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JSF Forms changes: my proposal to the community. John Stone Fitness

In a couple of recent blogs (see “New forums to be added? Suggestions and feedback encouraged!” and “Follow-up to yesterday’s blog: JSF Forum changes are coming.“), I talked about a few changes to the JSF Forums that I have been considering. There are nearly 1,000,000 existing posts on the JSF Forums, so I had to make my choices with that in mind. Clearly I can’t go through and start moving individual posts around. Also, I… [Read more]

Added Thursday, July 31, 2014 by

Century Season approaches! My upcoming ride calendar. Image credit: Seminole Cyclefest.

I know we’re only just heading into August, but I’m already getting very excited about “Century Season”. Big rides, cooler weather… yes, VERY excited! Here are some of the upcoming rides I’m going to be doing along with many of my friends. Please, come out and ride with us! September 28, 2014: Six Gap Century – I’ll be kicking off Century Season in style by heading up to the mountains of North Georgia for my… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, July 30, 2014 by

Bontrager Speed Limit rear brake problem. After adjusting and centering the Bontrager Speed Limit rear brake. Plenty of clearance, everything looks good. Note that the brakes are properly centered, the angle of the photo is why the right pad doesn't show clearance.

Since late last August I’ve put 15,000 kilometers on my 2013 Trek Madone 5.9, and I absolutely love this bike. I’ve also done all my own mechanical work on the Madone, and I find that it’s almost as fun to work on as it is to ride. So, after nearly a year of ownership, 15,000 kilometers in its saddle and dozens of hours in my work stand for routine maintenance, I think I have a… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by

Saying goodbye to my saddle bag: enter the Sticky Pod. The Sticky Pod fits perfectly in my center jersey pocket. You can turn the Sticky Pod around if you prefer a solid black look above the jersey pocket and don't want the frog showing.

In late June I published an article titled “What I carry on road rides“. In that article I discussed not only what I carry on road rides, but how I carry all of that stuff around. Up until late last week I’ve always used an under-the-saddle bag to carry a large portion of my emergency gear. I’m not a big fan of saddle bags but, as I stated in the article, I’ve always felt that… [Read more]

Added Monday, July 28, 2014 by

2014 maintenance progress report: week #19 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #19 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. Note that during my vacation ending June 15th I put on a little unwanted weight, so starting on June 16th I began a “mini-cut”. You can read more about all of this in my blog, “Post-vacation report: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly“. This mini-cut will continue until I get back down to my desired weight of… [Read more]

Added Sunday, July 27, 2014 by

Weight down, power up; New photo. Arm vascularity last night before bed.

It’s shaping up to be another productive week of fat loss–and my power on the bike and energy levels have not suffered in the least. My scale weight as of this morning is 162.8 pounds (73.85 kilograms), and a couple of my soft tape measurements have gone down another quarter inch over the past week. As always, I’ll be doing a full set of soft tape measurements, a 7-site body fat test and a full… [Read more]

Added Saturday, July 26, 2014 by

Trying new product today; Dog-sitting is fun; Forums. Harley thinks she is a lap dog.

A few quick topics this morning… Some of you may recall my recent article, “What I carry on road rides“. In that article I touched on the somewhat controversial subject of under-the-saddle bags. Personally I think a micro bag on training rides is just fine, although there’s no question that bikes look better without them. Check out the aforementioned article for more of my thoughts on that subject. Anyway, one of the riders in my… [Read more]

Added Friday, July 25, 2014 by

We have a furry house guest… Harley!

Lisa and I are very excited right now: we’re dog-sitting! My friend Mike, who you may recall has been recovering from stomach cancer treatment all year long, is doing much better now. After an incredibly difficult year, Mike is taking his family on a much needed vacation. Our household has seemed so quiet since Loki died, and Lisa and I jumped at the chance to care for Mike’s dog while he and his family are… [Read more]

Added Thursday, July 24, 2014 by

Follow-up to yesterday’s blog: JSF Forum changes are coming. John Stone Fitness Forums

I want to thank the JSF members and guests who took the time to give me their thoughts, comments and suggestions yesterday (see New forums to be added? Suggestions and feedback encouraged!). It’s interesting to note that if I’d asked for these suggestions 10 years ago, almost all of the comments would have been posted to a dedicated thread on the forum (like the thread I started yesterday). These days the way we move information… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by

New forums to be added? Suggestions and feedback encouraged! Cycling and Running - Coming soon?

I think it’s well past time to breathe a little life back into the JSF Forums. The JSF forums were once a thriving community (we have nearly 30,000 members and close to 1,000,000 posts), but over the past few years new posts have died down considerably. Most of the activity these days is found in the two journal sections (the public journals and private VIP journals), and I’d like to work on changing that. I… [Read more]

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