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Velominatus: Gianni

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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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Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. @Rom Hit the dispute button for the 5th place. Somehow there are two Slaghter (?) names in the VSP data bank. One has a hyphen, ones does not, yada, yada, yada, Was he your 5th place pick? »

Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. @Puffy I don’t know…maybe this. »

  2. @RossArmstrong2014 An offset wrench! Like the Hozan! Someone in this world is thinking. Genius award. »

  3. This may be even more useful. For those times when you are stuck on the side of the road, no more CO2 carts, no more inner tubes. But praise the baby jesus, you can open beers with each hand, simultaneously, at local roadside beer store. I’m sorry but Lez… »

  4. @Rhodri Absolutely. You are right about the long lever for removal. I wish the idea of putting the chain in the big ring had dawned on me, even once. But I guess that is saying “yep, I’m probably going to put my fist right over this crank when I do this… »

  5. @Tim Shears Yes, but if you use Speedplay pedals, on all your road bikes, you are going to need a pedal wrench. Personally I believe pedals just need to be snugged down anyway. No need to tighten them way down because then getting them off is a chore. I… »

  6. @Haldy Absolutely it is. I don’t know why I’m so fixated on Lezyne combining the two operations. It’s like combining a Glock handgun and a bottle opener. It makes no sense, yet it works. »

  7. @Ccos To quote Martha Stewart, it’s a good thing. »

  8. @Ccos No, you are beyond comment #5 and now not obliged to read the post at all. »

  9. @unversio It’s the right tool as long as you are not opening Pabst Blue Ribbon. This could work too. Bike as opener. »

  10. @Haldy I’ve never heard of them. But they look excellent and the offset might spare the knuckles. Again, it lacks a bottle opener. »

  11. @Nate Yes, but opening a beer with a hex wrench is messy. »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. I didn’t see either race. I am Mr 2 points. I did pick Armistead to win so I was close. She is really becoming an all around badass. »

  2. Spencer rules! Vos does not? Final Race Results1. FERRAND PREVOT Pauline2. ARMITSTEAD Elizabeth3. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa4. STEVENS Evelyn5. MOOLMAN AshleighFinal VSP Results1. Spencer (10 points) 2. Kevin (10 points) 3. seemunkee (9 points) 4. the Engine (… »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. Malmerde wins. It had to happen. Just saying. Final Race Results1. VALVERDE Alejandro2. MARTIN Daniel3. KWIATKOWSKI Michal4. MOLLEMA Bauke5. SLAGTER Tom-JelteFinal VSP Results1. unversio (12 points) 2. V-olcano (12 points) 3. piwakawaka (12 points) 4. dy… »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. @anhtony You have duplicate picks here. @Two Ball Billy You too! Correct before it’s too late. Please. »

  2. @anhtony You have duplicate picks here. »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. @Island Bike Island, it’s hard to do it that way. Try logging out and back in or try another browser. If no luck we will consult with Herr Director to award points as you have made your picks, all be it in an unconventional way. »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. armistead 2. stevens 3. vos 4. van der breggen 5. Johansson »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. gilbert 2. nibali 3. hesjedal 4. valverde 5. rui costa »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. @RedRanger That would be too easy. Better to fly from Hawaii to NYC (and back) in hopes the publisher slips me a free one. »

  2. @Stephen Mother jumper! How is it you have a copy before I do? This did happen in England too; book shops seemed to have the book well before the British release date and they sold them also. »

  3. @Pedale.Forchetta Yes, that is too bad. That would have been much fun to see you in NYC. Enjoy your time in New York without us. »

  4. @Ccos That is a reasonable exception. Better the water should leak into your nostrils than your bottom bracket bearings.  »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. @andrew Sensational photos. What a day for some race viewing and beer drinking. »