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Old 10-12-23, 11:34 AM
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jonathanf2 where can I get the Pinas sun hanging from your saddle bag, if you don't mind sharing? salamat
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Originally Posted by jonathanf2
Rose Bowl has their Tues & Thursday laps. Pasadena Athletic Association has rides on the weekends. I believe Incycle Pasadena does a Tuesday night ride.
I would not consider the Tues/Thurs Rose Bowl ride an "intermediate" group.
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Originally Posted by TakingMyTime
50 miles. El Dorado Park up the SGRT to the Santa Fe Dam and back. That's about 13 miles more than I'm use to and boy am I tired. I was hoping to maybe catch a Santa Ana wind on the way home but that didn't work out well. Seemed to be a pretty decent headwind from the Pico Rivera golf course all the way home, D'oh!
It seems like every time I ride the SGRT, there's a headwind, regardless of which direction I'm going that day.
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Old 10-12-23, 12:11 PM
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jonathanf2 where can I get the Pinas sun hanging from your saddle bag, if you don't mind sharing? salamat
Brotha, I bought from these guys! I also have a shaka reflector as well from them.

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It seems like every time I ride the SGRT, there's a headwind, regardless of which direction I'm going that day.
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Old 10-15-23, 10:01 AM
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Nice 40 miler Santa Fe Dam to East Fork then down to that other little dam in montebello. The eclipse made the canyons cold.
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Spent the morning at Ciclavia Los Angeles with the wife and children. Headed home before the heat started.




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Originally Posted by malcala622
Spent the morning at Ciclavia Los Angeles with the wife and children. Headed home before the heat started.




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almost went but had church

gonna hit 626 golden streets 10/29 for sure


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Old 10-16-23, 11:39 AM
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Saturday...42 mi of solo rolling on the Arroyo BT and LART, west on Glenoaks, and up La Tuna Canyon. Kept it pretty steady zone 2 most of the time, with a slightly harder (sub-threshold) effort on LTC. It was a beautiful day for a bike ride, despite the gods angry attempts to block out the burning ball of fire in the sky.


Sunday...Coffee Ride (38mi) with about 20 folks. Super easy early pace, just chatting with friends. As usual for this ride, things got spicy in the hills between Duarte and Sierra Madre, and the group shattered. 4 of us old guys spent the last part of the ride trying to chase two young, strong kids (brothers). We caught them once, only for them to ride away again on the final uphill section. I had a few good efforts, and felt decent.

I'm just less than 2 weeks away from my next big gravel event/race - Bovine Classic in Atsascadero on 10/28. I feel like my fitness is better than it was for the Belgian Waffle Ride in April. I'm really looking forward to the event.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
I have the same Polar bottles. What is the black object mounted on the saddle rails?
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
I have the same Polar bottles. What is the black object mounted on the saddle rails?
I like these bottles for when I'm using a carb mix because the nozzles come apart for complete cleaning. Some of my other ones start growing mold really easily, and are a ***** to clean.

It's a Varia radar. It's on a mount that pivots. When I'm not using it (group rides, for example), I can tuck it under like it is there. Tucked under also looks better for bike porn pics . I've found that if I don't leave it attached to my bike, I have a tendency to forget it when I need it.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
I like these bottles for when I'm using a carb mix because the nozzles come apart for complete cleaning. Some of my other ones start growing mold really easily, and are a ***** to clean.

It's a Varia radar. It's on a mount that pivots. When I'm not using it (group rides, for example), I can tuck it under like it is there. Tucked under also looks better for bike porn pics . I've found that if I don't leave it attached to my bike, I have a tendency to forget it when I need it.
Gotcha. I thought it was a Varia too, but the angle threw me. I was also holding out hope that it was an ultra-lightweight tool box with one hex key and one tube.
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Old 10-16-23, 10:25 PM
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back from vaycay. two rides. one along the coast from las pulgas rd/camp pendleton to san clemente and back.

https://www.strava.com/activities/10051222012

the other from the 15/76 hwys junction up couser canyon, then a right on west lilac road and back down the ole 395 to the start.
both couser canyon and west lilac roads amongst my fave roads in all of socal.

https://www.strava.com/activities/10051884954

nice day out.

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Rode to Oceanside for some donuts. It was one of my buddies first weekend back since breaking his collar bone 2 months ago. He's been hiking allot to keep his lungs up to par.

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75-miler from sdsu area north along the 15 fwy corridor, then angled over to rancho santa fe and into encinitas, carlsbad and leucadia.
south along the coast highway up torrey pines grade, down torrey pines rd, thru la jolla, pacific beach, mission valley and up onto the mesa via
texas st to home/start. excitement in the last 1.5 miles riding on a flat rear conti gp 5000 tire that totally devolved (unable to hold an inflated tube)
after 3,676.4 miles. nice descending the three witches...aka san dieguito rd...in the fairbanks ranch area with brand new pavť. nice temps throughout.

the bike path on the eastern edge of snapdragon stadium (the old qualcomm/jack murphy stadium area) in mission valley is done but still fenced off.
looks like they are doing more adjacent landscaping. maybe open in 2-4 weeks? relatively simple matter to navigate the dirt parking lot on 23's currently.

https://www.strava.com/activities/10058674635

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Live those coast rides. Carlsbad, Encinitas, Leucadia, Tory pines are my fave routes when Iím in North County.
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Rose bowl loop then up the hills to glendale and back. Good 30 miler

Recently got the ergon vlcs seat post. That thing is amazing. If you have ridden the rose bowl loop you know that south/east road is rough. The seat post made it feel like a pillow
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Started in West Anaheim. Rode over to and down the SGRT (San Gabrial River Trail). Then south through Seal, Sunset and Huntington Beach and into Newport Beach. North to Hi-Times to buy a bottle of whiskey. Then reversed it to get back home. 50 miles.
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Saturday...Easy paced gravel ride (19mi/2400') on one of my frequent loops featuring pavement, fireroads, and single track, including Cherry Canyon, Glendale Sports Complex, and the lower part of the Gabrielino Trail. Just having some dirty fun on a sunny Saturday morning.


Sunday...My usual Coffee Ride (30mi/1500'). A fully-intentional easy effort, including skipping out on the spicy sections in the hills at the end of the ride. It was good to chat with friends and just enjoy a beautiful morning on the bike.

Next Saturday is my next gravel event at the Bovine Classic in Atascadero (73mi, 8000'). This week will include one short ride, but will otherwise be focused on making sure my body is rested and recovered. Off the bike, I've been working on a project that has put a lot of physical stress on my body, and I'm feeling pretty sore. Progress on that project will be put on hold this week, too.
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Iím planning on a SGRT ride to LB this Saturday if anyone is interested in joining. PM for info
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Over the weekend I did a deep cleaning and immersive wax on all my bike chains. I then rode each bike to see how they performed. On both my 2x road bikes the immersive waxed chains were a bit stiff, but loosened up after each ride. I didn't notice much difference, but my average speed on both road bikes were slightly faster than usual.

Today I did a punchy 18 miles my 1x gravel bike and the waxed chain felt the best on this bike. I took the bike on some dirt and the drivetrain stayed surprisingly clean, and the shifting was fairly quiet. I'm not sure I'd consider waxing necessary, but once setup it's pretty straightforward. In fact I'd rate beading tubeless tires or bleeding hydraulic brakes more tedious!

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Originally Posted by jonathanf2
Over the weekend I did a deep cleaning and immersive wax on all my bike chains. I then rode each bike to see how they performed. On both my 2x road bikes the immersive waxed chains were a bit stiff, but loosened up after each ride.
After pulling the chain out of the wax, I wipe off the side plates to minimize wax buildup on the outside. Before reinstalling the chain, I pull it around a horizontally mounted wooden broom handle (both sides) to loosen up any outer plates stuck to any inner plates.

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I'm not sure I'd consider waxing necessary, but once setup it's pretty straightforward. In fact I'd rate beading tubeless tires or bleeding hydraulic brakes more tedious!
Waxing is necessary! It is both cleaner and easier than using drip lube for sure.
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Originally Posted by SoSmellyAir
After pulling the chain out of the wax, I wipe off the side plates to minimize wax buildup on the outside. Before reinstalling the chain, I pull it around a horizontally mounted wooden broom handle (both sides) to loosen up any outer plates stuck to any inner plates.



Waxing is necessary! It is both cleaner and easier than using drip lube for sure.
Haha, now that I've done it...I don't see myself going back to drip wax! Though I have some cycling buddies who are less inclined to go through the procedure!

I've read two sides about loosening the chain prior to installing. Some people say to leave it as-is to keep more wax on the chain, others say loosen it prior to riding. By the end of ride all my chains felt normal. It's just those initial few miles where they felt stiff. Anyways, now that I have the steps and process down, I definitely see this as beneficial for easier maintenance and increased drivetrain longevity for not much hassle!
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26 miles riding with a buddy this Thursday enjoying the beautiful weather here in LA. I climbed Griffith Observatory and felt especially strong today. I'm not sure if it's the cool air or my immersive wax chain was making the climb feel easy? The pedals just felt smooth and I had lots of gas in the tank! On top of that, the views were so nice I really just felt like enjoying the scenery for a change!

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Originally Posted by jonathanf2
Though I have some cycling buddies who are less inclined to go through the procedure!
I am sure if you do it once for them, including the initial cleaning, they will become converts.

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I climbed Griffith Observatory and felt especially strong today. I'm not sure if it's the cool air or my immersive wax chain was making the climb feel easy? The pedals just felt smooth and I had lots of gas in the tank!
I hate to break it to you, but it is largely the immersion waxed chain and a bit the cooler weather.
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