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07-26-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 832
Posted By mattcalifornia

I was thinking about this thread on my ride...

I was thinking about this thread on my ride yesterday! Not a washboard road, but some pretty rough mountain bike trails. A few of the single-track trails were fairly fast but heavily potted, and...
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Views: 123
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'd be interested to hear comments on this too....

I'd be interested to hear comments on this too. Thanks for posting.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 478
Posted By mattcalifornia

Make sure to also check that your wheels are...

Make sure to also check that your wheels are properly dished. I was feeling a bit unstable on fast downhills last summer, and it turned out my rear wheel was a few millimeters out of dish. It made...
07-19-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 400
Posted By mattcalifornia

wow - you're right! looks like they did that...

wow - you're right! looks like they did that intentionally to avoid accidental multiple downshifts on bumpy terrain. That's different than Campy road systems. I'm not sure that change was really...
07-18-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 5,045
Views: 3,539,748
Posted By mattcalifornia

I picked this up used earlier this year, along...

I picked this up used earlier this year, along with a set of 700c Ibis wheels. Took off the dropper post, replaced the saddle, and down-sized the chainring to 32. These wheels have 47mm WTB Venture...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-21, 01:19 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,785
Posted By mattcalifornia

That's not what I meant by cross-threading. I'm...

That's not what I meant by cross-threading. I'm talking about screwing the pedal into the crank on an angle such that the threads of the pedal and crank are mis-aligned. This can strip the threads...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-21, 05:38 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,785
Posted By mattcalifornia

The only issue would be if you were worried about...

The only issue would be if you were worried about cross-threading the pedals in the cranks. I suppose the theoretical risk of that increases the more you screw and unscrew something.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,785
Posted By mattcalifornia

I doubt it. That would not work for the Faveros...

I doubt it. That would not work for the Faveros anyway. My understanding is that one of the pedals communicates with the head unit (left, I think), and the other pedal is a "slave" unit that only...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,785
Posted By mattcalifornia

Another endorsement for the Faveros. I've been...

Another endorsement for the Faveros. I've been riding them for a year and sometimes swap them between bikes. Really good product. The other advantage of pedal-based PMs is that if you get a new...
07-15-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,779
Posted By mattcalifornia

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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07-15-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,572
Posted By mattcalifornia

Interesting. I've seen people say the same thing...

Interesting. I've seen people say the same thing on-line, but I have a hard time reconciling it with my own un-scientific experience (i.e., my Spot bike just feels heavy) and my own back of the...
07-14-21, 10:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 400
Posted By mattcalifornia

I don't think the hoods look any worse than any...

I don't think the hoods look any worse than any other hydraulic hoods (better IMO), and the reviews say they are super comfortable and have good grip. I don't love the feel of my SRAM hoods, and the...
07-14-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 400
Posted By mattcalifornia

I haven't ridden Ekar - but I was pretty close to...

I haven't ridden Ekar - but I was pretty close to buying it for a gravel build when it came out. I have SRAM Rival 1x11 with an Easton crankset with swappable chainrings on my gravel bike. If you...
07-14-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,572
Posted By mattcalifornia

I have a Spot Ajax belt drive with 8-speed Alfine...

I have a Spot Ajax belt drive with 8-speed Alfine IGH that I use as a commuter/city bike. I don't have a ton of miles on it though because I moved my office and don't commute very often by bike. I...
07-13-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 1,521
Views: 292,876
Posted By mattcalifornia

Thanks. Semi-interesting trivia about that...

Thanks. Semi-interesting trivia about that photo. It's hard to see, but you can sort of make out a house at the left-hand side of the dark ridge that runs across the middle of the photo. The house...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-13-21, 01:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,611
Posted By mattcalifornia

Point taken. I guess I just got used to it. ...

Point taken. I guess I just got used to it. Nonetheless, I'm keeping my dropper off my gravel bike (at least for now)
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,611
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'm not saying it isn't useful at all in some...

I'm not saying it isn't useful at all in some situations on a gravel bike. I'm saying that, for me, the cons (weight & stiffness) greatly outweigh the pros and that, on the rare occasion where the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,611
Posted By mattcalifornia

I just hang off the back of the saddle like I did...

I just hang off the back of the saddle like I did on my MTB in the 80's and 90's. It's a rare occurrence anyway, and the dropper is usually the least of my concerns at that point -- the brakes,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,611
Posted By mattcalifornia

I occasionally ride some more technical MTB...

I occasionally ride some more technical MTB trails on my gravel bike, and I still don't want a dropper. I can get my weight back far enough without it. The bigger issue for me is that the brakes...
07-12-21, 01:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 656
Posted By mattcalifornia

I used my iPhone 11 Pro as a bike computer for a...

I used my iPhone 11 Pro as a bike computer for a while with the Cyclemeter Elite app (I'm now using a Hammerhead Karoo 2). There are definitely a few drawbacks, but honestly, it's better than a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-21, 12:36 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,611
Posted By mattcalifornia

I just took my dropper off of my gravel bike. I...

I just took my dropper off of my gravel bike. I almost never used it and it added a ton of weight and - even worse - it was jarringly stiff and extremely uncomfortable on long rides. I replaced it...
07-07-21, 09:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,253
Posted By mattcalifornia

Care to share your best trails and fire roads? ...

Care to share your best trails and fire roads? I'm on the west side
07-04-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 874
Views: 209,798
Posted By mattcalifornia

I just replaced the dropper post that came with...

I just replaced the dropper post that came with my (used) gravel bike with a Niner RDO carbon seatpost. I don't need a dropper on my gravel bike 99.9% of the time, and it was heavy and jarringly...
07-04-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 1,521
Views: 292,876
Posted By mattcalifornia

Yesterday's ride in the Santa Monica Mountains. ...

Yesterday's ride in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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07-02-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 534
Posted By mattcalifornia

I had 10sp Campy Chorus Ergo for many years on my...

I had 10sp Campy Chorus Ergo for many years on my bike. I recently upgraded to Chorus 12. The 10-speed is great. Still worked flawlessly and I never had a problem with it. I sold the whole gruppo...
06-26-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,995
Posted By mattcalifornia

According to this site:...

According to this site: https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/road-bike-reviews/compare/continental-gatorskin-2015-vs-continental-grand-prix-5000-2018, the GP 5000s will save you 9.3 watts at...
06-24-21, 12:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,582
Posted By mattcalifornia

Sounds like we're kind of in the same boat. I...

Sounds like we're kind of in the same boat. I just changed my front chainring from 36 to 32! I have two sets of wheels: 650b rims with 47mm semi-knobby tires with a 9-46 cassette; and 700c rims...
06-22-21, 10:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,003
Posted By mattcalifornia

I use the Scosche Rhythm 24. Battery life,...

I use the Scosche Rhythm 24. Battery life, pairing and accuracy are very good. I'm done with chest straps.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-21, 08:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 804
Posted By mattcalifornia

I have some experience with this sort of...

I have some experience with this sort of decision. Last year, I did a complete overhaul/upgrade of my 2001 Eddy Merckx Team SC (Aluminum/Scandium frame). It sort of happened by accident. I wasn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-07-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,456
Posted By mattcalifornia

Yes - the Giordana FR-C bibs are excellent. I...

Yes - the Giordana FR-C bibs are excellent. I bought them on sale last year, and now I can't find them discounted anywhere. However, my Rapha pro team bibs are almost as good and retail for about $75...
06-07-21, 05:03 PM
Replies: 1,521
Views: 292,876
Posted By mattcalifornia

I rode through the hills of Brentwood, Pacific...

I rode through the hills of Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Topanga-ish, including an area that was just hit with the Palisades wild fire. It's like Mad Max....
06-05-21, 01:07 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,289
Posted By mattcalifornia

FYI - that review is of the Karoo 1. The Karoo 2...

FYI - that review is of the Karoo 1. The Karoo 2 is smaller (and has sound)
05-27-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,582
Posted By mattcalifornia

you guys either have much bigger legs than I do...

you guys either have much bigger legs than I do or live in much flatter areas!
05-26-21, 10:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,289
Posted By mattcalifornia

It's been a while, but I just wanted to report...

It's been a while, but I just wanted to report back on the Hammerhead. Since my original post, Hammerhead has released several over-the-air software updates, and things have improved dramatically...
05-25-21, 04:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,582
Posted By mattcalifornia

It's an Ibis Hakka MX. It's made to work with...

It's an Ibis Hakka MX. It's made to work with either 650b or 700c. The bike originally came with Ibis 700c carbon rims and I already bought a set of 42mm Rene Herse Snoqualmie Pass tires, which are...
05-25-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 26,801
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'm interested in these too. My SRAM Rival...

I'm interested in these too. My SRAM Rival brakes cramp up my hands on the long dirt descents. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, they have basically been out of stock globally for many months. ...
05-25-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,582
Posted By mattcalifornia

Interesting thread. I need some advice myself. ...

Interesting thread. I need some advice myself. I recently bought a nice (slightly) used gravel bike that came with 36T front and a 9-46 rear on 650b wheels with 47mm tires. (In case you are...
05-09-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,030
Posted By mattcalifornia

Interesting -- that's good information!

Interesting -- that's good information!
05-09-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,030
Posted By mattcalifornia

I recently bought the Giro Sector shoes. I've...

I recently bought the Giro Sector shoes. I've only ridden them a few times but I like them a lot so far. They are light, comfortable and plenty stiff, but not so stiff that they get uncomfortable. ...
03-07-21, 11:30 PM
Replies: 1,521
Views: 292,876
Posted By mattcalifornia

Second ride yesterday -- much better. By the...

Second ride yesterday -- much better. By the way, my hands were hurting from braking, not from being rattled around. I keep a super loose grip except when braking. I think I just either need to...
03-05-21, 03:51 PM
Replies: 1,521
Views: 292,876
Posted By mattcalifornia

Finally bit the bullet and picked up a nice used...

Finally bit the bullet and picked up a nice used gravel bike. This was from my first ride. Look close and you can see the ocean. I tried to do some single-track riding too, but it was a huge mistake...
02-11-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,343
Posted By mattcalifornia

The Knolly Cache comes in steel or titanium with...

The Knolly Cache comes in steel or titanium with 422mm chainstays
02-08-21, 07:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,075
Posted By mattcalifornia

I definitely would not buy that frame. The odds...

I definitely would not buy that frame. The odds are that nothing will happen, but the thought of the frame cracking or bending would always be in the back of my mind while descending big hills. For...
02-08-21, 12:26 AM
Replies: 1,521
Views: 292,876
Posted By mattcalifornia

I think it's also because they just don't have...

I think it's also because they just don't have enough stock to justify having demos. I'm not sure how much I'll really be able to tell by riding around the block, but maybe. Thanks.
02-07-21, 10:29 PM
Replies: 1,521
Views: 292,876
Posted By mattcalifornia

I went to Helen's today. They don't demo gravel...

I went to Helen's today. They don't demo gravel bikes any more. : (
02-05-21, 10:59 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,289
Posted By mattcalifornia

Yeah - I'm not going down the Facebook road here....

Yeah - I'm not going down the Facebook road here.

bikebikebike Thanks for your post. I don't think I experienced sensor loss. The Karoo showed that the speed sensor was connected at all times;...
02-04-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,289
Posted By mattcalifornia

Don't get me started on Facebook and Zuckerberg ....

Don't get me started on Facebook and Zuckerberg . . . . That's a discussion for some other forum.
02-04-21, 12:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,289
Posted By mattcalifornia

Thanks for the tip guys, but I deleted Facebook a...

Thanks for the tip guys, but I deleted Facebook a few years ago
02-03-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 1,521
Views: 292,876
Posted By mattcalifornia

Thanks! I'm in LA too. Where did you test ride a...

Thanks! I'm in LA too. Where did you test ride a Hakka?
02-02-21, 03:33 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,289
Posted By mattcalifornia

thanks. I knew about the first one (which isn't...

thanks. I knew about the first one (which isn't great). But I wasn't aware of karoousers. I'll check it out.
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