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05-16-22, 12:29 AM
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Posted By jonathanf2

A chill 30 miles to Brown Mountain Dam Waterfall....

A chill 30 miles to Brown Mountain Dam Waterfall. Though I don't like doing this ride often. The trail is fairly flat, but the bike sustains quite a bit of abuse with all the creek crossings, jagged...
05-13-22, 05:41 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 17,003
Posted By jonathanf2

I posted on this thread awhile back. I run 165mm...

I posted on this thread awhile back. I run 165mm cranks on my gravel bike and 175mm crank arms on my road bike. I'm 5'7" and regularly do heavy barbell squats, deadlifts and daily stretching. I...
05-11-22, 10:16 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 1,996
Posted By jonathanf2

There is little to no actual gravel where I live...

There is little to no actual gravel where I live and it's mostly either dirt fire roads or single track. I would think a term like "all-road" might be better suited for "gravel" bikes.
05-09-22, 07:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 579
Posted By jonathanf2

I'm probably exaggerating, but they said it's...

I'm probably exaggerating, but they said it's slightly intertwined in the down tube. They said it wasn't too bad, and I could probably do it myself, but I figure since it's at the shop I'll have them...
05-09-22, 06:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 579
Posted By jonathanf2

The LBS called, they said the hanger was super...

The LBS called, they said the hanger was super bent! Wow, no way I would have noticed. Also they said my internal routing is a mess, so I'll just have them do everything in one go. They said...
05-07-22, 12:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 579
Posted By jonathanf2

When I redid the RD cabling, I re-used the old...

When I redid the RD cabling, I re-used the old inner plastic cable tubing for the internal routing. I was thinking of getting fresh tubing if that might cause some friction or other issues. I don't...
05-05-22, 05:52 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 10,384
Posted By jonathanf2

I'm surprised latex hasn't been brought up as an...

I'm surprised latex hasn't been brought up as an alternative to butyl and tubeless. Compared to butyl tubes, they weigh less, are more supple and have better puncture resistance. The only downsides...
05-02-22, 08:01 AM
Replies: 1,029
Views: 254,569
Posted By jonathanf2

I just swapped out my GRX 400 rear derailleur for...

I just swapped out my GRX 400 rear derailleur for a 105 R7000 RD, but running it with the 10 speed GRX 400 shifters, 46/30t crankset and 11-36t cassette. I like this RD setup better for the way I...
04-27-22, 09:47 AM
Replies: 1,740
Views: 175,564
Posted By jonathanf2

Did 30 miles on Tuesday, from my house riding up...

Did 30 miles on Tuesday, from my house riding up to the Rose Bowl, a dirt loop around Hahamongna watershed park and single track climbing on Fern Truck Trail. My friend recently bought a gravel bike,...
04-25-22, 12:11 PM
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Views: 175,564
Posted By jonathanf2

Sunday morning I did 32 miles of road and gravel...

Sunday morning I did 32 miles of road and gravel with some friends. We first rolled through Rodeo Drive, cruised on Mulholland Drive (we spotted a well-known cycling YT'er), did a pit stop at the...
04-25-22, 12:05 PM
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Views: 294
Posted By jonathanf2

Plan B sounds way easier. Just arrive with AMPLE...

Plan B sounds way easier. Just arrive with AMPLE time to park. I can just imagine what a PITA it would be to haul the box on-n-off the shuttle while carrying other luggage. Plus your wife can just...
04-18-22, 05:28 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

I just double checked, it's just where the seat...

I just double checked, it's just where the seat stay is welded to the drop out. In-person, it's actually a smooth weld. I think the angle makes it look like a crack!
04-17-22, 02:08 PM
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Posted By jonathanf2

I use the same lightweight Chinese cassettes on...

I use the same lightweight Chinese cassettes on my carbon road bike. The weight savings is quite good and I picked up a spare once the first one wears out. For about $40 USD they're quite a bargain!
04-12-22, 12:35 PM
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Views: 175,564
Posted By jonathanf2

I just returned from vacation eating nothing but...

I just returned from vacation eating nothing but burgers and comfort food while away. I went back to my weekly Griffith Park hill climb and it was definitely painful! I made myself climb twice in row...
03-30-22, 06:18 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 42,788
Posted By jonathanf2

No need to worry about QR wheels. Just purchase a...

No need to worry about QR wheels. Just purchase a TA wheelset and order the TA rear dropout + TA axle (https://www.poseidonbike.com/products/thru-axle-conversion-kit?variant=40123941650583) from...
03-22-22, 08:23 PM
Replies: 1,740
Views: 175,564
Posted By jonathanf2

It was a hot one today. I did about 20 miles on...

It was a hot one today. I did about 20 miles on my weekly Griffith Park hill climb, but towards the end I needed a cool drink, so I stopped at Starbucks for an iced latte!
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03-22-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,231
Posted By jonathanf2

I wasn't a weight weenie, until I found myself...

I wasn't a weight weenie, until I found myself climbing all the time. I haven't gone to ridiculous lengths, but I try to cut weight where the cost-to-weight ratio is low. Wheels, pedals, seat post...
03-21-22, 07:11 PM
Replies: 1,672
Views: 347,352
Posted By jonathanf2

The weather is great in southern California, but...

The weather is great in southern California, but trying to find decent gravel bike paths near the Los Angeles area that aren't steep mountain climbs, is far and few between! Just to go off-road...
03-21-22, 10:05 AM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Beautiful day this past Sunday at Chino Hills...

Beautiful day this past Sunday at Chino Hills State Park, CA!

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03-21-22, 10:03 AM
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Views: 175,564
Posted By jonathanf2

Sunday, I rode with friends and we did about 18...

Sunday, I rode with friends and we did about 18 miles through Chino Hills State Park. Beautiful day in the high 70 temps, with a nice cool breeze. Air was fresh (rained the night before) and the...
03-19-22, 09:42 AM
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Posted By jonathanf2

Picked up some new bike shoes! ...

Picked up some new bike shoes!

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03-16-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 748
Posted By jonathanf2

The Nanos despite being heavier than the GK SK+...

The Nanos despite being heavier than the GK SK+ tires, roll so much faster. I was a good 20 seconds slower on an uphill segment with the SK tires versus when I used the Nanos. On the Nanos I can push...
03-03-22, 09:53 AM
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Views: 175,564
Posted By jonathanf2

On Wednesday I did 20 miles going up and down...

On Wednesday I did 20 miles going up and down Griffith Observatory. For some reason I just wasn't feeling it despite having a two day break from my last ride day (the previous Sunday). Also I stopped...
02-28-22, 11:23 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 42,788
Posted By jonathanf2

Honestly the toe overlap only affects me when...

Honestly the toe overlap only affects me when trail climbing very steep sections or trying to track stand at a light. Even then it's not that big of an issue. I ride my X here in LA exactly how you...
02-28-22, 11:03 AM
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Views: 175,564
Posted By jonathanf2

Sunday afternoon I did 28 miles on my gravel bike...

Sunday afternoon I did 28 miles on my gravel bike riding next to JPL, up Fern Truck Trail and descending through Rising Hill Rd. During the climb I caught up to another gravel cyclist also doing the...
02-26-22, 10:45 AM
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Views: 42,788
Posted By jonathanf2

Yeah I find the geometry of the X has some pros...

Yeah I find the geometry of the X has some pros and cons. I'm running SPD pedals and even shorter 165mm cranks and I still get occasional toe strike. On the previous frame I had (from which I swapped...
02-24-22, 06:43 PM
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Views: 42,788
Posted By jonathanf2

Thanks! I've since ironed out the kinks from my X...

Thanks! I've since ironed out the kinks from my X build and had everything internally routed! I've already taken the bike on rough dirt fire roads and single track. Everything runs great!
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02-23-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,351
Posted By jonathanf2

Ever since I've been monitoring my heart rate it...

Ever since I've been monitoring my heart rate it gives a nice visual to what I'm feeling especially when climbing. Also when trail climbing in low gear (but no out of saddle), I find I can maintain a...
02-21-22, 11:41 AM
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Posted By jonathanf2

I finally dialed in my Poseidon X running the...

I finally dialed in my Poseidon X running the GRX400 10 speed groupset with hydraulic brakes. Took me awhile to get it to ride smooth, but now it rolls like butter.
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02-20-22, 07:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,351
Posted By jonathanf2

Today I went cycling with a buddy and purposely...

Today I went cycling with a buddy and purposely kept intensity and heart rate down for the majority of the ride. When we reached the hill climb, I also took it easy making sure to keep my BPM at a...
02-19-22, 11:59 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 42,788
Posted By jonathanf2

If you're on FB, make sure to join the Poseidon...

If you're on FB, make sure to join the Poseidon Bike Group page. You can only join with your bike order number. X and Redwood owners share useful tips and information about tuning and upgrades. Also...
02-18-22, 10:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,351
Posted By jonathanf2

Thanks I'll give this technique a try. Lately...

Thanks I'll give this technique a try. Lately I've been monitoring my BPM to help conserve stamina, mainly so I can attack the hill sprints with more power. Also most my focus in the gym is squats...
02-18-22, 12:37 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 42,788
Posted By jonathanf2

For the price, I have no complaints with the X....

For the price, I have no complaints with the X. It's very customizable and easy to maintain. I built mine from the X frameset only, and the reason I went with them was due to the price and having an...
02-18-22, 10:59 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 42,788
Posted By jonathanf2

Hi Yuri, just to give you a heads up. My small X...

Hi Yuri, just to give you a heads up. My small X frame has a sticker on the frame which states it's a 52cm, so I'm guessing the medium would be like 54cm, the large like a 56cm and the XL being a...
02-17-22, 08:47 PM
Replies: 1,740
Views: 175,564
Posted By jonathanf2

I did 15+ miles up Fern Truck Trail by JPL on...

I did 15+ miles up Fern Truck Trail by JPL on Wednesday. I exited the trail at Rising Hill road, which is perfect on a gravel bike, because you can go aero on the drops and hit 40+ mph on the fast...
02-16-22, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 520
Posted By jonathanf2

I'm glad to hear you had a great ride! I climb to...

I'm glad to hear you had a great ride! I climb to Griffith Observatory on a weekly basis. I never tire of the route since there are multiple ways to the top. Also it's fun to keep track of the...
02-11-22, 12:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 520
Posted By jonathanf2

Road bike is fine in that area, since most of the...

Road bike is fine in that area, since most of the trails are not open to bikes, but there are fire roads which are bike friendly. I'd avoid riding on Barham since it's a heavily trafficked street and...
02-10-22, 10:53 AM
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Views: 175,564
Posted By jonathanf2

My buddy and I did 22 miles of flat sprints and...

My buddy and I did 22 miles of flat sprints and uphill climbing over at Griffith Park and the LA River on Wednesday. We then hit up Spokes Cafe on the bike path for some coffee. We also checked to...
02-07-22, 11:11 AM
Replies: 1,740
Views: 175,564
Posted By jonathanf2

I actually didn't care for the east bound descent...

I actually didn't care for the east bound descent on Chevy Chase Canyon. I'd much rather descend west towards Harvey with the steeper decline and Linda Vista is also a fun descend, though short. I...
02-06-22, 11:55 PM
Replies: 1,740
Views: 175,564
Posted By jonathanf2

For Sunday I went riding with friends. We did 26...

For Sunday I went riding with friends. We did 26 miles with the intention of strictly road riding, but it ended up being more like a cyclocross adventure. We first climbed Chevy Chase Canyon, ended...
02-01-22, 11:16 PM
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Views: 175,564
Posted By jonathanf2

I did 34 miles up Verdugo Mountain on Sunday,...

I did 34 miles up Verdugo Mountain on Sunday, taking the uphill on Walnut from Burbank. It was my first time taking that route and I have to say it sucks, because the road climb was a pain! I much...
01-19-22, 08:32 PM
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Views: 175,564
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
Replies: 1,740
Views: 175,564
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
Replies: 3
Views: 395
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: 2,380
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
Replies: 1,740
Views: 175,564
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: 2,380
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
Replies: 1,740
Views: 175,564
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
Replies: 1,740
Views: 175,564
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
Replies: 1,740
Views: 175,564
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...
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