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  1. Agree this is more appropriately a part of the lexicon rather than a rule. In our case:  When on the roof rack on the MINI both bikes clear the garage door by 2cm; when in the bed of the truck (with spiffy Yakima fork mount), clears by 70cm. There was t… »

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  1. Another spot-on article Franck!  Situational awareness is lacking in so many of our fellows.  But the greater bafflement is those who stop seemingly purposefully to add to the human blockage in a mount/dismount area or queue.  As you raised SeaTac:  what … »

Here are a few lessons learned while in New York City. I’m sure leaving a bar at one o’clock in the morning is not how the serious riders prepare for a ride with a 9 o’clock morning roll-out. I am sure. Conversational pace for a group ride means different things to different people. Eddy could talk your ear off at 40kph. Lezyne mini-pump owne...

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  1. A great event! »

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  1. Sorry for the loss of your pup – savor the memories! I secured the UK version early on and savored the read.  The book resides in the place of honor on the cycling shelf in our library.  Eagerly await the release of the US version – gift plans for some f… »

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  1. Requiescat in pace, Kristof. Puffy’s suggestion has merit – maybe with the modification to have all motorists spend a minimum of X days/miles/units as a cyclist before being licensed.  An annual refresher requirement for motor vehicle operators has long … »

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  1. Great tale!  Thanks for sharing. »

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...

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  1. “It was effortless for him…”  All else aside, watching Il Pirata float uphill was art. »

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  1. Good gloves are the key!  Appropriate layers elsewhere and good gloves – I am good to minus 10C. »

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  1. Minor point first:  …gait… ‘Tis a wonderful thing being a cyclist.  In season, on race days during the week, a colleague and I kit up in the office after work – sometimes surprising the new folks – and ‘clomp’ down the halls to escape the building to r… »

Even though in today’s mountain bike world the bikes are better, the clothing more appropriate, and there are more trails to ride, there’s no denying the early 90s were the Golden Age of Mountain Biking. Just look at these fellas, and tell me I’m wrong.Tomac knew what was up. You don’t get such a badass Rainbow Jersey by ac...

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  1. The classic line:  “How does he sit down with balls that big?”  Heroic Era!! »

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...

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  1. Mrs Boltzmann and I continue to put the trainer time in on our >10 yr old LeMond RevMaster – indestructible beast that it is!  Quiet, stout, and will likely outlast us. At what noise level does the Revolution operate? »

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  1. OUTstanding! And another data point that chocolate croissants and an appropriate fuel for epic Rule #9 undertakings! »

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  1. Excellent.  My FRB after cancer surgery last year was massively cathartic – expunged the cloud of doubt and doom.  If only the fitness had not declined so drastically and swiftly. »

The view from Strahlubnaig.December 21st, 2013, at latitude 56 ½ degrees North, a little before 9am, and of course not fully light yet in this small corner of north west Europe, where the shortest day grudgingly gives us 6h 50m of what can be loosely described as ‘daylight’. Continue reading...

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  1. What better way to celebrate the Winter Solstice!  Great narrative, Strathlubnaig.  Thanks. And, aye, but the daylight period is so much longer now…… »

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  1. I feel more like I do right now than I did before! »

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  1. Well crafted article Henrik.  Thanks for addressing this critical – to some of us – issue concerning Rule #50. My compliance with Rule #50 has been, well, nonexistent during my adult life.  While the ‘exception’ clause provides for a goatee if one is sleek… »

The first tire patch kit I ever owned came in a big green box, had several patches of various sizes which were possibly made of old truck tires. It also came with a sheet of 60 grit sandpaper. The mild high offered from sniffing the glue while applying the patch almost made you stop caring you’d gotten a flat in the first place. Stoned on glu...

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  1. There is certain elegance in appropriate application of a tool or device outside of its original design intent.  This is one.  May Merckx smile upon you. As a ‘get me home’ tire patch, the PT Patch is the device of choice for me.  But for the long-term t… »

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  1. The earth’s crust embraces The V. »

Saddle bags have no place on a road bike, and are only acceptable on mountain bikes in extreme cases.Saddle bags: how do we define them? Is it a saddle bag if it attaches to the seat post and the saddle, if it has a zipper, if it is leather, has two natty straps with buckles, if it swings below the saddle like bumper bollocks? Continue reading...

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  1. Sacrilege! But a path to redemption at 103. »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. Saddened by this.  Ride in Peace, Brother. »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Van Garderen 4. Evans 5. Sagan »

Every once in a while, you stumble across a quote that changes your outlook on how you approach life. Of course, this requires that one does a good deal of “reading”, which is a problem for me, as reading anything that isn’t Cycling-related feels the same as doing “work”. I do the odd bit of it nevertheless, and in a r...

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  1. Thanks Frank!  Solved the VMH’s quest for my Father’s Day surprise! »

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  1. Bang on!  Develop skill, confidence, and competence.  YJAs are the ‘daytime running lights’ of cycling – soon to make all invisible. »

Somehow Movember and Vajanuary have slipped out of our grasp without too much fanfare. It’s never too late to pay homage to a ‘stash and a rider such as Urs Freuler. Our trusty cycling historian @wiscot has once again stepped up and delivered, many thanks. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. A good read and basis for reconsideration of, or at least an exception with basis to the absolutism of, Rule #50.  Let’s go back to the Golden Age of Cycling when sporting a – wait for it – handlebar moustache was the style.  100 years later we have Urs se… »

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  1. Blackburn minipump tidily stowed with mini tool, tube, patch kit, funds, ID/insurance card, cash, tissue, and reading spectacles (argh!) in Lezyne CaddySack.  Low mass, quiet, easy to stow in jersey center pocket, low waste, simple, and reliable (given re… »