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Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-20, 09:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 828
Posted By mattcalifornia

Unless I'm missing something, that's not really a...

Unless I'm missing something, that's not really a competitor to the Varia. The whole point of the Varia is the built-in radar.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 828
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'm currently using the Knog mid Cobber and it's...

I'm currently using the Knog mid Cobber and it's been really good. It's programmable and has at least 6 different settings you can cycle through, but the biggest advantage over most other rear...
11-13-20, 08:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 396
Posted By mattcalifornia

Thanks. This is pretty helpful. I'd be even...

Thanks. This is pretty helpful. I'd be even more thankful for specific brands/styles that work well in SoCal. Which long-finger gloves are warm enough but not too warm to use from now until...
11-12-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 396
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
10-28-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 340
Views: 14,039
Posted By mattcalifornia

You must have some magic mojo there! I think...

You must have some magic mojo there! I think cable stretch has become more of an issue with the addition of more gears and narrower spacing between cogs. I switched to mechanical Chorus 12-speed...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,371
Posted By mattcalifornia

I just use a Park Cyclone chain cleaning gizmo...

I just use a Park Cyclone chain cleaning gizmo and some Pedro's biodegradable degreaser. It takes a few minutes and is super easy. I'm hoping the bio degreaser is, in fact, not toxic. Somebody...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,371
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...
10-03-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,889
Posted By mattcalifornia

I used to see a lot of these around near Santa...

I used to see a lot of these around near Santa Monica beach about 10 years ago (maybe more). I hardly ever see them anymore, although I did see one person riding one earlier this year. That...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 583
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
09-30-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,744
Posted By mattcalifornia

One interesting thing is that, with the new...

One interesting thing is that, with the new popularity of wider, lower-pressure tires, aluminum is much less harsh than it used to be. I ride a 2001 Aluminum/Scandium alloy Eddy Merckx. I recently...
09-30-20, 11:51 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,603
Posted By mattcalifornia

Can of Ale, I thought

Can of Ale, I thought
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,744
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: 1,603
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. **********???
09-28-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,603
Posted By mattcalifornia

I think it must be a typo. To be honest, I would...

I think it must be a typo. To be honest, I would have guessed that bike is much older too. And, on further inspection, I'm pretty sure that's a hybrid/town bike, not a mountain bike. But the photo...
09-27-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,603
Posted By mattcalifornia

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Well, for one thing, you've got about 10 pounds worth of lights, bags,...
09-26-20, 09:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,603
Posted By mattcalifornia

From the way you describe it, I wonder if you'd...

From the way you describe it, I wonder if you'd be better off with a hard tail bike. Or even a gravel bike. You'd be surprised at what you can do with little to no suspension. Unless you're bombing...
09-26-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By mattcalifornia

Good point! If so, is there any way to deal with...

Good point! If so, is there any way to deal with it?
09-26-20, 01:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 362
Posted By mattcalifornia

Saddle Rail Creak

Hi - I just installed a new saddle (Fizik Antares Versus Evo R1 Adaptive), and there is an annoying creaking noise coming from the rails -- mostly when I'm grinding up hills. This saddle has carbon...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 756
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'm 181 at my last weigh-in, also riding 28mm...

I'm 181 at my last weigh-in, also riding 28mm Conti GP 5000TL tires. I've been riding 80 in the back and 70-75 in the front. However, I notice that they lose pressure over time, so if I'm going for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-20, 04:43 PM
Replies: 19,749
Views: 4,231,523
Posted By mattcalifornia

New saddle. Fizik Antares Versus Evo R1 Adaptive....

New saddle. Fizik Antares Versus Evo R1 Adaptive. Ridiculous name, but we'll see how it rides. Seems good after one short ride. I didn't realize I needed to buy different hardware to attach it to my...
09-21-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 3,194
Views: 312,612
Posted By mattcalifornia

I love my Smith ski helmet, and their Koroyd foam...

I love my Smith ski helmet, and their Koroyd foam techology seems like good tech and gets good reviews, so I bought a Smith Vantage MIPS bike helmet. It looks good and fit well, but I could tell...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,050
Posted By mattcalifornia

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I was...

Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I was looking for a new mini pump since my old Crank Bros. is ancient and kind of beat up. I want one that is super light and small since I like to carry it in...
09-17-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 8,246
Posted By mattcalifornia

I never stretch before. I sometimes stop...

I never stretch before.

I sometimes stop and stretch my hamstrings and calves during the ride if they are tight. Usually after about 20 minutes.

I always stretch after the ride: quads,...
09-17-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,132
Posted By mattcalifornia

When I was a kid, Lemond and Eric Heiden were 2...

When I was a kid, Lemond and Eric Heiden were 2 of my favorite athletes. Fantastic comeback story after getting shot too. He never got enough props or fame in the US for what he accomplished.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-20, 09:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 333
Posted By mattcalifornia

The above suggestions are good. Here are a...

The above suggestions are good. Here are a couple of more ideas: (1) if you don't have them already, try the grip cleats (as opposed to the smooth ones); and (2) replace the blade with a higher...
09-14-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 5,366
Posted By mattcalifornia

Oh good grief. But back on topic, air...

Oh good grief.

But back on topic, air quality in LA area has really deteriorated the last few days. It actually feels fine to me, but based on the AQI numbers, I'm thinking that riding right...
09-11-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 5,366
Posted By mattcalifornia

The problem there isn't environmentalists. I...

The problem there isn't environmentalists. I would argue quite the opposite. The problem is that, due to a lack of sufficient regulation, people have been permitted to build way too many houses and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,891
Posted By mattcalifornia

Well, that's true, although I didn't see any...

Well, that's true, although I didn't see any information about what width he is running now or how wide a tire he can accommodate on that bike. He probably can't run 32's, but I'm running 28's on my...
09-10-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 5,366
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'm on the west side of LA (about 1 mile from the...

I'm on the west side of LA (about 1 mile from the beach). We mostly have a marine layer/haze here. Air temperature is nice (68 degrees currently at 2:00 p.m.). I don't smell any smoke or see any...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,891
Posted By mattcalifornia

Here's how I look at it: • Disk brakes won't...

Here's how I look at it:
• Disk brakes won't make you faster unless you are having to descend lots of steep mountains very slowly with your current brakes or frequently have problems braking in the...
09-09-20, 10:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 323
Posted By mattcalifornia

Yeah - the paired spoke theory seems to work...

Yeah - the paired spoke theory seems to work well. My old Rolfs were very stiff and never once needed to be trued after years of riding.
09-09-20, 02:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,997
Posted By mattcalifornia

Aha! Just found some pics of my old Bottecchia...

Aha! Just found some pics of my old Bottecchia steed. Unfortunately, these photos were after I converted it to a fixie/town bike and the rust had already set in. It looked better in it its...
09-09-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 323
Posted By mattcalifornia

I've heard a lot of good things about the...

I've heard a lot of good things about the RolfPrima wheels. I had the old Rolf (Trek made) Sestriere wheels for a long time and never had any issues. I thought they were great wheels. I almost...
09-09-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,997
Posted By mattcalifornia

Interesting. I was always under the impression...

Interesting. I was always under the impression that Cromor was less stiff because it was not seamless tubing.
09-08-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,997
Posted By mattcalifornia

Sorry to revive an old thread, but I just...

Sorry to revive an old thread, but I just happened across this. I had that exact frame, but with a white painted fork. Built up with all Campy Record parts and Mavic MA-40 rims. I bought it in 1987...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 645
Posted By mattcalifornia

Yes, but unless the Peloton is properly...

Yes, but unless the Peloton is properly calibrated (which many - or even most - aren't), the FTP result won't be useful for road riding.

Drive your bike somewhere you can find a suitable road. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-20, 10:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,194
Posted By mattcalifornia

How do you figure that? It's an extra 55 miles. ...

How do you figure that? It's an extra 55 miles. That's not nothing.

What route do you take to get from Astoria to Mystic? are you riding the length of LI and then taking a ferry? Or are you...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,745
Posted By mattcalifornia

Yeah - not surprising. There are a ton of people...

Yeah - not surprising. There are a ton of people on Peloton who would be very surprised if they rode a correctly calibrated bike. This old ****** thread is amusing:...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,745
Posted By mattcalifornia

OK - I just finished my experiment. I mounted my...

OK - I just finished my experiment. I mounted my Favero Assioma Duo power meter pedals on my Peloton bike and ran the zero calibration routine in the app. I did a 60-minute "Power Zone Endurance...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,745
Posted By mattcalifornia

I have a Peloton bike also, and there are known...

I have a Peloton bike also, and there are known problems with power measurements. As mentioned above, Peloton does not use an actual power meter. Instead, it calculates power based on resistance and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-20, 02:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 802
Posted By mattcalifornia

For racing, it's not just the weight -- there is...

For racing, it's not just the weight -- there is also an aero penalty for disc brakes. For my purposes, though, I'd just prefer stronger braking coming down the steeps.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-20, 12:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 939
Posted By mattcalifornia

I've got jerseys with zippers on both sides. I...

I've got jerseys with zippers on both sides. I think it's a Euro thing.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-20, 12:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 802
Posted By mattcalifornia

Rim brakes are great most of the time, but almost...

Rim brakes are great most of the time, but almost all of my rides are hill-focused, and when the descents get around 13% and up, I'd rather have discs. (Maybe if I can back down to my college...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 802
Posted By mattcalifornia

After doing a lot of research earlier this year,...

After doing a lot of research earlier this year, I personally am not comfortable with carbon rims and rim brakes -- especially with tubeless tires. The failures are not common, but the consequences...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-28-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,061
Posted By mattcalifornia

I agree that small voids are unlikely to result...

I agree that small voids are unlikely to result in frame failure. Whether they can degrade rigidity in certain circumstances, depending on size and location, is another story. My guess is that they...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,061
Posted By mattcalifornia

I really have no interest in re-hashing the whole...

I really have no interest in re-hashing the whole Hambini debate. I agree with some of what you said. (However as for the frame voids (they aren't exactly air bubbles but gaps in the resin/bonding...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,061
Posted By mattcalifornia

Nah - grain of salt is appropriate. He has...

Nah - grain of salt is appropriate. He has pointed out some very legitimate manufacturing problems that don't get much attention elsewhere, and he shows you the defects, how he identifies and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-20, 01:59 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 20,966
Posted By mattcalifornia

I machine wash in a front loader with cold water...

I machine wash in a front loader with cold water and active enzyme cleaner made for athletic clothes (no regular detergent) after every ride (I have several pairs of bibs and shorts). Then I hang...
08-26-20, 01:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 881
Posted By mattcalifornia

It should be do-able. Our Nordictrack incline...

It should be do-able. Our Nordictrack incline trainer has this feature. It's pretty cool because you can design a route on google maps and then go running anywhere you want. I've used it to jog...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 270
Posted By mattcalifornia

GCN did an episode in January 2019 where they...

GCN did an episode in January 2019 where they weighed 1 mechanical and 1 electronic groupset from Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdBHaYyc6rE] They put each component...
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