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Cult of the Bean

by brett / Jan 31 2010 / 127 posts

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. Continue reading...
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 to the Tour in 2006 was no less memorable than the trip to...
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Radars and Jawbones

by frank / Jan 21 2010 / 50 posts

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 also a stylish reason: in this age of near-...

Reverence: Tan lines

by brett / Jan 19 2010 / 19 posts

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. Continue reading...
This will be the last of my Cipo photos in a post for a while and only because I’m employing self-control.To me he exemplifies “Italian Cyclist” and if I weren’t so lazy I would try to find his quote about cycling being representative of all that is beautiful in life. Continue reading...
Is it awesome to wear matching jerseys and shorts? Yes, but it took me a long time and a trip to Italy to have this revelation. Is it a violation of The Rules (#14)? Perhaps.I always had a drawer full of black bib shorts and a drawer of jerseys. It makes it easy to get dressed to ride, black goes with everything. Grab clean shorts, meditate over j...
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 c...

Nokon No More

by brett / Jan 1 2010 / 10 posts

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