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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. I am subtley trying to convince the VMH that we should reschedule the family tropical trip from that week to another, then a couple of weeks after we re-schedule I will casually bring up that I am planning on the Keepers Tour and that I will be spending m… »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. @therealpeel for me there were two things that got me out riding more 1- getting cycling kit to ride in all weather types and going out no matter what – see Rule #9.   2- getting up early….  Really early.   The coolest part now is that the rides I love t… »

  2. Interestingly but not at all surprising when I am riding higher mileage I can get the “third hour” feeling earlier in the ride .. @gilly Yes, luckily for me my other half understands (somewhat) that the correlation of my riding time to my happiness is … »

  3. @Sparty Yes this is exactly the sensation I mean to describe »

I’ve never been to Africa before, although I’m not sure Cape Town counts as “Africa”. One thing I noticed is that everyone here is very skinny. I also noticed that the meal proportions served at restaurants are very modest. That shows the difference between prevention and treatment when dealing with obesity; whereas in the U...

@GogglesPizano's posts:

  1. @VeloSix Yes HEAVY and wet – I figured that when I shouldered my bike there was what felt like 5kg of snow on it …    »

  2. Meanwhile up here in Canada Rule #9 prevails over all »

What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

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  1. This year I got some Rapha touring shorts and one of their merino T’s and I often wear it when I am commuting and know I will be stopping somewhere enroute, or if I am out riding with my 2 Velominis where a mid-ride slurpee or ice-cream stop are typically… »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

@GogglesPizano's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. martin 2. valverde 3. contador 4. rodriguez 5. kwiatkowski »

Happy living in our stressful lives is all about organization. For instance, I like to sort the tasks first by priority and then group tasks of equal priority into buckets of minor priorities. Software developers creatively call this approach to organization a “bucket sort”. This helps break down what appears to be an insurmountable me...

@GogglesPizano's posts:

  1. @frank As much as I would like to spend the week hanging around with a bunch of too fat to climb, peaking in two months velominati riding, drinking and freezing our asses off all over the cobbled countryside, something inside keeps telling me that if I … »

  2. It appears the Keepers Tour coincides exactly with the already booked family spring break vacation to Turks and Caicos … »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. cancellara 2. sagan 3. gerrans 4. doumolin 5. VanMarcke »

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. Couldn’t resist snapping a quick pic of the bike yesterday… »

  2. @ChrissyOne WOW »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. He looks just completely destroyed in that interview… »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. He also very likely secured himself a nice gig doing some TV commentary for any of the other guys hour record attempts in the next few years…. »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. and 42 years ago …. not even 2km less.  Check out those fucking guns at 2:40 »

  2. @Gianni Yup.  Thought I would tune in and out through the hour but I sat and watched it end to end! »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. Plenty of Rule#V and Rule #9 up in these parts today: »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

@GogglesPizano's posts:

  1. @wiscot He should be ashamed of himself – and then to turn around and blame the brakes? Are you fucking kidding? another view   »

  2. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Contador 4. D. Martin 5. Ancona »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Contador 4. Hesjedal 5. Talansky »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Quintana 2. Froome 3. Contador 4. Horner 5. Talansky »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

@GogglesPizano's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Valverde 4. Pinot 5. Talansky »

  2. My Picks »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Talansky 2. Contador 3. Froome 4. Nibali 5. Valverde »