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09-16-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 6,474
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Posted By TMonk

hey, I still post!!!

hey, I still post!!!
09-16-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 16,595
Views: 1,036,086
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: 133
Views: 2,667
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: 3,374
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: 73
Views: 2,520
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: 73
Views: 2,520
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: 73
Views: 2,520
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: 8
Views: 399
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: 73
Views: 2,520
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: 73
Views: 2,520
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: 267,081
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: 267,081
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: 134
Views: 10,208
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: 9,426
Views: 123,982
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: 9,426
Views: 123,982
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: 526
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: 16,595
Views: 1,036,086
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: 724
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: 16,595
Views: 1,036,086
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: 16,595
Views: 1,036,086
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: 16,595
Views: 1,036,086
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: 134
Views: 10,208
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: 16,595
Views: 1,036,086
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: 134
Views: 10,208
Posted By TMonk

Congrats on the series overall!

Congrats on the series overall!
08-27-21, 04:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 742
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: 4,543
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: 16,595
Views: 1,036,086
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: 4,706
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: 16,595
Views: 1,036,086
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: 438
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: 16,595
Views: 1,036,086
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: 5,903
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: 438
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...
08-11-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,831
Posted By TMonk

I guess it kind of depends on your goals for the...

I guess it kind of depends on your goals for the ride. When I do group rides, my main goal is to just squeeze my legs a lot. This implies a lot of pulling through (potentially with light...
08-11-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By TMonk

MTB groupsets from China (ebay)

Hello,

I'm building a new MTB (for xc) and in the market for a groupset. It's a Specialized Chisel (HT 29" aluminum) with Fox Factory 32, Hunt wheels. I want to assemble it with M8000 XT...
08-05-21, 11:46 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,831
Posted By TMonk

I try to explore it often. Difference is...

I try to explore it often.

Difference is now, with stacked LA L3gion and KHS Elevate teams at SCNCA races, I don't get quite as much daylight as I did when I was a cat 3/4/5, nor does it last as...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,613
Posted By TMonk

In those circumstances, I would have just done my...

In those circumstances, I would have just done my ride on Zwift. This is a nice story though, glad it worked out and you didn't have to force the pace to stay dry!
07-30-21, 09:54 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,903
Posted By TMonk

Weight at around 148-149 last couple mornings....

Weight at around 148-149 last couple mornings. which is totally fine. Gotta say I thoroughly enjoyed those extra couple lbs!
...
07-29-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 16,595
Views: 1,036,086
Posted By TMonk

Only mildly sore from my backpack loaded...

Only mildly sore from my backpack loaded staircase reps yesterday. not super noticeable. nice! It's only been 3 weeks of significantly reduced bike TSS (hiking and jogging) and I am already starting...
07-28-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 16,595
Views: 1,036,086
Posted By TMonk

20 min jog this morning and then some staircase...

20 min jog this morning and then some staircase reps up a pretty prodigious staircase in Tierrasanta by work, but with a loaded backpack. Three sets of 1x every step fast cadence, then 1x every-other...
07-28-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 16,595
Views: 1,036,086
Posted By TMonk

bummer himespau. Focus on your recovery and...

bummer himespau. Focus on your recovery and don't sweat the power too much. Hopefully you can get back to riding the trainer and building again soon.
07-28-21, 09:31 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,903
Posted By TMonk

150 lbs this morning, a bit portly. I guess it's...

150 lbs this morning, a bit portly. I guess it's sorta of TBE after a week off wining and dining in the PNW!
07-28-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 24,563
Views: 2,240,369
Posted By TMonk

my bar tape jobs are usually pretty horrible lol

my bar tape jobs are usually pretty horrible lol
07-28-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,646
Posted By TMonk

I've got a Wabi Classic that has gotten ridden a...

I've got a Wabi Classic that has gotten ridden a handful of times in the last several years, might go For Sale soon esp. considering the inflated used bike market. I still race FG at the San Diego...
Replies: 3
Views: 597
Posted By TMonk

I think it will be interesting and positive...

I think it will be interesting and positive whatever comes for him. He's a good kid too, not a brat like some of them (juniors) can be haha.

Also, mini update, he also won gold in the TP and...
07-26-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 24,563
Views: 2,240,369
Posted By TMonk

Much of the "old guard" is gone, but you'll still...

Much of the "old guard" is gone, but you'll still see a few of us kickin' around. Nice to see you active on BF, and glad you're still riding!
07-21-21, 01:20 PM
Replies: 16,595
Views: 1,036,086
Posted By TMonk

A few hours this morning on zone 2. Pretty...

A few hours this morning on zone 2. Pretty tired, stiff and uncooperative legs after track last night and less sleep than ideal. Still, it was nice out and I got to work on my funny tan lines, so...
07-19-21, 11:39 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 10,208
Posted By TMonk

nice, looks fast as hell.

nice, looks fast as hell.
07-18-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 10,208
Posted By TMonk

Congrats ntnyln ! That is a great ride with a...

Congrats ntnyln ! That is a great ride with a fast time! Looks like you just hit your 53' goal too haha. Any pics of you in full flight during the race?
Replies: 3
Views: 597
Posted By TMonk

Local junior takes nats IP

disclaimer - I cross posted this in Road Bike Racing and SS/FG. Just gotta share it!

Local phenom Antonio Rossi just won the Junior 17-18 national IP! This makes me feel all sorts of things, but...
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