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Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. hmmm…does this violate The Rules? Does this make you a stronger cyclists? Being fairly old school, you know where I am going with this.  CogFather merckx NEVER needed no foulfilthing meter to measure his wattage.  My beloved, Gino, never measured such … »

There was a time when the world was painted in hues of black and white. Right and Wrong were separated by lines painted in such a thick, heavy paint that even to wander close was to already alter your very nature. The Elders taught us on which side we were to dwell and what evils would descend upon us if we were to transcend into the void. Litt...

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  1. @wiscot now now, nothing intended there but to clarify, afterall I didn’t want to put you all in the same cat as ‘we-uns’. yet, well, we are sorta neighbors living in fly over country here, and sounds like cut from the same cloth in city admin’s peopl… »

  2. @Jamie funny guys, its amazing, buddy of mine has had the same experience.  he tells me the worst is after church, the redeemed thousands at this mega-cult gets let out, redeemed and are forthwith allowed to go out and get more sinnin done, as they spe… »

  3. @frank @frank central Mis-ow-ree, which is prob same as Wisc cheese country Not sure I would call it Velomitropia, as having been in Washington and the great NW which is where my lost soul really belongs….just saying if you like lone wolf riding wi… »

  4. This article makes me really admire those who live in urban areas, it really takes a different commitment to ride when so populus dense.  Chapeau for you all Conversely, living in a rural town of 12k, there are no bike lanes.  I have had to educate/enlig… »

There are two ways in life to be good at something. The first way is the most obvious, which is to actually be good at something. This is harder than it sounds because you need things like skills, talent, fortitude, and light sabers. The other way doesn’t require those things but it has its own challenges; basically, you have to be holistical...

@Souleur's posts:

  1. Thank you very much Frank for this article as usual, you nail it I saw the customary intros for these helmets on other websites, and am so underwhelmed I was left thinking….I think I’ll just sport a cap again thanks, but no thanks to the new stuff »

  2. @Pedale.Forchetta you got it, thats fantastic You know, if someone beats you, sporting the beard….well, you not only got beat….it really couldn’t have even been close »

There was a time when I held down ‘real jobs’. Jobs with (a little) stress, with (some) responsibility, but without soul. And while dealing with the great unwashed public never held much appeal, I always envied the guys who worked at my preferred LBS. They seemingly had it all––an endless supply of cheap bikes and parts, hanging out and s...

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  1. while waxing poetic in memoriam, here’s my memory of the LBS it was the late 80’s, the lights dim in the LBS, it was small, and cram packed with bikes, layered on top of one another in single file, on the walls, as you narrowly entered the front, and the… »

  2. good work Brett! »

Riding a bicycle involves much more than just pushing the pedals around in a perfect sweep of muscular elegance while Looking Fantastic at all times. There are all sorts of soft skills involved like learning to shift properly, learning to corner properly, learning to crash properly, learning to criticize a fellow rider’s puncture-repair te...

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  1. @scaler911 yep, thats me, in reality, thankful if I can drink and breath without choking due to the pace in the ethereal realm of my mind, I would much rather take the Bidon…top first, sit up from my pull of the entire pack as we are souplesse-lee cr… »

Physics tells us that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The conservation law extend beyond the physical world and into mystical where the V and Anti-V are also in a constant fight for balance. The Ancients on Mount Velomis understood this well, and taught that the Anti-V expresses itself within the universe as two princi...

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  1. fan-fuckingtastic »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

@Souleur's posts:

  1. @ frank: besides obligations and travel, recently something blocked me from posting, for last 4-5 mo….??  I just thought it was my work computer that was the issue, but not now   whatever, glad to be back will post my souplesse commentary again »

  2. well, it worked, I’m back…haven’t been able to post for….like months! hi everyone!  the broomwagon has relented »

  3. just wondering if I can post again, here’s to nothing »

@wiscot is at it again. He is the Velominati historian and I’m always pleased when more of his writing arrives at the bunker. Luckily for all of us, cycling has a long history, most of which we are unaware of. This was not taught at school. Any article that includes the words Spartacus and Hour Record in the first paragraph already has my att...

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  1. Brilliant work wiscot is it just me or is there also striking physical facial and body habitus features between both the swiss men??  I don’t tend to think of swiss with the darker braun nor black hair, but rather blondes and blue eyes.  and excellent e… »

Wind is an asshole. I have no patience left for it. It has all of it been used up, gone, finished. It is the only force that I’m aware of (with the possible exception of gravity) that is more stubborn and less willing to listen to reason than I myself am. It blows me around on my bike, it embezzles speed from my Magnificent Stroke. No matter...

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  1. Exactly frank You had me whince a bit as you started this article out, like you could hit the refresh button on Rule #5, but you pulled it out nicely by making it clear, spring is here and we are back in full saddletime.  Winter this year in the Midwest … »

My favorite feeling is perhaps the empty hollowness of hunger. That statement, in itself, is a declaration of the privileged life I’ve led; it is borderline obscene to boast of such a thing in a world where 842 million people don’t have enough to eat. Nevertheless, being lucky enough to have been raised in America and just competent eno...

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  1. Frank, stellar pull, absolutely spot on.  Since reading this a week or so ago, I have been drilling it down and thinking about quite a lot. Drawing on such metaphors and the corollaries do obscure deeper meanings, and there is a beauty in that when intend… »

I don’t know if its because I see something of myself in them or if it awakens some kind of nurturing instinct, but I always seem to find myself drawn to tragically flawed figures.Layne Staley and Marco Pantani strike me as two halves of the same whole; incredibly talented yet tortured with mortally addictive personalities, both set loose in...

@Souleur's posts:

  1. @ChrisO feel free to disagree, I understand.  He, as all true greats are polarizing figures.  And until most recently, as the depths of doping over the past years has been made transparent, it is easy to consider his guilt in this.  However, what if he ha… »

  2. On its surface, many judge Pantani as a doper, one of a self destructive, impulsive and perhaps smug euro snob.  However, upon further study and reading, his personality could not have been farther from this.  He indeed was an innocent soul, a nationalist… »

  3. RIP il Pirata there is just so much I could say, but will just leave it simply Rapha has a nice tribute http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfN3uxk-vRs&feature=youtu.be »

Strength can be a fickle thing this time of year, when the training isn’t as consistent as it should be; it comes and goes, sometimes several times in the span of a single ride or even a climb. Like a rosy-eyed dreamer I keep awakening as I train, thrown like a rag doll between a state nearing euphoria and one resembling purgatory.My mind is...

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  1. @michealliddy: amerckx brother »

  2. Frank, thanks.  This is the inspiration one needs in the crux of February and promises that puxitony Phil the rodent may actually be right and a heck o the north may still prevail ‘Quitting begets quitting’.  That’s poetic and deep.  I take care of a lot… »

We’re an odd bunch, us Cyclists. Shaved legs, scars, tan lines, muscular legs paired to scrawny upper bodies. These things that make us stand out are some of the things I take great pride in. I marvel at my freshly shaved guns and how smooth they feel under my dress clothes when I’m stuck at the office. I’ll stand in front of the...

@Souleur's posts:

  1. @scaler911 yeah, me too, i have looked many times at that photo and just thought….and thought….and thought….what i would do to have guns like that man I like the routine you have there Frank.  You describe a routine I share similarly, but I do ha… »

Even though in today’s mountain bike world the bikes are better, the clothing more appropriate, and there are more trails to ride, there’s no denying the early 90s were the Golden Age of Mountain Biking. Just look at these fellas, and tell me I’m wrong.Tomac knew what was up. You don’t get such a badass Rainbow Jersey by ac...

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  1. @Chris exactly even on the mtn bike, even tho its singlespeed rigid style, i always ride proper, now in 3/4 bib knickers, and cap under helmet, arm warmers when appropriate however, lets be clear, there is something totally refreshing about throwing t… »

  2. @ChrissyOne absolutely great one Brett here in the frigid midwest, I have to admit this is my mtn bike season.  There are so many reasons why to mtn bike, but that is off tangent those were all good days guys, gear that was not quite that good, bikes… »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

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