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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
10-12-20, 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...
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
09-29-20, 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. **********???
09-27-20, 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...
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: 4,231,561
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...
09-17-20, 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.
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...
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
08-29-20, 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
08-27-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,063
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: 4,063
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
08-25-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 615
Posted By mattcalifornia

No - actually that's a good point. It seems like...

No - actually that's a good point. It seems like technopolymer actually is some sort of carbon reinforced composite. Their own description of Super Record 11-speed rear derailleur says: "upper and...
08-24-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,178
Posted By mattcalifornia

I was using a Knog rear tail light that I really...

I was using a Knog rear tail light that I really liked. It has several different blinky options, and a built in USB plug, so you just stick it directly into any USB outlet to charge. Unfortunately,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-20, 01:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,168
Posted By mattcalifornia

What's wrong with doing intervals? It's a great...

What's wrong with doing intervals? It's a great training method. I don't see what you're annoyed about -- especially since you changed your speed to a sprint also.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 615
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'm not disagreeing with that. I'm also not...

I'm not disagreeing with that. I'm also not agreeing with it. The point is that "plastics" and "polymers" can be many different things. I don't think any of us have enough facts to opine on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 961
Posted By mattcalifornia

I would recommend that everyone look at their...

I would recommend that everyone look at their homeowners/renters insurance and see if they have replacement value coverage. If not, you should definitely find out how much it would cost to upgrade...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 961
Posted By mattcalifornia

It depends on your insurance. The only time I...

It depends on your insurance. The only time I ever made a bike-related claim was in the 90s, when my mountain bike got stolen. My renter's insurance was a replacement-value policy. They wound up...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 257
Posted By mattcalifornia

It's probably fine if you're only going to ride...

It's probably fine if you're only going to ride on relatively flat, hard-packed dirt roads. I wouldn't want to be wearing road bike shoes on a single track trail, steep road or loose gravel or sand....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 793
Posted By mattcalifornia

My understanding is that Chorus, Record and...

My understanding is that Chorus, Record and Super Record are mechanically identical (except that you have more gearing choices with Chorus). I believe the only difference is that Record and SR use...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 793
Posted By mattcalifornia

I just changed from an old Chorus 10-speed (circa...

I just changed from an old Chorus 10-speed (circa 2001) to Chorus 12-speed (all mechanical). The shifting is a little better, but honestly, it was really good before. I mostly upgraded because I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-20, 05:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 637
Posted By mattcalifornia

What kind of wheels are you riding? I'm guessing...

What kind of wheels are you riding? I'm guessing you might want to leave the deep dishes at home if possible.
08-15-20, 10:38 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,235
Posted By mattcalifornia

I absolutely hate Schrader valves. The rest...

I absolutely hate Schrader valves. The rest seems pretty random.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-20, 10:54 PM
Replies: 26,909
Views: 16,992,338
Posted By mattcalifornia

Here's my newly rebuilt old bike. The frame is a...

Here's my newly rebuilt old bike. The frame is a 2001 (I think) Eddy Merckx Team SC. I loved it in its original carnation (Campy Chorus 10-speed group and Rolf Sestriere wheels), but I took a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 18,645
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'm not arguing with you anymore. All I said was...

I'm not arguing with you anymore. All I said was that you didn't need to call the guy a tool. I'm over it and moving on.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 18,645
Posted By mattcalifornia

LOL - seeing how the bulk of my ride was in...

LOL - seeing how the bulk of my ride was in Malibu, if anyone was giving me dirty looks, it was only because I was riding an old frame.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 18,645
Posted By mattcalifornia

By the way, to bring this thread back on point, I...

By the way, to bring this thread back on point, I went for a 4.5 hour ride yesterday in my relatively new Rapha bibs and jersey, and they were very comfortable.
07-28-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 880
Posted By mattcalifornia

You should definitely check out the numerous...

You should definitely check out the numerous canyon roads in the hills above Malibu (including Agoura Hills and Calabasas). There are almost too many to mention, but Decker Canyon, Latigo, Las...
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