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What, another guest post? Seemingly yes, but in fact we are keeping to our every-other Friday guest post schedule. We must Keep The Schedule! @Harminator’s post about pigs was the little seen “pop-up” article; a confluence of Paris-Roubaix, Orchies pigs and Jupiler beer. These things go very bad, very fast if not served quickly. @...

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  1. @Ccos, good stuff. As many of us know, many of them don’t get why we seek to suffer. In addition to dishing it out on the bike, off the bike, we don’t sweat the small stuff. Nice to hear you’re in the neighborhood. I grew up in RI, lived in SE Conn. for y… »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Valverde 3. Kwiatkowski 4. Kruetziger 5. Gerrans »

Have you ever been told to take a good look at yourself? Usually it infers that you need to smarten up your ideas, get your shit together, shape up or ship out. If Viagra eyedrops had an advertising campaign, (or indeed existed), their tagline would be: “Take a long, hard look at yourself.”Most Cyclists need to take a long hard look at...

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  1. Well said. As @wiscot said, it extends to off the bike as well. I work at being fit and trim, and baggy clothes are a lazy, slovenly way out for the lazy and slovenly. Buying shirts that are not the baggy “American Gut Cut” can be a challenge. But it is p… »

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. @pistard And we’ll just go with the reported angle B and extension. Reported extension doesn’t equal actual reach. »

  2. @Chris Transgression noted, never to be repeated. I await my penance. I love the sound of Italian, but please, no Lo Sceriffo! »

  3. I guess reading this at work is permitted since there’s mention of ISO standards. I ended up with compact bars as they were touted for small hands, and I was thinking in terms of reach to the brifters from the drops. Hate them, and looking for something m… »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. @paolo Tried to do this, but I apparently don’t subscribe to enough channels to be able to stream. I got by watching various streams online. I don’t watch enough TV to justify paying what they want. »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Vanmarcke 3. Stybar 4. Boonen 5. van Avermaet »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @the Engine And carrying a spare freewheel doesn’t make an EPMS ok! »

  2. @Chris I’m still getting to know roads in my new environs and lamenting that I haven’t found any hills nearby. Until last Sunday. I found Great Hill Rd. And it was great in a V sort of way. Climbing off would have meant stopping, which would have meant… »

One of greatest cycling pleasures is riding with a mate. Riding ten centimeters off each other’s rear wheel for hours; trust is a beautiful thing. You swing over, ease your effort slightly so your mate rides through, you then tuck behind, in the draft, close and fast. It is the best. @Kah touches on this and other transcendent benefits from...

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  1. Great story. Until I moved last year I’d ridden with a group for many years, some nearly 30 yrs. I really miss those times, and look forward to making the trip to do a few Sunday rides, breakfast stop, and those country roads that used to be just out the … »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Borghini 3. van Dijk 4. Armistead 5. Stevens »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Boonen 2. Faboo 3. Degenkolb 4. Sagan 5. Terpstra »

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. @Weldertron You have captured the elegance, beauty, and simplicity of the bicycle. »

  2. @Steampunk And my gubmint computer tells me my access has been denied. Lunchtime of course. Wait till Steve-o gets home! »

Gravity is the most unavoidable force on Earth, with the possible exception of Stupidity. And like with Stupidity, you can take measures to reduce its influence on you, but you won’t get rid of it completely, assuming you’re staying on this planet. From the very moment we’re born, Gravity takes its unrelenting hold on us –...

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  1. Brilliant writing, again. Seeing the emotions of cycling - the suffering, the joy, the exhilaration put into words here keeps me coming back. LVV! »

RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop. Continue reading...

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  1. RIGHT!!! Buck and Roger are kicking off a New England Gravé Cogal. This starts at Roger’s shop.

    It is a gravel/dirt Cogal. This route was used last September for another ride and is supposedly AWESOME!!!

    You will need 28mm at a minimum, maybe 32 mm tires on gravel/CX bikes per the description.

    Here’s a link to the route/description/etc from the September ride but this one is by us, not the cycling shop, but all are welcome of course!  The write up mentions registering/meals/etc.  None of that applies to us.

    Details on pre-ride espresso/pre-night drinking in Boston/post ride recovery drinking is forthcoming but mark your calendars for this puppy!!!

    It will be a GREAT Heck of the North appetizer for anyone thinking about heading out there in October as well!!!

    No drop, Casually Deliberate but we might break into groups depending on what bikes you bring.

    The route.


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    Date - April 26, 2014
    9:05 AM - 8:20 PM

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This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Borghini 3. van Dijk 4. Stevens 5. van der Breggen »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Sagan 3. Degenkolb 4. Kristoff 5. Farrar »

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. @wiscot I’m due for a helmet replacement this year. WTF is going on with some of the new designs? »

For many Americans, their first ten speed bike was a Schwinn. It was heavy. Everything about it was heavy. It was the bike that was going to survive outside the bomb shelter. No one put a better crankset on a Schwinn. When we moved on that old bike languished in the garage and it was not coming back out. Not so for @Teocalli, for starters he didn&#...

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  1. @Teocalli Nice job! I have a Colnago from circa ’84 and some Shimano 600 components from it. I’ve been back and forth on doing anything with, but your story has me thinking do it! Sure was purty back in the day, red with chrome fork and chainstay, and got… »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. @Steve-o Exception for the real football, where most of the players are engaged in competitive movement most of the time, and timeouts are infrequent. »

  2. @Fins Perhaps some non-cyclists could explain to me how multi-hour ball games aren’t boring. »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. Change up due to Boonen’s withdrawal. Condolences on his loss and respect for his decision. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Faboo 3. Cav 4. Degenkolb 5. Stannard »

“Are you havin’ a dig at me?” It’s a good old phrase that one. I hear it occasionally, usually in response to some jest, part of the banter that me and my friends enjoy on a regular basis. It can be used as an off-the-cuff remark, clearly meant in a jocular way, or can carry with it a more sinister edge, a way to make a poin...

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  1. It starts on the hill just past the turkey farm. Push the pace a bit to put the kibosh on the lollygagging in the group. Crest the hill and keep the pace up, most of the group can’t resist a wheel to chase down. When I pull off the front at the church aft… »