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01-19-22, 08:32 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

I did a quick 12 miles around Griffith Park...

I did a quick 12 miles around Griffith Park today, with the intention of trying to place at least on the top 10 on several Strava segments. What sucks is that most of the KOMs are from cycling pros,...
01-16-22, 09:52 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

I knocked out 30 miles this morning over at...

I knocked out 30 miles this morning over at Griffith Observatory. There were a lot of bikes out today since the weather was nice. Climbed on Vista Del Valle Dr. fire road towards the observatory as...
01-16-22, 09:35 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

A couple of my cycling buddies did the race! With...

A couple of my cycling buddies did the race! With a family and kids, it's hard to plan longer rides without my wife or daughter calling me up asking where I'm at!
01-14-22, 01:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,615
Posted By jonathanf2

I can carry two feed bags on long rides, one with...

I can carry two feed bags on long rides, one with an extra water bottle and the other with snacks, power bank charger plugged directly into my phone and my small camera. This way I don't have to...
01-13-22, 11:08 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

32 miles today up Fern Truck Trail and to Ken...

32 miles today up Fern Truck Trail and to Ken Burton Junction. I was wearing my yellow tint lenses on my cycling glasses and didn't realize it was getting dark while I was deep on the trail....
01-13-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,615
Posted By jonathanf2

I just use feed bags. They're cheap, sturdy,...

I just use feed bags. They're cheap, sturdy, multi-purpose, easy to remove and don't interfere with my front cabling and lights.
01-10-22, 12:59 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Funny you mentioned about the local HS MTB teams....

Funny you mentioned about the local HS MTB teams. When I was up on Verdugo Mountains, the older couple I met (whom BTW were 69 and 70 years old) mentioned the local teams and how these kids were...
01-10-22, 09:23 AM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Knocked out 30 miles of mostly uphill climbing on...

Knocked out 30 miles of mostly uphill climbing on a perfect Sunday morning at Verdugo Mountains. I also bumped into an older couple grinding on a pair of of really nice S-Works MTBs. They were super...
01-07-22, 02:59 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Yesterday I knocked out a quick 23 miles. I rode...

Yesterday I knocked out a quick 23 miles. I rode S. Arroyo Blvd. to the Rose Bowl and then looped near JPL. I was planning to take Chevy Chase Canyon on the return back home, but the moment the sun...
01-05-22, 02:41 PM
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Views: 473
Posted By jonathanf2

Los Angeles doesn't have flat gravel terrain. If...

Los Angeles doesn't have flat gravel terrain. If you want to go off roading, you have to go uphill slowly. Going downhill is always fast. On some trails that lead back to pavement, I've hit over...
01-02-22, 10:33 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

My first ride for 2022! The fire road to the...

My first ride for 2022! The fire road to the Hollywood Sign was definitely sketchy with lots of damp hard packed dirt, loose gravel and a few baby heads on the road caused by the previous rainy...
12-31-21, 03:24 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Finally some sun here in LA! I knocked out two...

Finally some sun here in LA! I knocked out two hours of riding this morning around HLP, ER and Pasadena! I was surprised that everyone I rolled up on was out on their "winter" gravel bikes. It felt...
12-28-21, 07:06 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

I finally got some pedal time between the rain...

I finally got some pedal time between the rain and my kids home for winter break! I just did a quick uphill ride at Griffith Park. Also I've been using the holiday and rainy downtime to work on my...
12-20-21, 10:02 AM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Sunday I did 30 miles with my bike buddies and as...

Sunday I did 30 miles with my bike buddies and as usual, we climbed to the Griffith Observatory and then descended down the fire road taking the loop around the LA Zoo. Something to note, amongst the...
12-19-21, 12:23 PM
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Views: 267
Posted By jonathanf2

I'm not sure if the encampment is still there,...

I'm not sure if the encampment is still there, but north of Los Feliz Blvd. to the LA Zoo on the LART is/was a stretch of tents and it smelled pretty bad (a mix of urine/feces), enough to make me...
12-15-21, 11:31 AM
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Views: 579
Posted By jonathanf2

That's about the going rate for GK SK tires here...

That's about the going rate for GK SK tires here in the US. I wouldn't hesitate to buy off Ebay mainly for the buyer protection.
12-14-21, 07:02 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 34,978
Posted By jonathanf2

I just wanted to revive this thread. Last week...

I just wanted to revive this thread. Last week Poseidon finally had X frames in stock after being sold out for almost a year (now sold out again). I bought a frame and it shipped within two days....
12-10-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 929
Posted By jonathanf2

If you have tame gravel why not get a set of...

If you have tame gravel why not get a set of semi-slick gravel tires? I can still hang with my road bike buddies, while still being able to roll on dirt packed trails and gravel. You can also...
12-01-21, 11:31 AM
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Views: 235,494
Posted By jonathanf2

I just ordered a Poseidon X frameset, since...

I just ordered a Poseidon X frameset, since they're back in-stock. Can't really go wrong with an alloy frame and carbon fork for $299. Shipping is currently free for the holidays as well. I'm...
11-30-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,834
Posted By jonathanf2

Thanks Badger, my carbon bike didn't seem...

Thanks Badger, my carbon bike didn't seem noticeably better until I swapped to carbon hoops, so I'll probably do the same with my alloy GRX bike. Also I remember you've offered plenty of reasonable...
11-29-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,834
Posted By jonathanf2

I'm running 32c tires on my other bike with GK...

I'm running 32c tires on my other bike with GK semi-slicks. I use this bike mainly as my road bike but can occasionally handle hard pack dirt and paved fire roads. One thing I notice with my full...
11-25-21, 12:57 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Just wrapped up my early morning Thanksgiving...

Just wrapped up my early morning Thanksgiving ride with some friends and the dozens of other cyclists there right now (Griffith Park)! On the flats, there was a small female cyclist (probably around...
11-23-21, 10:52 AM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Last Sunday I rode 41 miles of Hollywood...

Last Sunday I rode 41 miles of Hollywood climbing. First rode uphill to the Hollywood Sign via Beachwood and then did some off-roading on the Mulholland Hwy dirt trail down to Lake Hollywood....
11-23-21, 10:42 AM
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Posted By jonathanf2

I wouldn't recommend it, I don't think I'd even...

I wouldn't recommend it, I don't think I'd even ride this trail on 32c tires. The entry point to Fern Truck trail has quite a few small rocks and is quite rugged, it only smooths out as you get...
11-22-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,275
Posted By jonathanf2

On my alloy bike, I'm running the GRX 10 speed...

On my alloy bike, I'm running the GRX 10 speed 46:30t front crankset/rear derailleur and an 11-42t cassette + GoatLink. I can also clear big/big if I accidentally shift there, but I never use it. I...
11-20-21, 02:40 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Friday I rode 27 miles from my house to Fern...

Friday I rode 27 miles from my house to Fern Truck Trail near JPL. In addition I bumped into some wildlife on the trail, thankfully none with sharp teeth! Also the MTB'ers are always surprised I ride...
11-18-21, 06:08 PM
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Views: 3,527
Posted By jonathanf2

I used to only do powerlifting, but got back into...

I used to only do powerlifting, but got back into cycling once the pandemic started. Before I was mostly about eating protein, but now I have to plan my meals accordingly so I have sufficient...
11-15-21, 01:25 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Sunday morning ride up to the Hollywood sign. My...

Sunday morning ride up to the Hollywood sign. My bike buddies think I'm nuts, but I truly enjoy riding uphill on hot/sunny days! It totally makes you appreciate living in in S. Cal!
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11-11-21, 08:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 410
Posted By jonathanf2

I checked my RD cable path and I think it won't...

I checked my RD cable path and I think it won't be an issue if I replace my 5800 rd. Also I ended up picking up the 105 R7000 RD. It was a bit cheaper and I figure it wouldn't hurt to have a spare...
11-11-21, 12:55 PM
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Views: 360
Posted By jonathanf2

RIP It's always a life gamble when you suit...

RIP

It's always a life gamble when you suit up and hit the streets on your bike. I've also been on group rides where motorists will yell and cuss at us for no reason other than riding our bikes....
11-09-21, 05:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 660
Posted By jonathanf2

I'm a big fan of Panaracer GravelKing SS tires....

I'm a big fan of Panaracer GravelKing SS tires. They come in regular and plus tires which has slightly better puncture resistance at the cost of a few extra grams. They roll fast and provide...
11-05-21, 06:22 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Today I did Griffith Observatory with my buddy,...

Today I did Griffith Observatory with my buddy, but I only rode at 80% to keep my sinuses and air passages from flaring up. I even had my inhaler with me just in case. On the bright side I added new...
10-26-21, 06:32 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Today I rode 20 miles of road and off-road...

Today I rode 20 miles of road and off-road terrain. Air quality and sunny weather was perfect after the Monday rain! I found myself a nice "gravel" riding spot near my house. You know it's fun when...
10-23-21, 11:16 AM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Knocked out 30 miles with my cycling buddies this...

Knocked out 30 miles with my cycling buddies this Friday after being on hiatus for a few days due to a bad flare up of seasonal allergies. My buddies had been riding hard all week and I felt it...
10-19-21, 09:50 AM
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Posted By jonathanf2

I tried 160mm and did not like it on my road bike...

I tried 160mm and did not like it on my road bike even after fit adjustments. With 170mm OOS, it's true I can really feel the muscle groups I use from gym training. I do squats regularly and usually...
10-16-21, 04:33 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Rode with some youngsters up to the Griffith...

Rode with some youngsters up to the Griffith Observatory this morning! Afterwards we had beers, fries and taquitos at Spitz on Hillhurst! The ride home was a bit groggy though, I felt like taking a...
10-16-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 11,345
Posted By jonathanf2

I'm a gym regular and on my non-bike days I do...

I'm a gym regular and on my non-bike days I do strength training. I've come to the conclusion if I want to be healthy into old age (I'm in my early 40s), exercise either on a bike or in the gym is a...
10-14-21, 07:36 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

I did the Fern Truck Trail loop today for lunch...

I did the Fern Truck Trail loop today for lunch coming up from the JPL side and exiting out Rising Hill Road. My legs felt sore going up, since I haven't done the trail in a few months!
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10-13-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,316
Posted By jonathanf2

I'd return that frame, a bulge like that would...

I'd return that frame, a bulge like that would bug me every time I looked at it. Plus the seller should have disclosed the information to you beforehand.

Also what kind of "scratch" would need...
10-10-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 1,582
Views: 149,403
Posted By jonathanf2

Today I did a total of 27 miles today at CicLAvia...

Today I did a total of 27 miles today at CicLAvia (https://www.ciclavia.org/). It was fun rolling through parts of DTLA that wouldn't normally be open to bikes in any friendly manner. There were...
10-06-21, 12:11 AM
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Posted By jonathanf2

27 miles tonight riding from Highland Park to...

27 miles tonight riding from Highland Park to DTLA and back for our Tuesday night group ride! I rode my alloy gravel bike tonight while my other bike is having the wheels trued at the LBS. At first...
10-01-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 1,582
Views: 149,403
Posted By jonathanf2

Did 20 miles of flats, fast descents and hill...

Did 20 miles of flats, fast descents and hill climbing yesterday with my riding buddies. Nothing beats sweating it out after a previous night of drinking and partying! :D
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09-29-21, 12:54 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Did 30 miles last night with my regular DTLA...

Did 30 miles last night with my regular DTLA group ride all the way towards La Cañada Flintridge and back. One guy had a flat near Figueroa, so a few of us stuck around while he changed out his tube....
09-23-21, 09:25 PM
Replies: 1,582
Views: 149,403
Posted By jonathanf2

15 miles to the Griffith Observatory on my weekly...

15 miles to the Griffith Observatory on my weekly uphill pilgrimage climb. This time I took Vista Del Valle Dr. up and also took it down. It's the perfect gravel bike downhill with loose dirt, gravel...
09-22-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,726
Posted By jonathanf2

Panaracer has me hooked on all the different...

Panaracer has me hooked on all the different color GravelKing tires. I have more GKs than I have pairs of shoes!
09-22-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 1,582
Views: 149,403
Posted By jonathanf2

20 miles with the Tuesday night group ride....

20 miles with the Tuesday night group ride. Unfortunately I got a flat in Beverly Hills on our westward bound ride taking Olympic from DTLA, but luckily it was during a quick group stop at La Cienega...
09-20-21, 05:51 PM
Replies: 1,582
Views: 149,403
Posted By jonathanf2

Today I took my new bike build on a shake down...

Today I took my new bike build on a shake down ride doing the Griffith Observatory hill climb. Everything is spot on except I didn't anticipate alignment issues using a flat mount fork with post disc...
09-19-21, 09:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 633
Posted By jonathanf2

Get Surly corner bars and have drop bar handling...

Get Surly corner bars and have drop bar handling without changing out your brakes/shifters/drivetrain. This would probably be the easiest and cheapest way to doing a "gravel" conversion.
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09-16-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,214
Posted By jonathanf2

It's been years since I went up Mullholland and...

It's been years since I went up Mullholland and that was with my old 26" MTB. I need to revisit it again. I mostly ride locally on the east side, but I definitely want to explore more of the west...
09-16-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,214
Posted By jonathanf2

Griffith has two uphill fire roads, one near the...

Griffith has two uphill fire roads, one near the Los Feliz Blvd. side and another near the Riverside/Forest Lawn side. I ride either route starting from the pony rides. Once to the top you can take...
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