Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Welcome, guest user!

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 Zipp 404′s rear hub. The hub used on my rear 404 Firecrest clincher wheel is Zipp’s 188 hub. 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… [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

What an incredible weekend! Sugar_Buzz++;

After picking up a cold late last week, I thought the entire weekend was going to be a bust. Thankfully I beat the snot (wheeeee, a pun for your Monday morning–no charge) out of that cold, and had a FANTASTIC weekend! I felt terrible on Friday morning, but I decided to go ahead with a planned social ride with my friend Mike. That was the right call, as I felt really good after the ride…. [Read more]

Added Monday, October 20, 2014 by

2014 maintenance progress report: week #31 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #31 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 164.0 pounds. That’s a -0.0 pound change since last week’s weight of 164.0 pounds, and a +5.6 pound change from my 2014 maintenance starting weight of 158.4… [Read more]

Added Sunday, October 19, 2014 by

Rode with Mike yesterday (health update); Riding this morning. Sunrise on a cool morning.

As I wrote yesterday’s blog I felt absolutely horrible–tired, achy and very stuffy sinuses. After I posted the blog, I reluctantly messaged my friend Mike and cancelled the ride we had planned. I told him I was just going to pedal around until I had my 10 miles, and call it a day. I ate breakfast and took some , and that helped a little bit. I still felt extremely weak and achy, and I… [Read more]

Added Saturday, October 18, 2014 by

I can’t believe I’m sick… From yesterday's easy recovery ride.

Well folks, I’m definitely sick. Yesterday morning I was not feeling well, and by the time I went to bed I was in pretty bad shape. I’m so congested that I can not breathe through my nose, my throat is sore and I’m feeling weak and achy. Because I can’t breathe I didn’t sleep very well last night–and I even took some over the counter meds and wore a nasal strip. The real bummer is… [Read more]

Added Friday, October 17, 2014 by

Felt off yesterday, this morning; Recovery is important. Recovery

I was pressed for time yesterday, so I did a short 20 mile/32 kilometer mid-Tempo (Zone 3) solo ride: weighted average power of 239 watts, average speed of 21.5 MPH. This level of effort requires focus and is moderately difficult, but it’s not exactly killing it, either. I felt way off my game during yesterday’s ride, and I actually felt the same way on Tuesday’s fairly laid-back 54 mile/87 kilometer ride. This morning when I… [Read more]

Added Thursday, October 16, 2014 by