Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Welcome, guest user!

Got my Zipp back; Rear brake problem is warranty item. Picking my Zipp 404 Firecrest up at the shop yesterday. All new spokes and spoke nipples.

I’m happy to report that I was able to pick up my re-laced Zipp 404 yesterday (see “Broken spoke on Saturday“). Steve, the wheel builder who did the work, seems to have done a fantastic job. Also, because the wheel now has brass spoke nipples, hopefully I won’t have any more issues with galvanic corrosion. Even if I do (and my front wheel does still have aluminum nipples), at least now I know the correct… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by

My minimum standards for the 2014 “ride every day” challenge. Eddy Merckx, 1972, Paris-Roubaix

“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.”         – Eddy Merckx That’s a fantastic quote from one of the true legends of cycling. In fact, when I decided to make riding every single day in 2014 a goal of mine, that quote was in the back of my mind. Perhaps that’s why I never laid out any specific ground rules as to… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, August 26, 2014 by

On track for 2,000 km month; A century per day for a month? Goals

I mentioned earlier this month that I was looking to break my single-month cycling distance personal record (currently 1,838 km/1,142.1 miles, set last month) and to also break the 2,000 kilometer (1,243 mile) mark for the first time. I’m ahead of pace to accomplish both of those goals, having ridden a total of 1,600 kilometers/994 miles so far in August. With seven days of riding remaining in the month, I’ll only need to average 57.14… [Read more]

Added Monday, August 25, 2014 by

2014 maintenance progress report: week #23 The FatTrack Pro Digital Body Fat Caliper

Week #23 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 -0.0 pound change since last week’s weight of 161.6 pounds, and a +3.2 pound change from my 2014 maintenance starting weight of 158.4… [Read more]

Added Sunday, August 24, 2014 by

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 115° (46.1°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