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Forum: Great Lakes
07-14-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 418
Posted By chas58

Yeah, we have a park with that stuff in Michigan....

Yeah, we have a park with that stuff in Michigan. Pretty cool, although the park tends to be empty when the sun goes down. Too bad...
(not that it is bright enough to ride on, but cool none the...
07-12-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 564
Posted By chas58

Interesting. Reminds me of when I did gravel...

Interesting. Reminds me of when I did gravel riding before there were gravel bikes.



I’ve found myself quite comfortable going down harshly washboarded roads on 32mm tires (GP5000). ...
07-09-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,093
Posted By chas58

Yes, huge difference. But Iíll say that 40mm tire...

Yes, huge difference. But Iíll say that 40mm tire on a gravel bike isnít ideal for vertical work (Steep climbs, fast rocky descents). I can easily put a 50mm tire on my front fork, and Iíll do that...
07-02-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 499
Posted By chas58

uh, no. I'll scare you off. Its a potential...

uh, no. I'll scare you off. Its a potential fire hazard (and you really, really don't want a Li-Ion fire - ever seen a tesla that burned??? (or the house it was in?)).
when you connect the two...
06-30-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By chas58

7 and 8 speeds have the same chain size and cog...

7 and 8 speeds have the same chain size and cog spacing. Above that and your indexing will be off.
You can get a hub motor that uses a cassette (instead of a freewheel), and you can put 9-11...
06-30-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 473
Posted By chas58

Yeah, that would work fine. Probably anything...

Yeah, that would work fine. Probably anything from 2.00 to 2.3 would work (although going larger there is always the possibility of clearance issues - but typically there is a lot of room on these...
06-28-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 698
Posted By chas58

That is great - glad you found what you wanted,...

That is great - glad you found what you wanted, in your size, and in stock! I think you'll love the 2x. 1x is fasionable, but no real downsides to 2x - besides - the sharp and snappy gear changes...
06-23-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 512
Posted By chas58

let us know. When you say kit, you mean motor,...

let us know. When you say kit, you mean motor, controller, battery and all? $50 won't get you a battery for that.
I did buy a cheap 36v10ah (10s3P) off of ebay last year with authentic...
06-23-21, 01:57 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,450
Posted By chas58

Thanks for that. that description solidifies...

Thanks for that.

that description solidifies my opinion. If I'm doing a 24 hour (sleep deprived) rough road gravel race (in the dark), big tires and a suspension fork are going to be a big plus...
06-17-21, 02:00 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,157
Posted By chas58

Funny guy. I understand that your experience is...

Funny guy. I understand that your experience is more limited than mine. That is why we share our varied experiences here. :-)
06-17-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,450
Posted By chas58

Answer: um, it matters a LOT to me if I can't...

Answer: um, it matters a LOT to me if I can't race because I'm not a member of UCI. Occasionally I'll buy a day license, but I'll always gravitate to races that don't need a license.

That has lead...
06-16-21, 11:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,161
Posted By chas58

Just ran across this use case:

Just ran across this use case:
06-16-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,161
Posted By chas58

I'm not sure what the benefits of TI are over...

I'm not sure what the benefits of TI are over steel, other than the cool looks.
It seems to me that it depends on the design and build more than anything else. One can make either material very...
06-16-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,157
Posted By chas58

That is a good summary. If you need the the...

That is a good summary. If you need the the variety of gears and range and cadence, 2x is good.
If you need frame geometry options (i.e. on a full suspension MTB, or want to go above 40mm on a...
06-16-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,157
Posted By chas58

That is rather my point. At that point, 2x makes...

That is rather my point. At that point, 2x makes more sense than 1x.
I do laugh when MTB switch out their chain rings and I hear them debating what size ring to use that weekend. I haven't heard...
06-16-21, 07:02 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,450
Posted By chas58

I think I raced against that dude. That bike has...

I think I raced against that dude. That bike has a pretty strong motor!
No reason why a light weight hard tail (and fatter tires) wouldn't be better at those races (he got first place). Kinda...
06-14-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 367
Posted By chas58

I'm gonna say no - unless it explicitly states...

I'm gonna say no - unless it explicitly states yes.
the MTB are tubeless (AFAIK). these - probably not.

Tubeless "ready" tires tend to have a tighter bead (non stretch) compared to traditional...
06-14-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,450
Posted By chas58

Gravel bike wins mountain bike race

Then again - can you show me where a gravel bike wins a mountain bike race?

how 'bout this? Our local 26mile XC mountain bike race ...
06-14-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,450
Posted By chas58

The point (that maybe we are missing) is that...

The point (that maybe we are missing) is that most people on the XL event used larger tires. If you are going to be doing a 24hour endurance gravel event, you don't need to be able to sprint, or...
06-11-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,157
Posted By chas58

What dwmckee...

What dwmckee (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/dwmckee-126124.html) said.

Chain wear gage is the only way to really keep on top of it.
In my experience, the chain gets worn
This accelerates...
06-10-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,157
Posted By chas58

I'm surprised no one mentions wear and tear. I...

I'm surprised no one mentions wear and tear. I do rides where people spend a lot of time in the 10t cog, but spending time in that gear and putting power down in that gear is going to cause greatly...
06-09-21, 12:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 691
Posted By chas58

Good point. A smaller chain ring will bring you...

Good point. A smaller chain ring will bring you into the smaller cogs on the cassette, and that should give you smaller gear jumps. After you do that, you can get a tighter spaced cassette if you...
06-09-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,157
Posted By chas58

Why? So mountain bikes can easier design frames...

Why? So mountain bikes can easier design frames with suspension, and can have seat tubes that are not straight. That is the why.

Some people like 1x, saying it is simpler (well, it has more...
06-07-21, 12:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 814
Posted By chas58

I dunno. Size matters sometimes. The GK-SK...

I dunno. Size matters sometimes. The GK-SK seems to be a fast tire in 700x35, but the 650x48 are dog slow (and loud) on pavement.
06-07-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By chas58

Schwalbe makes some of the best gravel tires. ...

Schwalbe makes some of the best gravel tires.
But with pandemic pricing - its getting hard to find anything on sale. I usually buy stuff when i see a big discount, but everything is top dollar...
06-07-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 433
Posted By chas58

The only good solution is XT90. Any other...

The only good solution is XT90.

Any other connector will spark when connecting and that can cause long term problems. If you only disconnect the battery once a year, it may not be a problem, but...
05-26-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 434
Posted By chas58

Well, MTB tires don't do great on the road. When...

Well, MTB tires don't do great on the road. When I'm going straight on a MUP at <15mph, they are fine. But they feel draggy over 20mph (undoubtably aero is becomming an issue too). They don't...
05-25-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,826
Posted By chas58

Yeah its always been fuzy. European's have a...

Yeah its always been fuzy. European's have a pretty clear distinction and require licenses for even moderately fast ebikes (<28mph). Technically, there are similar rules over here, but its pretty...
05-25-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,518
Posted By chas58

Bow down and pray to the god of gravel that we...

Bow down and pray to the god of gravel that we have a good race and don't get flats. ;-)
Glad you had fun!...
05-24-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,138
Posted By chas58

made any progress? Mid drives are going to...

made any progress?
Mid drives are going to have more wear and tear, and be more expensive. And, they are a lot better on hills.
I've been using a single speed hub motor for 8 years - its...
05-24-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,012
Posted By chas58

Now you have me curious as to your solution...

Now you have me curious as to your solution...
05-24-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,123
Posted By chas58

yep, you are gonna have fun with that one. ...

yep, you are gonna have fun with that one. Congrats!

I lived in St. Kilda for a minute. Always got a kick of walking down to the end of the street to see the penguins.
05-24-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By chas58

You want the big one (BBSHD). That one will take...

You want the big one (BBSHD). That one will take the heat and power you'll need with that load.
05-24-21, 02:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,005
Posted By chas58

Well, I think around here, they ban "motorized"...

Well, I think around here, they ban "motorized" vehicles (except for wheelchairs and the like). Legally, I think e-bikes are classified as "non-motorized" vehicle.

As for Nashville, about 1/2...
05-20-21, 06:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 833
Posted By chas58

Yup, that is what I was thinking. I use the...

Yup, that is what I was thinking.

I use the Schwalbe - they are fast rolling tires with lots of grip. Especially when they are broken in (obviously when I'm torqueing down on 1000+ watts, those...
05-19-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 833
Posted By chas58

These were my goto tires for those conditions and...

These were my goto tires for those conditions and limited tire clearance. Both are 700x30mm. That Kenda is crazy fast and crazy cheap....
05-18-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,339
Posted By chas58

Looking for one of these? ...

Looking for one of these?
https://www.greenbikekit.com/electric-bike-kit/front.html

I've bought most of my stuff from them for ~8 years. Seemed to be pretty good for a Chinese shop. Its been a...
05-18-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 833
Posted By chas58

well, I'm thinking any 33mm CX tire should work...

well, I'm thinking any 33mm CX tire should work unless you are really tight. I've used Schwalbe G-One in their CX version, and they are about the size of my 32mm tires.
That said, I spend most of...
05-17-21, 03:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,229
Posted By chas58

yeah, I've been doing this for 10+ years. I've...

yeah, I've been doing this for 10+ years. I've learned to stick to name brands - LG, Panasonic, Samsung. Its too expensive to get the wrong thing (even though it is advertised as correct).
05-13-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,518
Posted By chas58

God, how I love biking on those forest roads. ...

God, how I love biking on those forest roads.


Yah, back in the day, Gravel grinding was done on 28x1-1/4" tires.
05-13-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,814
Posted By chas58

They were specifically talking about this bike -...

They were specifically talking about this bike - I've never heard of a bike with a trail <70mm being called sluggish with the front loaded.

"I think my large BXB Piccolo bag, with no gear...
05-13-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,814
Posted By chas58

That is a broader question for the whole...

That is a broader question for the whole industry. In general, industry wide, it doesn't make sense to spend a year increasing production capacity when in all likelyhood the demand and supply issues...
05-13-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,814
Posted By chas58

Yeah, bigger tires, longer wheelbase, but similar...

Yeah, bigger tires, longer wheelbase, but similar handling.

Canyon has 3 off road drop bar bikes. I think it is great to have the diversity. Not sure I wan to put 28-32mm tires on a grizl, but...
05-13-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,814
Posted By chas58

I agree, but one review I read said that putting...

I agree, but one review I read said that putting weight on the front ruined the handling. I found that a bit odd...
05-13-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,814
Posted By chas58

Naw, I've got the model one step up in raciness...

Naw, I've got the model one step up in raciness from the Grail. I'm thinking its too aggressive for most people here. Still, it is a hell of a lot of fun to ride, and just what I was looking for...
05-06-21, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,933
Posted By chas58

My fork may be a little different from yours, but...

My fork may be a little different from yours, but I find there is a LOT more clearance on the front than the rear. Sometimes I run 700x54 on the front, even though the rear only takes a small 40mm. ...
04-22-21, 04:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 929
Posted By chas58

Geeze, every time I turn around there is a new...

Geeze, every time I turn around there is a new version and size of this tire.

X-One is a cyclocross tire. 33mm is kinda small for gravel - like the carcass is the same size as my 32mm road tires....
04-20-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 929
Posted By chas58

That will work. the last 6 months I've been...

That will work. the last 6 months I've been using 33mm X-One just cause they are laying around my garage. Work good in the winter (but I do like the extra volume in the summer).
04-03-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,773
Posted By chas58

North Oakland County (and surrounding counties -...

North Oakland County (and surrounding counties - Metro Detroit). Lots of gravel roads, and lots of Chloride around here - don't want to be riding your bike after a chloride treatment without a good...
04-03-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,283
Posted By chas58

Unless there is something wrong, Canti and...

Unless there is something wrong, Canti and v-brakes have plenty of power (well, if your rims are not muddy). lord knows I can lock up any of my brakes.
However, hydraulic brakes (rim or disk) do...
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