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02-07-21, 11:03 PM
Replies: 1,409
Views: 262,598
Posted By howardv

During Covid they don't do rentals or demos. But...

During Covid they don't do rentals or demos. But you can still take a new bike for a test ride around the block. At least they allowed that a few months ago.
02-03-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 1,409
Views: 262,598
Posted By howardv

From Helen's Cycles in Santa Monica. They're an...

From Helen's Cycles in Santa Monica. They're an authorized dealer for both Pinnarelo and Ibis (along other brands). Just a heads-up, my Pinnarelo was assembled horribly. Took it back mulltiple...
02-03-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 1,409
Views: 262,598
Posted By howardv

Love my Grevil. I've put about 2,000 miles on it...

Love my Grevil. I've put about 2,000 miles on it so far and it's been a fantastic bike. The single tracks that I've been riding have mostly been tame. I'm not too comfortable on the more technical...
01-22-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,904
Posted By howardv

Thanks for all the advice. A bit of an update. ...

Thanks for all the advice. A bit of an update. I detest bifocals. Don't even use it at home. Just never got used to it. Love my Oakley Jawbreaker glasses and don't want to change or turn them...
01-18-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,524
Posted By howardv

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My mountain biking tool pouch.
01-04-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,904
Posted By howardv

Help me pick a bike computer - priority is mapping without having to use my glasses

I live in Los Angeles. I ride road, gravel, and mountain. For years, Strava running on my cell phone had sufficed. I have to put my cell phone on airplane mode to conserve batteries (some rides...
11-27-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 15,933
Posted By howardv

My Cycliq Fly6 broke down after 10 months. ...

My Cycliq Fly6 broke down after 10 months. Contacted them and opened a trouble ticket. After a week of going back and forth by e-mail, including having to make a video of myself performing the...
11-23-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,363
Posted By howardv

More than a decade ago, I was a hard-core roller...

More than a decade ago, I was a hard-core roller blader. Used to clean my bearings religiously! Good clean bearings with light oil made a HUGE difference in skating. But they had to be cleaned and...
11-23-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,363
Posted By howardv

I always use Simple Green. I'd read studies...

I always use Simple Green. I'd read studies claiming it can be bad for parts of the drivetrain if you let it soak in Simple Green for a long time. But I just usually clean with it and then rinse with...
Replies: 4
Views: 904
Posted By howardv

Warning on purchasing an expensive Cycliq camera/light. Their warranty is useless.

In November 2019, I purchased a Cycliq Fly6 (Gen2) from my LBS (authorized dealer). Last month (11 months later during October 2020) it stopped turning on (with or without an SD card). I contacted...
10-26-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 1,409
Views: 262,598
Posted By howardv

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Backbone trail in Malibu (Encinal to Yurba Bueno) on a misty...
09-14-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,110
Posted By howardv

Converting a GRX 1x to 2x

My bike currently has a GRX drivetrain (1x) with the FC-RX810 42T chainring. I want to replace this with the FC-RX810-2 dual chainring (31-48T) which costs about $225. Of course, this if for the...
09-12-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 1,409
Views: 262,598
Posted By howardv

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View from Will Rogers Back Bone Trail near Santa Monica.
08-31-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,012
Posted By howardv

In over 20 years of biking, I've never had to...

In over 20 years of biking, I've never had to re-lube during a ride. So far, the wet lube may do the job for the entire ride (still testing). Funny thing is that common knowledge says to use dry...
08-31-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,135
Posted By howardv

Take off your wheel and shake it. Do you hear...

Take off your wheel and shake it. Do you hear any fluids splashing around inside the wheel? If yes, then you're fine. Re-install wheel and ride. When you don't hear anything splashing around (or...
08-31-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,012
Posted By howardv

Excessive dirt build-up drying up drivetrain on every ride - is this normal?

I come from a mountain biking background and recently purchased my first new gravel bike (Pinnarelo Grevil). It has a 1x Shimano GRX drivetrain (42T chainring and 11-42 Cassette). After riding...
08-22-20, 10:35 AM
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Views: 262,598
Posted By howardv

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Pinarello Grevil
08-22-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,449
Posted By howardv

Thank you so much! Exactly what I was hoping. I...

Thank you so much! Exactly what I was hoping. I believe this will give me that little extra climbing power that I'm looking for.
08-21-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,449
Posted By howardv

Anyone tried the GRX RX812 derailleur with an 11-46T cassette?

Got a new gravel bike with GRX 11-speed drivetrain (single chainring). It has the GRX RD-RX812 rear derailleur, which according to Shimano's site will work with up to a 42T cassette. I have a XT...
08-04-20, 05:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 731
Posted By howardv

It's the only bike my dealer could order which...

It's the only bike my dealer could order which would arrive within one week. So I ordered one. This shortage of bikes really sucks. And the Trek's, Santa Cruz (Stigmata), Ibis (Hakka), and the...
08-04-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 731
Posted By howardv

Thanks, so it's not just me who couldn't find the...

Thanks, so it's not just me who couldn't find the info on their side. I just can't believe they would leave out such pertinent info.
08-03-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 731
Posted By howardv

Pinarello Grevil builds - where to find info

I can't find anywhere that lists the available builds for the Pinarello Grevil. A dealer said they're not making any 2x drivetrains. It seems only the dealers have a list of various builds. Why...
04-27-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,893
Posted By howardv

I have the Simano two bolt SPD and have angled it...

I have the Simano two bolt SPD and have angled it as far as possible, but it wasn't enough. That was with about 8mm of extension on the pedals.

Anyways, I just spoke to a local bike fit person a...
04-27-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,893
Posted By howardv

I believe my issue is beyond knee exercises as my...

I believe my issue is beyond knee exercises as my left foot doesn't feel comfortable while clipped in. I need a proper fit first.



I don't want to force my feet straight. I'm actually trying to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-27-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,217
Posted By howardv

My bike has the full Dura-Ace drivetrain. Only...

My bike has the full Dura-Ace drivetrain. Only thing changed was the cassette (from Dura-Ace 11-28 to Ultegra 11-32) and the chain. RD was not changed and works perfect with the new cassette. Here...
04-25-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,893
Posted By howardv

Help with clipless pedals - Left knee pain - I've tried so many things

I've been fighting with knee pain and clipless pedals for quite some time. Eventually I get frustrated and go with flat pedals, only to try clipless again cause I really miss it. Problem is I get...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-20, 01:03 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,217
Posted By howardv

Just FYI, I have updated my original post with...

Just FYI, I have updated my original post with the changes I made. Didn't want the results to get lost in the thread and make it easier on others who are contemplating the same change.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,217
Posted By howardv

Thank you everyone! I just ordered the Ultegra...

Thank you everyone! I just ordered the Ultegra 11-32. Hopefully, it will fit with reigning back the B-screw as much as possible. And I never cross-chain, so chain length should be ok. I'll report...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,217
Posted By howardv

I have to get a new derailleur if I go with an...

I have to get a new derailleur if I go with an 11-32? Was really hoping I wouldn't.

And thanks for all the replies. I love my bike and would like to change as little as possible. Wanted to...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,217
Posted By howardv

Should I get lower gears for help in climbing?

I'm mainly a mountain biker. My MTB has the SRAM 1x12 drivetrain and I can pretty much climb any trail in the granny gear (30T chainring x 50T). I'm in my 50's and do ok climbing trails. For example,...
09-16-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 19,768
Posted By howardv

Any part of the road that not physically blocked...

Any part of the road that not physically blocked off is dangerous. The bicycle lane is the least dangerous part of the road (I'm not saying "safe"). There is no other choice. We have to pick our...
09-16-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 19,768
Posted By howardv

I almost got doored - yet most drivers blame me. How do we improve car culture?

I recently posted a video where I almost got doored in a non-bike related forum. Every single response blame me. Some say I rode too close to the parked car, so it was my fault. Others say I should...
09-16-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,565
Posted By howardv

Retractable leashes aren't meant for the...

Retractable leashes aren't meant for the sidewalks or streets. Here is a video I caught on my dashcam showing a dog running into the street and almost getting run over because the owner wasn't paying...
09-16-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,648
Posted By howardv

My home town has both (Santa Monica/Los Angeles)....

My home town has both (Santa Monica/Los Angeles). Not sure which makes more or less money since they are private companies and their financials aren't available to the public.

I think the electric...
06-26-19, 11:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,860
Posted By howardv

Do you have this in writing? I urge you to read...

Do you have this in writing? I urge you to read your policy. You'd be surprised by the number of agents who don't fully understand the policies they sell. If the claims adjuster denies your claim,...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,775
Posted By howardv

Personally, I don't like or use a harness to lock...

Personally, I don't like or use a harness to lock in my dogs. I have spent a lot of time training them to stay in the basket. If I'm hit by a car or fall down, I want them to be able to jump out. ...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,775
Posted By howardv

Love the pics in here! We have a Dachshund mix...

Love the pics in here! We have a Dachshund mix and a black lab mix. I take 'em both on my e-bike: https://youtu.be/ripg0M6aDAk
06-04-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,860
Posted By howardv

I recently did substantial research on e-bike...

I recently did substantial research on e-bike insurance. Most homeowner's policies don't cover e-bikes because they are considered "motorized" and need their own policy. While a regular bicycle is...
06-04-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,702
Posted By howardv

I'm very late to this thread, but here is a video...

I'm very late to this thread, but here is a video I made yesterday of my new utility e-bike customized for TWO dogs:

https://youtu.be/ripg0M6aDAk
11-02-18, 09:15 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,431
Posted By howardv

Nope. New regulation recently passed which...

Nope. New regulation recently passed which doesn't allow e-bikes on the beach bike path. Start reading from the bottom of page 20:

http://www.qcode.us/codes/santamonica/revisions/2587CCS.pdf
...
10-26-18, 06:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,370
Posted By howardv

Had no idea, so I just weighed it. Very heavy at...

Had no idea, so I just weighed it. Very heavy at 35 lbs. This includes peddles, the Topeak rear rack, and an Abus frame lock. The bike is made out of steel.
10-24-18, 02:12 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,431
Posted By howardv

This is why most of the newer models of...

This is why most of the newer models of e-scooters and e-bikes have all internal wiring. Nothing is visible to cut anymore. But unfortunately, there are still plenty of older ones still operating.
10-24-18, 02:11 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,431
Posted By howardv

Part of the problem is that cities don't enforce...

Part of the problem is that cities don't enforce laws. In Santa Monica, police rarely stop or give tickets to those scooters. They claim they don't have enough officers. But I fail to understand...
Forum: Commuting
10-23-18, 01:52 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 17,885
Posted By howardv

I work from home, so to me commuting means having...

I work from home, so to me commuting means having to go somewhere without having to sweat. This comes in very handy:
...
10-23-18, 12:00 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,431
Posted By howardv

I can't speak for other cities, but they are...

I can't speak for other cities, but they are EXTREMELY popular here in Santa Monica/Los Angeles area. They are marketed as "the last mile" alternative, meaning people can use them to get from home...
10-23-18, 10:38 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,431
Posted By howardv

We have tons of the dockless e-scooters and...

We have tons of the dockless e-scooters and e-bikes all over Santa Monica. Unfortunately, you can't fix stupid and inconsiderate users. When I find one blocking a path, I don't knock it down, I...
10-23-18, 10:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,370
Posted By howardv

The rack is factory and came with the bike. The...

The rack is factory and came with the bike. The eyeball on the flex neck is the Bontrager RT light that I conjured up. I can remove the light and put a GoPro on there as well. Here is a better...
10-23-18, 08:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,370
Posted By howardv

The front basket comes with the bike. It's very...

The front basket comes with the bike. It's very rigid as it's bolted directly to the frame. The bike is currently at a closeout price of $399:
...
10-22-18, 09:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,892
Posted By howardv

I know it's an old thread, but bringing it back...

I know it's an old thread, but bringing it back to life since I just bought one (used from Craigslist for $120).

I specifically wanted to try it out for cycling. I refuse to wear ear buds as I...
10-22-18, 08:50 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,431
Posted By howardv

There is a general hatred growing among the...

There is a general hatred growing among the public against everything e-rideshare. Here in Santa Monica, I've seen lots of people intentionally damage e-scooters and e-bikes. They consider them a...
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