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Inexpensive Aukey earbuds are kicking the pricey Jaybird X2’s butt! These inexpensive Aukey Bluetooth earbuds are outperforming the pricey Jaybird X2s in every respect.

In a recent blog I wrote about how yet another pair of the relatively expensive Jaybird X2 Bluetooth earbuds died on me. That’s a total of five failures of the high-end “sweatproof” Jaybird earbuds in less than one year. On the recommendation of JSF member Derwinator, I recently picked up a pair of extremely inexpensive (I paid $20, but as of this writing they are selling on Amazon for less than 14 bucks!) Aukey Bluetooth… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by

Mechanical question: 10-speed cassette on an 11-speed? I'd like to run an 11-28 10-speed cassette on my 11-speed Plasma. Possible?

I’ve not had any legitimate offers on my mostly brand new 2014 Madone (see My 2013 Madone is gone; Brand new 2014 Madone–for sale?). If I don’t hear anything by the end of the day I think I’m just going to keep it. I’ve got way too much else going on right now to worry about it. It’s a great bike, and will serve me well. I have one misgiving about keeping the Madone, and… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by

Vegan pulled “pork” BBQ sandwiches Vegan pulled Jackfruit BBQ sandwich with coleslaw (the slaw is vegetarian, not vegan).

A few weeks ago I saw a recipe that uses Jackfruit to create an amazing vegan representation of pulled pork BBQ. Intrigued, I did some research, and found quite a few different recipes for Jackfruit-based BBQ sandwiches. The texture of Jackfruit, when prepared a certain way, is amazingly close to pulled pork. Last night Lisa and I decided to cook together, and try out these amazing looking sandwiches! Lisa tackled the homemade potato chips (potatoes,… [Read more]

Added Monday, April 11, 2016 by

Spring 2016 cut progress report: Week #4 EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale

Week #4 of my spring 2016 cut is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. METHODOLOGY: 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 the most… [Read more]

Added Sunday, April 10, 2016 by

Another excellent vegan dinner, courtesy of Lisa! Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl

Last night Lisa prepared another amazing meal for us: Sweet Potato Chickpea Buddha Bowl. This dish is 100% vegan (no animal products at all), and it was absolutely incredible! The simple tahini sauce (tahini, maple syrup and lemon) provides a surprisingly perfect sweet counter to the savory vegetables and crispy chickpeas. And what a fantastic array of veggies! The recipe calls for red onion, sweet potato, broccolini, and kale, and Lisa added spinach, cauliflower and… [Read more]

Added Saturday, April 9, 2016 by

My 2013 Madone is gone; Brand new 2014 Madone–for sale? My 2014 Trek Madone. Zero miles.

I have not got around to mentioning this in my blog, but my 2013 Trek Madone road bike is no more. A few months ago I began to have some bottom bracket issues, and my Trek rep offered to replace the entire frameset (frame & fork) under warranty. He extended this offer based purely on my emailed reports. I have a great relationship with my Trek rep, but I was rather surprised that Trek was… [Read more]

Added Friday, April 8, 2016 by

Bulk is happening; First splurge meal of the cut yesterday. Fajitas!

I didn’t expect anywhere near the amount of feedback I received in response to yesterday’s blog. Posts to the blog, on Facebook, the forums and in my email box all boiled down to one overriding directive: DO IT. You guys sure got me fired up! Okay–I’ll do it! 🙂 It’s going to be a few months down the road, though. Once I finish this cut up I want to give myself some time to transition… [Read more]

Added Thursday, April 7, 2016 by

Strongly considering a bulk… My guns were a hair shy of 19" (pumped) back in 2009.

For past few weeks I’ve been putting some serious thought into the possibility of doing another bulk. That was not a typo. That last bulk I did was back in late 2008/early 2009 (video). Not too long after that, I found cycling and became slightly obsessed. 🙂 In an effort to become as light as possible, I cut weight–a lot of weight. I didn’t want to become light at the expense of power, so most… [Read more]

Added Wednesday, April 6, 2016 by

Lisa’s been cooking up a storm this week! Lisa's vegetarian BBQ cauliflower, chickpea & lime coleslaw soft tacos.

Lisa is really excited (as am I!) that we’re both going to be switching to a vegetarian diet shortly after I complete my current cut. She’s off from work this week, and has been spending a fair bit of her downtime scouring the web for all kinds of new vegetarian dishes. Even better, she’s been cooking some of them! 🙂 As busy as I’ve been, it’s been wonderful to not have to worry about cooking… [Read more]

Added Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by

Forum launch went smoothly; Gave myself yesterday morning off! The welcome/help thread has some tips to help with the transition.

After several weeks of work, I was able to launch the completely revamped JSF Forums on Saturday. The new JSF community software is not just a mere forum upgrade, it is a completely new system, running on a newly installed O/S. Pretty much everything had to be reworked from the bottom up. It was a huge job. I’m very happy to report that everything is running exceptionally well! All the existing data is there, right… [Read more]

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