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Maybe it’s the narcissist in me or maybe I never really learned how to share properly, but I prefer my birthday over Christmas. My birthday is the one day of the year where everything is about me. No feigning interest in other people’s gifts, no getting distracted by any greater meaning. Just me and my loot, as it was meant to be. Spea...

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  1. I’m on holidays in France. 9.00am 2-4 hour ride in the Ardeche countryside. 1.00pm lunch and a bit of a lie down. 3.00pm TV goes on. 3.01pm Beer opened (mixed 6 pack of Belgian beers for €6.50 from the supermarché). Three perfect weeks. »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Johansson 2. Vos 3. Abbott 4. Pooley 5. Borghini »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Nibali 4. Valverde 5. van Garderen »

The Tour de Suisse can be everyone’s warm-up for the Tour de France, including all you VSP dreamers. The big show seems to be the Critérium de Dauphanié this year, as far as Tour de France contenders go but the Tour de Suisse still has some big guns showing up. Twiggo is here, not for a Tour warm up, unless people are worried about Richie P...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Costa 2. Mollema 3. Kreuziger 4. Pinot 5. Frank »

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. @Fausto Crapiz Don’t worry. There are rules for your flesh and blood actual body to follow, like wearing black shorts and having a rule compliant bike, and there are rules that only your V-avatar can comply with. I like to ride up Monte Zoncolan in the… »

I don’t know how a guy who shows off the better part of a half meter of seat post comes to the conclusion that his saddle is too low, but that precise thought occupies an enormous amount of time. Ever closer looms the minimum insertion point on my seat pin, yet I am irrevocably bound to explore its limits.I actually wish my legs were shorter...

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  1. @frank I’m surprized that you even use the saddle when climbing. »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goin...

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  1. @Gianni Yeah, like I said 35 posts ago. »

  2. @Geraint +1. Its ugly. »

  3. @Cogfather In the latest Velo News Technical FAQ Zinn says that for road tubeless he recommends tubeless-specific rims. The consequences of catasprophic failure could be very serious and there have been a couple of incicents lately of tubeless tyres bl… »

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. My new handmade wheels are on their way from NZ. Pacenti SL23s laced to White Industries hubs with DT aerolite spokes. The maker recommends low tyre pressures with wide rims – 18mm internal. So with 25mm tyres his chart says only 65psi front and 70 rear (… »

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. I worked my way through Tom Danielson’s “Core Advantage… “. Now I do one of his routines or a variation 2-3 times a week. No more back pain for me, I feel stronger on the bike, more conscious of my posture and generally more “solid”. Good for riding, go… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most cl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Pozzovivo 2. Rodriguez 3. Martin 4. Qunitana 5. Evans »

I would have to start training to even do a recovery ride. And I would have to own a cyclometer, HRM, and the unavoidable watt meter. And all that would tell me what I already don’t want to know. Ignorance is bliss until some teenager on a mountain bike gets by you and at that point you better not have a watt meter on your bike. Still, we hav...

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  1. Surely one of the great things about riding a bike is finding some nice scenery, chilling out and absorbing the ambience. For recovery rides I head to the coast, soft pedal and enjoy the air and the view. I couldn’t care less about what other cyclists are… »

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. It is very important not to aspirate any water. Something I learnt as an actor is to always breathe in before taking a drink on stage. Its really bad to choke on water when you have a line to deliver especially if you want to stay in character. Anyway, it… »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Daniel Martin 3. Valverde 4. Gerrans 5. Niboli »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Moreno 2. Gilbert 3. Barguil 4. Valverde 5. Kwiatowski »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Armistead 3. Van Dijk 4. Stevens 5. Borghini »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gerrans 2. Kwiatowski 3. Valverde 4. Niboli 5. Kreuziger »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. @ChrisO I put 20 minutes into the calculator. The usual number for FTP calcs. I put in a few different weights for the rider from 50 to 100 kgs hence the 5-6 range. »

  2. @frank Who said anything about big-big and small-small? I’m talking about small-big! 39/23 will get you up a hill at 20 kph at 90 rpm. On a 7% grade that is something like 5-6 watts/kilo (according to an online calculator that may or may not be accura… »

  3. I think compact bars make sense if you already have a decent position on the hoods, ie not too sit up and beg. As for the “big ring” willy waving, you should be in the gear that gets up the hill in the best way. You might want to stress the cv system by s… »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Sagan 2. Cancellara 3. Phinney 4. Kristoff 5. Stybar »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @Mike Stead (@tweetymike) +1 I thought it was just me! I found that after a rew seconds the lever gives a reasuring click meaning it is safe to remove the finger. + »

One of greatest cycling pleasures is riding with a mate. Riding ten centimeters off each other’s rear wheel for hours; trust is a beautiful thing. You swing over, ease your effort slightly so your mate rides through, you then tuck behind, in the draft, close and fast. It is the best. @Kah touches on this and other transcendent benefits from...

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  1. Regarding the “cliche joke”, my usual riding partner is my VMH and I’m hapy to report that I do spend a considerable proportion of any given ride staring at her arse. »