Monday, February 28, 2005


Day 3 smoke-free

I just passed day 3 smoke-free of my most current quit. 3 days is significant because that is how long it takes the nicotine to leave your system. Also significant was that today was my first work day smoke-free.

I haven't told my cow-orkers that I've quit yet. I want to get a few days under my belt before I say something to them. Some people might have cow-orkers that would supportive of them, mine would have a pool of when I would relapse.

A special shout out to "Beer Bob", my college roommate. When he quit, I knew it was time for me to quit as well. We once had 13 ashtrays in a one-bedroom apartment. None were ever empty.

Saturday, February 26, 2005


Day 1 Smoke-Free

I just completed my first day without smoking. Yeah, one day is no big deal, but it is significant for me as the first few days of a quit are the worst. This time (attempt number 12 since 1999), I am trying a combination of cold turkey, wellbutrin, and medical advice.

Aside from losing weight, I think that quitting smoking is the best improvement to my health I can make. I hit 170 BPM on a test ride of a bike, and I routinely hit 130 BPM walking. I'm hoping to realize a cardio improvement by not smoking.

It got to the point where I was smoking nearly constantly. Honestly, the only way I could have smoke more was to have smoked in my sleep.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005


fixedgear has a new blog!

fixedgear has his own blog now! While I am sad to see him go, it is for the best.

fixedgear speaks to a wide audience of people who are serious cyclists, whereas I'm just a Fat Guy who is looking to consolidate resources for those who don't know how to exercise. My intended audience is just me, and if others benefit, that's great.

Sunday, February 20, 2005


Doctor Doctor, give me the news...

I was thinking of fixedgear the other day. I finally visited my new Primary Care Physician, something I have meant to do since August. My PCP took a family history. Naturally, he asked about my brothers.

I told him about other brother, who is overweight, but not to the extent I am. In my mother's words "I saw [other brother] the other day. Jesus God, he's almost as big as you Fat Guy!"

I then told him about fixedgear. I said, "I also have a brother who is five years older than me. He's in pretty good shape. He rides centuries." He then proceeded to use fixedgear as an example of proper diet and exercise. But I knew that.

The visit to the doctor was productive. I got a prescription for generic Wellbutrin SR to help me with quitting smoking, some good diet advice ("Eat colorful food, like fruits and vegetables."), and he sent me for a blood test.

My blood type is Ragu. Ba-dum-bum. But seriously, I'll likely get a statin next to take care of the cholesterol. I go back to the PCP in a month. So begins an attempt at improving my health.

"So goofy that is is cool" department

The Windcheetah is the world's most advanced recumbent tricycle. Didja see the episode of Monster Garage where Jesse James said "trikes are just not cool?" He might just be wrong. If you can get past the (pretty intense) geek factor, this thing is way cool. Your pocket protector won't fall out, for example. You could ride it after a few pints, no problem.


A bike theft story with a happy ending

I like the way that this one turned out. Story is here. Good karma for the folks who chipped in to help the guy out, and the thief should be boiled in oil.

Friday, February 18, 2005


Ride Your Bike


New seatpost standard?

Are traditional metal saddle rails a thing of the past? Here is a link to an article on a new post and saddle design that saves 50 to 100 grams - two to four ounces. It is manufactured by SDG and is called the I-Beam. Premium, Titec and SDG offer their own I-Beam posts, while Thomson, E-13, Kore, S.I.C., Profile Design, Gravity Dropper, Stone Edge, Promax and others have posts in development.

Thursday, February 17, 2005


Bicycles and the law part II

Part 2 of the monopoly machine, featuring Col. Albert Pope and the big bad bicycle trust.

Oprah Viewers Buy 900,000 Livestrong Bracelets In 24 Hours

I think she is incredibly powerful. She is like some kind of demon that can shoot lightning bolts from her fingertips. When she did the book club she could make or break an author's career with a few carefully chosen words.

Lance went on her show last week and they subsequently sold 900K Livestrong bracelts in 24 hours. Here goes a link to the story from BRIN. That is $900,000 raised for the LAF in 24 hours. I'm a little cynical, but that seems like a Good Thing.

Spinners are winners!

My friend and co-worker who we'll call 'blondie' sent me this great link. I was on a ride with a guy once who said "spinners are winners" which meant use lower gears and pedal faster. It works for Lance, maybe it will work for you, too. Riding fixed gear bikes on the road has made me a better pedaller, but anyone can learn. Pedal circles. They say 'think of scraping mud from the bottom of one's shoe' as the proper pedal motion. Pull up as well as pushing down. Don't be a masher.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005


Armstrong is In

This just in: Armstrong will be on the staring line for the 2005 edition of the greatest show on earth, le Tour de France. More to follow.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Pioneers in the Peloton: The Unknown American

A terrific article on one of the first Americans to race in Europe.Pioneers in the Peloton: The unknown American is one of VeloNews' finest moments.


Or should I say Schwiiiiiiiiiing! She is around the same age as I am (I was born in 1961) and she looks marvelous. That picture is from the Grammys, and I don't know what is up with his suit, either.

She looks pretty good here, too, with the exception of those goofy socks. Too tall, just like Lance's.

What is weird is that if you cut off her ponytail she would look
almost exactly like Lance.

Another reason not to buy a bike at Wal-Mart

This is not a frivolous lawsuit. The bikes were never checked for proper assembly. Wal-Mart simply opened the carton and put the bike on the shelf. People were injured when the quick release front wheel became detached. A proper bike shop would would do two things. Check the quick release skewer, and educate the consumer on proper operation of a quick release. Wal-Mart failed on both counts, and they will be made to pay.

Monday, February 14, 2005


LED Bike Lights

LEDs are perfect for bike lighting. Solid state, no filaments to break, low current draw and long life. They just are not super bright, yet. There are some nice lights ot there, and this one looks interesting.

Sunday, February 13, 2005


Bush, a "biking maniac," loves leaving aides in dust

Drop your friends, drop your competition, or if you are the prez you can drop your aides.

Saturday, February 12, 2005


Gaansari Van Cleve

I'm not crazy about the color scheme, but this looks like a great bike. They will build it with Richard Sachs' lugs if you like.

Friday, February 11, 2005


A simple web site for a simple bike

It really is! Features the obligatory "yes I have a white garage door" shot that I love so much.

Bikes and the Law

Bikes and the legal system have a long and complex history, particularly with repect to patents.

This VeloNews article is the first of three parts exploring these interesting issues.

"Our bikes are not built by a trust!"

Thursday, February 10, 2005


Armstrong and Crow on Oprah

Lance will tell Oprah all about being a "single parent." Sorry, but that sounds kinda self serving. Did Kristen pass away? Does she not have the kids most of the time? Anyway, it promises to be interesting. More here.

Ullrich is illin' and on antibiotics but is expected to debut at the Tour of Murcia on March 3rd.

Facial Tattoos are the Next Big Thing in Cycling Part II

David Clinger's much awaited facial tattoo. Schmuck or free spirit? You decide.

Best Fixed Gear Bikes of 2004 From Fixed Gear Gallery

See the results of the poll.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005


Biodegradable chain lube?

Remember when I said you could lube your chain with olive oil? Here is proof.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005


Fun Web Site of the Day

It doesn't have much to do with bikes, but this is too good not to share. Just click it and mess around with it. Drag it around. It is the best of its kind.

Facial Tattoos are the Next Big Thing in Cycling

That is Nicole Freedman who races for Ford-Basis Cycling

Here goes a link to her official website which unfortuately has not been updated in a while.

This comes hot on the heels of a report that David Clinger got a full-face Maori warrior tattoo, pissing off his sponsors. I still can't find a picture of his ink. I don't think it is out there, my google-fu is pretty good.

It is a joke, folks, she's a prankster. The web page was updated at 12:45 a.m. today, but aparently Clinger's is real.

Monday, February 07, 2005


Fat Guy T-Shirts Must be a cosmic coincidence.


Quote of the Day

Quote of the day from BRIN

"Portland's bike culture is amazing. Last Friday I met the new a Critical Mass ride. Is that cool or what?"

--recent Portland transplant Jonathan Maus of Box-And-One Communications on Tom Potter

Ullrich in Tuscany says "Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile) is continuing his early season build up by training in the winter sun in Tuscany, Italy. The 31 year-old is being accompanied by his mentor Rudy Pevenage and training partner Tobias Steinhauser. 'I've done a lot of intense training during the last days at home on the trainer,' said Ullrich on T-Mobile's website. 'But now I'm glad to be able to ride on the road again. Blue skies and sunshine make it easier to cover the many kilometres.' Pevenage commented that Steinhauser's presence will help Ullrich. The pair plan to debut in the Tour of Murcia at the beginning of March. 'The two of them find the necessary conditions here to get prepared for the challenges ahead,' he said. 'And maybe one or another riders from the team will drop by for a training ride.'"

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to Mr. Ullrich for consistently misspelling his name. I was givivng him one 'l' when he in fact has two.

Sunday, February 06, 2005


Fun cycling book of the day

Don't waste you money on an Ebay copy of Bob Roll's first book, Bobke since it is mostly repeated in Bobke II. I own both, and while Bob Roll is not exactly Shakespeare, he is a highly entertaining guy. His manic style of writing is a welcome break from what usually passes for cycling journalism. Trivia: he rode a Slingshot bke in the CoreStates/First Union/Wachovia USPRO Cycling Champonship here in Philly in 1994 or so. I saw him with my own eyes.

Saturday, February 05, 2005


Go by bicycle

Not sure if I ever linked to this, so here goes. publishes a 'zine, with some though provoking writing. Download their .pdfs and print them and give them to all your frinds, family and co-workers.

Friday, February 04, 2005


He'll help you pick your seat...

I kid, but this is a sore point for lots of people. I guess I'm pretty lucky in that I can be comfortable on a variety of saddles including Flite, Brooks B-17 and Sella san Marco. You can order a copy from in paperback or e-book. While you are there have a look around their site.

Quote of the Day

Via BRIN: "Bicycle riders rely on their middle finger a lot. Some say it shows their age, others say it shows their IQ." Read all about it here.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005


Tribute to UK cyclist Phil Smith

I had the pleasure to work with a great bloake from the UK named Phil Smith. I used to see Phil riding his bike around Goddard when Swift was in thermal vac testing. He would always give me a wave.

Phil returned to the UK recently, but he left his bike, in his words "a Wal-Mart special". I told him he should buy bikes from a bicycle shop. He said back in the UK he had a "handmade" bike, and he just bought this to ride around while he was in the States.

He left his bike here with us, and even offered to let me ride it. The first thing you now see when you enter the Swift Mission Operations Center is Phil's bike. I think we are the only NASA mission with bicycle parking in the lobby.


This just in from Punxsutawney, PA

Famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicts six more weeks of winter. Winter hasn't even really started yet in Central PA, so predicting six more weeks of winter is a safe bet.

Around here "No winter maintenance peformed on bicycle paths. Use at your own risk."

NYC Critical Massers arrested

New York, that bicycle friendly town, is at it again. There is a movement afoot to require bikes to be licensed - I'll have to dig up that link later . Here is a blog link that details random arrests of Critical Massers last Friday night (1/28) while thy were riding legally in the marked bike lane. They were charged with parading without a permit, which is a similar to a tactic used by some parishes in Louisiana. Get half a dozen cyclists together and you don't ahve a group ride, you have an illegal parade.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005


One week until Madri Gras

It's a week until Fat Tuesday, so it's time for Gros Homme (Homme Gros?) to decide what to give up for Lent. I always give up multiple things, in case I experience multiple failures. This year I will give up: candy, sodas (all types), crackers, any "vending machine food", driving to work, and the longshot, smoking. Time for quit attempt 12. I was just reading about aneursyms at work. Yikes.

So what is former altar boy vitesse fixe giving up for Lent?

Cracked the 270 barrier

My original goal was to lose a pound a week for a couple of years. I am presently short of that mark. When I started keeping track August 1st, I was 278. Some time in mid October I quit recording my weight because I had spiked up to 284. I thought for sure Christmas would put me over the 290 mark, but I was surprised that I weighed in at 272.

Today I weighed in at 269. I was pleased to be in the '60s, but I'm still above the Toby Grubnick death weight of 265.

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