packed gravel roads where I live. I used that bike on trails...
Forum: Foo
05-14-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,217
Posted By xroadcharlie

One option is to buy an electric car/suv with NO...

One option is to buy an electric car/suv with NO BATTERY. Provide an option for an easily replaceable standardized battery that could be leased for a small fee, Drive the 200 - 300 miles to a service...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-09-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,118
Posted By xroadcharlie

This is true for many bikes. But as they get more...

This is true for many bikes. But as they get more sophisticated. Like hydraulic brakes and electric derailleurs it takes more skill. I been riding a bike for 50+ years and the only time its been in...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 7,525
Posted By xroadcharlie

Climbing is mostly about a high sustainable power...

Climbing is mostly about a high sustainable power to weight ratio. At 235 lbs an unusually fit rider might be able to pull that weight up a short hill with the fast group. Like putting a heavier,...
03-23-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,018
Posted By xroadcharlie

Giants Roam Disc 3 @$680 US might work for you....

Giants Roam Disc 3 @$680 US might work for you. It has a suspension fork that can be locked out and 42 mm tires for a good ride/performance balance, it does have a double chainring though. I too...
02-16-21, 12:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,376
Posted By xroadcharlie

Absolutely there is nothing wrong with 26" wheels...

Absolutely there is nothing wrong with 26" wheels on a mountain bike. In fact with the small frame size I use, Its perfect.

With larger frames there's nothing wrong with 27.5" thats popular now...
02-05-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 9,198
Posted By xroadcharlie

Out of curiosity I've done some testing on some...

Out of curiosity I've done some testing on some local paved hills to see how I would fair locked into 1 of my 21 gears. I was surprised to find that even at 70 gear inches I was able to climb some of...
01-30-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,506
Posted By xroadcharlie

I like the Giant Toughroad SLR 2. It's reasonably...

I like the Giant Toughroad SLR 2. It's reasonably priced with carbon forks and 2 x 9 speed gearing for any situation you might encounter.
...
01-22-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,984
Posted By xroadcharlie

I only ride locally and seldom have to deal with...

I only ride locally and seldom have to deal with traffic or distances over 10 miles. So from a safety standpoint I'm not terribly concerned. I sometimes ride into a 30 mph wind and find that the...
12-01-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,287
Posted By xroadcharlie

Then perhaps it's not just my imagination that...

Then perhaps it's not just my imagination that the old Giant road bike a fellow I met biking one day, I swear was 1/2 the weight of my 34 lb Giant Sedona comfort bike. I couldn't believe how light...
09-07-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,846
Posted By xroadcharlie

He might have been trying to express a 0...

He might have been trying to express a 0 overdrive ratio. Like in some cars when the transmission ratio is 1:1. The 6 speed automatic in my cuv is direct drive in 4'th for example, An overdrive of 0....
08-30-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,291
Posted By xroadcharlie

Perhaps one reason steel bikes are preffered by...

Perhaps one reason steel bikes are preffered by some people is because when aluminum frames where introduced the low end ones used larger, thick diameter tubes to compensate for the reduced strength...
08-24-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,684
Posted By xroadcharlie

You want numbers? Here you go. Just fill in the...

You want numbers? Here you go. Just fill in the blanks.

https://caloriesburnedhq.com/calories-burned-biking/

1 lb. of fat is 3,500 calories. Since we can't choose where the fat comes from, Only...
08-15-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,503
Posted By xroadcharlie

While I ride mostly for pleasure and adventure, I...

While I ride mostly for pleasure and adventure, I too sometimes think a traditional road bike might be fun. Coolness has never been a factor for my bike of choice, I buy what I like, Could care less...
07-19-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 10,693
Posted By xroadcharlie

Why do I want disc brakes?Because Luke Skywalker,...

Why do I want disc brakes?Because Luke Skywalker, a Jedi Knight told you to.
"You want disc brakes"
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07-10-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,122
Posted By xroadcharlie

As pointed out in post #26...

As pointed out in post #26 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=26) , How covid19 is transmitted depends how you define air born A carbon monoxide buildup around a...
06-25-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,946
Posted By xroadcharlie

Me too. I don't get it! I put on 8,000 miles...

Me too. I don't get it!

I put on 8,000 miles between 2 cheap derailleur type drivetrains and never changed a chain or sprockets with minimal maintenance. Both worked fine when I gave them away. I...
06-11-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,494
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think the 38 mm H5 is a good choice for you. It...

I think the 38 mm H5 is a good choice for you. It might still be quick enough on pavement, but adds some stability for gravel. That said you must still be careful around sand, or dirt trails after a...
05-26-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,834
Posted By xroadcharlie

Thanks for the insights. I will make a note of...

Thanks for the insights. I will make a note of where the seat is now for future reference.

It's just nice when things work out.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 07:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,702
Posted By xroadcharlie

Google clip on areo bars. Combined with...

Google clip on areo bars.

Combined with lowering the stem will result in a much more aggressive stance, almost full road bike for areo purposes if the reach is still comfortable.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,067
Posted By xroadcharlie

I'm with you and have 0 interest in dealing with...

I'm with you and have 0 interest in dealing with hydraulics for a bicycle when proper rim brakes work just fine on the kind of riding I do. No racing for sure and no frequent steep descents in the...
05-03-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,760
Posted By xroadcharlie

Kickstands, Like a rear view mirror, small...

Kickstands, Like a rear view mirror, small lights, and a bell are essential on any bike l've owned.

In addition to the added cost and weight, A kickstand is just one more thing the bike...
04-26-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,402
Posted By xroadcharlie

Power to weight ratio is the key here using the...

Power to weight ratio is the key here using the same bike. For most of us, when we loose 10 lbs and maintain the same activity level, 3 - 4 lbs of that might be muscle. You probably lost the same...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,878
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think a low cadence is more energy efficient...

I think a low cadence is more energy efficient with moderate loads, Certainly for light loads. Think of a cars engine, To get the best mileage we try to keep the engine in the low rpm range. But like...
04-11-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 763
Posted By xroadcharlie

I think the Roam is fine for light to moderate...

I think the Roam is fine for light to moderate trails too. That said, If most of your riding is going to be trail, Then I would recommend Giant's Talon hardtail mountain bike. It will be slower on...
03-18-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 843
Posted By xroadcharlie

If it's in good shape and you can test ride it,...

If it's in good shape and you can test ride it, I'd pay $225 for it if you like it. You might offer less. If I really liked it I'd pay the asking price if he doesn't come down. The extra $25 is worth...
03-14-20, 11:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,048
Posted By xroadcharlie

I'm with Miele Man on this one. The problem...

I'm with Miele Man on this one.

The problem with the door zone is unlike most cycling where a little courtesy and defensive riding can go a long way to reduce the risk of accidents for cyclists,...
01-08-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,285
Posted By xroadcharlie

Kenda makes a variety of decent tires your size...

Kenda makes a variety of decent tires your size from about $20 -$30. They came stock on my 2018 Giant Sedona. I had planned on replacing them with better tires, But they proved to be a very well...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-27-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 24,057
Posted By xroadcharlie

Using a popular bike tire pressure calculater I...

Using a popular bike tire pressure calculater I get 59 psi front and 72 psi rear for 225 lbs weight of rider and bike. I would use the max recommend 70 psi rear and 60 psi front. Of course there is a...
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