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Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-22, 10:07 AM
Replies: 27,251
Views: 17,834,355
Posted By jonathanf2

I only intended to have 2 bikes, but I realized...

I only intended to have 2 bikes, but I realized there were times when I wanted a bike a bit more sturdier than my road bike, but not as heavy duty as my gravel bike. Plus I had this frame laying...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 27,251
Views: 17,834,355
Posted By jonathanf2

I just finished my latest "budget" 1x road/gravel...

I just finished my latest "budget" 1x road/gravel bike. Not the most fanciest frames or components, but I built and tuned all the bikes myself.

1x GRX Road/Gravel:...
11-30-22, 11:45 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 961
Posted By jonathanf2

I ride with different ride groups and by far, the...

I ride with different ride groups and by far, the urban cyclists I ride with have the best spatial and situational awareness. Even though we ride fast, the flow is more fluid and the trust in...
11-28-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 1,743
Views: 367,313
Posted By jonathanf2

Chino Hills State Park on the Thanksgiving...

Chino Hills State Park on the Thanksgiving Holiday:
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11-27-22, 12:32 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,889
Posted By jonathanf2

I switched my TPU tubes to these new ones from...

I switched my TPU tubes to these new ones from AliExpress:

https://www.aliexpress.us/item/3256804682104591.html...
11-26-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,958
Posted By jonathanf2

Both rotors are 160mm. I'm running a Shimano...

Both rotors are 160mm. I'm running a Shimano SM-RT64 rotor in the rear and a RT-MT800 in the front. I was having pad rubbing using an MT-RT800 rear rotor, so I swapped it out with the RT64. I'm using...
11-25-22, 11:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Posted By jonathanf2

Most users on BF have no clue about alternative...

Most users on BF have no clue about alternative groupsets from China, I honestly wouldn't bother asking. I think the Sensah SRX has been fairly proven and is also used in the US under State Bicycle's...
11-25-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,958
Posted By jonathanf2

30 miles of Thanksgiving morning dirt in Chino...

30 miles of Thanksgiving morning dirt in Chino Hills State Park with my riding buddies. The dirt trails were hard packed from the past rain which allowed me to go big chainring and climb out of...
11-23-22, 11:12 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,287
Posted By jonathanf2

I think one aspect of strength training that...

I think one aspect of strength training that isn't discussed often is the effects on bone density. I've been on group rides with crashes that result in broken bones and it's usually the riders who...
11-23-22, 10:37 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,287
Posted By jonathanf2

Funny you mentioned the fixed gear! I ride with...

Funny you mentioned the fixed gear! I ride with strong fixed gear riders on one my group rides and it actually got me thinking how I would perform on one. Though I already have too many N+1 bikes in...
11-22-22, 05:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 357
Posted By jonathanf2

Right now you can get a Poseidon X flat bar...

Right now you can get a Poseidon X flat bar version for $550 USD, which isn't that much more. The joint welds alone on the Poseidon X look way better than this bike and has way better upgrade...
11-22-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 319
Posted By jonathanf2

If I'm in a group ride, I always pull off to the...

If I'm in a group ride, I always pull off to the side to spit or blow out a nose projectile. Also it's best to spit downwards to avoid any mucus mist.
11-19-22, 02:42 PM
Replies: 1,047
Views: 268,607
Posted By jonathanf2

I just added some budget L-Twoo GR9 11 speed 1x...

I just added some budget L-Twoo GR9 11 speed 1x shifters to my latest roadie/gravel build. The shifters are paired with a Shimano GRX 400 RD, 11-32t cassette and GRX 600 42t 1x crankset. They are...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-18-22, 11:39 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,780
Posted By jonathanf2

I did a fast paced smash group ride and there was...

I did a fast paced smash group ride and there was a young kid using a DT shifter road bike. He did just fine keeping up with us. In fact the shifting sounded pretty cool especially when we did the...
11-18-22, 11:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 204
Posted By jonathanf2

I think I saw this guy and his riding buddy the...

I think I saw this guy and his riding buddy the other day at Griffith Park! I think with the weather being mild and not too hot, it's the perfect time to do a lot of these off-road routes. My problem...
11-18-22, 11:15 AM
Replies: 1,047
Views: 268,607
Posted By jonathanf2

I've been searching for the perfect SPD gravel...

I've been searching for the perfect SPD gravel pedal (for me) and I think I found it. Most the SPD pedals I've found are too heavy or bulky. These are Wellgo Xpedo RF-S1 SPD single sided pedals. They...
11-18-22, 11:04 AM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,958
Posted By jonathanf2

I did 20 miles yesterday with a craving for dirt!...

I did 20 miles yesterday with a craving for dirt! As usual I did my local road and dirt routes around the Pasadena/JPL area:...
11-13-22, 05:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,287
Posted By jonathanf2

To be honest, part of the reason I like to add in...

To be honest, part of the reason I like to add in strength training is to look good in my kit! I'd rather have a nice shape with some muscle definition and vascularity, as opposed to looking...
11-13-22, 03:47 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,287
Posted By jonathanf2

I did some more hill climbing this weekend. I've...

I did some more hill climbing this weekend. I've been riding with some very strong and young riders lately. Some who race and compete as well, so it's been good training. In fact I don't really like...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-12-22, 06:36 PM
Replies: 2,207
Views: 528,618
Posted By jonathanf2

My black bike rebooted! Also I found black gel...

My black bike rebooted! Also I found black gel nail polish to be awesome touch-up paint for black frames. I then add another coat of clear nail polish to cover any scratches or marks!...
11-12-22, 09:28 AM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,958
Posted By jonathanf2

When you do get them setup tubeless compatible,...

When you do get them setup tubeless compatible, they make the ride quality that much better on a gravel bike. I can't see myself going back to tubes on wider profile tires!
11-12-22, 09:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 39,545
Posted By jonathanf2

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11-11-22, 07:55 PM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,958
Posted By jonathanf2

Wow, you're near some great off-road/gravel...

Wow, you're near some great off-road/gravel terrain. If you think you could put it to good use, I'd definitely look into getting a gravel bike. It's great when you wan to ride the rough stuff, but do...
11-11-22, 07:49 PM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,958
Posted By jonathanf2

Nice route! Good climbing too from your Strava!...

Nice route! Good climbing too from your Strava! Are your tires setup as tubeless?
11-11-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 5,275
Views: 3,708,031
Posted By jonathanf2

My latest bike build. I had this carbon frame...

My latest bike build. I had this carbon frame sitting around decided to build it out into a budget 1x roadie gravel bike. Though I currently have it in road mode running a GRX 600 1x 42t crankset...
11-11-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 39,545
Posted By jonathanf2

Quick question, for those running SRX shifters...

Quick question, for those running SRX shifters are you able to perfectly click index each shift without applying force double clicking into the next gear? On my Sensah Team Pro shifters (which I...
11-11-22, 11:38 AM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,958
Posted By jonathanf2

Last night I inadvertently did a night ride at...

Last night I inadvertently did a night ride at Griffith Park! I thought I had enough daylight to do my regular rounds, but it ended being nightfall by the time I reached the observatory. I also only...
11-08-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 39,545
Posted By jonathanf2

I was thinking there should be a thread dedicated...

I was thinking there should be a thread dedicated to Chinese gravel groupsets. For example the L-Twoo GR9 gravel groupset for gravel is Shimano compatible, so you can mix-n-match. I'm currently...
11-07-22, 01:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 443
Posted By jonathanf2

I just remembered, if you have any trail issues...

I just remembered, if you have any trail issues in the area, definitely contact the Mt. Wilson Biking Association. They're definitely adamant about keeping the trails safe in the Angeles Crest...
11-06-22, 06:01 PM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,958
Posted By jonathanf2

For Sunday I rode 40 miles around Los Angeles. I...

For Sunday I rode 40 miles around Los Angeles. I rode up Elysian Park, cruised down Sunset Blvd. towards Griffith Park and climbed to the Observatory. I then rode back home on the LA River Bike...
11-06-22, 11:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,386
Posted By jonathanf2

Damn you're 126 lbs.? You'd probably out climb...

Damn you're 126 lbs.? You'd probably out climb the majority of us on BF on a 20 lbs. bike! Lol

Regarding your bike build, for gravel I find the heaviest parts to be the wheels, cassette (if you go...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-22, 10:30 PM
Replies: 27,251
Views: 17,834,355
Posted By jonathanf2

The addiction to N+1 is biting me big time! I...

The addiction to N+1 is biting me big time! I think I enjoy the building process just as much as riding. Each bike build is a challenge, but definitely fun!<br /><br />A BF member recommended a red...
11-04-22, 06:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 488
Posted By jonathanf2

Today I just finished tuning my GRX 400 RD with...

Today I just finished tuning my GRX 400 RD with an 11 speed 11-32t cassette, 42t 1x GRX front crank (converted from a GRX 46:30t 2x) and budget Sensah Team Pro shifters. I can happily report that...
11-03-22, 06:19 PM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,958
Posted By jonathanf2

I did my usual Griffith Observatory climb today...

I did my usual Griffith Observatory climb today and it colder than usual. It was really windy as well and I was getting blown all over the place. Though I picked up some tail winds on the descent and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-22, 11:16 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 29,092
Posted By jonathanf2

Thanks for the link. I actually ended up buying...

Thanks for the link. I actually ended up buying the Agilest 25c clincher tires. The price and lower weight (will use with my TPU tubes) was too much to pass up! Plus I still have a good set of...
11-03-22, 11:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 488
Posted By jonathanf2

If money is an issue you can probably get away...

If money is an issue you can probably get away using your 810 RD with a Roadink. Also I'm curious if swapping out the pulley wheels for smaller sized ones might make a difference in helping increase...
11-02-22, 05:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 488
Posted By jonathanf2

I tend to prefer not using a Goatlink, but others...

I tend to prefer not using a Goatlink, but others are fine with the performance. My friend did a 1x conversion using the GRX 812 RD, Goatlink and an 11-50t cassette, and he's happy with how it...
11-02-22, 01:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 488
Posted By jonathanf2

I'm currently in the process of also doing a GRX...

I'm currently in the process of also doing a GRX 2x to 1x conversion. You can easily remove the chainrings on your GRX crankset and replace it either with a Shimano 40/42t GRX chainring or Wolftooth...
10-31-22, 05:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,040
Posted By jonathanf2

Just reporting back. I've decided to keep my...

Just reporting back. I've decided to keep my current budget nylon SPD pedals. They're not the lightest at 340g, but being nylon I've scraped them on rocks and other surfaces and they manage to stay...
10-31-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 443
Posted By jonathanf2

Chino Hills State Park flat out banned e-bikes...

Chino Hills State Park flat out banned e-bikes from the trails. Personally I'm somewhat split on e-bikes. On one hand it does allow people who might have mobility issues to ride bikes, but on the...
10-31-22, 11:55 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,287
Posted By jonathanf2

If I plan to weight cut it probably won't be...

If I plan to weight cut it probably won't be until January. I don't think my wife would be happy if I didn't eat her holiday meals! I'll probably step up my interval training as well, I did quite a...
10-31-22, 11:11 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,287
Posted By jonathanf2

I appreciate the tips! I think one my big...

I appreciate the tips! I think one my big problems is that I like to hit it hard right away. I definitely could try and conserve my energy better. Also I definitely prefer slow grinding over high...
10-31-22, 10:29 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,287
Posted By jonathanf2

I'm 150 lbs. (68kg) at 5'7" (174cm). I'm carrying...

I'm 150 lbs. (68kg) at 5'7" (174cm). I'm carrying more weight at my height and I could probably drop another 10-15 lbs., but part of me already feels much weaker having dropped body weight when I was...
10-30-22, 10:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,287
Posted By jonathanf2

That might be the issue, it's not that my legs...

That might be the issue, it's not that my legs get tired, but it's as if I'm not getting enough O2 to my legs to maintain a fast climbing pace on long climbs. After I get a chance to lower my HR, my...
10-30-22, 04:11 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,287
Posted By jonathanf2

I've noticed a progressive improvement within the...

I've noticed a progressive improvement within the past 2 years. Even my body has physically changed, having been into powerlifting prior to taking cycling seriously, my body is just leaner, chiseled...
10-30-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,287
Posted By jonathanf2

Just to add, I only started taking cycling...

Just to add, I only started taking cycling seriously during the height of the pandemic and prior to that I was into powerlifting, running and HIIT training. Though I find biking just to be fun,...
10-30-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,287
Posted By jonathanf2

Just to reply to everyone, I do strength train at...

Just to reply to everyone, I do strength train at the gym, try to eat healthy, I'm fairly flexible (palm the floor while standing) and I feel I do ride faster uphills than the average weekend rider....
10-29-22, 05:17 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,287
Posted By jonathanf2

Tips on maintaining speed during hill climbs

I primarily focus on climbing. I do occasional group rides and I do fairly well keeping pace with the lead group. One area I feel like I'm hitting a plateau are on long climbs with other strong...
10-28-22, 10:26 AM
Replies: 2,064
Views: 218,958
Posted By jonathanf2

Oh man, I had the same ego "incident" yesterday...

Oh man, I had the same ego "incident" yesterday having done double climb laps at Griffith Park. On my 2nd lap (I was already tired), a young strong rider pulled ahead of me so I decided to to keep...
10-27-22, 12:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 556
Posted By jonathanf2

I have a Poseidon X, for the price it's a decent...

I have a Poseidon X, for the price it's a decent starter gravel bike. If you join the Poseidon FB owner group, most if not all slowly upgrade if not completely rebuild their bikes. I bought mine as a...
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