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106 miles on hottest day of the year; My Madone’s 10,000 mile birthday. Today's forecast: 99°F, Heat Index of 106°F. Hey, let's ride 170 kilometers (106 miles)!

The name of the club I ride with on most Saturdays is “We Must Be Crazy”, and today we’re going to earn our name. It’s looking like the hottest day of the year is in store: we’re facing a high temperature of 99°F (32.7°C) and a Heat Index of 106°+ (41.1°C). Today’s scheduled ride is 170 kilometers (106 miles), and it’s going to be a pretty tough day in the saddle with this severe heat… [Read more]

Added Saturday, August 23, 2014 by

Interesting analysis of similar rides: one geared, one on a fixie. sutton image004

As you may have read in Tuesday’s blog, this past Sunday I did a 167 kilometer (104 mile) ride, part of which was done stuck in a single gear (see “Forced single speed on Sunday’s century ride“). In that blog I said that I actually enjoyed the single speed part of that ride, as it added a cool new spin to things. On Monday afternoon I received an email from my friend Roger Sutton, who… [Read more]

Added Friday, August 22, 2014 by

Lisa is sick, I’ve got a touch; New FTP established yesterday. Yesterday's 20-minute FTP test (done outdoors): 306 watts average power.

Lisa’s been sick all week, and yesterday she went to the doctor. Diagnosis: two ear infections and some sort of virus. She’s on antibiotics now, and can’t go back to work until Friday. There’s no question I’ve got whatever it is Lisa has, although so far it’s not affecting me too much. Yesterday morning I woke up with a slightly scratchy throat, and feeling a little run down. I’ve been going to bed a little… [Read more]

Added Thursday, August 21, 2014 by

Galvanic corrosion and spoke twist/windup: cause, prevention and cure. Spoke windup.

This morning I want to follow up on Monday’s blog, which was focused on a broken spoke and the issue of spoke windup/spoke twist. You may want to give that blog a quick read if you missed it. My spoke broke inside the rim, so it was actually a spoke nipple failure (the spoke itself did not break). As I mentioned in Monday’s blog, I’ve had problems with spoke windup when truing my wheels (… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by

Forced single speed on Sunday’s century ride. I rolled out on Sunday's 167 kilometer (104 mile) ride with a beautiful sunrise.

Tomorrow morning I’m going to follow-up on yesterday’s post about the broken spoke my rear Zipp 404 suffered on Saturday morning’s ride. I’ve learned a lot of new information over the past 24 hours, and I think it may be of interest to some. This morning, however, I want to shift gears (this is a pun, you’ll see why below), and talk a bit about a funny thing that happened on Sunday’s 167 kilometer (104… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by

Broken spoke on Saturday. This is Park Tool's Bladed Spoke Holder (BSH-4) tool. Even though I use this tool when truing my wheels, sometimes the spokes still twist.

On Saturday’s ride my bike suffered a ride-ending mechanical: a broken rear wheel spoke. The spoke broke shortly after I’d completed the solo 22 kilometer (13.5 mile) ride to meet my club for the main ride. We had only just set off, and I heard a loud “pop”! I didn’t hear anything rubbing, but a fellow rider pedaled up to me and said my rear wheel had a bad wobble. As soon as he said… [Read more]

Added Monday, August 18, 2014 by

2014 maintenance progress report: week #22 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #22 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. Tools of the trade This is the exact equipment I use to track my progress every week   RAW DATA My scale weight this morning (as measured by the ) is 161.6 pounds. That’s a -0.4 pound change since last week’s weight of 162.0 pounds, and a +3.2 pound change from my 2014 maintenance starting weight of 158.4… [Read more]

Added Sunday, August 17, 2014 by

The Rules; Drivetrain cleanliness. My drivetrain is always sparkling at the start of every ride.

After years of mountain biking, which only has one really hard and fast rule (don’t drink shitty beer after your ride), when I first started getting into road cycling in late 2012 some of The Rules seemed silly to me. As I logged more and more time on my road bike, however, I found that most of The Rules were rooted in practicality. Sure, there’s some purely aesthetic stuff in there, but style and culture… [Read more]

Added Saturday, August 16, 2014 by

August 2014 distance goal: 2,000 kilometers. 2000-kilometers-sq

Last month I cycled a total of 1,838 kilometers (1,142.1 miles), which was a new single month distance personal record. I’ve breached the 1,800 kilometer mark 4 of the past 5 months (my mileage total was impacted in May when I did TrainerRoad’s extremely intense, but relatively low mile, “8 Days in California” challenge), and I think it’s time to stop dancing around the elephant in the room: this month I’m going for my first… [Read more]

Added Friday, August 15, 2014 by

Harley returns; Beautiful ride yesterday morning. Saw this beautiful scene on yesterday's ride, I had to stop and enjoy it!

Yesterday’s work day was certainly busy, but was not nearly as bad as I expected. I suspect that the only reason for that is because things are still ramping up. Also, now I’ve jinxed myself. On a much brighter note, yesterday morning my friend Mike Simmons brought his dog Harley over for another extended visit! We are dog-sitting Mrs. Harley for a few days, and Lisa and I are loving it. Last night after work… [Read more]

Added Thursday, August 14, 2014 by