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One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

@Angling Saxon's posts:

  1. Love this blog, but Jesus Christ: for someone claiming or suggesting that British people don’t have an “inner dialogue,” presumably in contradistinction to Americans (seriously?), you didn’t appear to have used yours very much before posting one of the we… »

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...

@Angling Saxon's posts:

  1. That’s not Coppi, that’s Mr. Bean. It’s a well-known fact that he used to race in Italy before he became a telly star. »

I don’t know if its because I see something of myself in them or if it awakens some kind of nurturing instinct, but I always seem to find myself drawn to tragically flawed figures.Layne Staley and Marco Pantani strike me as two halves of the same whole; incredibly talented yet tortured with mortally addictive personalities, both set loose in...

@Angling Saxon's posts:

  1. Was he another rider? I’ve never heard the name. Don’t make me google names I don’t know. »

  2. Pantani’s Bianchi Mega Pro XL that Pantani is totally awesome. I want to get one some day. I will get one some day. I’m a soldier in the celeste army. »

  3. Ooops, quote malfunction. Didn’t mean to quote the two paragraphs starting with “panache.” »

  4. @ChrissyOne I’m 47. How old are you? @Wondering »

  5. Terrific story about Il Pirata, but who the phoque is “Layne Staley”? »

I read recently that a number of Pros like to ride the turbo for an hour or so before having breakfast in the morning to jump start the old metabolic system. Which means that now I ride the trainer for an hour in the morning before breakfast. I think the Pros probably do it to lose weight, and I do it partly for that reason but also to burn off th...

@Angling Saxon's posts:

  1. You can put a Campy/Campag cassette on one, I presume? »

It’s funny what goes through your head at 3am when you’re woken by a cat. Especially if that cat’s name is Lars, and he was named after the Metallica drummer (not by me, he’s my VMH’s cat). I prefer to call him Jan though, as Jan has always been my favourite Ullrich. So last night Lars woke me up, and unable to get ba...

@Angling Saxon's posts:

  1. Rule #93: No crappy-ass music. Metallica? Ugh. This is a total piss-take, right? »

I suspect that whoever first put a set of downtube shifters on a bike immediately knew that while it was superior to having the shifter on the seat stay, it was a design that was going to be improved upon. Not only did it require being seated to shift, it also required taking your hands off the bars. Shimano got close with the introduction of the S...

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  1. “Campa”? What is “Campa”? Surely you mean Campag or Campy? »

This is possibly the most offensive piece of gear I have encountered on a bike. Do you really need a little orange wand to tell you what gear you’re in? There is only one gear to be in: the hardest one at which you can still make the pedals go around in something resembling a circle.These goofy little things were found on the bike I rented la...

@Angling Saxon's posts:

  1. @RedRanger I think you’ve hit on part of the problem there.. »

  2. @TBONE Indeed. Rule #93: Componentry must be Italian. No exceptions. As for the downshifting, it hasn’t changed. You can downshift multiple cogs. You’re talking about the upshifting having changed, not the downshifting. »

There are lots of things to like about Vroomie Froomie, like his willingness to accept the fact that people are inclined to question his performances. Aside from me resenting him for leading a Tour which everyday becomes a little less exciting, he seems quite a likable guy; he is polite, respectful of the sport, wears team-issue bibs with his yell...

@Angling Saxon's posts:

  1. “Like a praying mantis on a coathanger” is how one of the Eurosport guys described him! »

The simple art of riding a bicycle can be undertaken in many ways. Watching the stylish commuters of Amsterdam going about their business in the most Casually Deliberate way makes you wonder if indeed anyone is actually going about any business at all. I don’t know how anything ever gets done in that city; everyone seems to be on their way to...

@Angling Saxon's posts:

  1. “A good reason not to learn the language, as they could be just ordering a pizza for all I know, and to hear that accent reeling off a list of meaty toppings would spoil the fantasy, I’m afraid.” I’m not so sure this is true. »

La Vie Velominatus is set to become the subject of intense scholarly analysis next week, as Frank Strack will receive an honorary PhV from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (chapeau to @ten B for the PhV). It’s been a heady week for the cycling types around these parts; Strack will close out festivities that included the Bike Snob and Mari...

@Angling Saxon's posts:

  1. There’s a bike lane on York Road. »

  2. @brett Oi! The steel mills are in the east end, and McMaster is in Westdale. Which is also sort of known as west Hamilton And that’s how they’re called: the east end, and west Hamilton. West Hamilton isn’t the “west end,” and to call it that would be need… »

A word about Cogal reports from the boardroom – we will attempt to run every Cogal report that arrives but it will only be the main article for a day or less, depending on Cogal back log. We would like the reports to be enjoyed by all Velominati but we can’t leave them up for the usual two to three days. They will then be relegated below th...

@Angling Saxon's posts:

  1. So let’s see how this ride stacks up: 1) Ride starts and ends at (one of?) only true cycling-themed cafe in North America 2) Ride takes place on day that fellow citizen of Great White North wins Grand Tour for first time ever I’d say the velotastic coo… »

  2. One more thing: Can we get a Mapmyride route of the ride? »

  3. Ah, my eyes must be going funny; you actually said “north east,” not “east.” I guess I wasn’t expecting northeast to be expressed in two words. Still, it’s more north than northeast. This testiness is because I’m from Hamilton originally, and one of the m… »

  4. You started in Dundas and went to Rattlesnake Point? That’s not east, that’s due north. »