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Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 09:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 400
Posted By powermatt99

Saturday. Wanted to do 71. Bonked at 56. Couldn't...

Saturday. Wanted to do 71. Bonked at 56. Couldn't figure out what happened. I did the math on my calorie intake, only 560. Oops. First time bonking.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 26,884
Views: 16,922,741
Posted By powermatt99

You've really dived in to the sport.

You've really dived in to the sport.
06-27-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 1,822
Views: 129,869
Posted By powermatt99

56mi. Wanted to do 71 but I was stupid with...

56mi. Wanted to do 71 but I was stupid with nutrition (and Manhattans last night) and bonked. My calorie intake was under 600 for the entire morning. Not good.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 10:59 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,483
Posted By powermatt99

Started as an adolescent. I rode a lot in my late...

Started as an adolescent. I rode a lot in my late teens but went to college 1,000mi away and didn't want to take my bike. I got back into cycling as a commuter in 2011. That led to more recreational...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 817
Posted By powermatt99

I have the shoulders and chest of a linebacker...

I have the shoulders and chest of a linebacker and usually wear an XL shirt. In most jerseys I need a 3XL to not feel like my shoulders are constrained. About a decade ago, I lost a bunch of weight...
06-26-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,265
Posted By powermatt99

Like I said, not the only factor, one of the...

Like I said, not the only factor, one of the factors. In 2002, most major bicycle makes had at least a few steel bikes in their stable. We know from recent history that U.S. tariffs have a global...
06-26-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 14,265
Posted By powermatt99

Definitely a lot of reasons for steel becoming a...

Definitely a lot of reasons for steel becoming a niche product in the cycling world. Not mentioned yet are geopolitical developments such as George W. Bush's 2002 steel tariffs designed to protect...
06-25-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 10,160
Posted By powermatt99

I think this is the best answer for most cyclists...

I think this is the best answer for most cyclists who aren't racing. I totally respect interval training and measuring power output but I wouldn't want to invest the time and effort as an avid but...
06-25-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 782
Posted By powermatt99

Another WI response. Glad it worked out. Until I...

Another WI response. Glad it worked out. Until I saw the resolution, I was going to recommend seeing a podiatrist. Hopefully, you won't need to go that route.
06-25-20, 08:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 748
Posted By powermatt99

My direction for the 520 became a little more...

My direction for the 520 became a little more clear. I found a set of Vuelta Corsa Lite with the subdued outline decals on local Craigslist for a very fair price. I wanted to stick those wheels on my...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-25-20, 04:01 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,906
Posted By powermatt99

My wife did this trying to be helpful. Not so...

My wife did this trying to be helpful. Not so helpful when the temp is 65F and you have no liquid water for the first 40k.
06-21-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 748
Posted By powermatt99

Great advice. I don't know why I didn't think of...

Great advice. I don't know why I didn't think of this. Granted, I'm not well versed in what chain rings can be used with which cassettes but I don't mind some research. It has me thinking of doing...
06-21-20, 06:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 748
Posted By powermatt99

Honestly, this was my long term plan until I...

Honestly, this was my long term plan until I picked up my 890 a few years back. The 890 was a weirdly marketed off-road hybrid. It has been my main grocery-getter during COVID. I'd love to build it...
06-21-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 748
Posted By powermatt99

Perhaps "Sport" was '85 and '86. I haven't been...

Perhaps "Sport" was '85 and '86. I haven't been over to Vintage-Trek in a while. Amazing how different your '84 and my '85 are geometrically. It looks like your '84 is set up to do some work. Nice...
06-21-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 748
Posted By powermatt99

Excellent. Much to think about and many things I...

Excellent. Much to think about and many things I did not initially consider. I'm glad I posed the question.

To answer the most common question, "What do I want out of this bike?" I already have a...
06-21-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 748
Posted By powermatt99

What do to with 1985 520?

I've had this 520 for about 9 years. It is no longer my main ride. I want to keep it around but I'd like to modernize it a bit and improve the ride-ability. I like the sportiness of the '84 and '85...
06-20-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,264
Posted By powermatt99

As Milwaukee reopens, it seems that a lot of...

As Milwaukee reopens, it seems that a lot of COVID MUP-users are returning to other activities. Anything along Lake Michigan is still busy but the inland routes are clearing up.
06-20-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,958
Posted By powermatt99

#5...

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Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,948
Posted By powermatt99

Halo head bands for me. I have both the thinner...

Halo head bands for me. I have both the thinner and wider varieties.

I got my hair cut for the first time since the COVID shutdown. I didn't realize how much my flowing locks helped mitigate sweat...
06-18-20, 10:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 771
Posted By powermatt99

Did you check the installation of the wheel? My...

Did you check the installation of the wheel? My wife had a similar issue. Turns out she did not seat the QR skewers properly in the fork.
06-16-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 2,323
Views: 449,301
Posted By powermatt99

1985 520. Camping. ...

1985 520. Camping.
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Firewood run. ...
06-16-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,644
Posted By powermatt99

Id spread the rear to 130mm and go with 11-speed...

Id spread the rear to 130mm and go with 11-speed + brifters.
06-15-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,080
Posted By powermatt99

In 2011 I paid very good money for a pair of Lake...

In 2011 I paid very good money for a pair of Lake road shoes that fit me perfectly. Im glad I did. Never had hot spots or footwear related issues. They are finally showing their age and are due to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 969
Posted By powermatt99

24 wheels allow for a geometry that WILL for a 9...

24 wheels allow for a geometry that WILL for a 9 year old. Wheel size ≠ bike size.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 969
Posted By powermatt99

I'm assuming this means a proper road bike with...

I'm assuming this means a proper road bike with drop bars. Frog bikes makes child-specific road bikes with 24- and 26-inch wheels. I thought Specialized had an Allez Jr. but I can't find it on their...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 800
Posted By powermatt99

I have several pair of Oakleys but all of them...

I have several pair of Oakleys but all of them have optics from Revent. The prices are such that you can try a set out and not be hurting too bad if they don't work.

https://www.revantoptics.com
06-10-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,197
Posted By powermatt99

I bought a 1988 Trek 1200 around my 16th birthday...

I bought a 1988 Trek 1200 around my 16th birthday in 1997. I grew about 6" that year and the 54" 1200 ended up way too small. I bought a longer seat post, slammed the quill stem as much as I could...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,323
Posted By powermatt99

Though perhaps not germane to the OP, I think...

Though perhaps not germane to the OP, I think more attention needs to be paid to stack height and reach in choosing a bike with the correct fit.
06-10-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,609
Posted By powermatt99

Fortunately, we can decide whether or not to use...

Fortunately, we can decide whether or not to use this technology. You get to decide how much other people know, for the most part.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 8,100
Posted By powermatt99

I'm waiting to find it on demand on a streaming...

I'm waiting to find it on demand on a streaming service. I was a huge Armstrong fan in my late teens and early 20s. I felt like he was the victim of a witch-hunt in an era of the sport, much like...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 691
Posted By powermatt99

Friday: broke my 16-day streak and didn't ride ...

Friday: broke my 16-day streak and didn't ride
Saturday: 41.7mi. First ride over 30mi in years. Before Covid, I didn't have much time for extended rides so I mostly stuck to 15-20mi loops from my...
06-07-20, 08:46 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,448
Posted By powermatt99

You'd think, however, I've had to follow up the...

You'd think, however, I've had to follow up the "passing on left" with "your other left" several times this spring. I tribute some of this to the increased use of MUPs in a large urban area during...
06-07-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,368
Posted By powermatt99

If a helmet sits in a box for 10 years, I'd have...

If a helmet sits in a box for 10 years, I'd have full confidence its fidelity. A 10-year old helmet, even if never wrecked, has likely been seen its share of bumps and scrapes. My wife, who has...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-20, 01:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,323
Posted By powermatt99

Moving to an endurance frame, helped to get a...

Moving to an endurance frame, helped to get a little pressure off my wrists and keep my neck less bent. It does put more pressure on my lower back but it is manageable. No frame geometry is going to...
06-06-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,451
Posted By powermatt99

I highly doubt that Trek, a mega-company, or Fuji...

I highly doubt that Trek, a mega-company, or Fuji are as concerned with Black Lives Matter (or Blue Lives Matter, or any other permutation) than with their bottom line. Yes, "taking a stand" is good...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,486
Posted By powermatt99

I've tried a few but landed at the Quad Lock as...

I've tried a few but landed at the Quad Lock as well. I use the out front mount. Very satisfied with this product.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,693
Posted By powermatt99

Back from the dead.

Back from the dead.
06-03-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By powermatt99

Can you ride them before buying? Which one fits...

Can you ride them before buying? Which one fits you better? Get that one, probably. Ceteris paribus, I'd get the newer one.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-30-20, 08:46 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 8,872
Posted By powermatt99

Another thread back from the grave. I lived...

Another thread back from the grave.

I lived in Texas for two years (two years too many, btw) and had to dodge a few armadillo and dealt with feral dogs on a few occasions. Back in Wisconsin,...
05-22-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,148
Posted By powermatt99

Check out https://www.bikecalc.com/gear_ratios to...

Check out https://www.bikecalc.com/gear_ratios to find out what you'd actually be missing. From what it looks like, you won't miss much, especially if you're living in the middle anyway.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 590
Posted By powermatt99

I have the carbon VR5 and it is plenty comfy on...

I have the carbon VR5 and it is plenty comfy on 28s. It's not quite as comfy as my 501 steel Trek 520 on 28s but it's pretty close. I ride mostly in the city on roads pockmarked by a long winter and...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,311
Posted By powermatt99

A little more than usual. As a high school...

A little more than usual. As a high school baseball coach, I usually can't ride much during the spring. With high school sports canceled, I've been able to get out a little more than usual. The...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-21-20, 06:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 590
Posted By powermatt99

Felt says 30 if you maintain the 6mm clearance on...

Felt says 30 if you maintain the 6mm clearance on each side. The space between the stays is 42mm. If you try to squeeze anything larger than 30, you might run in to warranty issues.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-20, 12:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 632
Posted By powermatt99

Components can be upgraded, the frame not so...

Components can be upgraded, the frame not so easily. In the absence of being able to try before you buy, I'd get the most frame for the money and look at upgrading components later to suit your...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-20, 12:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 556
Posted By powermatt99

If the weather cooperates, I'll head out to some...

If the weather cooperates, I'll head out to some of the rural scenic byways up north in Wisconsin away from the rails-to-trails and MUPs that will be packed with oblivious dog-walkers and families...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-20, 11:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,201
Posted By powermatt99

I commuted with a backpack for about a week....

I commuted with a backpack for about a week. Humid mornings and sweat rolling down by back and saturating my undies was enough for me to get saddle bags. This was with a very pricy "cycling" backpack.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-19-20, 11:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,536
Posted By powermatt99

UPDATE: The 2018 VR5 has been delivered from the...

UPDATE: The 2018 VR5 has been delivered from the warehouse to my LBS (which is more like RegionalBS). My test ride is tomorrow morning before the shop opens. I'm a little concerned about the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,536
Posted By powermatt99

Sorry about the necrobump. What happened to...

Sorry about the necrobump.

What happened to Felt? Seems like they were all the rage from about 2007 to 2012 or so. I'm about to pull the trigger on a new 2018 VR5 at the LBS for about $1,100 off...
10-11-18, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2,241
Views: 789,754
Posted By powermatt99

Best idea I've seen. I might visit the in-laws if...

Best idea I've seen. I might visit the in-laws if I had a bike there and could get in a ride and return just as my wife was ready to leave. #BestSonInLaw...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-18, 09:20 PM
Replies: 2,320
Views: 84,783
Posted By powermatt99

Today was my first commute of the school year....

Today was my first commute of the school year. I'm a high school athletic director so I often need to have my truck to haul equipment around or drive out to a road game. The start of fall sports...
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