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Started road racing in 1987 in VT. Raced through college at UVM and then fell away from the true path and started running. Have been back now for about five years. Currently riding a 2007 Eddy Merkcx Premium SL with 2009 Dura-Ace STI groupo, Mavic Premium SL wheelset, Selle San Marco saddle and Cinelli stem and handlebars, a dream of a bike for me. Recently acquired a 1992 Team Motorola Eddy Merckx with all circa 1992 componentry. she has quickly become Bike #2. Also have a Lemond Poprad CX for bike #3. Still looking for bike #4 (i.e. n+1).

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Sharing the road with cars is mostly a losing proposition. It’s hard to share when your vehicle weighs 8 kgs and the other guy’s is 800 kgs. If we have to share we have to let go and that is not easy, as @Kevin Wilkins explains. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. One word, old mate … abridge! Fuck me that’s a long article.  I really should read one someday around here. »

There is nothing more disappointing than discovering the truth behind a myth or spotting the mortal behind a legend. This is why I make a point never to do any research or in any other way attempt to validate my assumptions when evaluating a situation; mystery that feels like a fact and sounds like a fact is better than an actual fact. Tr...

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  1. @DeKerr Indeed, great story.  What year was it published?  I could not find the date.  Mentions Pharmstrong’s comeback so must be 2009?  But, I have to say that the author is a bit too much in love with Le Blaireau when he says things about Hinault like… »

  2. @Ron YES!  Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!!  Or a ride, not sure which?  Either way, some of us are going to do one FUCK of a ride next summer on the 18th of June from the coast of Maine to Burlington, VT.  Cogal write up coming sometime soon, right … »

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. Interesting quandry today:  I had a Firstie (Senior) very athletic Cadet ask me about bikes today during an appointment.  Said that he wanted to get into cycling.  I told him that I commuted to work every day and that I rode a bit and had done a fair amou… »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. @VeloSix At least you have the Tommeke tattoo, though. »

There is nothing more disappointing than discovering the truth behind a myth or spotting the mortal behind a legend. This is why I make a point never to do any research or in any other way attempt to validate my assumptions when evaluating a situation; mystery that feels like a fact and sounds like a fact is better than an actual fact. Tr...

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  1. @PeakInTwoYears This was my first thought on reading this article.  Only in climbing have I found a similar (or, to blaspheme here, even greater) mythology than cycling.  Reading “The White Spider” or Herzog’s “Annapurna” and you are walking with the Go… »

  2. @gilly Yes!  This!  I just LOVE the honour in the history of the sport and the “Code” that is inherent.  This is what really drew me to the sport and it still seems to exist.  When someone breaks it (like Malmerde attacking Cuddles after his flat in the… »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. @Rob Tracking.  Just sent you a test email to establish contact. »

  2. @Rob Is your email still the one at fairpoint.net? »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. Great read!  My immediate thought on seeing the “riding the hoods” BelgiumStyle was that Alex told me that whatever I did during my Paris Roubaix Cyclo, do NOT ride the hoods on the pave’.  Only the tops or drops, NEVER the hoods.  I took his advice for a… »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. @Rob Cadidiot!  Awesome!  Fuck, that’s classic!    Also, Brother, Think about a trip to Maine next third week in June.  Cogal write-up coming soon, right Gianni?!?!?! »

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. @Steampunk What’s the wait time for a Marinoni frame?  Must take a while from when the order is placed, right? »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

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  1. @Teocalli Ha!  You know, they’ve offered me meds multiple times but I just keep figuring what a boring place my world would be on them and also how boring it would be for all those poor Bastards that have to share it with me! »

  2. @frank Sorry man, but it’s not my fault.  A Try-wad made me do it! »

  3. @tessar But I do have to say that you mentioned Triathletes (Triwads–like that one) in the same paragraph as criteriums.  Now that sounds like a wheelbuilders DREAM right there.  Nothing like late 30’s-to-mid-40’s Triwads to drop $1,000’s of dollars on s… »

  4. @tessar HEY Man!!!  Stop bringing any reason to my ranting on Triathletes!  Geeesh.  Soon he’ll be asking us all to read the word-thingies that go with the pictures on these pages. »

  5. @frank I am overdue to do this.  Maybe this weekend I can break out the steel Merckx and roll for a bit. »

  6. @wiscot I hear you, man!  I need a ride sooo bad right now!  My 1430 patient cancelled so only 3 hours until I can ride!   Fuckin Triathletes.  I know, and agree, that Tri’s can be really hard but don’t try to tell me that they are harder than a true san… »

  7. Apropos of fuck nothing here is a rant:  Just had such a FUCKTASTIC discussion with a West Point Triathlon Team member. Glad I outranked her b/c it was getting to the point where I just told her to shut the fuck up! (well, not really, but felt like it). … »

  8. Fuck me, what a photo.  Makes me think of an early ’60’s pic of the Rolling Stones.  About as much drug use between the two groups as well.  Wonder what they would do differently, if anything, if they could go back now.  I was 17 in 1989 and racing my Can… »

I have an idea. If Mr Cookson and the UCI are eager to lift women’s cycling up, why not sponsor a women’s race for each of the Monuments of the sport? A Giro di Lombardia Féminin would be a much better end to the season than the Chrono Des Nations. Each Monument would have an earlier start time than the men’s, a slightly shorter...

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  1. @il muro di manayunk While I stopped playing the VSP mid-way this season I have to say a FUCK’IN “Hats Off” to il muro as s/he was always one of the first to lay down their picks, even when they could have waited to see what their competitors that were … »

I’ve lost a lot of things that were, at some point or another, dear to me. At times, I’ve even cast them away deliberately, either because of a nurtured indifference or an irrational or impulsive dislike. Regret is an easy emotion to find in reflection, it lays right at the surface and provides us with a quick answer without requiring...

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  1. Lovely read.  Thanks Frahnk.  And love that photo.  For me, that’s home, and always will be. »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. @brett Brett, you know my vote!  See my Molteni Orange LeMan Poprad above.  Fuckin head turning, beauty of a steel bike!!! @lokerola Yeah, she’s a keeper for sure!  Never parting with her no matter what. »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

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  1. @Steampunk Ahhh, perfection! »

  2. @Nate Fuck YES!  Lived in San Antonio for one year and while some might like it (Pharmy) I could not leave soon enough!  Austin was actually pretty cool but DAMN I am NOT a Texan (and the Texans were probably just as happy to see my ass move as I was!)… »

  • 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!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

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