Friday, May 30, 2008

6000 Miles

Rolled the bike computer/odometer over 6000 miles on Musette last week.

Also this month was Bike to Work Month again. Apparently all those people who only come out in May can't attach their bicycle lights right. I've found 2 lying in the road. Kept one and gave the other to a friend.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Joe Blow

I used my REI dividend on a new floor pump today. The Topeak Joe Blow Sprint. This is a great step up for me. It has an extra long hose, fits presta/shrader valves, has a built in pressure gauge (which is up high making it easier to read), and extra attachments to fill a sports ball or my wife's exercise ball. It only takes about 15-20 pumps to completely fill my road tires. With my old pump I had to
  1. screw on an attachment for my presta valves,
  2. attach the pump,
  3. pump, detach the pump,
  4. check the pressure,
  5. etc.
With this pump I attach the pump & pump. I'm done.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New Rear Wheel

As I posted before, (Evil Streets) I bent my rear rim on a pot hole. My mechanic fixed it up as best as he could but it's has been slowly getting worse and I finally had the money to spend on a new wheel. If my last wheel was strong, this thing is a tank! 36 stainless steel Phil Wood spokes, Velocity Fusion rim, Shimano FH-RM 40 hub. I've read different things about the hub. That it's serviceable but not that well sealed. But the wheel is strong.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Foot Race - Part 4

I went to the physical therapy place and they suggested some different running shoes. He showed me what to look for in a shoe. Also some insoles. Although the whole thing has sort of fizzled out as my main competition, Chris, got a stress fracture in his ankle. So we won't be having the race this year. Maybe next.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Rap On Bottled Water

Bottled water is a joke. It's a HUGE waste of resources. Especially here is the Pacific Northwest. We have some of the cleanest, finest water in North America yet people still continue to buy bottled water. I'm sure this is all out of convenience. I grew up on tap water. We never had bottled water. No one bought bottled water! It was absurd! I fill up water at the tap at work and people look at me like I'm crazy. It's the SAME water. Just as clean! Plus you get fluoride for stronger teeth. Bottled water costs 2400 times as much as tap water. Yeah, that's not a typo. It costs 1/3 of one cent for a gallon of tap water and bottled water is about 79 cents a pint. In 2006 Americans bought more then 60 billion pints of bottled water, requiring nearly 900,000 tons of plastic (produced from fossil fuels) and more than 17 million barrels of oil (hey soaring gas prices), not including energy for transportation. That adds up to more then 2.5 million tons of greenhouse gases generated that could have been avoided by drinking tap water.

(Many facts directly quoted from Seattle Public Utilities 2007 Drinking Water Quality Report.)

Friday, May 02, 2008

Calories burned at work

So last week I rode to work with my HRM (heart rate monitor) again for another cardio workout. And with a decent tailwind I beat my commute to work record by 14 seconds.
  • Time - 20:46
  • Average speed - 17.1 mph
  • Max. speed - 45 mph
  • Distance 5.95 miles
  • ~409 calories burned, 35% from fat
  • Max. heart rate - 172 bpm, 93% of max heart rate
  • Average heart rate - 152 bpm, 82% mhr
Two days before that I rode and when I got to work I decided just to keep the HRM on all day.
Over the 8 hours and 50 minutes of work I did I burned 2511 calories with a fat consumption estimate of 60%. Adding to that the 486 calories I burned riding to work and the 436 calories I burned riding back home we come up with 3433. So I'm probably burning close to 4000 calories in a regular 24 hour day in which I commute to and from work by bicycle. No wonder I can eat so much and not put on weight.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Foot Race - part 3

Went to the doctor today about my knee. They took some x-rays. Says that my knee looks pretty good but wants to send me to a therapy clinic to try running with some different orthopedic insoles to see if that makes a difference. Otherwise he says I may just want to stick to cycling.