Don't tell me you thought I would actually post something untowardly? I disassembled the bottom bracket on the Bianchi this evening and found that the bearings looked nice and shiny but had absolutely no grease on them. Had a little help from Harpoon's Octoberfest Beer, too.
Close up, sorry for the blur, it wasn't because of the beer, honest! As you can see ballbearings are pretty dry.
So, I lubed them up with some Phil Wood and put it all back together. In order to accomplish this little feat, I picked up some tools from the Bicycle Goodie Shop in Bethel. I got a really big cone wrench for removing this plate but it wouldn't budge. I was, however, able to take off the other side with that tool from the first picture.
We'll see how it performs tomorrow when I try to ride 30 miles round trip to work. Now that I am getting fixed riding down, which by the way, I am loving it totally, it's time to had some distance.