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09-27-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 175
Posted By TMonk

Actually, it's you that are holding your own...

Actually, it's you that are holding your own against faster riders, not the bike! Over diverse terrain and wind conditions, the flexibility of a geared freehub/freewheel bike is generally faster. ...
09-27-21, 09:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 70
Posted By TMonk

I havent seen a ton of this in the wild yet. ...

I havent seen a ton of this in the wild yet. MTB, for sure, but gravel not as much. For example there are many (MTB) races with SS only categories, that often carry a lot of prestige and/or cash...
09-27-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 16,604
Views: 1,040,447
Posted By TMonk

Quick update on my knee - I'm feeling some...

Quick update on my knee - I'm feeling some progress and optimism! I was able to ride for 3 hrs on Saturday with some solid climbing.

Spent the weekend with a buddy (his bday) up in Big Bear to...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 5,667
Posted By TMonk

Queue "Closing Time" by Semisonic. Without...

Queue "Closing Time" by Semisonic.

Without having read through the whole thread, I think the returns on hydro discs are greater if you have access to more mountains and/or wet weather more...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 5,667
Posted By TMonk

I'm still on 11s, mechnical, clincher/tubular and...

I'm still on 11s, mechnical, clincher/tubular and rim brake on my two road bikes and TT bike. I feel my returns would be quite diminishing for my investment in any newer technology, at least for the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 5,667
Posted By TMonk

I read it as ridicule as well. I think that...

I read it as ridicule as well. I think that either are valid interpretations. For that reasons, my opinion is that it is not very nice and/or could have been worded differently.

Much of the...
09-24-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 415,208
Posted By TMonk

Thanks for all the pro tips everyone! I do...

Thanks for all the pro tips everyone! I do appreciate it! As a disclaimer - I want to mention that I will actually be getting some medical assistance soon both in network (Kaiser) and potentially...
09-24-21, 12:02 AM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 415,208
Posted By TMonk

Thanks for the tips - I will record and look up...

Thanks for the tips - I will record and look up those exercises.

One of the videos that I watched this morning had a glute activation routine that involved just sitting on your hands and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,753
Posted By TMonk

tights over regular bibs, but id probably most...

tights over regular bibs, but id probably most likely just be on zwift if it was that cold. it hardly gets sub 40 around here but I do start some rides in the 30-40F range every year, mostly just so...
09-23-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 415,208
Posted By TMonk

Ya, I've had that sort of experience in the past...

Ya, I've had that sort of experience in the past too, esp. w Kaiser (which I'm still on). Convenient for routine stuff, not super helpful for specialists. Still, I intend on being proactive and...
09-23-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 415,208
Posted By TMonk

Yikes, yeah mine is not that bad, more like a...

Yikes, yeah mine is not that bad, more like a dull ache/pressure that develops 30-60 min into a ride. This started 3 weeks ago.

I've had quadriceps tendonitis in my right knee that was worse...
09-22-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 415,208
Posted By TMonk

Was this recently? Like within the last couple...

Was this recently? Like within the last couple of seasons?

Ya, I've also thought about bringing in some more strength work, just to keep things overall healthy and balanced. Maybe I'll do that.
09-22-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 11,208
Posted By TMonk

Congrats rivers , that sounds like a very...

Congrats rivers , that sounds like a very successfull first race!
09-22-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 415,208
Posted By TMonk

Sounds like injuries all around. I'm still...

Sounds like injuries all around. I'm still struggling with knee issues, patellofemoral stuff. I had a mini breakthrough yesterday on my ride when it started hurting 50 min in... I coasted a bit and...
09-20-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 16,604
Views: 1,040,447
Posted By TMonk

The knee issue popped up before I had the new...

The knee issue popped up before I had the new bike built. Strangely enough, the short bouts of riding I've done on the new MTB have given me 0 issues; they have been from my two seasoned road bikes....
09-20-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 415,208
Posted By TMonk

lol

lol
09-20-21, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 415,208
Posted By TMonk

Just look at the Join Dates from the last 10+...

Just look at the Join Dates from the last 10+ posts... We're all lifers from the mid 2000's.

At 34 (almost 35) I'm one of the younger posters in the 33 and will soon be able to say that I've been...
09-16-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 6,528
Views: 415,208
Posted By TMonk

hey, I still post!!!

hey, I still post!!!
09-16-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 16,604
Views: 1,040,447
Posted By TMonk

Realizing I'm going to have to take it slow and...

Realizing I'm going to have to take it slow and low with my knee and return to riding and training at my previous level. Looks like I gave myself a classic case of "spring knee", but in September,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-21, 12:02 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 5,927
Posted By TMonk

I always ask: "mind if I catch a lift?". almost...

I always ask: "mind if I catch a lift?". almost nobody does that to me though. I still usually don't mind.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-21, 05:15 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,894
Posted By TMonk

well that's not nice. doesn't exactly make me...

well that's not nice. doesn't exactly make me proud to be a specialized bike owner... in my defense, it was purchased at cost since it was a team bike - provided to the elite team by our sponsorship...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-21, 08:49 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,383
Posted By TMonk

aclinjury well, as I specified in my previous...

aclinjury well, as I specified in my previous posts, I don't! I thought I'd try it for funsies and ended up with a tire/rim combination that didn't work out, so I'm back on tubes.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,383
Posted By TMonk

Ya, there is an element of that too, like maybe I...

Ya, there is an element of that too, like maybe I don't know what I'm missing? My daily average body weight is 145-150 (depending on time of year) and run around 90 most of the time, unless I'm on a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,383
Posted By TMonk

jaxgtr thanks for the recommendation, when I...

jaxgtr thanks for the recommendation, when I wear through my current tires on the Bonty's, I may try Pirelli's or Bontrager R3 TLR tires if I find them on sale. It is annoying that you have to pay...
09-09-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 587
Posted By TMonk

Jamis is a good brand, at that price point it...

Jamis is a good brand, at that price point it swoop it up in a heartbeat if it fits!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,383
Posted By TMonk

Having said that I do think Mavic UST should work...

Having said that I do think Mavic UST should work well, I just found a better deal on the Bonty wheels and liked the idea of more tire options, although (much) more so on road, it definitely matters...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,383
Posted By TMonk

There needs to be a universal standard for road...

There needs to be a universal standard for road tubeless given the tighter tolerances that are required vs MTB. I've done tubeless MTB for a long time.

Recently purchased some Bonty Aeolus TLR 3's...
09-04-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 2,139
Views: 268,797
Posted By TMonk

On a separate note, we've been on a bit of a...

On a separate note, we've been on a bit of a modern (progressive) Country kick - a lot of Kacey Musgraves and Sturgill Simpson going through our home receiver lately.
09-04-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 2,139
Views: 268,797
Posted By TMonk

cute little simple track, from my signature's...

cute little simple track, from my signature's namesake. Also one of my favorite to play with the boys on jazz nite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rC4kDdC70AM
09-03-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 11,208
Posted By TMonk

yeah, 20 lbs might make a bit of a difference...

yeah, 20 lbs might make a bit of a difference haha! Glad to hear things are good.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 10,559
Views: 144,353
Posted By TMonk

Once the gradient gets into the double digits, I...

Once the gradient gets into the double digits, I feel like even it's still crawling along even for the super fit.... And that just isn't fun IMO!

A low gradient climb with favorable wind (no...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 10,559
Views: 144,353
Posted By TMonk

I don't particularly like climbing, even though...

I don't particularly like climbing, even though at 66 kg (145 lbs) I'm supposed to be good at it. I was good at it too, until I started racing P/1/2. When I'm going real good I can put out a 5.0 w/kg...
09-02-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 677
Posted By TMonk

wktmeow has good advice. I will also add stay...

wktmeow has good advice. I will also add stay in the drops when you are in close proximity with other riders - don't let your bars get hooked on anything. Stay loose, not stiff, otherwise you'll...
09-02-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 16,604
Views: 1,040,447
Posted By TMonk

More knee testing this morning. At this point I...

More knee testing this morning. At this point I feel pretty good but I've had chronic issues in years past so I'm taking it seriously and I know better than to push it too much.

I did my standard...
09-01-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 936
Posted By TMonk

I patronize my LBS by paying a premium for parts...

I patronize my LBS by paying a premium for parts and having them do all my service. In exchange, they'll go out on a limb and help me out when I'm really in a pinch. The good service more than pays...
09-01-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 16,604
Views: 1,040,447
Posted By TMonk

Ya, with that amount of travel + the bigger...

Ya, with that amount of travel + the bigger wheel, you'll be able to "monster truck" over so many things and it shouldn't be overly heavy or burdensome either.

For complete builds, I'd recommend...
08-31-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 16,604
Views: 1,040,447
Posted By TMonk

Specialized "Chisel" - their new name for a...

Specialized "Chisel" - their new name for a smartweld 1,400 gram HT XC frame, 29er
Fox Factory 32 fork
Fox Factor dropper post
Shimano M8000 1x11 (chose 11 vs 12 since I have 3 other bikes that...
08-31-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 16,604
Views: 1,040,447
Posted By TMonk

An hour of multitasking on the trainer this...

An hour of multitasking on the trainer this morning (Z1) and I didn't notice my knee which is good. I took a few ibuprofen anyway. Rather than go bigger tomorrow, I'm gonna spin easy for 20-30 min...
08-31-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 11,208
Posted By TMonk

Post more Matt! We need your no-nonsense NorCal...

Post more Matt! We need your no-nonsense NorCal elite content!

Who are you riding with? MIke's Bike's? Terun still a thing? Where's Chris Evans? Are you training any differently?
08-30-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 16,604
Views: 1,040,447
Posted By TMonk

backpack trip went great, I'll update with some...

backpack trip went great, I'll update with some photos later once my buddy uploads.

I hit it decently hard on the TT bike on Saturday then on the road yesterday for 70 mi/4 hrs. My knee started...
08-29-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 11,208
Posted By TMonk

Congrats on the series overall!

Congrats on the series overall!
08-27-21, 04:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 888
Posted By TMonk

Used dura ace 7800 brakes on Ebay FTW. But only...

Used dura ace 7800 brakes on Ebay FTW. But only if they're long enough
08-20-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,943
Posted By TMonk

I'm also a long time road and MTB rider, and have...

I'm also a long time road and MTB rider, and have yet to buy into the fad. Although at this point I think it's here to stay. I don't have anything against it either, and I think that it does make a...
08-19-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 16,604
Views: 1,040,447
Posted By TMonk

Last stair workout (w loaded pack) yesterday. A...

Last stair workout (w loaded pack) yesterday. A bit of jogging first. Gotta say, compared to a month ago, it felt pretty easy. Especially the side-to-side stabilizing muscles around the knees, just...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 4,854
Posted By TMonk

I fancy myself in the top left. I'm an elite road...

I fancy myself in the top left. I'm an elite road racer and my team supplies me with my clothing and some of my other accessories if I race and volunteer enough during the season. No way I'm forking...
08-17-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 16,604
Views: 1,040,447
Posted By TMonk

^ yikes. I rode the TT bike this morning...

^
yikes.

I rode the TT bike this morning and felt halfway decent. A couple days from our Mt. Baldy training hike and a light spin yesterday did the trick I guess. I just did 3x laps at SST on...
08-12-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 502
Posted By TMonk

Got pissed trying to find a full group, ended up...

Got pissed trying to find a full group, ended up just going w separate parts. So I'll lose a bit of value there but w/e. Buying the M8000 brakes used, will just add new pads. The rest will be new.
08-12-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 16,604
Views: 1,040,447
Posted By TMonk

Some time on the TT bike tomorrow morning...

Some time on the TT bike tomorrow morning (outside at Fiesta), then driving up to Manker Flats campground on Mt Baldy road. On Saturday we (our mountaineering party of 4) will day hike Mt Baldy with...
08-12-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,376
Posted By TMonk

back to my stable ~147.5 lbs. However - my...

back to my stable ~147.5 lbs. However - my composition is different, smaller legs, a little more upper body mass (fat and muscle) as I've been preparing for my backpacking trip. I did more jogging...
08-11-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 502
Posted By TMonk

I'm attracted to the value of buying as a...

I'm attracted to the value of buying as a groupset, as it has lower pricing vs purchasing separately. Thanks for the suggestion though.

What's your opinion on the link above, or buying from China...
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