Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - Welcome, guest user!

My cycling month in review: June 2015 This shot was taken on a metric century I did with my friend Paul (pictured). It was an incredibly hot June and, despite our early start, we roasted on this ride!

A new month is upon us and, as I always do at the beginning of a new month, this morning I’m going to review some of my cycling highlights, personal records and totals from the previous month. Between the unusually hot and humid weather, a busy work schedule, high amounts of stress and quite a few restless nights, June was a tough month, and fairly lackluster from a cycling accomplishment standpoint. That said, I kept… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by

New Favorite Things item: Bike Hand 29er/700c Bike Stand Putting the bike in the stand and removing the bike from the stand takes less than a second.

There are quite a few different types of bike storage solutions, and over the years I’ve used everything from floor stands to wall-mounted, multi-bike stands. Today I want to focus on what I believe is the best single-bike floor stand available: the Bike Hand 29er/700c Bike Stand (YC-109H). The design of this bike stand is incredibly simple, but it’s also very effective. I started using Bike Hand Bike Stands about a year ago, and they… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by

Another quick one, cable guy is here. That's your sweet spot right there.

Sorry folks, typing this quickly and it’s going to have to be short. Another crappy night of sleep last night, about 4 broken hours. Woke up this morning and was not in the mood to deal with the heat, so I took off for an early morning fasted interval ride. Felt pretty good, all things considered. Got back from my ride, and five minutes later the cable repair guy showed up. Our appointment was between… [Read more]

Added Monday, June 29, 2015 by

2015 maintenance progress report: Week #12 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #12 of my 2015 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. METHODS AND MINUTIA: A few words about my body fat test, scale weight and soft tape measurements My body fat, tape measurements and scale weight are all performed while fasted (first thing in the morning before eating or drinking). All measurements are taken “cold” (no pump), and flexed. A 7-point or 9-point body fat caliper pinch test is… [Read more]

Added Sunday, June 28, 2015 by

Lisa is a level 99 troll. Troll-face

I’ve overslept the past couple of mornings, and it’s really throwing me off. I should be out riding right now, and not sitting at my computer typing. Every minute I delay the temperature rises another degree. Last night I woke up about midnight, and just could not fall back asleep. I was petting Sonny and starting to get a little drowsy, but then guess who needed to go outside to pee? I read somewhere once… [Read more]

Added Saturday, June 27, 2015 by

Overslept, Friday quickie… overslept

This has been another long and stressful week, but hopefully I’ll have a couple days to ride and relax over the weekend. This morning I’m going to try to get a decent ride in before work. I was planning to roll out at 7:00 AM, but Sonny the wonder dog decided to unleash a barrage of warning barks at 1:30 this morning (it was only Lisa he heard). Sonny has the most amazing hearing of… [Read more]

Added Friday, June 26, 2015 by

New shrimp dish last night; Sonny is insane, some stories. I eat souls.

I’ve been eating a lot of the same stuff lately, and so last night for dinner I decided it was time for something new. I prepared a fairly simple shrimp recipe, and it came out quite good. The recipe includes ingredients like tomatoes, red onion, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, pineapple, cilantro and even a splash of tequila. The flavors were there, but I feel like it could use a little adjusting before I post… [Read more]

Added Thursday, June 25, 2015 by

ISM saddle installed, initial adjustment done; First ride today. Relief has arrived!

I knew my new ISM Breakaway Saddle would be arriving yesterday, so after my (painful) morning ride, I pulled my old saddle off the bike. When I flipped the saddle over, I saw that one of the seams had split, and the foam padding was pushing out. In fact, a big chunk of the foam had completely dislodged and fallen out a few days ago. The saddle’s skeleton, which is normally surrounded by that foam… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by

New saddle selected: ISM Breakaway The ISM Breakaway saddle.

In yesterday’s blog I wrote about how my current main road bike saddle, which has more than 20,000 miles on it, is falling apart. Quite honestly my current saddle (the Max Flite Gel Flow) really should have been replaced long ago: it’s an excellent saddle, but it’s not a great match for my riding style and body type. The Max Flite is not an inexpensive saddle, and so I reasoned it was “good enough”–saddle sores… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by

My saddle is falling apart It's as uncomfortable as it looks. Nothing but metal under that indentation.

I have a love/hate relationship with my current saddle, the Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow. I purchased the saddle almost exactly two years ago, and for the most part I like it. The main problem is that I’ve had occasional issues with saddle sores, and always felt like the saddle wasn’t an ideal match for me. After the 167 mile Cross-Florida ride, during which my ass was killing me, I decided that the saddle… [Read more]

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