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09-20-21, 06:24 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,681
Posted By mattcalifornia

OK, to a point, but try riding a 40-pound beach...

OK, to a point, but try riding a 40-pound beach cruiser up a steep grade and get back to us.
09-17-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,704
Posted By mattcalifornia

Or see if you can find and Easton EA90 (aluminum...

Or see if you can find and Easton EA90 (aluminum - pretty reasonable) or EC90 (carbon, more expensive) or their RaceFace counterparts. They use the cinch system instead of a circular bolt pattern,...
09-09-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,681
Posted By mattcalifornia

Probably not a big factor here. Wide 650b tires...

Probably not a big factor here. Wide 650b tires tend to have higher volumes than narrower 700c tires and, as a result, the difference in overall wheel diameter is often minimal. Also, he never said...
09-07-21, 08:20 PM
Replies: 1,463
Views: 133,726
Posted By mattcalifornia

I mean, are you really surprised that people are...

I mean, are you really surprised that people are unhappy with your decision to unilaterally make up your own rules of the road and literally do the opposite of what you are supposed to do and what...
09-07-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 1,463
Views: 133,726
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'm very sorry you were in a terrible bike...

I'm very sorry you were in a terrible bike accident, but I absolutely hate when bikers are coming at me the wrong direction. That is not an acceptable solution. It is dangerous, illegal, and gives...
09-03-21, 09:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By mattcalifornia

Sort of a surprising comment since one of the...

Sort of a surprising comment since one of the biggest complaints people had about the Karoo 1 is that it didn't have a speaker/beeper. And, as I said before in this thread, I have a bit of hearing...
09-03-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By mattcalifornia

I've got mine connected to a Hammerhead Karoo 2...

I've got mine connected to a Hammerhead Karoo 2 and, even though I've experienced some noticeable hearing loss at high frequencies, I have no trouble hearing the radar beeps at all. In fact, it's...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,872
Posted By mattcalifornia

LOL - I just did this last week! I drove 90...

LOL - I just did this last week! I drove 90 minutes to do my first XC MTB/gravel race. Forgot my shoes. Had to ride the race in my running shoes with clipless pedals. It pretty much sucked.
08-30-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 1,463
Views: 133,726
Posted By mattcalifornia

I had to do this last year when my chainrings...

I had to do this last year when my chainrings suddenly came un-bolted on a climb (crankset was eventually replaced as defective under warranty). I made a few calls to wife and friends for a ride,...
08-28-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 479
Posted By mattcalifornia

Yeah - make sure you have the correct cleats. I...

Yeah - make sure you have the correct cleats. I had that problem a long, long time ago and it turned out that I was using Ritchey cleats on SPD pedals. I had thought they were the same, but they...
08-24-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,293
Posted By mattcalifornia

Sort of true. In some ways, gravel bikes aren't...

Sort of true. In some ways, gravel bikes aren't too different from first generation mountain bikes. But gravel bikes will almost surely be faster on pavement and random dirt roads. A gravel bike...
08-24-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,293
Posted By mattcalifornia

This is one of the most surprising statements...

This is one of the most surprising statements I've seen on this forum! (unless, of course, you are vegetarian or vegan)
08-23-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 944
Posted By mattcalifornia

According to the NOX web site, those rims are...

According to the NOX web site, those rims are 23mm internal width and 29mm external and are tubeless ready. You should be easily able to run 32s on these rims if you want a pure road tire or 38 or...
08-23-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 560
Posted By mattcalifornia

I run two sets of wheels on my gravel bike with...

I run two sets of wheels on my gravel bike with two different size cassettes (same brand and model though). works perfectly. plug and play
08-23-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 560
Posted By mattcalifornia

Agree with the above comments. Also, it would...

Agree with the above comments. Also, it would probably be helpful to use the same brand/model of rotors, even if one is 6-bolt and one is center lock. I did that on my 2 wheelsets on my mechanic's...
08-22-21, 12:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 940
Posted By mattcalifornia

I've had 3 pairs of Look Keo pedals, and only one...

I've had 3 pairs of Look Keo pedals, and only one of them squeaked. It was annoying, no doubt. They were cheaper Keo Blades. My older more carbon blades (with a much narrower blade) never...
08-21-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,293
Posted By mattcalifornia

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/400x291/i_was_a_hipster_before_it_was_cool_5e947e496ba5c75c014191fc9e2362b6551895d1.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 491
Posted By mattcalifornia

I did my first SRAM brake bleed earlier this...

I did my first SRAM brake bleed earlier this year. I found this video extremely helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_tGOPniwgo

I don't think I got it quite perfect, but it definitely...
08-18-21, 04:19 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,293
Posted By mattcalifornia

Every bike is a compromise. A gravel bike is...

Every bike is a compromise. A gravel bike is just a slightly different set of compromises than a road bike or a MTB.
08-18-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 613
Posted By mattcalifornia

Basically what everyone else said: the power...

Basically what everyone else said: the power reading on the gym bike is likely inaccurate (possibly even wildly inaccurate), and you are probably not quite as bike fit as you expected.
08-15-21, 04:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,342
Posted By mattcalifornia

While doing HIIT every day is probably not best...

While doing HIIT every day is probably not best for training purposes, it still seems like it shouldn't be causing the types of lasting symptoms OP is complaining about. He should definitely continue...
08-14-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,226
Posted By mattcalifornia

Thanks for the report. You can avoid the stretch...

Thanks for the report. You can avoid the stretch of PCH from Entrada to Temescal Cyn going North/West if you cut over to the beach bike path. You can either take Ocean Park Blvd all the way to the...
08-12-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 699
Posted By mattcalifornia

Did anyone do any of the gravel rides? I had...

Did anyone do any of the gravel rides? I had considered trying that this year but didn't get my act together. Wondering how the courses were.
08-12-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,226
Posted By mattcalifornia

It's not great, but it's not as bad as everyone...

It's not great, but it's not as bad as everyone here is saying. You can either take the beach bike path up to Temescal Canyon in Pacific Palisades (which is pretty close to Topanga Cyn) and then...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-11-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

Neither is Peloton. SoulCycle is a little bit...

Neither is Peloton. SoulCycle is a little bit different and even less like real cycling than Peloton (it's intended to be sort of an aerobics class that happens to be conducted on spin bikes). ...
08-11-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,588
Posted By mattcalifornia

No, that's not correct. They typically include 1...

No, that's not correct. They typically include 1 pair of shoes with the initial purchase, but you can use any shoes with Look Delta cleats. Or, you can swap out the pedals for any pedal of your...
08-11-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,683
Posted By mattcalifornia

I started riding with slotted cleats and straps...

I started riding with slotted cleats and straps back in the day. As soon as I could afford the new clipless Looks and compatible shoes, I switched and never looked back (1989 I think). I have no...
08-10-21, 10:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 555
Posted By mattcalifornia

Nice combo! (my road bike is also Chorus 12...

Nice combo! (my road bike is also Chorus 12 with White Industries hubs)
08-10-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 555
Posted By mattcalifornia

Ha! My gravel bike has 32T in front and a 9-46T...

Ha! My gravel bike has 32T in front and a 9-46T in back. And believe me - I use every single one of those gears! (for some rides I swap to a 36T front and 9-39 in back)
08-10-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,014
Posted By mattcalifornia

Or, if you don't want to go insane, you could...

Or, if you don't want to go insane, you could find good music with the target BPM (or 2x BPM). Your left or right foot should hit every time the bass drum hits. Or, find a song at 2X BPM and then...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

For me, one of the biggest benefits of indoor...

For me, one of the biggest benefits of indoor training is time and efficiency. A lot of days, I am pressed for time, and I can just throw on some bike shorts, fill a couple of bottles and jump on...
08-09-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,868
Posted By mattcalifornia

wow - what frame is that?

wow - what frame is that?
08-09-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,031
Posted By mattcalifornia

I just use Airpod Pros when I train indoors. ...

I just use Airpod Pros when I train indoors. Noise canceling, decent sound quality, doesn't bother anyone else in the house, and much cheaper and simpler than a speaker setup. I used to be a...
08-08-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,588
Posted By mattcalifornia

The thing with Peloton is that you're not buying...

The thing with Peloton is that you're not buying it for the bike itself. The bike is a fine spin bike, but you can get comparable quality spin bikes much cheaper. The only reason to buy a Peloton is...
08-08-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,724
Posted By mattcalifornia

I love the classic Campy, Suntour and Simplex...

I love the classic Campy, Suntour and Simplex mechs shown in this thread. But just to mix it up, here are a few interesting ones that I think look pretty cool:

Rotor Uno
...
08-07-21, 07:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,868
Posted By mattcalifornia

Same here (almost). I have 1 gravel bike with 2...

Same here (almost). I have 1 gravel bike with 2 sets of wheels: 650b x 47 knobbies with a bigger cassette (9-46) and 700 x 42 quasi-slicks with a smaller cassette (9-39). It's hard to compare them...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 10:11 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

Yeah - I can't compare my HR to other people. ...

Yeah - I can't compare my HR to other people. Mine seems to generally be higher than my peers when exercising. I'm usually consistent among my own workouts, but some days are just anomalies. It...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

I agree with much of your post, but want to...

I agree with much of your post, but want to address the quoted paragraph above. Spin class (including Peloton) is not really intended to be a substitute for a road bike. It is a different kind of...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 07:27 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

With all due respect, this is nonsense. My HR...

With all due respect, this is nonsense. My HR goes through the freaking roof on my Peloton rides (same thing when I used to do SoulCycle). You can check my Strava if you have any doubt (same user...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

What are the other metrics?

What are the other metrics?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 05:03 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

You seem to keep arguing that you need a lot of...

You seem to keep arguing that you need a lot of upper body strength to be a good climber. Have you ever seen the upper bodies of pro riders who aren't sprinters? Here's Chris Froome
...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

I like to sweat my a** off when I ride indoors. ...

I like to sweat my a** off when I ride indoors. There's something cathartic about it. However, I drink a full 24-ounce bottle of electrolyte drink every 30 minutes when I ride indoors. It requires...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

pretty much (until I run out of low gears - which...

pretty much (until I run out of low gears - which happens more often than I would like)
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 04:31 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

If you're delivering 270 watts into your cranks,...

If you're delivering 270 watts into your cranks, you're delivering 270 watts into your cranks. It's the same whether I'm on a Peloton in my garage, a 50-pound beach cruiser, a tricycle, a fat bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 04:05 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

It's literally just wattage. Pushing against the...

It's literally just wattage. Pushing against the wind requires more watts. Lifting your weight against gravity requires more watts. Increasing the resistance on an indoor trainer requires more...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

That probably has more to do with the fact that...

That probably has more to do with the fact that most spin classes are geared toward high cadence interval training rather than slow grinds than anything to do with upper body strength. There are...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 03:47 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

I don't understand that at all. Wind just adds...

I don't understand that at all. Wind just adds resistance, which you can replicate indoors by . . . . increasing the resistance
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

True. That's why I do the Peloton Pilates, core...

True. That's why I do the Peloton Pilates, core workout and strength classes, go paddle boarding at least once a week, and ride outdoors all year.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,240
Posted By mattcalifornia

I do both Peloton classes and outdoor riding. I...

I do both Peloton classes and outdoor riding. I like them both, but they are almost completely different workouts (at least the way I do them). It's much easier to do a structured workout indoors,...
08-04-21, 12:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,722
Posted By mattcalifornia

ok, thanks for the lesson. please make sure only...

ok, thanks for the lesson. please make sure only to ride your mountain bike on literal mountains.

"A mountain is an elevated portion of the Earth's crust...
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