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  1. Avg_Joe

    Tubeless tire experiences

    Either. Again, I run it in tubes and tubeless.
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    Tubeless tire experiences

    I too am 100% in the FlatOut camp, for both my tubed tires and tubeless. It has not required any extra maintenance, no periodic supplemental injections, no clogged valves. As with all tires, all I need to do is check the inflation pressure once or twice a week, and go riding... I scored a set...
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    48t 104bcd chainring for Vado

    Dredging this one back up. My eBay chainring turns out to not be so great. For some inexplicable reason (boredom + alcohol), I took it off the Vado Sunday just to have a look. All 4 holes for the mounting bolts are slightly wallowed out. Now, I am not putting out crazy human power, so this is a...
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    Are my assumptions correct?

    1. I have no desire to exceed 20 mph, so there is no reason to consider a class 3 ebike. I'd throw this criteria out the window as you're artificially limiting your options. If a Class 3 ebike meets all of your other criteria, you can still ride it under 20mph, why discount it? 2. A lighter...
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    Were You Moving Away From E-Bikes, What Traditional Bicycle Would You Buy?

    I have been doing less miles on my Vado and more on the Kona Dew Plus I picked up a month ago. Quick backstory which you may find helpful (or not): since my Vado is supremely comfortable (e.g. I did a ride where I did not lift my butt from the saddle for 16 miles, and only got off the saddle to...
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    1UP-USA Racks - I'm a fan

    Completely thrilled with my 1UP SuperDuty as well! for all the reasons already mentioned. Silly tip: Cut off a piece of pool noodle, slice it open, velcro it around the retainer that presses onto the tire, and you can easily and securely carry bikes with fenders (holds my 55 lb Vado fine).
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    Bicycle dog leash???

    I am by no means dismissing your experience, @J.R. and was merely trying to emphasize that a dog's instincts can be unpredictable when tethered. Regardless of breed, as I'm sure you know, dogs behave differently when tethered vs able to run free. When tethered, you're limiting their mobility...
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    Bicycle dog leash???

    I know everyone says they train their dogs and I don't doubt it. You simply cannot train out instinct, though. Think about the 2 incidents below when your dog is tethered and is put into an unwanted/threatening situation, what will your dog do? Other people are careless, e.g. no control on- or...
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    RIP AHicks aka Alan Hicks

    This one really hurts. I didn't know him in person, but his erudite posts and general awesomeness got me to register for and participate in the forums. And I told him so. Al, thanks so much for all you contributed and for being an amazing human being - you will be missed.
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    Battery Range Experience for Specialized E-Bikes

    Eh, not going to get an SL. I am riding my new hybrid human-only powered bike more and more and really enjoying that (Kona Dew Plus).
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    Battery Range Experience for Specialized E-Bikes

    Bike: 2022 Vado 3.0, 504wh battery, 50nm motor. Stock gearing, riding on 27.5x2.25" Schwalbe Hurricane tires inflated to 42psi rear, 37psi front. ~2300 mi now on the bike. Eco: Set to 10/35 Sport: Set to 40/70 Turbo: Set to 80/100 (I have decided to just leave the settings like this, they suit...
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    Replacing suspension seatpost on turbo vado with non suspension seatpost

    Straight, no shim needed - they make both 27.2mm and 30.9mm posts, get the one that is correct for your bike. I have the regular Vado (not the SL), and it requires 30.9mm post. One note: with the sloping downtube of the regular Vado, a good bit of seatpost is exposed - which is a Good Thing...
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    Replacing suspension seatpost on turbo vado with non suspension seatpost

    I splurged and went with a Whiskey Products carbon seatpost. It's nice, has some (minimal) compliance that helps with the bumps and chatter, but is by no means a suspension post - which is exactly what I wanted.
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    Maintenance and Fixes of My Vado 6.0

    I believe you are correct. Unfortunately there are (many) times I do want to wrap my fingers around it - not death grip, it's just a comfy position for me. And this posture also reinforces some habits I'm trying to practice during all rides, so aside from comfort it also improves my...
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    Maintenance and Fixes of My Vado 6.0

    A different model, and the design is completely different. Since the "back" is open, I found the edges digging into my fingers and the overall feel was disappointing. These were the 411 IBE's, not the 410's that integrate with their grips and which are fully formed. I hear ya on cutting the...
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    Maintenance and Fixes of My Vado 6.0

    That stem is interesting! I hope you get it dialed in promptly, @Stefan Mikes I also find that combo of inner and outer bar ends interesting. After using the inner bar ends, outers hold no interest for me. And a funny note: I bought some SQLab IBE's for my analog bike, they were entirely...
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    48t 104bcd chainring for Vado

    eBay. Just search for 48T 104bcd chainring, it should be among the 1st to come up.
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    48t 104bcd chainring for Vado

    So after putting some miles on my eBay Snail chainring, I would like to report: It is round. It is narrow-wide. It is quiet. It works fine. No noise, no issues, just a chainring. About 100mi in, it shows no wear so far. $20 and I am happy.
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    Death and Destruction Wealthy Adventures

    You seem to have missed the memo, offtopic/non-bike forum is more appropriate for this. Ask the Community Anything...
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    48t 104bcd chainring for Vado

    I ended up getting an ebay special chainring, Snail 104BCD 48T narrow/wide, with the nuts to install. It claims to be 7075-T6 aluminum alloy. Took just a few minutes to swap over (keeping my worn Praxis just in case), and fit is perfect. Haven't ridden it more than a few hundred feet due to the...
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