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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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Going fast and looking good while doing it is our Velominati creed. Riding on the tops is the domaine of going uphill, where braking and aerodynamics are unimportant. In most other situations that position is too slow. The pros are usually flattened down in the drops or flattened down on the brake hoods. When us non-pros are not climbing, riding on...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @antihero Agreed. I’m out of practice riding in fast groups but yes, one reflexive jab does make one feel that. One shouldn’t be there if they do that. I can’t imagine what riding all day in a peloton of 100+ riders is like, besides very stressful. »

  2. @KogaLover If you live in Switzerland you had better keep those brakes in top condition. Even yesterday, when braking for a corner with hands in the drops I noticed something. When one decides it’s time to release the brakes and commit to the turn just… »

  3. @freddy Wow, matching bullhorns to fork. Brilliant. »

  4. @kixsand Nobody could do it better. What position! »

  5. @Ccos Yeah, in a group you don’t trust with your life, you need to be nearer the levers. That’s is the beauty of riding with the same friend(s), eventually you can know they won’t screw you by braking, no matter how many squirrels run out in front. »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. @brett Be careful here. Alex may have already ridden P-R on a cast iron penny-farthing. It’s not like one changes gears on the P-R stones. You find a decently big gear you can turn over and just hammer. And coasting is dangerous. Hmmmm, still, there m… »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. @wiscot @Nate Yes, I do live very happily in Hawaii where, at best, a thin vest is deployed in darkest winter descending. But I have spent the majority of my cycling life in New England, freezing my ears and crank off whilst commuting or attempting the … »

  2. @dyalander Beauty! He is probably following Michael Barry et al. as they ride sans helmet on icy roads. That seems crazy. »

  3. @GogglesPizano You are wise. A winter helmet with room for such a thing is a good idea. My ears have been what needs protection when it gets cold. To that end, usually a thin skull cap that includes the ears works. I’ve used the balaclava’s for winter … »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. @fignons barber Cool. I couldn’t figure out who that was. No wonder he has a look of total desperation on his face. »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. @wiscot Yeah, that is about as squared away as a pro can look on a wet chilly climb. @Rob A back handed compliment is still a compliment. My head is much too huge to wear cycling caps unless under the helmet in shiet weather. One size fits all…… »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. I believe Frank is generalizing about all English from the interaction with one obnoxious English child. Fair enough, sweeping generalizations, that’s what we do here. I’ve actually spent a lot of time in England, drunk a shietload of excellent english a… »

  2. @Chris If you think you can trick me into starting that youtube video, little mister, think again. Dick van Dyke (sounds Belgian) singing some horrible musical number about sweeping chimneys, no, I won’t do it. I can’t do it. »

  3. I can’t tell what my Veloflex tubs sound like because whatever noise they may emit is drowned out by the sound of AWESOME that my 50mm carbon wheels make. I say gawd damn! …puts face down on table and snorts a massive line of pharmaceutical grade cocain… »

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...

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  1. Though in my own mind I’m a little more Leonard Smalls. »

  2. @Rob Yeah, on a good day, that’s about right. »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. Wow, that was close. And funny. If in doubt, always go to new paragraph.    »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

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  1. @buck rogers is never going to read this. »

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...

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  1. @Giles Damn, that is fine as hell. I love the orange and white. And those wheels, beauty. »

  2. @campbellrae1 Sheeeit bro! You have just shown a top ten bike for this site. That is impressive and glad to hear the gruppo is going on. Keep posting as you build. »

I have a huge capacity for watching bike racing on TV. I’ll watch hours of it even when nothing is really happening. I’m certainly not bragging. So I’m quite certain I could sit in the cramped, possibly smokey, noisy, Gent velodrome and watch an evening of six-day racing. I bet the ratio of men to women (who actually want to be th...

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  1. @Juliana Brilliant all around. Glad to hear you are dragging your “man” out to give him a dose. »

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...

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  1. @Barracuda !?@$?!  Why am I not getting a free keg of this, FFS? OK, maybe a free pint. We will send Frank up to BC to drink their profit margin down. Rule #47 beer. »

I have a huge capacity for watching bike racing on TV. I’ll watch hours of it even when nothing is really happening. I’m certainly not bragging. So I’m quite certain I could sit in the cramped, possibly smokey, noisy, Gent velodrome and watch an evening of six-day racing. I bet the ratio of men to women (who actually want to be th...

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  1. @Chris Like cricket but with excitement! But yes, it is a test for the spectators, I actually would only be good for one session. Wasn’t that your idea of a Cogal with city bikes, pub to pub, each pub near a bike stand? It is still a genius idea and ne… »

  2. @Ccos Yep, that video is a bit lame. Better to be there in person. This is a better bit for getting the feel for a six day race. »

  3. @gilly Yeah, my tolerance for smokey places and for staying up until 2am have waned as I turn into an old bastard. Still, I’m more than ready to find out. Somehow, a six-day in Zurich or Copenhagen just doesn’t have the same cache as one in funky Gent. I… »