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Gianni bought a champagne gold Peugeot with sew-up tires in 1976. That was the beginning of the Troubles. Think Magnus Backstead without the big engine or rugged Swedish good looks. He has a small altar in his crawlspace containing smaller photos of Francesco Moser, Eros Poli and Gianni Bugno.

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The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @kixsand You have done well here. May the wife be understanding. This Cannondale continues to get huge reviews, and it looks wicked pissa. »

  2. @humansubmarine Socks worn over tights are wrong, in all conditions, as you have stated. This may not be explicitly covered by a Rule but common sense, civility, human decency and the respect of the suffering baby jesus would all be on your side. Not ev… »

  3. @chrismurphy92 Jeeeze, that is a sweet #2. With road tires I’d make it my Maui #1. Beauty. »

There is nothing more disappointing than discovering the truth behind a myth or spotting the mortal behind a legend. This is why I make a point never to do any research or in any other way attempt to validate my assumptions when evaluating a situation; mystery that feels like a fact and sounds like a fact is better than an actual fact. Tr...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. I think Hinault stands pretty tall when comparing his real persona and the myth built around him. He was very much in the Eddy (and Lance) mold in that he was going to win every race he entered. What could be the point of doing anything else. His drug was… »

April 2015 // Lille, France The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride. Continue...

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  1. April 2015 // Lille, France 

    The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride.

    Every serious Cyclist is a hard man or woman; it comes with the territory. But to be given the title of Hardman, one must be more than just tough. The Hardmen stand out among the rest as the ones who ride over the savage, jagged cobblestones of Northern Europe with a souplesse that is possessed only by those riders who thrive in the most torturous of road cycling’s domains: The Cobbled Classics of Northern Europe.

    Velominati has partnered up with Pavé Cycling Classics, based in Northern France, to offer the chance to walk where Giants tread and pedal through the trench of Arenberg and up the devastating cobbled steeps of the Koppenberg and Kapelmuur. To pedal with the Pros during their reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix route.

    As if that isn’t good enough, we offer the opportunity to do all this with Johan Museeuw, the last Lion of Flanders.

    Velominati’s Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics will be back in 2015 and guided by the Velominati Keepers in partnership with Pavé Cycling Classics over nine days in April during the most sacred time of the season, the week when de Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix are held. Details and booking information will be announced in the coming days.

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    Date - April 03, 2015 - April 13, 2015
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

    Location
    Gare de Lille Flandres

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  2. April 2015 // Lille, France 

    The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride.

    Every serious Cyclist is a hard man or woman; it comes with the territory. But to be given the title of Hardman, one must be more than just tough. The Hardmen stand out among the rest as the ones who ride over the savage, jagged cobblestones of Northern Europe with a souplesse that is possessed only by those riders who thrive in the most torturous of road cycling’s domains: The Cobbled Classics of Northern Europe.

    Velominati has partnered up with Pavé Cycling Classics, based in Northern France, to offer the chance to walk where Giants tread and pedal through the trench of Arenberg and up the devastating cobbled steeps of the Koppenberg and Kapelmuur. To pedal with the Pros during their reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix route.

    As if that isn’t good enough, we offer the opportunity to do all this with Johan Museeuw, the last Lion of Flanders.

    Velominati’s Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics will be back in 2015 and guided by the Velominati Keepers in partnership with Pavé Cycling Classics over nine days in April during the most sacred time of the season, the week when de Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix are held. Details and booking information will be announced in the coming days.

    Event Details

    Loading Map....

    Date/Time
    Date - April 03, 2015 - April 13, 2015
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

    Location
    Gare de Lille Flandres

    Cogal Details
    Route Details


I’m not sure where this ride falls on the graph of fitness but down towards the bottom, somewhere.There can be a point in every rider’s season where each ride ends the same. FFS, I suck. The unabridged volume of self-loathing is reviewed, cogent chapters reread, aloud, in the bathroom. I’m Too Fat To Climb is a chapter I like to q...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @markb Awwwww jeeeze, pensioner sex. I guess I should be proud that this has taken a dark turn on my watch. Beyond that, I don’t know what to say right now.  »

  2. @the-farmer That is a Hardman schedule, peaking in early spring, long rides in the shiet winter weather. It sounds like you would be ready for the Keepers Tour. »

  3. @ChrisO You need to collide with a camel or two, break something, get too heavy, develop a good drinking habit, then you might be in line for a proper ah-ha ride. »

  4. @Dave How many times have I been fooled by the tailwind? Enough to always suspect it if I’m going well. And layers of kit make you slow, period. Is it bad aerodynamics or constriction of movement? Discuss. »

  5. @PeakInTwoYears I hear ya. Once I know things may be moving in the positive direction then the trips to the pain cave are a lot more fun. Slogging for slogging’s sake, not so much. »

  6. @the Engine Sweet jesus, I do hope I’m not subliminally channeling Alan Partridge now. He is in there, I do my best to keep him buried with the other voices in my head. »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. Sorry, but I have to share this. »

  2. @kixsand Sweet indeed. Most likely Serotta’s with a durty Huffy rebrand. Hincapie’s bike has the Serotta badge on the headtube. And that might be Ed Burke, USCF director, aka Dr Phil. He is trying to get Lance to be a team player. »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @VeloVita I went a full size up from fi'zi:k and that worked out OK. They might be larger then optimum but there is no penalty to them being slightly too long, so if in doubt, I’d round up. And I’d get the regular Vaypor over the Vaypor +. I was so bull… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @Bianchi Denti Denti picks HH for fifth! Fucking genius. »

  2. There, in my race to the bottom I’m not picking Degenkolb, repeating is tough. VSP PICKS: 1. sep vanmarcke 2. Van Avermaet 3. Ramunas Navardauskas 4. tom veelers 5. Tommy boy Voeckler »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @RedRanger That is a tough one. I can mail you a pair of 45.5 fi'zi:k R3s to test, slightly dog chewed. But really, the only thing to do is go to the very best cycling store in Portland and spend  hours trying on shoes. Everyone makes light and stiff shoe… »

  2. @ChrisO Heheheeee. That’s good. »

  3. @Rom The Fiziks were great until they changed they the last! Italians, fuggetaboitit. Now they are too snug. And the cleat holes are too far forward. »

  4. @lokerola You are a brave man but function over form always. At least with saddles and shoes. »

  5. @anotherdownunder Your experience sounds close to mine. I’ve owned some Specialized shoes and they always made me suffer on long rides. I loved the boas, ended up not liking the shoes. But I put up with them for much too long, like years. Why? The regul… »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @therealpeel I’m going to ride my Faboo wheels all the time because I can. My friends can take pleasure in dropping me on a climb even with my badass wheels, all the better. They are just more fun to ride because they make one faster. Maybe not fast enou… »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @brett   The orange fork works if you paint the stem orange too. Then it all looks of one piece. Or something on the inside of the front fork, like LeMan’s Look bike, it drives me crazy. It’s somehow like seeing a flash of women’s underwear. I’m a perv. »

  2. @brett  You suck! This is very exciting. When you get a new bike, we all get a new bike. Buying one on ebay (like me) is one thing, having it made for you by a shop in Belgium, it’s TFM! TOO FOOOKIN’ MUCH! I hope you don’t stack in in the gutter on the s… »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

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