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  • A2 Wind Tunnel
    From cyclists to race cars, the motion of an object is determined by the sum of the forces acting on it. Those forces have both strength and direction and they can be observed and measured to predict future motion. Watch how an aeronautics engineer works with Newton’s three Laws of Motion to test the best posture and helmet for a cyclist in a wind tunnel.
  • Supporting the US Military
    The US military plays a critical role in protecting American values, promoting national security, upholding American leadership, and honoring sacrifice and service. However, the military…
  • The Art of Roasting: Understanding the Different Coffee Roast Levels
    Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. From the moment it is harvested, coffee goes through several processes before it reaches your cup. One of the most important steps in this process is roasting, which can affect the flavor, aroma, and body of the final product. In this article, we’ll delve into the world of coffee roasting, including the different coffee roast levels and how to roast coffee beans to get the best results.
  • Coffee and Health: Separating Fact from Fiction
    Coffee is a hugely consumed beverage around the world, with millions of people drinking it daily for its energizing effects and delicious flavor. But with so much information out there about coffee and health, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. In this article, we will explore the latest research on coffee and health, and help you separate the truth from the myths.
  • Best Coffee in the World: A Comprehensive Guide
    Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, with millions of people drinking it daily. It has become an integral part of most cultures and is known for its rich taste, aroma, and invigorating properties. But what makes the best coffee in the world? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what makes coffee so special and why some varieties are considered the best of the best.
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Coffee Varietals and Blends
    Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, and there are many different types of coffee to choose from. Whether you’re a coffee lover or just starting to explore the world of coffee, it’s important to understand the different coffee varietals and blends. In this beginner’s guide, we’ll take a closer look at what coffee varietals and blends are, and how they impact the flavor and quality of coffee.
  • Mastering Espresso: Techniques and Tips for a Perfect Shot
    Espresso is a type of coffee that has gained immense popularity worldwide. It is a highly concentrated shot of coffee that is enjoyed by coffee enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. Espresso is a complex and intricate drink that requires precision, technique, and attention to detail. In this article, we will explore the world of espresso, including what it is, what makes a perfect shot, how to make one, and why it is so popular.
  • Espresso vs Coffee.  What’s the Difference?
    Espresso and coffee are two popular types of coffee drinks, but there are several key differences between the two. First, the way that espresso and coffee are made is different. Espresso is made by forcing hot water through finely ground coffee beans, using a high amount of pressure. This results in a concentrated shot of coffee with a thick, creamy texture and a rich, intense flavor.
  • The Origins of Coffee and Its Journey From Ethiopia to the Rest of the World
    Coffee is a beloved beverage enjoyed by millions of people around the world every day. But where did this tasty drink come from, and how did it make its way from its humble origins in Ethiopia to the global phenomenon it is today? The story of coffee begins in the highlands of Ethiopia, where legend has it that a goat herder named Kaldi discovered the energizing effects of the coffee plant.
  • The History of Coffee and How It Became A Widely Consumed Beverage
    Coffee is a beloved beverage around the world, enjoyed by millions of people daily. But where did this delicious drink come from, and how did it become so popular? In this article, we will explore the fascinating history of coffee, from its humble beginnings in Ethiopia to its status as a global phenomenon. The origins of coffee can be traced back to the ancient Kingdom of Kaffa in Ethiopia, where the plant is believed to have originated.
  • What is Enzyme Coffee?
    Enzyme coffee is coffee that is made by using enzymes during roasting to improve its flavor and increase its health benefits. This process of adding enzymes to the coffee beans during the roasting process helps to break down the beans’ proteins and release their natural flavors and aromas.
  • Bible Verses On Coffee Mugs
    Coffee mugs with bible verses have become a fashionable way for people to express their beliefs and values. These bible verses can serve as a reminder of one’s faith and can provide comfort and inspiration amid a busy day. One popular bible verse that appears on coffee mugs is Philippians 4:13, which says, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” This verse is a reminder that no matter what challenges we face in life, we can trust in the strength and power of Christ to help us overcome them.
  • Coffee Mugs and Mountains
    Coffee mugs and mountains have a long history together. Coffee drinkers have always chosen to decorate their mugs with pictures of mountains as a reminder of the beauty and majesty of the natural world. The first recorded use of mountains on coffee mugs is the early 19th century, when explorers and adventurers began to bring back stories and images of their adventures in the mountains. These early mugs featured simple black and white sketches of mountain ranges and were popular among people who were fascinated by the beauty and challenge of the natural world.
  • Racing in North Carolina
    I raced a 10 mile Time Trial on July 23rd at Lowes Speedway. I finished 2nd in the Cat 4 group with a time of 21 minutes and 24 seconds. This was also good enough for 17th overall. So I felt like my fitness was pretty good. This weekend was a big race weekend in Charlotte. There were Criteriums Thursday-Sunday around the area. There was also a Team TimeTrial on Thursday.
  • Cackalacky Cup 2010 – The Legs Fell OFF!
    This past weekend was the Cackalacky Cup held at Lake Norman State Park. Charlotte Sports Cycling hosts on a Mountain Bike Time trail on the Itusi and Mombo trails. The first TT is on the Itusi loop with some man made obstacles (a skinny, limbo and cones). If you were to fall off the skinny, not clear the limbo or knock over a cone, you were assessed a time penalty.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the Internet. My name is Mike Byrd and this is my website. I enjoy sports, being outside, new challenges, marketing and anything that comes my way. I am the author of the blog posts on I enjoy writing about cycling, politics, coffee and anything else that fits in the “My World” category. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter to stay up to date on anything new that gets posted to

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