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Yesterday’s strength training workout… I loved these palms. :(

Yesterday’s strength training workout was a bit unorthodox: I had to remove two 30+ foot Queen Palms from my property. Two of my prized mature Queen Palms contracted a dreadful disease known as Fusarium Decline (PDF format). There is no known preventative or cure for this disease: Infected palms die quickly, often within a few months of the initial symptoms. There is no cure once a palm is infected. No preventive fungicide treatments are recommended…. [Read more]

Added Thursday, October 30, 2014 by

Next up: The Seminole Cyclefest this Sunday! Image credit: Seminole Cyclefest.

Apart from being forced to miss the Six Gap Century ride (work-related), this year’s “Century Season” has been absolutely fantastic thus far! I’ve done a total of six 100+ mile rides over the past few months, and have been fortunate to enjoy excellent weather and very strong, safe groups. Next up on the century calendar is this Sunday’s ride, the Seminole Cyclefest. This ride is not a “real” century (at least in the sense that… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by

Diagnosing mystery bike noises; Chainring photos: new vs old New crankset installed and ready to rock!

My replacement Ultegra crankset arrived yesterday, and I decided to go ahead and install it. I was sort of on the fence about installing the new crankset because, as it turns out, I don’t think the original crankset was quite at the end of its life. Maybe. I’ll get to that in a minute. Before I do, I’ll recap why I ordered the replacement crankset in the first place… Last week I was chasing down… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by

2014 Horse Farm Hundred: ride report 2014 Horse Farm Hundred: Ready to roll on a crisp fall morning.

Yesterday I rode the 2014 Horse Farm Hundred in Gainesville, Florida, and it was every bit as fun, challenging and scenic as I’d hoped it would be. The ride started and ended at Loften High School, with wheels rolling at 8:30 AM sharp. I left my house shortly after 5:30 AM, and made the two hour trip up to Gainesville with my friend William Cruz (thanks again for driving, William!) We arrived in plenty of… [Read more]

Added Monday, October 27, 2014 by

2014 maintenance progress report: week #32 The FatTrack Pro Digital Body Fat Caliper

Week #32 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   NOTE: My body fat, tape measurements and scale weight are all performed while fasted (first thing in the morning before eating or drinking). RAW DATA My scale weight this morning (as measured by the ) is 164.0 pounds. That’s a… [Read more]

Added Sunday, October 26, 2014 by

Mystery noise found: Zipp 188 hub The inside of my noisy Zipp 188 hub.

In yesterday’s blog I mentioned some drivetrain noise I’ve been trying to pin down. I figured it out yesterday, and it turns out the noise was coming from my rear hub (the freehub). No big deal, right? Just overhaul the hub and problem solved. Well, turns out the guy who sold me these wheels had stripped out the little 2mm clinch nut set bolt. I finally got the bolt out this morning, but it was… [Read more]

Added Saturday, October 25, 2014 by

In depth: When to replace your bike’s chain Time to replace my chain. I got 2,700 miles (4,350 kilometers) out of this one.

I recently wrote an article that discussed chain wear, and the life expectancy of a chain (see “How many miles will a road bike’s chain and cassette last?“) I received quite a few questions in response to that article, and so this morning I want to follow up with even more information on this controversial topic. Wait, controversial? Yeppers. One might assume there would be very little debate surrounding a (ostensibly) simple question such as,… [Read more]

Added Friday, October 24, 2014 by

The Rules and cycling culture: healthy, or elitism? The Rules.

In yesterday’s blog, “Why most roadies opt for bottles over wearable hydration units“, one of the comments I specifically addressed came from JSF member “akm3″ (Allen!), and Allen’s follow-up comments brought up some interesting questions: Note that the “Rules” mentioned below are the Velominati Rules “OK you make good points about Rule #32 (Humps are for camels: no hydration packs), but what about rules: #3 (no matter how good your reason for knowingly breaching The… [Read more]

Added Thursday, October 23, 2014 by

Why most roadies opt for bottles over wearable hydration units. My collection of Camelbak Big Chill water bottles. Hundreds of uses, daily washes in the dishwasher and all still going strong. a

Yesterday’s blog sparked an interesting discussion about roadie hydration: specifically, wearable hydration units, such as the . I wrote that I would probably carry a third bottle of water in my jersey pocket on this weekend’s century ride so I would not have to make a SAG stop (I ran out of water with 20 miles to go on a recent century ride, and suffered for it). In response, JSF member “DFS” asked: “I guess… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by

Century Season continues: Horse Farm Hundred on Sunday! Horse Farm Hundred

The Horse Farm Hundred is this Sunday, and I’m all registered and ready to ride: “A tour through the picturesque horse farms of northern Marion county. The century will start at 8:30 am at the Loften High School at 3000 East University Avenue. The Gainesville Police Department will lead out the pace vehicle, followed by hundreds of charging cyclists. Expect cohesive packs for the first 20 miles before the first of the hills take their… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by