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Velominatus: Skinnyphat

Order: Level 4 Velominatus

Location: Stow, MA

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Avermaet 2. Degenkolb 3. Ciolek 4. Boom 5. Ferrar »

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  1. Valverde will be racing angry VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Nibali 3. J-Rod 4. Ulissi 5. Uran »

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  1. Sadly no Americans. We need some one day guys, too many stage racers VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Gilbert 4. Nibali 5. Rodriguez »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Valverde 3. Horner 4. Rodriguez 5. Betancur »

Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.Saddle bags: how do we define them? Is it a saddle bag if it attaches to the seat post and the saddle, if it has a zipper, if it is leather, has two natty straps with buckles, if it swings below the saddle like bumper bollocks? Continue reading...

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  1. I just read this and puked »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Henao 3. Horner 4. Rodriguez 5. Betancur »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. Just saw this. Terrible news and very sad. RIP @itburns »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. Going out on a limb, everyone picking Froome this is my only chance.  J-Rod has been in a super secret soviet training lab for the last 3 months VSP PICKS: 1. Rodriguez 2. Froome 3. Contador 4. Valverde 5. Evans »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Gerrans 4. Dan Martin 5. Iglinsky »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. I sleep with my carbon wheels »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. I have no chance of coming back VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Phinney 3. Roelandts 4. Chavanel 5. Boom »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Bronzini 2. Armistead 3. Vos 4. Johansson 5. Stevens »

Imagine a world without the little things we take for granted; a house without a roof, a pub with no beer, a Keepers Tour without any clothes. The last one is a reality for me at the moment, five days in and still no trace of where the hell between Wellington and Paris my bag (filled with V-Kit, shoes, helmet, everything) is. The other thing that h...

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Sylvain Chavanel 4. Geraint Thomas 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Cromwell 3. Armistead 4. Johansson 5. Bras »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Boonen 4. Roelandts 5. Geirant Thomas »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. Oops I guess I’ll add more than Sagan, although that may be enough VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Boonen 3. Gilbert 4. Cancellara 5. Nibali »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan »

My first article on Velominati was to introduce one of my favorite cyclists, Eros Poli. I refered to him as a domestique on the Mercatone-Uno team. This faux pas was properly pointed out much later by @KaffeineKeiser, a commenter who suddenly surfaced and unfortunately submerged just as quickly, like Das Boot in the Straits of Gibraltar.*I do tak...

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  1. Team Sky has a virtual monopoly on these guys.  Stannard tops the list for me… »

Until the 70′s it was common to race on gravel roads, but the Paving of the Planet has led to nearly every road being graced by smooth, black tarmac. As is the case with most things, once we are shown the easy path, it is difficult to return to more arduous ways. So it is with gravel roads; we take measures to avoid unpaved roads and in doi...

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Avermaet 2. Cancellara 3. Gasparato 4. Pozzato 5. VanMarcke »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Olds 2. Johansson 3. Stevens 4. Armistead 5. De Vries »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Boasson Hagen 3. Van Avermaet 4. Fletcha 5. Pozzato »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. @roger Roger this is why you should join us out in the burbs »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. I never take my glasses off, especially when I’m on the rivet.  It’s like a professional poker player, I don’t want people to see my eyes or else they may know how tired I am… »

At some point, I reckon the idea may dawn on me that I’m not a climber. Eighty kilos and standing something just shy of two meters, I’m not clear on why climbing is what speaks to me most about Cycling; I’m certainly not built like a grimpeur. But there is no question about it; I love riding in the mountains. I only have to catch...

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  1. Well done Frank. I feel equal amounts of envy and pity for you. »

@Skinnyphat's posts:

  1. Me in my first CAT3 race, Grand Prix of Beverly (MA) – It was a rude awakening »