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11-16-16, 08:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,603
Posted By whosmatt

I had one of those Vittoria Zaffiro tires tear at...

I had one of those Vittoria Zaffiro tires tear at the bead and develop a bulge after only a few hundred miles. No riding damage; it just happened. YMMV.
11-16-16, 06:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,408
Posted By whosmatt

Happened to me once. Scared the heck out of me...

Happened to me once. Scared the heck out of me as the bike was right next to my cubicle at work and it was otherwise very quiet. No idea why but a pinch seems plausible. It's been years and I...
11-16-16, 06:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,603
Posted By whosmatt

One flat in about 3k miles on 28mm Gator...

One flat in about 3k miles on 28mm Gator Hardshells. That was from a nail that went through the tread and came out of the sidewall. Zero flats in as many miles on my 25mm Hardshells. That said I'd...
07-24-16, 08:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,166
Posted By whosmatt

I just googled them and ended up a...

I just googled them and ended up a chainreactioncycles.com. $35.99 for what I'm pretty sure is the same shorts I have.

EDIT: Except they're out of stock in three of the six available sizes. ...
07-24-16, 08:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,164
Posted By whosmatt

I spent a lot of time out of the saddle as a kid,...

I spent a lot of time out of the saddle as a kid, riding BMX bikes. As an adult rider on road bikes, what gives me confidence is being clipped or strapped in to the pedals. I have this fear of my...
07-24-16, 08:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,166
Posted By whosmatt

Good to know. It looks like the 10 panel BD...

Good to know. It looks like the 10 panel BD shorts I have are made by Funkier as well, and are available without the BD branding for $35 or so from other retailers. I really like them.
07-24-16, 08:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,518
Posted By whosmatt

Take it with a grain of salt. Some people are...

Take it with a grain of salt. Some people are just like that. I interact with cyclists pretty much every time I commute and the vast majority are just super nice, regardless of whether they're...
07-24-16, 07:36 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,137
Posted By whosmatt

I use my LBS for wheel work mostly. I'm starting...

I use my LBS for wheel work mostly. I'm starting to do more of my own work but haven't come to terms with wheel truing and hub work just yet. I think it cost me $60 total to have 2 wheels trued and...
07-24-16, 07:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,166
Posted By whosmatt

I think shorts are mostly a personal preference. ...

I think shorts are mostly a personal preference. I too have a bony butt (I'm very thin) and prefer more padding to less. I've got 5 pairs of cheap to mid-quality shorts and the thing I've found...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-16, 08:19 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,472
Posted By whosmatt

Today was good. Did the 19 mile version of the...

Today was good. Did the 19 mile version of the afternoon ride and felt like a million bucks when I got done. Doesn't always happen that way but today it did.
Forum: Commuting
06-18-16, 08:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,889
Posted By whosmatt

Yikes. I have an uncle who used to be a runner...

Yikes. I have an uncle who used to be a runner until he blew out his knees. Now he's a cyclist. Anyway, growing up we lived in a very rural area where there were lots of roaming dogs. He used to...
Forum: Commuting
06-18-16, 08:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,726
Posted By whosmatt

I've suffered from bouts of heartburn all my...

I've suffered from bouts of heartburn all my adult life. I'm 41 now. I do sometimes get it while riding, though mostly in the afternoons, and often when not having eaten enough, oddly. Talk to...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-16, 08:13 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,472
Posted By whosmatt

Here's what happened to my Gator Hardshell just a...

Here's what happened to my Gator Hardshell just a few hours ago:

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Made a hell of a racket because I think it was hitting my fender. Replaced the tube and shortened my ride because I'm not...
Forum: Commuting
05-05-16, 09:08 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,472
Posted By whosmatt

I set off with the plan to do the 19 mile version...

I set off with the plan to do the 19 mile version of my afternoon commute (I choose between train stations with choices of ~4, ~8, ~12, and ~19 miles from work) but my body and the wind got in the...
Forum: Commuting
04-28-16, 08:48 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 122,472
Posted By whosmatt

It was windy. My afternoon commute is about 12...

It was windy. My afternoon commute is about 12 miles, the first 4 west, the last 8 south along the beach, and today it was gusting 20 or so from the southwest. I can handle the extra work, but I...
Forum: Commuting
04-28-16, 08:23 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,611
Posted By whosmatt

+1 for the Osprey suggestions. I got a Radial 34...

+1 for the Osprey suggestions. I got a Radial 34 recently and it has greatly reduced the sweat factor on my back. Like some others, I'd rather carry the weight on my back than on the bike; just...
Forum: Commuting
04-09-16, 04:29 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,195
Posted By whosmatt

I resemble this remark. Bought a used Bianchi...

I resemble this remark. Bought a used Bianchi Bergamo as my intro to cycling as an adult. Rode it for a long time and a lot of miles and quickly wished for a road bike.
Forum: Commuting
04-09-16, 04:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 711
Posted By whosmatt

I can't really get a gist of your route from the...

I can't really get a gist of your route from the pic, but if any significant portion of your commute is on the road, and your trail isn't too rugged, a cross bike is a good choice. Generally they're...
Forum: Commuting
04-09-16, 03:55 PM
Replies: 261
Views: 8,986
Posted By whosmatt

I own a pickup. Need it for homeowner duties...

I own a pickup. Need it for homeowner duties plus to pull the boat. Plus I live in Southern California. Commute is to throw the bike in the bed of the truck, drive to the train station, take the...
03-25-16, 09:45 PM
Replies: 24,403
Views: 1,901,364
Posted By whosmatt

Holy ****. I'm so sorry.

Holy ****. I'm so sorry.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-16, 09:39 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-16, 09:20 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,886
Posted By whosmatt

Coming from riding a 46/16 SS bike on my commute...

Coming from riding a 46/16 SS bike on my commute for years, going to a cross bike with a 46T big ring and a 11-28 cassette often leaves me yearning for that 16T on the back, which skips from 15 to...
03-25-16, 08:40 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 15,104
Posted By whosmatt

If you live in a populated area, the Weather...

If you live in a populated area, the Weather Underground fullscreen view (overlays weather data including personal and school weather stations on google maps) is great for this. I use it to check...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-16, 08:07 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,270
Posted By whosmatt

I learned the hard way after a similar crash,...

I learned the hard way after a similar crash, except I wasn't wearing a helmet. $5000 in bills (mostly dental, since I had medical but not dental insurance) later, I actively practice panic stops...
03-23-16, 10:24 PM
Replies: 24,403
Views: 1,901,364
Posted By whosmatt

As a lifelong sufferer of depression, the one...

As a lifelong sufferer of depression, the one thing that I can count on to clear my head is a bike ride. Chin up, and just ride.
03-23-16, 09:11 PM
Replies: 24,403
Views: 1,901,364
Posted By whosmatt

Today I rode my commute fixed for the first time....

Today I rode my commute fixed for the first time. Been doing it with a freewheel for years. It was... different.
03-03-16, 11:28 PM
03-03-16, 10:47 PM
03-03-16, 10:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,301
Posted By whosmatt

Hopefully not so much error, but thanks. Will do.

Hopefully not so much error, but thanks. Will do.
03-03-16, 10:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,301
Posted By whosmatt

Geez. Just wanted someone to chime in with real...

Geez. Just wanted someone to chime in with real world experience. I'm aware of the calcs. Also, 26k+ posts? That in itself is impressive.
03-03-16, 10:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,301
Posted By whosmatt

Riding fixed for the first time... help choosing number of teeth in my cog.

Been riding primarily single speed for about 3 years now. I do have a cross bike as well that I ride when I want some gear choices. Anyhow, riding 46/16 on my SS bike, with no fixed cog on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-05-15, 12:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 602
Posted By whosmatt

I did a portion of this ride yesterday. I rode...

I did a portion of this ride yesterday. I rode up 35th to Mountain View and started there and rode east-ish until I kind of got lost. Next time I'll take a hint sheet or something, but it seemed...
09-04-15, 11:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,624
Posted By whosmatt

I have a Clockwork, and I love it. Had it about...

I have a Clockwork, and I love it. Had it about 2.5 years now and have put thousands of miles on it. It's getting to the point now where it needs a going over, but so far all i've worn out is 2...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-15, 09:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 602
Posted By whosmatt

Thanks so much! That looks like exactly what I'm...

Thanks so much! That looks like exactly what I'm looking for. I'll give it a shot the next time I work from home and let you know how I find it. Yeah, I tend to do a bunch of the dead ends when I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-15, 11:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 602
Posted By whosmatt

This sounds promising. Thanks!

This sounds promising. Thanks!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-15, 11:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 602
Posted By whosmatt

Yeah. I'll find something that works for me. ...

Yeah. I'll find something that works for me. Thanks for the suggestions.
09-01-15, 08:25 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,220
Posted By whosmatt

It certainly does. You just have to put up with...

It certainly does. You just have to put up with the salt air corroding any unpainted steel on your bike, if you're riding along the ocean. I know, cry me a river.

Matt
09-01-15, 08:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,256
Posted By whosmatt

Like you, I grew up riding bmx bikes and then...

Like you, I grew up riding bmx bikes and then mountain bikes. About 8 years ago, when I bought my first bike in years, I bought a used Bianchi Bergamo hybrid bike. It was a nice bike, great for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-01-15, 07:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 602
Posted By whosmatt

Road rides around San Diego

Hi all,

I'm looking for riders in SD who can suggest decent rides near mid city. I live in City Heights, and on days when I work from home I'm looking to put in maybe 15 miles in the afternoons. ...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-13, 08:01 PM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,091
Posted By whosmatt

Today was a good day... my second day of riding...

Today was a good day... my second day of riding in proper bike shorts... what a difference! I take the train most of the way and then ride 4 miles to work in my street clothes, then on the way back...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-13, 08:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 729
Posted By whosmatt

Haha. It's San Diego. Weather? What weather? ...

Haha. It's San Diego. Weather? What weather?

Seriously, I do understand. But the only rain gear I own is for fishing; think Deadliest Catch. My brother is trying to get me to move to ...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-13, 08:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 729
Posted By whosmatt

Wow, sleet, huh? It did hail on me (and my bike)...

Wow, sleet, huh? It did hail on me (and my bike) on the way to the train station that morning, hard enough that it started to build up on the road and the windshield, but I wasn't riding... haven't...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-13, 07:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 729
Posted By whosmatt

I didn't end up riding in the rain... I took the...

I didn't end up riding in the rain... I took the 2nd train out instead of the first, and by then the rain had ended and it was nice and sunny... and windy.

I'm loving the bike so far; I have zero...
Forum: Commuting
02-20-13, 12:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 729
Posted By whosmatt

Yep. Long legs I guess. My knee is slightly...

Yep. Long legs I guess. My knee is slightly bent at the bottom of the pedal stroke. I might go down a hair but not much. Also I think the angle of the photo makes it look a little taller.
Forum: Commuting
02-19-13, 10:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 729
Posted By whosmatt

Just got a new bike today.... and it's supposed to rain for my commute tomorrow :(

Not that a little rain is something to complain much about, but I live in San Diego, so we're spoiled.

So I've been riding a Bianchi Bergamo for about 6 years now, off and on, but for the last 2...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-07, 09:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 612
Posted By whosmatt

Yeah, I just want a way to transport it (the...

Yeah, I just want a way to transport it (the coffee). The idea of drinking coffee while riding hadn't really occurred to me. I rode in today from my girlfriend's house (closer than mine), just to...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-07, 09:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 612
Posted By whosmatt

About to take the plunge

First of all, hello. I've been lurking here for a short while, gleaning information on my new urge to lose the car as much as possible (and get some exercise while i'm at it). I haven't really...
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