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09-07-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 1,463
Views: 133,736
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...
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: 133,736
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,...
08-23-21, 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...
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.
08-14-21, 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...
08-11-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,684
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, 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, 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
...
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, 04:31 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, 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,...
07-27-21, 05:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,126
Posted By mattcalifornia

Yep - that sounds completely intuitive to me....

Yep - that sounds completely intuitive to me. I've had the same experience (in cars too). Unfortunately, it doesn't work on gnarly trails (well, maybe it would if you could get yourself going fast...
07-18-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 5,083
Views: 3,590,917
Posted By mattcalifornia

I picked this up used earlier this year, along...

I picked this up used earlier this year, along with a set of 700c Ibis wheels. Took off the dropper post, replaced the saddle, and down-sized the chainring to 32. These wheels have 47mm WTB Venture...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,805
Posted By mattcalifornia

Another endorsement for the Faveros. I've been...

Another endorsement for the Faveros. I've been riding them for a year and sometimes swap them between bikes. Really good product. The other advantage of pedal-based PMs is that if you get a new...
07-14-21, 10:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,954
Posted By mattcalifornia

I don't think the hoods look any worse than any...

I don't think the hoods look any worse than any other hydraulic hoods (better IMO), and the reviews say they are super comfortable and have good grip. I don't love the feel of my SRAM hoods, and the...
07-13-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 1,574
Views: 317,452
Posted By mattcalifornia

Thanks. Semi-interesting trivia about that...

Thanks. Semi-interesting trivia about that photo. It's hard to see, but you can sort of make out a house at the left-hand side of the dark ridge that runs across the middle of the photo. The house...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,252
Posted By mattcalifornia

I just hang off the back of the saddle like I did...

I just hang off the back of the saddle like I did on my MTB in the 80's and 90's. It's a rare occurrence anyway, and the dropper is usually the least of my concerns at that point -- the brakes,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,252
Posted By mattcalifornia

I occasionally ride some more technical MTB...

I occasionally ride some more technical MTB trails on my gravel bike, and I still don't want a dropper. I can get my weight back far enough without it. The bigger issue for me is that the brakes...
07-12-21, 01:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,627
Posted By mattcalifornia

I used my iPhone 11 Pro as a bike computer for a...

I used my iPhone 11 Pro as a bike computer for a while with the Cyclemeter Elite app (I'm now using a Hammerhead Karoo 2). There are definitely a few drawbacks, but honestly, it's better than a...
07-04-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 920
Views: 228,627
Posted By mattcalifornia

I just replaced the dropper post that came with...

I just replaced the dropper post that came with my (used) gravel bike with a Niner RDO carbon seatpost. I don't need a dropper on my gravel bike 99.9% of the time, and it was heavy and jarringly...
07-04-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 1,574
Views: 317,452
Posted By mattcalifornia

Yesterday's ride in the Santa Monica Mountains. ...

Yesterday's ride in the Santa Monica Mountains.
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/950x950/c2b83189_3a57_4c01_ae51_f3e0e837c074_f60c1b7a27950be218759f0847df230aacdd02ea.jpeg...
06-26-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,238
Posted By mattcalifornia

According to this site:...

According to this site: https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/road-bike-reviews/compare/continental-gatorskin-2015-vs-continental-grand-prix-5000-2018, the GP 5000s will save you 9.3 watts at...
06-24-21, 12:00 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,704
Posted By mattcalifornia

Sounds like we're kind of in the same boat. I...

Sounds like we're kind of in the same boat. I just changed my front chainring from 36 to 32! I have two sets of wheels: 650b rims with 47mm semi-knobby tires with a 9-46 cassette; and 700c rims...
06-07-21, 05:03 PM
Replies: 1,574
Views: 317,452
Posted By mattcalifornia

I rode through the hills of Brentwood, Pacific...

I rode through the hills of Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Topanga-ish, including an area that was just hit with the Palisades wild fire. It's like Mad Max....
05-27-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,704
Posted By mattcalifornia

you guys either have much bigger legs than I do...

you guys either have much bigger legs than I do or live in much flatter areas!
03-07-21, 11:30 PM
Replies: 1,574
Views: 317,452
Posted By mattcalifornia

Second ride yesterday -- much better. By the...

Second ride yesterday -- much better. By the way, my hands were hurting from braking, not from being rattled around. I keep a super loose grip except when braking. I think I just either need to...
03-05-21, 03:51 PM
Replies: 1,574
Views: 317,452
Posted By mattcalifornia

Finally bit the bullet and picked up a nice used...

Finally bit the bullet and picked up a nice used gravel bike. This was from my first ride. Look close and you can see the ocean. I tried to do some single-track riding too, but it was a huge mistake...
02-11-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,957
Posted By mattcalifornia

The Knolly Cache comes in steel or titanium with...

The Knolly Cache comes in steel or titanium with 422mm chainstays
02-04-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,057
Posted By mattcalifornia

Don't get me started on Facebook and Zuckerberg ....

Don't get me started on Facebook and Zuckerberg . . . . That's a discussion for some other forum.
02-04-21, 12:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,057
Posted By mattcalifornia

Thanks for the tip guys, but I deleted Facebook a...

Thanks for the tip guys, but I deleted Facebook a few years ago
01-28-21, 01:42 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 12,445
Posted By mattcalifornia

It's not cheap, but it's not $400. They are all...

It's not cheap, but it's not $400. They are all over the place for $199, and I've seen them for around $169.
12-02-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 651
Posted By mattcalifornia

What kind of riding are you going to use it for? ...

What kind of riding are you going to use it for? It would be good as a single speed or for adventuring/touring, but if you want to ride hills or go fast, I probably wouldn't recommend it. I have a...
11-12-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,018
Posted By mattcalifornia

Best Clothing for SoCal Winter

Now that the temperatures have cooled off, I need to order some new winter riding clothes, and I'm struggling to figure out what works best. This is my first season back on the outdoor bike in about...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,197
Posted By mattcalifornia

I was interested in this until I saw the post...

I was interested in this until I saw the post about the environmental factors. I'll pass.

More to the point -- you should easily get 5-10,000 miles out of your chain if you keep everything clean...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 919
Posted By mattcalifornia

You should really update to more current...

You should really update to more current technology. Are you aware of fountain pens? ; )
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 16,090
Posted By mattcalifornia

Maybe try to find someone selling one on...

Maybe try to find someone selling one on craigslist near you and ask if you can either take a test ride or pay to rent it for a day or two.
09-29-20, 01:57 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,818
Posted By mattcalifornia

I honestly can't tell if this is a put-on. That's...

I honestly can't tell if this is a put-on. That's a Specialized Crossroads hybrid/city bike. It's not a mountain bike. It retailed for less than $350. **********???
09-27-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,818
Posted By mattcalifornia

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Well, for one thing, you've got about 10 pounds worth of lights, bags,...
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