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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...

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  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...

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  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 »

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...

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  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… »

I’ve never been able to decide if choices are a gift or a curse; a lack of choices introduces simplicity but also with it the risk that the simple choices do not meet the demands of a complex world. An abundance of similar choices, on the other hand, often reduces the impact of getting things a little bit wrong, but also decreases the thought...

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  1. @ChrissyOne well, you make a valid point, one of opinion, and as a singlespeeder (Merckx forgive me) thats the thing, we simply don’t give a rats ass, and never have quite frankly about the rings up front or etc…as the gear…the one we choose is as cr… »

  2. @frank as a singlespeeder mtn biker, i find it refreshing and perhaps a bit redemptive that the single ring up front is the sheet now, no doubt selfishly, after taking so much heat for being the neaderathal and told I couldn’t pick out a gear in a clus… »

One of the finest things about Velominati is it attracts the crazy bastards. Cyclists are slightly unhinged anyway but there are more than a few out there who have no fear. Crazy is not constrained by nationality. Crazy knows no borders. Sure the Randonneurs would do this just to make sure they were happy with their choice of headlamp strap but @ba...

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  1. Bals-o-steel dudes Chapeau!!! »

We’re not really supposed to have favorites, but everyone does. Just ask your parents. So while I’m not supposed to have a favorite, I do, and its Rule #9.Bad weather immediately separates the wheat from the chaff, and so the weekend warriors stay indoors and leave the roads to the devout. I talk most often about riding in the rain, wi...

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  1. excellent points with this ‘winter vortex’ or something or other, i need reminded that there is still room for badasses out there, and as we move into the week, with the muck and mire, without fenders, it will be us badass’s ridin and without these cond… »

We reflect on another year of cycling; who has been naughty and who has been nice. The rusty chain award used to go to the biggest tool of the year but that has been folded into The Anti-V award. In years past the rusty chain award usually went to the present day dopers. Multi-year winners like Danilo “triple threat” Di Luca would now be eligib...

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  1. brilliant work, I absolutely agree, and love the sentiment Now, to be fair, there may be some descent patent attorney out there, its just I don’t know of any personally.  IMHO, the corporate suit and ties can kiss my dogs dirty ass, suck my hairy balls a… »

I’m a naturally loud and weird person who expresses excitement through volume. Also, alcohol is supposed to be a depressant, but it doesn’t appear to work for me; all it does is make me happier (and louder) – until I have a little too much at which point I get weirder (a too-happy, too-loud kind of weird). But being happy person...

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  1. @ChrisO yea, it was, hell I got a zero chapeau »

Guido went to extraordinary lengths to shield young Joshua from the horrors of the war. On the way to the camp, a bicycle race passed their truck. As the riders, themselves escaping a life of grim toil, dirty and sweaty from the effort of heaving their heavy steel bikes up the col, rode by, Guido lifted his son from the truck and placed him onto th...

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  1. nicotine?? »

  2. @wiscot true I think the beauty of these pictures are the authenticity that resonates across time, you can’t buy this, you can’t google it, you can’t replace it…period Looking back, and searching the context of these times, these races and these me… »

In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are...

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  1. In honor of de Ronde van Vlaanderen, we will be hosting a Cogal in the urban Seattle area. Route to be determined, but plan on a moderately hilly opening 80km around Lake Washington and Mercer Island before hitting the historic cobbles on Captial Hill and Queen Anne near downtown Seattle. Total length of the ride is about 115km; but the last 30 are what really count.

    We’ll be leaving from Brouwer’s Café in Fremont at 10:05. No support vehicle is expected, but we’ll have lots of opportunity to refuel along the way. I will pre-ride the route a few days in advance and post GPX files and a queue sheet. The ride is intended to be no-drop, but due to the amount of climbing, we may break into separate groups before meeting back at Brouwer’s for post-ride Recovery Ales.

    Join us one and all to get a very minor taste what its like to ride de Ronde!

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    Date - April 06, 2014
    10:05 AM - 6:00 PM


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Although he was already an active community member, I began my friendship with Dan Richter in early 2012 after he reached out to me regarding some wheels he wanted us to take along on Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012. At the time, he was an amateur wheel builder making some money on the side selling his wheels on eBay. Like many of us in this co...

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  1. @frank your quite fair in that Frank, its just like I said, in my little mind, its hard to wrap myself around the things that don’t make it up to the top.  I have been on a local school board, I too have ~45 people i am directly over in a role, and gra… »

  2. @frank I too read Mike Sinyards comments, and my little me just cannot fathom some of what he said.  I really appreciated his consideration to ‘fly in’ and ‘break bread’, and as I would mutually appreciate, there is nothing that solves differences quic… »