May I remind everyone again how fast time flies. I gave that some thought today as I cleaned up the bits of corn and rice from my daughter's side of the dinner table. She is 16 mos old going on 16yrs. Words are tumbling out of her mouth, her eyes seem to look deeper into mine the more I read and wrestle with her. Maybe time goes by quicker as you get older because we all become slaves to work, don't vacation enough or take the time to thank those around us in our penned up suv, bluetooth, hurray for me and *#$@ you world. It seemed like when I was young time moved more slowly. I crammed as much into my waking 19 hour day as possible; stringing together education, work, girls/social life and food consumption. From a video perspective the music video for Live's 'I Alone'. A performance in slow motion on MTV but was shot at double speed to give it the slow appearance. Love that band and I am now on a severe tangent... Enjoy that cold beer on a Friday after work a bit slower, knock 5 mph off your drive into work to stretch the time between visits at the pump, watch the sun set as you blow bubbles with your kids this summer and don't forget to remember Jonathan Gantz as his birthday would have been today.
This maintenance session is geared towards the SRAM GXP external bearing bottom bracket. I've been running the GXP bottom brackets since 2011 and have been really impressed by the ease of installation, and smoothness of the bearings after a few dozen rides after first installation. Bottom brackets seem to be on the love/hate list of items that cyclist have to deal with during their lifetime in sport. The 'bb' remains out of sight, out of mind until their first warm weather ride and halfway up a climb, the clicking starts, typically at the 2 o'clock position in their crank stroke. You can either endure the noise or take it to your LBS and have them deal with it which could set you back $65 for a new BB and almost that much in labor. At the end of the 2011 cyclocross season, I did my final bucket cleaning of the bike and then hung it up until the end of the winter. Around March 2012, I pulled the group off the Cavaria, minus the compact cx geared crank and swapped t