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  1. Saratoga Dave

    2020 Civante Review, Initial 100 mile Impressions

    A little early in the game, but here’s the one week/105 mile report on my new Civante. For context, my history is Cannondale T400 for many, many years, other various mountain bikes, five years out of the game, then an eJoe Koda for 1400 miles in a year, a Trek xm700+ for 6000 miles in two...
  2. Saratoga Dave

    First flat

    That Klic pump loooks very nice.
  3. Saratoga Dave

    What's your plan for a flat tire 10 miles from home?

    As noted above, that Gaadi tube is one of the best things a rear hub drive owner can carry with him or her... as long as you remember a knife so you can cut the leaking tube in half to get it out. Remember you still have to feel around inside the tire to make sure there’s nothing sharp in there...
  4. Saratoga Dave

    What's your plan for a flat tire 10 miles from home?

    #3, on tires anyhow. While I carry a master link for the chain and have a chain break tool, I have never tried it. I have used a fiber fix spoke to keep a wheel from getting worse when a spoke let go after I had a few break on a bike I used to own. I need to take my own advice re the chain...
  5. Saratoga Dave

    First flat

    Don’t forget the six pack of beer for putting in those damn Tuffy liners. They can be a little finicky to get right, but well worth it.
  6. Saratoga Dave

    First flat

    Tubeless or tube inside?
  7. Saratoga Dave

    Rack Attack

    Now you’re talking! I had thought that might be the way to go. This is a new Yamaha Civante. Yamaha bundles the rack and fender kit together, and happily charges over $200 for it. No fenders here, thanks. The Topeak rack didn’t fit, and now this one also is looking like a poor fit even if I do...
  8. Saratoga Dave

    Rack Attack

    OK, people, can anyone provide me any guidance here? How in the name of God do you get those damn little plastic plugs out of the mounting bosses to mount a rack? The second photo is what happens when you try to twist, pull or otherwise use a knife and needlenose pliers... you now have a nice...
  9. Saratoga Dave

    Cross Core + RedShift Stem

    Noted, thanks. I can definitely see the advantages of it. I saw a review of this on Path Less Pedaled last year and thought it was interesting.
  10. Saratoga Dave

    Announced: Yamaha Civante - 28mph

    The Yamaha system is the reason I bought this. I’ve had a Toughroad for a year and a half and just love the way the Yamaha motor works... far smoother than Bosch. Maybe not better, but very different. It will get a good 35 or so miles tomorrow as a shakedown cruise, I’m really looking forward...
  11. Saratoga Dave

    Announced: Yamaha Civante - 28mph

    I’ll let you know... look what fell off a truck in front me today down in Connecticut. Don’t you hate it when this happens?
  12. Saratoga Dave

    ToughRoad GX E+

    Funny about the sizing. I’m about to buy a second bike - not to replace mine, but as a backup since if I don’t get one soon, I might not be able to at all, and by next year I expect the prices will be rocketing up. Different model, I’m going to go ride a medium, and I’m concerned it might be a...
  13. Saratoga Dave

    Rack options on a Giant Fathom Hardtail eMTB

    I have the Metro rack, which is close to that top picture but not exact, on my Toughroad and I have to say it is rock solid. Have to take the wheel off to mount it, since it screws on from the inside of the seat stays, but it's like it is part of the frame ever since.
  14. Saratoga Dave

    Analog bicycle? Acoustic Bicycle??

    I like the acoustic/electric thing, but then I’ve got a room full of guitars.
  15. Saratoga Dave

    Vado 4 Punctures

    A CO2 cartridge will also usually be a good enough shot of air to seat the tire initially if you can’t get a pump to do it. Conventional wisdom then says once the bead is set, let the air out again and replace it with normal pumped air. Molecule size? I don’t know, I never was much of a chemist...
  16. Saratoga Dave

    ToughRoad GX E+

    Hey Redviggen! I own a 2018, but it‘s a USA version and I have learned that there are some differences between us - well, as far as bikes go anyhow! Mine has three assist levels, Eco, Normal and Power. 2019 introduced the fourth and I believe relabeled all of them. Some come with a 42 tooth...
  17. Saratoga Dave

    ToughRoad GX E+

    No joke, there are literally 15 Stewarts shops within a ten minute drive of our house. As a proper upstate ADK guy, I am sure you know how to give directions to literally anyplace: Turn right at Stewarts! Never fails.
  18. Saratoga Dave

    Average age of EBR riders

    I guess all we can do is stare down the storm, so to speak, and keep riding. Me, I’m getting ready to go buy another (Class 3, illegal here) bike... screw em if they can’t take a joke! N+1, no different than with guitars.
  19. Saratoga Dave

    ToughRoad GX E+

    A couple of times on longer rides I’ve had to bring the charger and do the Stewarts stop thing. Had to do it all the time on my last bike, which had a 400 Powerpack. Firehouses are good too, and certainly all over the Adirondacks. Libraries too. It’s way cheaper than buying another battery...
  20. Saratoga Dave

    How many bike shops near you remain out of stock on bikes or ebikes ?

    I’m trying to find a bike for my grandson who has grown completely out of his last one at 14. A kid has to have a bike! I’ve looked in shops around here in three states, nothing. My kingdom for a medium Giant Roam 4!