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09-07-23, 05:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,468
Posted By mattcalifornia

Yes - I have 44s and 47s. They float so much...

Yes - I have 44s and 47s. They float so much better on loose sand. There are some sections of trails in the Santa Monica Mountains near me that have very loose deep sand for stretches. You need the...
08-26-23, 01:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,575
Posted By mattcalifornia

Eh -- it depends on the particular frame. I've...

Eh -- it depends on the particular frame. I've owned steel, aluminum and carbon frames (never Ti). It depends a ton on the design and build quality. I currently own 1 carbon and 2 aluminum alloys. I...
08-25-23, 02:15 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,207
Posted By mattcalifornia

This was the first thing I thought of. Seth did a...

This was the first thing I thought of. Seth did a good review and explanation of why it does not cause steering problems. But MTB geometry is different than road bike geometry. OP never said what...
08-23-23, 12:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,468
Posted By mattcalifornia

I have a pair of 44 Snoqualmies on my extra set...

I have a pair of 44 Snoqualmies on my extra set of wheels (not with the endurance casing). They are good on the road and hard packed flat dirt. They are not good on steep dirt (up or down) or loose...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-23, 11:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,421
Posted By mattcalifornia

I have this issue also, so I'm reading this...

I have this issue also, so I'm reading this thread with great interest. I think it has to do with my back posture and flexibility issues mostly, which I'm constantly working on to no avail.

This...
08-15-23, 01:08 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,034
Posted By mattcalifornia

The clip looks correct - as said, I think it...

The clip looks correct - as said, I think it holds the wave washer. This design has been criticized by people like Hambini, but it appears to work well.

The clunk is not only normal, it's awesome...
08-13-23, 01:40 PM
Replies: 2,779
Views: 337,880
Posted By mattcalifornia

Road ride yesterday up to Malibu. Climbed Las...

Road ride yesterday up to Malibu. Climbed Las Flores & Rambla Pacifica up to Saddle Rock - just under 3,000' climb. Descended Tuna Canyon. Had to stop half way down to let my rims cool off. I stayed...
08-11-23, 02:54 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 5,264
Posted By mattcalifornia

I agree that lots of sunglasses are overpriced,...

I agree that lots of sunglasses are overpriced, but I disagree with the rest of your statement. Good lenses offer more than justn UV protection. They also reduce glare (front and rear), increase...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-23, 01:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,332
Posted By mattcalifornia

Those bars retailed for about $500 by themselves...

Those bars retailed for about $500 by themselves and are probably worth well over $100 on eBay also. As a parts bike, this bike could be very profitable if you decide not to ride it.
08-06-23, 08:18 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 310,206
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'm reporting back on 2 upgrades, now that I've...

I'm reporting back on 2 upgrades, now that I've been on a few rides:

• Cane Creek eeSilk shock stem: I thought my previous stem was too long, so I was shopping for a shorter stem and decided to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-23, 05:47 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,174
Posted By mattcalifornia

Let's be honest -- other than running and...

Let's be honest -- other than running and basketball, most sports are, to some degree, classist. You need to have equipment, clothing and leisure time. Cycling as transportation or around the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-23, 05:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,174
Posted By mattcalifornia

OK, fine. Then you should probably skip the...

OK, fine. Then you should probably skip the group rides. I'm curious to know what kind of advice you were actually hoping to receive when you started this thread.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-23, 05:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,620
Posted By mattcalifornia

The only way to answer this is to work up a...

The only way to answer this is to work up a spreadsheet with all the components and their costs: Frame, Groupset, [Wheels], Stem, Bars, Seatpost, Saddle, [Pedals], Bar Tape. Then you start hunting...
07-17-23, 03:06 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,417
Posted By mattcalifornia

I don't know about that. I have 8-speed Alfine on...

I don't know about that. I have 8-speed Alfine on my belt-drive commuter bike. It weighs about 6 tons, the shifting just isn't as fast as a good derailleur, and there is more drivetrain friction...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-14-23, 12:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,095
Posted By mattcalifornia

I've been using MucOff for the past couple of...

I've been using MucOff for the past couple of years. Haven't had any problems with it so far. One cool thing is that the sealant is designed to glow under UV light, so you can see if you had a...
07-14-23, 12:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 732
Posted By mattcalifornia

I've got HED Belgium+ rims too -- nice wheels. ...

I've got HED Belgium+ rims too -- nice wheels. What about just buying a used frame with QR dropouts? Seems like the most obvious and economical solution. Check craigslist, eBay, pinkbike,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-23, 04:47 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,601
Posted By mattcalifornia

Same here. I switched from 53/39 to 50/34 a few...

Same here. I switched from 53/39 to 50/34 a few years ago with an 11-32 cassette. I don't worry about spinning out. With a top gear of 50 front and 32 rear, you will hit 32.5 mph at 90rpm and 36 mph...
07-08-23, 12:22 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,126
Posted By mattcalifornia

Good question. I don't know if they changed the...

Good question. I don't know if they changed the design or not. However, my original crankset had "Chorus" written in white. On the new crankset, it's written in blue. I don't know whether this is a...
07-06-23, 01:08 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 310,206
Posted By mattcalifornia

I hear you. My first real road bike was 52/42 in...

I hear you. My first real road bike was 52/42 in front and 11/23 rear. I have no idea how I rode hills with that thing. My current road bike is 50/34 and 11/32. Most of the dirt around here (west...
07-05-23, 04:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 831
Posted By mattcalifornia

Just went for a ride on my 47mm Ventures. Strava...

Just went for a ride on my 47mm Ventures. Strava says my top speed was 34.4 mph on pavement at about 32 psi. Here's the tread pattern:

...
06-26-23, 01:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 831
Posted By mattcalifornia

I can't imagine the difference between 47mm and...

I can't imagine the difference between 47mm and 50mm is that great, all else being equal. The tread pattern and rubber compound, of course, will make a massive difference.
06-18-23, 01:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 843
Posted By mattcalifornia

The best bike gift I ever received is the Garmin...

The best bike gift I ever received is the Garmin Varia radar/rear light that my wife gave me a few years ago. I was skeptical about how useful or accurate it would be, but it is incredible and really...
06-13-23, 05:23 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 310,206
Posted By mattcalifornia

I decided that my stem was a little too long. In...

I decided that my stem was a little too long. In the process of shopping for a replacement, I thought I'd try a shock stem since I've seen a lot of good reviews. I bought the Cane Creek eeSilk. Just...
06-13-23, 12:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 694
Posted By mattcalifornia

diphthong -- that's true. He could find some dirt...

diphthong -- that's true. He could find some dirt closer in toward the city. Griffith Park and Franklin Canyon have some options, but I don't know them very well.

Venice Blvd. is hideous though....
06-12-23, 12:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 694
Posted By mattcalifornia

I live on the west side, so I mostly gravel ride...

I live on the west side, so I mostly gravel ride in the Santa Monica Mountains. The other big option is the San Gabriel Mountains east of LA, which are substantially bigger. The SM Mtns are roughly...
06-10-23, 06:58 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,417
Posted By mattcalifornia

Texas Cyclesport usually has some of the best...

Texas Cyclesport usually has some of the best deals on Campy groupsets. (BTW, I assume you mean mechanical shifting and hydraulic disc brakes -- not mechanical disc brakes). ...
06-04-23, 02:20 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,093
Posted By mattcalifornia

Sure, it's possible. But for a consignment...

Sure, it's possible. But for a consignment business? That's really bad. They are supposed to have a book (or, ideally, a computer log) of all consigned goods. Most states have pretty strict...
06-04-23, 01:15 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,093
Posted By mattcalifornia

Businesses are supposed to keep records and have...

Businesses are supposed to keep records and have systems. It is required by law for consignment shops. It is also necessary to prepare tax returns. How can you run a business without a system for...
05-29-23, 03:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,742
Posted By mattcalifornia

A tightly focused beam seems like a major...

A tightly focused beam seems like a major drawback for a rear light. I want to be seen from as wide an angle as possible. Many accidents occur at intersections or cars coming out of driveways. Let...
05-26-23, 06:58 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,218
Posted By mattcalifornia

https://www.sallymorinlaw.com/bicycle-accidents/bi...

https://www.sallymorinlaw.com/bicycle-accidents/bicycle-on-sidewalk-los-angeles/
"THE COMPLICATED REALITY OF BICYCLE SIDEWALK LAWS IN THE LOS ANGELES METROThe City of Los Angeles allows riders to...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-24-23, 12:21 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,665
Posted By mattcalifornia

Hmmm. The last time I had the Velofix mechanic...

Hmmm. The last time I had the Velofix mechanic over to work on my bikes, he saw my new box of tape in the garage and asked if he could re-wrap my bars for me just because he loved doing it. I was...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-23-23, 08:03 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,665
Posted By mattcalifornia

They should 100% redo that for you. I can't...

They should 100% redo that for you. I can't believe a "pro" would wrap bars like that.
05-22-23, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3,765
Views: 460,588
Posted By mattcalifornia

OK - now you're arguing cost effectiveness. The...

OK - now you're arguing cost effectiveness. The Netherlands is a whole different situation. I don't want to opine on that. It's flat, they have a pervasive bike-friendly culture, and people use their...
05-21-23, 08:30 PM
Replies: 3,765
Views: 460,588
Posted By mattcalifornia

Don't wear one if you don't want to, but your...

Don't wear one if you don't want to, but your post is just factually incorrect. You can easily suffer head trauma at very low speeds. And any decent cycling helmet does not interfere even a tiny bit...
05-20-23, 04:11 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,874
Posted By mattcalifornia

Put me in the "doesn't matter" category.

Put me in the "doesn't matter" category.
05-17-23, 09:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,306
Posted By mattcalifornia

This is true. The bike is nothing special. It's...

This is true. The bike is nothing special. It's the classes and the subscription that differentiate it from less expensive bikes of equal quality. However, I suppose there are 2 advantages of buying...
05-16-23, 04:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,163
Posted By mattcalifornia

Maybe this is a dumb question, but why do you...

Maybe this is a dumb question, but why do you want to coast on your indoor trainer?
05-15-23, 06:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,306
Posted By mattcalifornia

I like the Peloton and find that it has helped by...

I like the Peloton and find that it has helped by outdoor riding. If I were the only one in the house using it, I might get a KICKR instead, but I'm not sure. I found that I actually like the classes...
12-24-22, 11:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,164
Posted By mattcalifornia

I disagree. The Apple Watch serves many useful...

I disagree. The Apple Watch serves many useful functions for me. It's a Series 3 that I've had for 5 years and it wasn't even that expensive. It has so many useful functions that I could not do with...
09-29-22, 03:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,282
Posted By mattcalifornia

Agree with you about the class length, but most...

Agree with you about the class length, but most Peloton classes are in the saddle almost the entire time. As such, I wear regular bike shorts for anything over 20 minutes. Compare that with...
09-07-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 2,779
Views: 337,880
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'm very sorry you were in a terrible bike...

I'm very sorry you were in a terrible bike accident, but I absolutely hate when bikers are coming at me the wrong direction. That is not an acceptable solution. It is dangerous, illegal, and gives...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,941
Posted By mattcalifornia

LOL - I just did this last week! I drove 90...

LOL - I just did this last week! I drove 90 minutes to do my first XC MTB/gravel race. Forgot my shoes. Had to ride the race in my running shoes with clipless pedals. It pretty much sucked.
08-30-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 2,779
Views: 337,880
Posted By mattcalifornia

I had to do this last year when my chainrings...

I had to do this last year when my chainrings suddenly came un-bolted on a climb (crankset was eventually replaced as defective under warranty). I made a few calls to wife and friends for a ride,...
08-23-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,451
Posted By mattcalifornia

According to the NOX web site, those rims are...

According to the NOX web site, those rims are 23mm internal width and 29mm external and are tubeless ready. You should be easily able to run 32s on these rims if you want a pure road tire or 38 or...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-20-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 653
Posted By mattcalifornia

I did my first SRAM brake bleed earlier this...

I did my first SRAM brake bleed earlier this year. I found this video extremely helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_tGOPniwgo

I don't think I got it quite perfect, but it definitely...
08-18-21, 04:19 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,688
Posted By mattcalifornia

Every bike is a compromise. A gravel bike is...

Every bike is a compromise. A gravel bike is just a slightly different set of compromises than a road bike or a MTB.
08-14-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,047
Posted By mattcalifornia

Thanks for the report. You can avoid the stretch...

Thanks for the report. You can avoid the stretch of PCH from Entrada to Temescal Cyn going North/West if you cut over to the beach bike path. You can either take Ocean Park Blvd all the way to the...
08-12-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,089
Posted By mattcalifornia

Did anyone do any of the gravel rides? I had...

Did anyone do any of the gravel rides? I had considered trying that this year but didn't get my act together. Wondering how the courses were.
08-12-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,047
Posted By mattcalifornia

It's not great, but it's not as bad as everyone...

It's not great, but it's not as bad as everyone here is saying. You can either take the beach bike path up to Temescal Canyon in Pacific Palisades (which is pretty close to Topanga Cyn) and then...
08-11-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,858
Posted By mattcalifornia

No, that's not correct. They typically include 1...

No, that's not correct. They typically include 1 pair of shoes with the initial purchase, but you can use any shoes with Look Delta cleats. Or, you can swap out the pedals for any pedal of your...
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