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  1. Great contest idea… looking forward to some terrific entries, BUT….. “Most miraculously, any number multiplied by five and then divided by five gives you the same number you started with and yields no remainder.” – HUH? »

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  1. At 64 years of age (but who is counting) and living in the Peoples Republic of Boulder (Colorado) I’ve been riding our mountains for 35+ years. My knees still remember the days of 17 mile climbs to Nederland in a 42/21 as do I, somewhat tearfully and with… »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Dijk 2. Vos 3. Bronzini 4. Moolman 5. Abbott »

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Van Avermat 2. Cav 3. Bakelants 4. Roche 5. Talansky »

I’m fluent in three languages: Dutch, English, and Hyperbole. The third is an acquired talent developed by creative and narcissistic tendencies; the narcissism feeds a belief that normal words can’t properly describe the magnitude of my experiences, and the creativity struggles to cope with restrictive paradigms like “facts”...

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  1. A neat cable end fix is….. shrink tubing. Easy on (still have your old Zippo?), easy off (fingernails), comes in colors (should you be so inclined) and weighs less than nothing…. »

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  1. The son has been a state champion twice…. and he’s vegan. I couldn’t be prouder. »

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  1. I came to this after the race was over, so……. But this? This is PERFECT! “What is the point? The money spent getting everything to China would be better spent supporting the smaller historic races and making sure they include women’s categories.” … »

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  1. @Jim  – Bill was in and out of Boulder a lot in those days (Red Zinger etc). I went to a party he was at once and met the guy but don’t remember all that much more about it or him (it WAS the ’70′s, if ya know what I mean). »

  2. R.I.P. – Bill Woodall »

That is the question. Are carbon wheels a viable option for everyday riding? Should carbon wheels be your go-to wheels rather than your just-for-racing wheels? I don’t really race and I don’t own any carbon wheels and I wonder. Granted, every professional is and has been on carbon wheels for many years so it’s easy to think we sho...

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  1. Oh. And I think that tire may be on backwards. »

  2. Bike #1 started with some cheap Shimano wheels at close to 1900 grams….. soon followed by an old set of Velomax wheels at 1655…. and then ditched for some customs build by my son at 1405. They are SILVER on SILVER on SILVER and shine like they’re on f… »

I didn’t want to climb the Eiger, I wanted to have climbed the Eiger. - Jon Krakauer, Eiger DreamsGianni’s Take Continue reading...

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  1. Never too much of a climber myself, rock that is. However, living in Boulder Colorado a good number if my cycling friends also enjoyed climbing and running to the higher altitudes. A fave of two friends was….. leave Boulder (5,400′ elevation) at dark th… »

Exposure to religion in my youth was by way of a brief dose of sunday school at the local Unitarian church. The point there, evidently, was to learn about other religions and turtles. If a point was being made, I missed it. When Catholic friends of mine came over for the weekend I would accompany them to the closest Catholic church and we would end...

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  1. re: Campy tool prints…… #4 is a fixed cup installer/remover. #5 is for cutting or cleaning up BB threads. #’s 2 & 3 sorta have me stumped. I think #2 is for reaming head tubes and #3 is for pressing in HS cups. Been a while since I’ve seen the rea… »

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  1. @Oli – Yeah I have. Not easily, but do-able. I’ve saved a few tubis by going right through the sidewall into the tube. »

  2. Good read. I’ve worked in bike shops off and on since 1978 (“a friggin’ old guy-groan”) and always had tubis on at least one of my bikes up until 3 or 4 years ago, BUT, these days a GP4000S with a light tube and a pair of 1405gram wheels is what I’m ridin… »