Archive | January, 2010

CULT OF THE BEAN

Cult of the Bean

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The aroma. The taste. The ritual of the preparation, and the anticipation. It’s more than just a drink. Coffee is an integral part of cycling and cyclists lifestyles. But, like Campa versus Shimano, or white socks versus black, the way we imbibe the magic bean can be just as polarising. We received an email from…

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Tales of a Cyclotourist, Part III: 2006 Pla-de-Beret

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This is the tale of the day I caused Paolo Savoldelli to crash out of the Tour de France.  It happened in a flash, and the details are fading into the cobwebs of my horrible memory; if you’re interested, you can read a more detailed account in my original post on the subject. Our trip…

Origins of a Keeper

Looks Can Be Deceiving

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At first glance, you might cite a whole host of Rules being broken here.  Bars too high, not enough set-back on the saddle, lack of chain, to name a few off the top of my head.  Furthermore, the rider of this particular bicycle lacked cycling-specific eyewear and was wearing knee pads, and was doing nothing…

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Radars and Jawbones

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Those of you who have been studying our catalog of The Rules will have noticed that eyewear is to be cycling-specific, and should always accompany you on your rides.  There is a functional reason for this: your eyes are a valuable asset which you want to protect from UV rays, debris, and wind.  There is…

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Reverence: Tan lines

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Tan lines are to the Velominatus what a drug overdose is to a rock star, or a Victoria Cross is to a returned serviceman. It’s a badge of honour, and while neither of those comparisons are glorious in their deployment, the reward, or possibly even notoriety, is somehow noble. You’ve gotta earn your stripes, right?…

Who doesn't want to look this good on the bike?

The Wearing-o-the Kit

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Is it awesome to wear team kits? Yes, but took me a long time and a trip to Italy to have this revelation. Looking good in matching jersey and shorts is cool.

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Canon of Cycling’s Etiquette: The Rules

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In the roughly six months since launching the Velominati, we have gradually moved from covering races, rumors, and doping to pouring over the very essence of what makes ours such a special sport – its history, culture, legends, traditions, races, and its physical and cultural challenges – and how those threads fit into cycling’s colorful…

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Nokon No More

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Followers of the Keepers may remember a while back that the Head Keeper, Frank, was having a dilemna about whether or not to run Nokon cables on his steed, and indeed which colours would suit said machine. I’d been running them on my previous Roubaix, mainly to get the ‘Zabel-esque’ shifter cable routing, with some…