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I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. @frank Relish the struggle, that’s the key. Yes.  Rule #74.  No training, just riding.  No power meter.  No GPS.  No computer.  No math.  V-meter only. @unversio It’ll be one of the best days of your whole life. @ron The commute is my savior… »

I love wine. I mean, I like beer and scotch and can’t resist ordering a Vesper whenever I pretend to be a gentleman spy, but I love wine. As a semi-professional drinker, the biggest worry I have is that should my as-yet undiagnosed problem with alcohol become a diagnosed problem with alcohol, I’d have to stop drinking wine. A full...

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  1. @Nate It’s what you consume to kill the pain apres accident. »

  2. This article is timely for me, as this morning I was obliged to employ an non-standard ablative braking technique that involved my integumentary system contacting pavement at speed.  In this case, it’s what I get for hitting a corner too hard in the wet (… »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. I feel very strongly that all Pedalwan should first ride the path upon an old bike.  Wrought from alloy, graced with downtube shifters, 32-spoke box-section wheels, and massing in excess of 12kg, this bike should cost less than $400. The bike must be mai… »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

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  1. Yes, you should.  You won’t regret it. The key is to eschew ultralight racing/TT tubs unless you’re 1) racing and 2) have neutral wheel support and 3) have a legion of domestiques ready to fall on their swords and hand you a wheel/bike if you puncture. … »

  2. @wilburrox I hate it when that happens – I’ve had the same struggle with Contis on Golden Tickets:  no bueno.  One day, I’m going to build a database of all the known-good+known bad tubular tire to rim combinations.  It’ll be my great contribution to hu… »

  3. I’m still rolling my Golden Tickets, and probably will be for the next few seasons.  I do a lot of gravel riding, and they’re ideal for putting up with shit road surfaces.   I can ride the hell out of them and not stress about it if I trash them – I can d… »

I was asking earlier, how do you know if you are a cyclist? One sure sign is when one brings a bike on almost all vacations. If a vacation does not include some cycling, is it a vacation? If you asks that, you are a cyclist. Hopefully this has been a long-term condition and all other vacationeers accept this with a shrug, yeah, a damn Velominatus.V...

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  1. @Chris As the sole male in a family of sartorially-intensive women, lacking trunk space, and being unwilling to hang my bikes from the back of the car as if from meathooks, my top prerequisite for a vacation spot is proximity to a shop that rents sweet… »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. If you haven’t taken the time to read his book, Racing Through The Dark, go buy a copy and read it this weekend.  It’s fascinating, and quite disheartening at times. All of us have asked ourselves this question:  were I in their shoes, would i have doped… »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. @ChrisO Way to stick one to The Man With The Hammer, guy.  Hell yes. »

  2. @Jay In seeming contradiction to my statement in the previous post, I couldn’t agree more with this.  We have standards for many reasons, not least to ensure a minimum level of safety and to provide a baseline from which to measure.  Setting the bar at … »

  3. @Oldnslowly This is the whole question, answered.  We use the best tech we have, and the difference is the mind that drives it. The Athlete’s Hour was backwards-focused, Golden Age thinking that doesn’t move us forward or enhance our sport.  I’m glad … »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. This conversation is embarrassing.  Seriously. Stop yapping and go ride your bikes.  If someone’s not following the rules, then you sure as hell had better ride them right the fuck off of your wheel before you cast the slightest bit of judgement.  And ev… »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @MangoDave The Nemesis is the Alpha and the Omega.  I can ride singletrack on them:  they do just fine as long as I’m not riding in a rock garden.  I built a set of Cronos up, but even with 36 spokes they’re just barely stiff enough to put up with all 7… »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. @The Vid And I politely disagree also…if it’s the difference between riding and not riding, the Velominatus refers to Rule #5 and hits the road, mismatched wheels and all.  It is beyond mention that the Velominatus first exhausts every other available… »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Never…fucking…give…up.  Ever. Chapeau. »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. @DeKerr & @Gianni Thanks gents.  Glad you liked it. »

  2. @VeloSix Yes, yes, yes, yes, and hell yes.  All of that.  I agree, fuck them to the tenth power.  Idiots. Tennessee can be a cycling paradise.  Wish I was able to ride in East TN more – I’m in NashVegas. »

  3. Cyclist: [sahy-klist]  n.  “bicyclist,” 1882; see bicycle + -ist. Saxonists preferred wheelman. 1: One who travels by bicycle. 2:  One for whom the desire to ride a human-powered vehicle is overwhelming, compulsive, innate, and engaged in without regard… »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

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  1. @Stephen This technique, while hardcore, is unaesthetic, and was necessitated by the gargantuan volume of the tires those guys were obliged to use.  It also results in unwelcome smears of glue on one’s jersey. »

  2. @frank All that, plus being mindful that some brands of tire just don’t fit some rims properly.  For example, my wife bought me a pair of Conti GP4000 tubulars last Christmas (she’s awesome.)  I rapidly discovered that these simply don’t fit my Golden … »

  3. @kenl Here’s the workaround on that:  I carry a tiny pocket knife in my repair kit.  A $.50 razor blade works too.  If things are so bleak that I have to replace the tire, a single cut with that knife will have the tire off in 60 seconds – it’s super ea… »

  4. FWIW, I’ve never once wiped a tire.  It’s like throwing salt over one’s shoulder, and the consequences of error are hideous.  If I ride over a big patch of glass, I just stop and pick it out by hand. »

  5. I’ve ridden tubs exclusively for the last 2 years, and I’ll never go back:  Pave Evo CGs on Golden Tickets is the path of righteousness.  The ride is utterly Cadillac, like rolling 32mm Grand Bois clinchers, but without the weight and the need for a placi… »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. That’s the best piece I’ve read here in some time, @Steampunk. Kindness and an unassuming personality won’t win him many bike races, but do mean that he’s a damn fine human being.  Chapeau, sir. »