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More Monday morning musings; I have a new bike.

Monday, August 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

August
12
2013

How do you like that alliteration I worked into the blog title? No extra charge. You’re welcome.

I very rarely plan the subject of my daily blog in advance (I realize that no one is dying of shock here). My usual morning routine is to sit at my desk drinking black coffee with a familiar dull look on my face while the blank screen mocks me. Things generally work out okay: the caffeine does its job, inspiration hits, and words eventually start to flow from my fingers…

The main JSF web site has undergone quite a few software changes and redesigns over the past decade. When the current design launched in early 2011, I decided that I liked how a small photo looked next to each blog on the main page. This, of course, meant I had to have at least one photograph or picture in every single blog. I didn’t give the ramifications of this design choice much thought, but I wish that I had. Now I don’t merely have to come up with something semi-interesting to write about every single day, I also have to come up with some sort of image.

Photos from recent blogs

Photos from recent blogs

I enjoy photography, so I often have something on my camera or phone relating to whatever it is I decide to write about. Admittedly I sometimes take superfluous photographs just so I’ll have something to post (recent case in point: a row of friggin’ water bottles. Awesome water bottles, but water bottles.)

This morning I was looking at the media library from my recent posts, and I thought it was pretty cool how those images made me recall in pretty decent detail the various topics I’ve covered over the past couple months. Also, as I was looking at the images I thought, “Ohhh, I know! I’ll take screenshot of those thumbnails–today’s image is in the bag-YES!” So today’s featured image is a screenshot of other images. I hope I didn’t create some sort of infinite loop.

I guess at this point it’s pretty obvious that I didn’t have a single original idea rattling around in my vacant head this morning, so I just started typing. It’s Monday, cut me some slack.

Oh, one last thing: I have a new bike. It’s a real nice bike, too. She is actually sitting right behind me here in my office. I have placed her there so that I may turn around and admire her whenever I want. I do that often, because she’s extremely pretty and I always smile when I see her. Full details along with a fairly ridiculous number of photographs on Wednesday.

John Stone Fitness Comments

24 Responses to “More Monday morning musings; I have a new bike.”
  1. I’m wondering if Trek fixed the BB issue in some new iteration of the Madone frame and John is testing it out BUT it could just as likely be a new MTB! A 650B or 29er!

    I’m the same way with new bikes too (i.e. parking them behind my desk).

    I’m going to guess new MTB… Fuel EX 9.8 29.

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  2. i have no idea why because i am not in to bikes at all but i can’t wait for wednesday john!!

    i love your site and visit it every day. please don’t ever stop your daily updates. i get depressed when you go on vacation and even then i still check the site every day just out of habbit!

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          • I’ve never owned a Specialized, but several friends (and family members) have. I don’t get the hate. The s-works Venge is incredibly fast and sexy, as are the Specialized s-work mountain bikes.

            I’m with ya man, I’d love to have the bike you linked to in my stable.

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            • I’m just not crazy about how many propreitary parts they have on their bikes, same with Scott. One of these breaks and you just cant go order it on the internet, you have to go to the dealer and he has to order it, could take weeks. I’ve heard some bad things from dealers in how they are treated as well. At Interbike, you can’t ride their higher end bikes in the demo unless you are there representing an authorized dealer. Kind of BS, Scott does the same thing. I think they are responsible for driving the prices of high end carbon bikes through the roof as well.

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                • i replaced my Felt Z-85 with an S-Works Tarmac and am pretty happy with it. Fair point about proprietary parts, although I’m thinking about a Shiv anyway…I never even considered Trek, due to too many stories like yours about sloppy construction and design. Probably all anecdotal, but you gotta dance with who brung’ya!

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                  • also, I always loathed Trek b/c of how vigorously they stood by Lance, even when it was pretty obvious that he was a) doping and b) an ass. I recognize that it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

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                    • Yeah, it really doesn’t. Everyone at that level was doping back then, and pretty much everyone knew it. So yeah, it’s a little unfair to point the sharp end of the stick at Trek specifically in that regard.

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