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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. @wiscot Ok, my experience: I have 24’s, 38’s and 58’s carbon clinchers. 38’s are the perfect sweet spot do anything wheel. 58’s are good and fast once you get them up to speed but obviously are cross wind affected. They are roughly 200 grams heavier th… »

After a night of sinning, the body must be cleansed. -The Prophet, Eddy Merckx After a week away in Atlanta for business, I feel thick and heavy. These trips away are killers; the shift in time zones means the already-too long work day is extended by a further three hours. I try my best to watch my diet, but in a town like Atlanta where even sush...

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  1. @BatDan This man has just won the internet »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

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  1. @anotherdownunder Ah, cool! I’m in A Grade, so you would have missed me. Roller Coaster was awesome! Get into it!  Its great fun! »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. Lizzie Williams finished 12th. Amazing result considering not 4 months ago she was racing domestically here in Aus. Had the great pleasure of racing with her in summer crits here in Melbourne. Classy rider with an amazing future. »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

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  1. @anotherdownunder So, did you make it? Awesome, awesome parcours. So exciting to have a purpose built CX venue in Melbourne! »

It has been many years (25!) since professional female cyclists have raced on the cobbles of the Champs Elysées. While running the Giro Donne concurrently with the Tour de France makes no sense to me, this Sunday’s women’s race does make sense. It should be the model for a Women’s Tour de France: the route, infrastructure, roadsi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Bronzini 2. Lizzie Williams 3. Lizzie Armistead 4. Emma Johansson 5. Kirsten Wild »

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. @Ron You’re pretty much describing this entire interwebs thing… »

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. @Mikael Liddy @Barracuda @ChrisO Looking at the footage, it appears that Rabo-Liv are sailing pretty close to the wind with regard to the rules. They are utterly fucked in the sportsmanship stakes. I’ve lost all respect for those 3 athletes, including… »

Cyclocross could be the most perplexing of all the cycling disciplines. To me it’s  at once the most beautiful and the most unappealing. The beauty comes from the great European races, and of course by ‘European’ I mean ‘Belgian’. The lack of appeal stems from the fact that I just don’t want to do it. It looks...

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  1. @anotherdownunder It’s a Specialized Crux. Aluminium from 2012 (I think…) Depending on how keen you are to spend money, of course, regarding your new bike. I think you want the lightest bike you can manage.  If you can afford carbon, do that.  If yo… »

  2. @anotherdownunder Something a bit like this… Also, FWIW, there is a new 4 race CX race series announced at Essendon Fields called Fields of Joy. First race on 27 June.  No excuses now… »

  3. Had the great pleasure (well, sorta-in as much as you can experience pleasure in an hour long anaerobic effort) of racing De Snor last week at the National CX Series races in Melbourne. Awesome winter weather. Have a look at the video attached http://w… »

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 c...

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  1. @Marcus Ah, a nuanced and well supported argument that reconciles both sides. Thanks »

  2. @G’phant @Mikael Liddy @Marcus @ChrisO @brett So, are we going to form a lynch mob? »

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 think it’s a rule yet but: There is always someone faster than you. »

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 c...

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  1. @piwakawaka Gents.  Still not buying it. If that were the case, Armstrong would have won 9 TdF’s and Contador would have won several more. We know that there are several confirmed ex dopers in the peleton at the moment and they certainly aren’t a leve… »

  2. @brett So, ok. But now? Right now? Is he doping right now? I don’t know my arse from my elbow when it comes to Rogers prehistory about his alleged doping. You would appear to know otherwise. I’m a pretty naive kinda fella. Do you think he’d be doping… »

  3. @minion @brett So, Rogers:  Do you reckon he’s doping now? What exactly are you basing your “Fuck Rogers” polemic on? »

This note arrived to the Velominati Bunker back in April. It was a confession. It was a cautionary one. Everyone knows someone who has done this. I nearly did it myself*. I replied to Alex, not sympathetically enough yet his message has stayed with me. Is this worthy of a New Rule? Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Also, my children upon the completion of the carport incident heard the use of the word fuck in a sentence about 12 times. A new record for me. »

  2. Youse guys are hilarious. Bikes sometimes are transported on the roofs of vehicles.  Get over it. It’s not a measure of character if one does it or not. That being said, I have roof racks to carry my multiple bikes.  I know that it’s inevitable that suc… »

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 c...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy The plot thickens.  Translation of the Moto driver with the red flag below.. »

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. FWIW, right hand, thumb forward pointing down, fingers in line with direction of travel, pointing down. Grasp bidon, bend elbow to bring bidon to mouth; Drink. Repeat in reverse. Minimal movement. No bidon movement or re-grasping. No chance of droppin… »

  2. @minion Bingo. »

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. @frank I believe that the oval ring actually does change the effective gear, making it larger at the apogee of the ellipse. I’m sure that this is covered off by someone else previously but the thinking is that that largest effective gear is pushed whe… »

  2.   Hi @Frank Ok, I’ve seen you state your theory about high cadence being a result of the blood doping era quite a few times now and, with respect, it grates every time. Developing leg speed as a training is something that has been around for long befo… »

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. @VeloSix I always mount my roof racks this way. Two significant reasons; 1. Bugs and road debris hit the rear trye and back of the seatpost predominantly. Not the front of the bike. Ergo you have a relative clean bike to ride without squashed insects t… »

  • 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!

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