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Whilst Brett hails from the land Down Under, he hates that fucking song. An Aussie now living as a Kiwi, he is at home on the rich dirt of New Zealand's mountain bike trails as he is on the scorching tarmac of Australia. Despite his geographical disadvantage, the cobblestones and kassien of Belgium and Northern France hold a special place in his heart and it's where you'll find him each Spring, either with a bike underneath him or a fine Belgian ale in his hand.

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A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. @Teocalli Eh what? Did I miss something? »

April 2015 // Lille, France The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride. Continue...

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  1. April 2015 // Lille, France 

    The Hardmen. They inspire us; we aspire to be one among them. They are the solitary voice among the thousands in our heads that tell us to keep pushing when all the others tell us to stop. Their long shadows look on in approval as we pull on our cold and wet weather gear and head out into the elements to ride.

    Every serious Cyclist is a hard man or woman; it comes with the territory. But to be given the title of Hardman, one must be more than just tough. The Hardmen stand out among the rest as the ones who ride over the savage, jagged cobblestones of Northern Europe with a souplesse that is possessed only by those riders who thrive in the most torturous of road cycling’s domains: The Cobbled Classics of Northern Europe.

    Velominati has partnered up with Pavé Cycling Classics, based in Northern France, to offer the chance to walk where Giants tread and pedal through the trench of Arenberg and up the devastating cobbled steeps of the Koppenberg and Kapelmuur. To pedal with the Pros during their reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix route.

    As if that isn’t good enough, we offer the opportunity to do all this with Johan Museeuw, the last Lion of Flanders.

    Velominati’s Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics will be back in 2015 and guided by the Velominati Keepers in partnership with Pavé Cycling Classics over nine days in April during the most sacred time of the season, the week when de Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix are held. Details and booking information will be announced in the coming days.

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    Date/Time
    Date - April 03, 2015 - April 13, 2015
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

    Location
    Gare de Lille Flandres

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Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. @Jaegher It just gets awesomer! »

  2. @Fausto That’s some commitment. »

  3. Other paint options now in the mix: Belgian kit theme (blue with red/yellow/black), Roubaix Velodrome theme (blue with red/white/black). Or Molteni orange with a lot of black. »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

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  1. My Vaypors are works of art. Works of art that don’t quite fit unfortunately. The left shoe rubs my outside toes just enough to be uncomfortable on any ride over down to the shops. I tried heat molding a few times, but it seems I should’ve measured BOTH f… »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. @Buck Rogers No, not that seattube… but dark grey is looking good, possibly a third option being discussed now. @Teocalli I wish I’d thought of that! »

  2. @TBONE What a score! If that’s not meant to be I dunno what is… old frames and old Campa just never seem to age. »

  3. @freddy Nice and nice! I love the look of a SS ‘crosser, and that’s badass. Ritcheys have always given me Frischbone. »

  4. @Mikael Liddy No. »

  5. @Barracuda Oh yeah, I’ve drooled over Baums for a long, long time. Just too expensive though, and while works of art, they never made bikes for The Prophet, in Belgium. »

  6. @il ciclista medio No further justification needed. »

  7. Steven at Jaegher has thrown another option into the mix… dark grey with orange highlights, which I’m digging. They can do custom V-logos as well, and suggests working on custom paint scheme. I love their customer service and passion, and he’s been traw… »

  8. It’s a fucking conundrum alright… Slideshow: Fullscreen: Download: Powered by DM Albums™ Really leaning towards black frame, with V orange trim. Not sure about an orange fork, but could work. »

  9. These guys are kindred spirits. I emailed them and received a reply within hours from Steven. His enthusiasm jumped off the screen, and I think this is going to, has to happen. The quotes that are available to be inscribed on the top tube even include Ru… »

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. @Gianni Send them to me… »

This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. @justindcady We’re not savages. »

  2. @DeKerr I’m all for buying local too. But I’m also all for not giving Mike any more money. »

  3. @extra special and bitter Yeah, that is a story that is worth looking into. I couldn’t find any images of him loaded with bottles while in the Maillot Jaune though. Maybe Gunderson apologised and had them removed? »

  4. @ChrisO I’ll remember this on Keepers Tour next year… bring extra caps. »

  5. @markb @rfreese888 The clear/carbon bottle will match any bike. And the small one is a small one which is smaller than the big one. »

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. @therealpeel It’s pedantry, actually. »

  2. @Barracuda Yes! I hadn’t noticed until Ray, the photographer, told me… brilliant. »

  3. @Ccos You guys are pretty sharp up there eh! @Gianni As for you, you’re Hawaiian so have nothing at all to do with America. »

  4. @TBONE Last time I checked, Scotland voted to remain part of Great Britain. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/388435/scotland-remains-british-now-editors I guess the News doesn’t make it to ‘Murica. »