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Behind every great rider, there’s a great soigneur. The right hand man, the go-to guy, who tends every whim of his rider, feeding, watering, mending and massaging. Behind the humble Velominatus Regularus, however, there’s a string of injuries, tight muscles, bad posture and aching guns. We are our own soigneurs, and if you’re like...

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  1. @yogacyclist I guess you don’t notice attractive women, huh? Lighten the fuck up. »

  2. @Coyotetree Young girls in tight yoga pants is just an added benefit. »

  3. I don’t stretch either before or after I ride, but I do use the foam roller if my legs are tight or my knee (which seems to be prone to tendonitis) is bothering me (also ice it). I do yoga once a week and it has helped immensely. No lower back pain and my… »

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. @Haldy I love those old school Coke bidons! In fact, I bought this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007HZYB1K/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 on Amazon. I know it’s not exactly like the one The Prof is sporting, but…And yes, I took… »

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. @andrew Fantastic. I’m sure there’s a Rule about that, Andrew. »

  2. @wiscot Yeah, I’ve seen the cargo pants/jacket and tie – not a good look. Next will be lounge pants/shirt and tie. »

  3. @Chris Ha! I meant to put ‘when I was a kid’ on the end of that sentence. It’s funny when I go to fancy events with my gf and people ask if she picked what I’m wearing out…she just says ‘ummmm…no…he dresses himself.’ I feel like saying ‘I’m a grown… »

  4. @wiscot I know, I know. It’s unreal. I remember when my gf graduated from college. Her Dad (who’s a biker and I do like) and brother both wore jeans – the latter finishing it off with a visor. Ugh. I wore a suit. I’m sure they both think I’m snobby or … »

  5. @wiscot Or my personal favorite…lounge pants in public. I’m a huge fan of the lounge pants and put them on the second I get home from work, etc., but I would never in a million years wear them to shop in or go to the library (where I work and see them… »

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. A really incredible race! Cancellara out smarted them and then out muscled them to the finish. What an effort! »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. @wiscot Of the teams that are left, I’m pulling for Wisconsin. »

  2. @frank I will tell the VMH that Frank says I need to get another bike so I can make my current #1 my rain bike. That will go over well. »

  3. @sthilzy +1. I try and acknowledge good drivers who share the road and are courteous. I also acknowledge bad drivers but in a different way (kidding…sort of). »

  4. Thanks for this, Frank. I rode in the rain yesterday – soaked (proudly) to the bone. I added better lights recently and think they made a difference. Good advice about the tape – going to look into it. »

Evolution doesn’t really seem to be part of the picture anymore, at least not where humans and our direct reports are concerned. We control an astounding number of genetic defects in ourselves, our pets, and agriculture while Science and Technology give Natural Selection swirlies in the locker room.Take exercise-induced asthma, which is a con...

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  1. @fignons barber Thanks, man. I’ve been a diehard Flyers fan since I was a kid. I’m as obsessive about them as I’ve become about cycling. Both of which thrill my girlfriend. »

  2. @frank Hogg’s article pretty much says that we pedal the way we pedal naturally (all processed through our central nervous system) and the trick is to do it in the most effective and efficient way possible. He also says that we can practice our pedal str… »

  3. @DerHoggz My VMH has asthma and just makes sure she brings her inhaler with her when we go out. We ride in 90+ heat and humidity during the summer and she can go for hours – not fast, but she rides. »

  4. @frank Have you ever read this, Frank? http://www.stevehoggbikefitting.com/bikefit/2011/05/pedalling-technique-what-is-best/ Pretty interesting.  I think I’m a heel dropper (good to know that The Prophet was one too) or Average Joe (Hinault…I think T… »

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. @freddy I have no chin (essentially) and look ridiculous without a goatee. However, I keep it trimmed down. Beard? Only during playoff hockey. »

I came strongly into the Fall, stronger than in other years thanks to a late-season objective to do well at my first Heck of the North gravel classic in Minnesota. I was light and I had built good power and endurance by riding the steep gravel roads that pepper the North Cascades and suffering through brutal interval sessions on the windswept stre...

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  1. @Teocalli I needed that laugh today, Teocalli! I rode the other day and decided to wear my 2mm kayaking gloves. When I got home, I could (literally) wring the sweat out of them. The VMH said ‘I can smell those nasty things from over here…washer, now!… »

  2. @VeloSix The VMH usually just points to the laundry room when I come home. »

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. @frank I used to have an EPMS, but I converted to the Lezyne Caddyshack (thanks to Frank) and like it a lot better. All my stuff (spare tube, CO2, etc.) fits in there and the whole thing fits in my jersey pocket. Clean and neat…makes my bike look the… »

I came strongly into the Fall, stronger than in other years thanks to a late-season objective to do well at my first Heck of the North gravel classic in Minnesota. I was light and I had built good power and endurance by riding the steep gravel roads that pepper the North Cascades and suffering through brutal interval sessions on the windswept stre...

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  1. @frank Not sure if they have one for The Hour specifically, Frank, but if they do, you have to ride a bike that has washing machine bearings. Just sayin’. »

  2. @Doug +1 Sufferfest videos. »

We recently lost our beloved Great Dane, Kirki, who we nicknamed Beene for reasons that elude logic. She was a good dog, more sweet than clever. A sad side effect of big dog breeds and their short lives is that it wasn’t until nearly the end of her life that she made certain key discoveries about the world. Such as that weighing nearly 65 kil...

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  1. @frank Sorry for the loss of your beloved pet – never easy. But I’m sure you gave her a great life and home. Our cats are also under a strict contact not to die…and just think: I used to be a dog person. Again, sorry. »

  • 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.

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