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Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. I still use down tube shifters.  Even on my race bike.  I can shift easily whenever I want to, even on a hill, using the same skills that you would use with any other shifting system.  Its not hard when you are used to it.  So easy to set up, lightweight,… »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Stybar 2. Cancellara 3. vanMarke 4. vanAvermaet 5. Boonen »

Everyone knows you need at least three road bikes – two if you’re absolutely determined to make a point about minimalism. Bike Number One is reserved for good weather and events, and the Rain Bike for inclement weather. Just like our guns need to be pampered and rubbed down whenever we’re off the bike, any time Bike Number One isn...

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  1. Good article.  I would like to bring one point up for debate:  lame plastic fenders that rattle around and fall off on a regular basis may be in violation of Rule #65.  If I lived in Arizona I might feel differently but around here the potholes literally … »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Zdenek Stybar 2. Tyler Farrar 3. Peter Sagan 4. Lars Boom 5. Tom Boonen »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. @gaswepass VSP PICKS: 1. Zdenek stybar 2. Peter Sagan 3. Cancellara 4. Kwiatkowski 5. Degenkolb »