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07-18-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 5,045
Views: 3,539,769
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
07-16-21, 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...
07-14-21, 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...
07-13-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 1,521
Views: 292,882
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
07-12-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,612
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: 1,612
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...
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: 292,882
Posted By mattcalifornia

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

Yesterday's ride in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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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...
06-07-21, 05:03 PM
Replies: 1,521
Views: 292,882
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....
03-07-21, 11:30 PM
Replies: 1,521
Views: 292,882
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: 292,882
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
02-04-21, 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
01-28-21, 01:42 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 10,897
Posted By mattcalifornia

It's not cheap, but it's not $400. They are all...

It's not cheap, but it's not $400. They are all over the place for $199, and I've seen them for around $169.
12-02-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 595
Posted By mattcalifornia

What kind of riding are you going to use it for? ...

What kind of riding are you going to use it for? It would be good as a single speed or for adventuring/touring, but if you want to ride hills or go fast, I probably wouldn't recommend it. I have a...
11-12-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,644
Posted By mattcalifornia

Best Clothing for SoCal Winter

Now that the temperatures have cooled off, I need to order some new winter riding clothes, and I'm struggling to figure out what works best. This is my first season back on the outdoor bike in about...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,577
Posted By mattcalifornia

I was interested in this until I saw the post...

I was interested in this until I saw the post about the environmental factors. I'll pass.

More to the point -- you should easily get 5-10,000 miles out of your chain if you keep everything clean...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 828
Posted By mattcalifornia

You should really update to more current...

You should really update to more current technology. Are you aware of fountain pens? ; )
Forum: Road Cycling
09-29-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 12,631
Posted By mattcalifornia

Maybe try to find someone selling one on...

Maybe try to find someone selling one on craigslist near you and ask if you can either take a test ride or pay to rent it for a day or two.
09-29-20, 01:57 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,349
Posted By mattcalifornia

I honestly can't tell if this is a put-on. That's...

I honestly can't tell if this is a put-on. That's a Specialized Crossroads hybrid/city bike. It's not a mountain bike. It retailed for less than $350. **********???
09-27-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,349
Posted By mattcalifornia

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Well, for one thing, you've got about 10 pounds worth of lights, bags,...
09-26-20, 09:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,349
Posted By mattcalifornia

From the way you describe it, I wonder if you'd...

From the way you describe it, I wonder if you'd be better off with a hard tail bike. Or even a gravel bike. You'd be surprised at what you can do with little to no suspension. Unless you're bombing...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,342
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'm 181 at my last weigh-in, also riding 28mm...

I'm 181 at my last weigh-in, also riding 28mm Conti GP 5000TL tires. I've been riding 80 in the back and 70-75 in the front. However, I notice that they lose pressure over time, so if I'm going for...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-20, 04:43 PM
Replies: 20,091
Views: 4,435,364
Posted By mattcalifornia

New saddle. Fizik Antares Versus Evo R1 Adaptive....

New saddle. Fizik Antares Versus Evo R1 Adaptive. Ridiculous name, but we'll see how it rides. Seems good after one short ride. I didn't realize I needed to buy different hardware to attach it to my...
09-17-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,485
Posted By mattcalifornia

When I was a kid, Lemond and Eric Heiden were 2...

When I was a kid, Lemond and Eric Heiden were 2 of my favorite athletes. Fantastic comeback story after getting shot too. He never got enough props or fame in the US for what he accomplished.
09-14-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 6,855
Posted By mattcalifornia

Oh good grief. But back on topic, air...

Oh good grief.

But back on topic, air quality in LA area has really deteriorated the last few days. It actually feels fine to me, but based on the AQI numbers, I'm thinking that riding right...
09-11-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 6,855
Posted By mattcalifornia

The problem there isn't environmentalists. I...

The problem there isn't environmentalists. I would argue quite the opposite. The problem is that, due to a lack of sufficient regulation, people have been permitted to build way too many houses and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,518
Posted By mattcalifornia

Well, that's true, although I didn't see any...

Well, that's true, although I didn't see any information about what width he is running now or how wide a tire he can accommodate on that bike. He probably can't run 32's, but I'm running 28's on my...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 850
Posted By mattcalifornia

Yes, but unless the Peloton is properly...

Yes, but unless the Peloton is properly calibrated (which many - or even most - aren't), the FTP result won't be useful for road riding.

Drive your bike somewhere you can find a suitable road. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-29-20, 12:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,020
Posted By mattcalifornia

Rim brakes are great most of the time, but almost...

Rim brakes are great most of the time, but almost all of my rides are hill-focused, and when the descents get around 13% and up, I'd rather have discs. (Maybe if I can back down to my college...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,071
Posted By mattcalifornia

I really have no interest in re-hashing the whole...

I really have no interest in re-hashing the whole Hambini debate. I agree with some of what you said. (However as for the frame voids (they aren't exactly air bubbles but gaps in the resin/bonding...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,071
Posted By mattcalifornia

Nah - grain of salt is appropriate. He has...

Nah - grain of salt is appropriate. He has pointed out some very legitimate manufacturing problems that don't get much attention elsewhere, and he shows you the defects, how he identifies and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,041
Posted By mattcalifornia

No - actually that's a good point. It seems like...

No - actually that's a good point. It seems like technopolymer actually is some sort of carbon reinforced composite. Their own description of Super Record 11-speed rear derailleur says: "upper and...
08-24-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,001
Posted By mattcalifornia

I was using a Knog rear tail light that I really...

I was using a Knog rear tail light that I really liked. It has several different blinky options, and a built in USB plug, so you just stick it directly into any USB outlet to charge. Unfortunately,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-20, 01:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,672
Posted By mattcalifornia

What's wrong with doing intervals? It's a great...

What's wrong with doing intervals? It's a great training method. I don't see what you're annoyed about -- especially since you changed your speed to a sprint also.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,041
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'm not disagreeing with that. I'm also not...

I'm not disagreeing with that. I'm also not agreeing with it. The point is that "plastics" and "polymers" can be many different things. I don't think any of us have enough facts to opine on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,153
Posted By mattcalifornia

I would recommend that everyone look at their...

I would recommend that everyone look at their homeowners/renters insurance and see if they have replacement value coverage. If not, you should definitely find out how much it would cost to upgrade...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,153
Posted By mattcalifornia

It depends on your insurance. The only time I...

It depends on your insurance. The only time I ever made a bike-related claim was in the 90s, when my mountain bike got stolen. My renter's insurance was a replacement-value policy. They wound up...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 434
Posted By mattcalifornia

It's probably fine if you're only going to ride...

It's probably fine if you're only going to ride on relatively flat, hard-packed dirt roads. I wouldn't want to be wearing road bike shoes on a single track trail, steep road or loose gravel or sand....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,648
Posted By mattcalifornia

My understanding is that Chorus, Record and...

My understanding is that Chorus, Record and Super Record are mechanically identical (except that you have more gearing choices with Chorus). I believe the only difference is that Record and SR use...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,648
Posted By mattcalifornia

I just changed from an old Chorus 10-speed (circa...

I just changed from an old Chorus 10-speed (circa 2001) to Chorus 12-speed (all mechanical). The shifting is a little better, but honestly, it was really good before. I mostly upgraded because I...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-20, 05:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 853
Posted By mattcalifornia

What kind of wheels are you riding? I'm guessing...

What kind of wheels are you riding? I'm guessing you might want to leave the deep dishes at home if possible.
08-15-20, 10:38 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,686
Posted By mattcalifornia

I absolutely hate Schrader valves. The rest...

I absolutely hate Schrader valves. The rest seems pretty random.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-20, 10:54 PM
Replies: 26,858
Views: 17,291,901
Posted By mattcalifornia

Here's my newly rebuilt old bike. The frame is a...

Here's my newly rebuilt old bike. The frame is a 2001 (I think) Eddy Merckx Team SC. I loved it in its original carnation (Campy Chorus 10-speed group and Rolf Sestriere wheels), but I took a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 24,674
Posted By mattcalifornia

I'm not arguing with you anymore. All I said was...

I'm not arguing with you anymore. All I said was that you didn't need to call the guy a tool. I'm over it and moving on.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 353
Views: 24,674
Posted By mattcalifornia

LOL - seeing how the bulk of my ride was in...

LOL - seeing how the bulk of my ride was in Malibu, if anyone was giving me dirty looks, it was only because I was riding an old frame.
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