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Location: palm harbor, florida

lucky enough to have a professional career (not as a cyclist) and still find the time to be a Masters 50+ racer (kind of a cyclist). Ex hockey player, turned to cycling in 1989, and went from there. Two favorite pros: Fignon and Lemond (is that possible to like both). current stable: Canyon Ultimate CF SLX (record/super record) Cyfac Proxidium Fignon Tribute bike (record/super record) Colnago CT1 (chorus)

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We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

@fignons barber's posts:

  1. @kixsand Good to see Assos promoting their water polo line, or is that for syncro swimming. @Buck Rogers It’s true, one does look psychotic in a balaclava (Vampire Weekend reference for the hip kids). Regarding winter hats, I wear three different … »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. Always loved that picture of Hedrick Redant: leading the ’91 paris-Roubaix, going for a career defining classic victory, and then ppppffff. Over.  That’s Roubaix. »

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s going on here. Rule #5, Rule #9, Rule #10; every rider in this frame Looks Fantastic (most other Rules). The riders are in short sleeves and shorts while the public apparently has scavenged materials from rubbish bins and the local grain elevator in a very visually unpleasant effort to keep war...

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  1. Bugno and El Diablo are sporting the foam materialed rain cap, a bit easier to pull off. But, my God, how does BigMig pull off the ‘puffy look” with the standard cotton cap? Truly extraterrestrial!  (and is there a new secret to posting pictures?). »

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’...

@fignons barber's posts:

  1. @Jaegher Very compelling. So much more panache than the cookie cutter carbons. Just received my 2015 “state of the art carbon wunderbike” as a crash replacement. Its my first experience with bb86 and its in the shop for the third time because the super … »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. Cold weather Belgian style= long sleeves plus no gloves. »

  2. @rfreese888 It gets even better after the 100th time. »

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 Steven, welcome and nice machines. Looking at the photo of the all black interceptor (with boras) posted above by Brett. Is that bike a custom geometry? If so, what is the st/tt/ht measurements? While weight isn’t really important, just curious… »

  2. @brett Love. These. Framesets. Now added to “the list”. The website is far too dangerous; too easy to buy one. It’s just click…click..click…click…Pay! As for me, I would stick with a fork matching the frame. Otherwise, it looks like you’ve added… »

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. My go-to training wheels are HED Ardennes SL. Sub 1500g, nice riding and stiff enough. My #1 set for racing and “tuesday night world champs” rides are a pair of Rail 52 carbon clinchers with White Industry T11 hubs. I also rotate in HED jet 6’s and some 5… »

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. @Gianni Yes, I like the paint job.  I’m told it is a 1996 version. I was toying with the idea of buying a modern steel frame (after all, you must have at least one carbon,one steel,one alum, one Ti.), but that will run you at least $2k, and deliver les… »

  2. Incoming!  My winter project: a Merckx MXLEADER. »

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. That photo is almost art.  The more you stare at it, the more awfulness you see. I love “digger” on the blue P-rello unleashing a hammer session in full 34/21 gearing….downhill. It also makes you wonder, if the bars are higher than the saddle, is it sti… »

Jump to: Scoring Guidelines • Prizes • Schedule • ResultsThe Velominati Super Prestige is a season-long competition wherein readers will be submitting their predictions for the top five finishers of each qualifying race.  In order to qualify, your picks via the VSP Picks form above the posts section of the VSP Event article pertaining to the...

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  1. ” alt=”” /> And this is why I love the Giro………. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX6RFV51pOE »

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. Got a new set of hubs to build up some nice training wheels. These are the new PMP hubs. Machined in Italy, look really nice, front is 112g and rear a pretty beefy 287g. They have a rep for being very durable, perfect for the application. They are 24/… »

  2. @DeKerr First off, you don’t already have one of those.  The new one is carbon, the old aluminium. Totally different. It’s like saying, “why should I buy pants, when I already own a shirt.” The second rationale is that the cost of a great bike is usual… »

@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. Great,great article….an inspiration. »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @wiscot Absolutely. In anticipation of the cooler weather, I just popped for one of these over at Prendas: »

  2. I’m partial to this shot: »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. Stage 13:  Was this the first Cofidis win since…….Frankie VDB ? »

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. @Deakus I always use a simple formula when making these decisions:  health insurance deductible plus copay divided by cost of replacement times pain and suffering (or death).  Always comes out in favor of replacing the damaged component. You’re too valu… »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. @The Grande Fondue No, that would be a young Andy Hampsten. »

  2. Wooo there!  Let’s take it easy on the Castorama kit.  Fignon himself designed it and was actually very proud of it. You want bad? How ’bout this little gem from the 90’s, Chazal.  Could you imagine going to battle in the Classics against Museeuw or Tchm… »

Brett’s fine Nick Cave article got me thinking about music and cycling. We spend lots of time alone on our bikes. The bike is on autopilot, it stays upright from second to second, freeing up our brains to consider anything or nothing. Music might be the only riding companion we have but it has to be the right music. Being as Pro as possible is...

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  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn0FF1KwL4I …and now we know what happened to Andy Schleck. »

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. Thanks for the thoughts guys. Got up the mornings after, and just about every part of my body hurt. But did my scheduled training ride and felt fine. I did notice that my heart rate was about 8 or 10 beats higher than normal, probably the body working OT … »

  2. VERY sad news to report: My #1, Canyon Ultimate CF SLX, has been destroyed. After a training race, I was riding home with a group of guys. I was on the front as we pulled through a town, just doing tempo. There was a 6 foot “ornamental” section of brick r… »