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Location: West Bend, Wisconsin

I got my first bike at age 2 and have always had one since. My first real bike was a massive steel blue Peugeot at the age of 14. Subsequently replaced by a red Holdsworth, a team-colors Raleigh and a ruby-red Colnago, the latter joined by a neon-pink Cougar TT bike, a metallic green Brian Rouke winter bike and a blue Specialized mountain bike. All steel and all gone to new homes now. I joined the Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club at 18 and became a dedicated time triallist, riding 30-50 club and open races a year. In 1989/90 I was a founding member of the short-lived VC d"Or which included velominatus and short-lived COTHO teammate Brian Smith. I also raced regularly against another real Velominatus - Graeme Obree - in the 1980s and beat him twice - once in a 10 and once in a 50. Rumors that he stopped to have a drum up at the turn are probably true. Moved to the US in 1990. Buggered up my back (working for a bike shop ironically) in 1993. Took several years off. Back riding since 2006 in Wisconsin and logging 8000+ kilometers each of the last three years.

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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. @Puffy Thankfully this photo is taken at an angle where we are spared seeing the stems on these bikes. Given the height of the bars relative to the headtubes, the damn stems must be damn near vertical. »

I find it interesting to observe the chasm between parties engaged in a conversation, particularly in response to questions being asked. I’m thinking, at present, of the question, “How many bikes do you have?” My feelings in response are nothing short of complex and maybe a bit confused; reservation that I feel I should have a mo...

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  1. I’m registered for HOTN but work commitments will keep me in SE Wisconsin. The next week or so is going to be a bugger with all the reports of the gathering of the Velominati clan in MN. Even my back up ride in northern WI is in jeopardy. To all the guys … »

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. Wouldn’t it be sweet to have some V bottles? I make do with a couple of nice orange ones from Crank Daddys in Milwaukee that match the v plugs. You can out me down for two V bottles and two V caps while we’re at it. Anyone else? »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. I think the Prophet needs to have a “wee chat” with Tommeke. First of all it was the tats, now the beard. C’mon Tommeke, don’t spend the last couple of years of a stellar career looking like a fucking hipster. Someone, ideally the Prophet, needs to say “t… »

  2. @Buck Rogers I’m just hoping Tommeke’s getting ready for the dark winter months and kicking back a bit. A tad early, IMHO, but who am I to question his shaving habits? A lot of MK haters here, but fair play to the kid: took a shot and it paid off – ex… »

  3. I got nuthin’ but wild guesses. VSP PICKS: 1. Dan Martin 2. Rodriguez 3. Valverde 4. Cancellara 5. Boonen »

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. @gilly No excuse needed. Always an ace picture. No stupid-looking pink shoe covers or pink gloves, or pink helmet or pink anything except the maglia rosa. Ahhhh . . . those were the days. »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @Teocalli “Infest”? What are we, fucking locusts? That moron should be forced to commute to work for a week by bike. That would change their tune. »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @DeKerr Sir Spartacus? »

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. Ok, I think I should clarify my original post. The gist of it was that I don’t blink on spending daft sums on bike gear, but do blink when buying off-the-bike gear. It also never goes unremarked at the office when I wear jeans (on rare days I have messy s… »

  2. @Pedale.Forchetta Of course! You Italian boys are somehow born with superior style genes. Mind you, that being said, I’ve seen some pretty awful gear at the route launch of the Giro. I read that the goal is to look like you care how you dress, not how … »

  3. Ok, here’s a question for Velominati regarding style. How many of you/us take a double standard approach to bike gear/clothing as opposed to casual/non-bike clothing. Example, I’m sure many of us have cycling shoes that cost many, many times what we’d pay… »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. So, GB had six people to help Wiggins, but appartently couldn’t afford to take a woman for the women’s TT? For shame. »

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 There is no such word in the dictionary as “pedanticness.” I believe you’re looking for the word “pedantry.” (I would put an emoticon here, but Frank doesn’t like them.) »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @Rob Read Sex. Lies and Handlebar Tape about Anquetil. His “eccentricities” make Wiggo look like some kind of zen bhuddist saint-like kinda guy. »

  2. @davidlhill Up there for sure, but I’d be very careful equating cognoscenti and velomiscenti. Very rarely do those two groups intersect! »

  3. Here’s Wiggo’s reaction: http://www.steephill.tv/players/720/vine/?title=Winner%27s+Reaction+Elite+Men%27s+ITT&dashboard=road-cycling-world-championships&id=O72eTzde3vP&yr=2014 Captions? »

  4. Agreed. I think the fact that Wiggo himself is surprised tells it all. He had to know Martin was the hot favorite.Good for him. Another great – and well deserved – addition to his palmares. Chapeau. Sky have to be happy as their season (by their usual sta… »

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. @EBruner I take it from the Lemond image you live in one of the southern states then? »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. Here’s the start list chaps: http://www.mundialciclismoponferrada.com/descargas/categoria18/categoria20/1909130.pdf Totally Delgadoed the Women’s TT. No loss as my picks would have been worthless. Barring some freaky accident, I can’t see anyone beating … »

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. @rfreese888 Droool . . . »

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. Generally I’m a big fan of DM. Admitted his mistakes and converted to the good side. The pics Brett has selected are great but I recall seeing some pics of DM with JV – and DM looked like a bag o’ washin’. Mind you, I think alcohol was involved. Mmmmmmm … »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. @ChrisO Agreed, they were going full gas and rider #1 took a line too close to the barriers. With such a tight formation at that speed there’s no way to take avoiding action. »

  2. @Barracuda Well, not really. It’s kind of like saying to Federer et all, you’ve got to use wooden raquets or to Usain Bolt, here’s your trowel, dig your starting holes on a cinder track, or asking a pole vaulter to use bamboo instead of fibreglass. The … »

  3. http://www.theguardian.com/sport/100-tours-100-tales/2014/sep/19/why-jens-voigt-and-a-new-group-of-cyclists-want-to-break-the-hour-record?commentpage=1 This is a good read on the whole shebang. »