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Aside from wheels staying in one piece and the frame holding together, the thing we take most for granted when riding a bike is how our bodies instinctively respond to and absorb bumps. The human body is, in fact, an incredible shock-absorber; our arms and legs are capable of flexing and shifting in ways that no mechanical suspension is capable of...

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  1. @frank Chrome messenger bag (Citizen, I think…) here for 3 or 4 years of commuting in Ohio. I’ve tried backpacks w/chest straps for stabilization, but I’ve always ended up coming back to the messenger back for stability and comfort. Laptop, notebook, u… »

You can all wave “goodbye” to your Post GT Depression Syndrome, because the Men’s Olympic Road Race is only three days yonder. I don’t typically give two shits about this particular event; while contested by national teams, unlike the Worlds it appears as just another one-day race on a calendar filled with events that carry...

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  1. @Marko @Harminator Absolutely on both. I think there are a lot of dazed and confused riders in London right now. Sort of a, “How did…wait…what?” in their minds. »

  2. What in the world was Uran doing at the end? It’s like he decided to stop and listen to a bird or something. That’ll keep him up tonight I reckon. »

We are proud to announce a change to the Velominati Super Prestige moving forward: sponsorship. We are delighted (if a little surprised) at the interest our partners showed in this endeavor, despite the short notice we gave them. Four sponsors will be gracing the sides of our team bus for this year’s race: fi’zi:k is our Super Domesti...

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  1. Anyone know why Sanchez waved his arm? Was it exasperation at where Cav came from, sort of a “How the…”, or was he mad about something? I didn’t catch it. Probably the former, as he and Roche looked like they were going about 7kph when Cav went around t… »

After a winter of long training rides that offered more in the way of numb extremities than it did in acute enjoyment, I have to say that the warming of the air and brightening of the skies have served to remind me that while I love riding in bad weather, I certainly don’t have anything against riding when its nice out.But dont think for...

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  1. @Gianni Speaking of Hampsten, this morning I saw this old interview with him describing his insane ride in the ’88 Giro. Exaggeration or not, he paints an incredible picture. http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/05/news/from-the-pages-of-velo-hampstens-… »

See that huge mountain over there? The one with the steep, twisty road going up it? The one that is often covered in snow this time of year? Right, race ya to the top.I don’t know what more there is to say about this year’s Giro; four days from the end, with two of the biggest mountain stages yet to come and the G.C., Mountains, and P...

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  1. @Steampunk No doubt. I love how Harmon just wouldn’t believe Kelly that the gap would come down 1:30 by the end of the stage, yet it was exactly that. »

After a winter of long training rides that offered more in the way of numb extremities than it did in acute enjoyment, I have to say that the warming of the air and brightening of the skies have served to remind me that while I love riding in bad weather, I certainly don’t have anything against riding when its nice out.But dont think for...

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  1. @Steampunk Ha! I’m so interested in what tomorrow will bring. What if The Hesjehog dug so deep today that he totally pops tomorrow and loses several minutes? Then again, he might blow everyone out the back again. The race for pink is still on! So aweso… »

  2. @sgt Yes…dinner-time flash of full twig and berries flopping in the Californian sun. The Mrs. and I got quite a kick out of it. And she thought the undies-only-wearing runners were crazy! »

  3. I didn’t see the whole stage…didn’t realize Rabottini crashed earlier. Makes the win even more aVVesome! Couple of spectacular days of racing between the Giro and the ToC. Gesink’s blast up Mt. Baldy was impressive yesterday, too. I can’t imagine over… »

  4. @motor city @Netraam I had my hands in the air for the last km saying, “C’mon! C’mon!” I wonder what delirium he was feeling during those last 3 or 4 km. He almost fell over at the finish line. So awesome and inspiring. »

  5. That guy who bunny hopped Cav…wow! And the one who scooted right around his head. Amazing handling! »

We rode the Pavé of Roubaix in the dry, and any comforting feelings we might have been carrying about with us that suggested we had somehow prepared for them were summarily vaporized as we hit the first secteur. Riding together in a group, unable to reach for the brakes or the shifters, we all were hit with the same realization: these aren’...

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  1. @The Oracle The Veatles. Or AbbVy Road. »

  2. Spotted a V-Sighting in the wild of the internets. Numbers 11 & 13 in the pictures section. Lovely. http://www.cyclingtips.com.au/2012/04/2012-paris-roubaix/ »

Rule #22 is perhaps the most complicated Rule amongst the (currently) 85. Part of the complexity springs from the fact that we are all very attached to this small cotton cap. Off the bike, it was once a badge used to recognize one of our own; now it has been taken over by the hipster crowd which subsequently ruined it for those of us who wore th...

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  1. @eightzero Wisdom. Up until last week when I renewed my lease with contacts, I’ve been an exclusively glasses-wearing geek due to my legally blind myopia. The cycling cap ended up being my favorite piece of kit I owned for 2.5 reasons that work together:… »

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. @grumbledook Monetary expenditures: 1) Rent/bills, 2) Food, 3) Music equipment (my job), 4) Misc cycling. I’ll have to switch #4 w/#1. One always needs food to continue laying down some V, afterall. All joking aside, nice ride! »

  2. @grumbledook That Seven’s sexiness is making me have to completely rethink my strategy on life. Good on ya’, grumbledooooooook! »

  3. @Jeff in PetroMetro I had the ol’ going-to-the-shop-for-the-same-thing-more-than-once-because-of-different-sizing-standards-of-components thing going on, as well. My first thought was that it has something to do with building a trusty steel’d with 25 yea… »

There is little in life that compares to a ride along a quiet country road. This surely is the altar of our sport, where all the greatest qualities of cycling are brought into relief by the simple act of propelling yourself along by your own power. Despite being social creatures, the experience is heightened by solitude; when no one else is witness...

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  1. Great article. I’m consistently amazed at the differences in car-bicycle relational dynamics depending on which part of town I’m riding in. I commute 32km roundtrip, and the commute takes me from a suburb to a part of the city in which many young, hip fam… »

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. @scaler911 Look at that…alright! Thanks, scaler! I’ll get ahold of him and see if I can find the specific decals. That’ll free me up. I’m with @frank about keeping the badging on a frame if possible. I can repaint and rebadge; glorious, glorious. »

  2. @Marko @Minion @Jeff in PetroMetro @frank Thanks for the input, all. I’ve just sort of puttered around on the Bianchi since I got. I did a serious ride on the Cannondale again last night, and even after the short stints on the Bianchi, it has to be my ne… »

  3. @Marko Themonuclear Protection »

While a good number of Velominati get all uppity around May and make rash statements like their preferred Grand Tour is the Giro d’Italia, because it has more and bigger climbs, beautiful white roads and crazy tifosi, there’s no denying that Le Tour de France is the real grandaddy of them all.Admit it, July trumps May every time. Conti...

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  1. @Cyclops RE: Robert Paganini What at awesome history that man can tell!! Wow! »

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. Alright! Just scored this Bianchi on Craigslist for $130. Columbus tubing, made in Italy, Ambrosia wheelset, Suntour 7000 shifters/derailleurs, Modolo brakes, aluminum classic-bend bars (excellent!). The paint’s not in great shape in some spots, but the… »

While a good number of Velominati get all uppity around May and make rash statements like their preferred Grand Tour is the Giro d’Italia, because it has more and bigger climbs, beautiful white roads and crazy tifosi, there’s no denying that Le Tour de France is the real grandaddy of them all.Admit it, July trumps May every time. Conti...

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  1. Earnest’s post-race interview from www.whoisfullofhimself.com/velo/earnest-on-his-5th-place: “I’m glad to have taken a minor place on my rookie VSP. SO many thanks have to go to my teammates for all their efforts this VSPTdF. They’ve worked so hard all … »

Reach for your recovery drink of choice, grab a little massage if you can, load up on carbs tonight, and get ready for the ultimate showdown for final Tour glory tomorrow to be contested in 41 kilometers contra la montre. I’m talking about the fans, not the riders, obviously. Because these last two days have nearly killed us.This is anyone&#...

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  1. Those tears are made of pure V. Good on ya’, CADEL!! »

  • 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.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

  • One word, old mate…………camera.

  • Mindfulness–and let’s just pass right over the idea of compassion for the moment–isn’t easy when it’s hard. When...

  • Good survival training and looking inward is best.

  • @brett

    It’s your masculinity, leaving.

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