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Velominatus Paterfamilias. 2011 Vainqueur du Velominati Superprestige.

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I think it would be hard for anyone to make the case that Eddy Merckx was Roger de Vlaeminck’s Cycling Sensei, but I think we can all agree that De Vlaeminck was a student of Merckx, if only a student of his domination. But every student at some point becomes the master, and the driven student will always challenge the Order of Things.Eve...

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  1. @Chris That is all kinds of awesome. the best looking derny pilot in all Flanders; usually it’s some large older man, whose chief attribute is the ability to punch a bit hole in the wind. »

  2. @Nate Oh no, not again! »

  3. @Buck Rogers »

  4. excellent piece frank.  We are not barbarians. »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. @Buck Rogers is that Bartali’s team mate, Jomaux? »

I’m trying my best to stay thin this winter, but I’m nowhere near where I was when it was warm and the days were long. I keep flashing back to the last time I felt genuinely skinny and declared to myself, “This time, I’ll keep it off!”This photo is a metaphor. Winter me is on the right, Summer me is on the left. Mi...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy they need @frank to perform a little magic on their “about us” copy. Apparently Bibendum’s name comes from the Latin phrase, nunc nest bibendum, meaning “now it is time to drink.”  Here, here. Source: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibendum »

  2. For fucks sake and for the love of all things Gallic, let us call him bt his proper name: Bibendum. »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. @MangoDave US? try Branford bike in Seattle or vecchios in boulder. »

  2. @rfreese888 sure. You might ask your wrench about periodic lubing based on local conditions. Those little clips on the hubs come off to allow access to a grease port. »

  3. @rfreese888 I haven’t heard of loose ceramic replacement bearings, only ceramic cartridge bearings. I am no engineer but I can see at least three potential issues (1) the ceramic bearings would be harder than the steel races and destroy the races in short… »

  4. @frank a clip of that scene used to be on youtoob. Couldn’t find it on my phone so I punted. Now the narration is stuck in my head: “a quiet garden. Along toward noon…” »

  5. @rfreese888 they shouldn’t need much adjustment once set.  The bigger thing is keeping the innards clean, which depends on the conditions you ride in. »

  6. Someone needs to post video of the mechanic overhauling Ole Ritter’s cup and cone bottom bracket from the time trial scene of stars and waterrcarriers. »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

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  1. @teleguy57 Have not tried white-white. I think it would look a little busy. »

  2. A frame with a rad color scheme and non distracting black tape is more interesting. »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. @Buck Rogers Glad the reference came thru! »

  2. @Rob There is another Merckx.  Axel has a sister. @Oli great to see you around mate! @brett I have some Shamal tubs, they are tits. But I am sure Tristan can set you up too. »

  3. @Buck Rogers The British Commonwealth called, they want their spelling of “color” back! »

  4. Waiting for a new frame is such sweet agony. »

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. @Gianni Wits that you say about cold weather kit, haole. »

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. Not in the stars for me this year, but I am very much lookjng forward to reading about all the trouble you get yourselves into. »

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. @teleguy57 had a blast riding my 27s today. »

  2. @TommyTubolare just the man I was hoping would chime in!  Thanks mate. »

  3. I’ve recently found a wee cut in the sidewall of my Veloflex. Is this repairable and if so, how? »

  4. Different top tubulars each have their own sound.  FMBs hum, Veloflexes fizz, the Schwalbe Ones I have fitted recently sizzle very quietly. I love them all. »