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Fond memories of canti's and rigid forks from the early mountain bike days. Now training in earnest as a Pedalwan.

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This article started off as a Reverence for the Camelbak Podium, and might still be, who knows, it’s late and my mind is scrambled. As often happens when searching for a suitable image for an article, tangents often appear from nowhere and derail the original train of thought. Soon one finds oneself careening out of control towards the only...

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  1. like the “Little Britain” reference, especially from a kiwi/aussie/belgian/whateveryouarethesedays. The bands and bottles look like shit together. »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. @Buck Rogers That photo does the man no justice, but it does look like he’s on the path to slimming down for a GT or two. »

I find it interesting to observe the chasm between parties engaged in a conversation, particularly in response to questions being asked. I’m thinking, at present, of the question, “How many bikes do you have?” My feelings in response are nothing short of complex and maybe a bit confused; reservation that I feel I should have a mo...

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  1. @the Engine Great bike… the photo, the pose, the anal probing by the seat – no so much. »

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. @Mikael Liddy EBruner does appear to have a predilection for poor valve placement, crank alignment, and bidons. Also I’m not to certain what’s up with the bar tape on the Carbonago. But damn, does that man have some fine taste in bikes. »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @unversio maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for bacon, but I’d go for these. Go kill it, and let us know how it went. »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. Argh, that’s what I get for wheelsucking. Thanks @Kevin VSP PICKS: 1. The Divine Ms. V 2. Emma Johannson 3. Mara Abbott 4. Riabchenko 5. Bronzini »

  2. I’d like to put a Canadian in the mix (Lex or Leah) but that’s hard list to argue with. Pedal hard ladies! VSP PICKS: 1. The Divine Ms. V 2. Emma Johannson 3. Van Vleuten 4. Riabchenko 5. Bronzini »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. Say what you will, he looks like one bad ass mother fucker in this photo. More exceptional photography that is not by @Pedale.Forchetta after the jump http://pelotonmagazine.com/shutter/2014-world-time-trial-championship-photograhy/ »

We are cyclists, the rest of the world merely rides a bike. What defines us as cyclists? Can a recumbent rider be a cyclist, a unicyclist, a fat recumbent rider with hairy legs and a YJA on? I think yes but am I snob for even asking?Years ago, I was helping a woman at another research institution set up some scientific equipment. Evidently we kept...

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  1. @Nick 3 days to source the right spoke? Yes, you’re definitely pedantic enough to be called a cyclist in my book. »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. @frank wait a minute… an animated GIF without a cyclist in it?? Does this mean I can desist my refrain from using emoticons?? But in all seriousness, to all y’all out there, if you’re in the VSP for anything other than a badge, bragging rights, and may… »

Cycling is a sport steeped in the tradition of style. There’s no denying it. From the days of miners and farmers escaping the hardships of a life spent toiling in harsh and filthy conditions either under or above ground, through Coppi and his Cosa Nostra-esque garb and swagger, Merckx and De Vlaeminck’s 70s sideburns, to Cipo and his...

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  1. @Pedale.Forchetta I have never really wanted a pair of those shields or the helmet until now. Damn you and your exemplary photographic skillz. »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @unversio It sounds like @Beers and @Beans should get together for some beans and beer. »

It never gets easier, you just go faster. - Greg LeMond Rule #5 looms above the other Rules in terms of sheer relevance to Cycling; it is the fundamental building block upon which this sport is built. The Five is what drives us, it is the force that springs from a well that flows deep within each of us. It must be discovered, and then we learn...

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  1. The hour is never shorter than the hour The summit never moves from its perch The curves of the path never straighten It never gets easier, you only go faster »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. Oh, hi there. I see you like gold. Yes, I know that’s the junior champ and that puts me squarely in the dirty old man camp but look at the V she’s laying down in this photo »

If Tony gets a flat or two and loses this time trial, bookies will be jumping off bridges into the Thames. It’s a lock, man, it’s a lock. There, it is now jinxed. You are welcome. Picking second through fifth will take some acumen. Will these be Vuelta riders or does that just hold true for the road race? Tony could have a jour sans. Co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Panzerwagen 2. Wiggins 3. Cancellara 4. Van Garderen 5. Svein Tuft »

The Ride. It is the cathedral of our sport, where we worship at the altar of the Man with the Hammer. It is the end to our means. Indeed, The Bike may be the central tool to our sport, but to turn the pedals is to experience the sensation of freedom, of flight. It is all for The Ride.The world is overflowing with small, twisty roads that capture ou...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy The soundtrack to this video was obviously deleted by the pure amount of VV going on »

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. @ChrissyOne no, those aren’t lugs… they’re luggs. Does that one every get ridden? Or does it just hang around to be admired? Is it the Channing Tatum of bikes? »

Watching the Jensie set a “new” record was somehow not-that-interesting and riveting at the same time. One guy going around the track for an hour; only cycling aficionados could find it so compelling. The thing I can’t get out of my mind is Eddy Merckx still did 49.43 km/hr with toe clips, spoked, box section wheels and a hairnet...

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  1. @brett oh c’mon…. you know you want to. »

All hail, the Worlds are upon us. The time trials should be events where all VSP participants can rack up some decent points. Remove team tactics, national team versus trade team allegiances, using this event to train for another event, bonking and hanging onto team cars from the equation. All one is left with are possible flat tire, possible mecha...

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  1. All picks chosen due to the awesomeness of their names. All hail the great dart board of selection (I need to pay more attention to results) VSP PICKS: 1. Villumsen 2. Van Dijk 3. Powers 4. Small 5. Solovey »

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. @frank only 13.798 km to go. »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy Mr. Liddy, I have whole new level of admiration and appreciation for you. Chapeau! »

I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out. - Bill Hicks That famous quote from the Greatest Comedian Of All Time™ has resonated with me for many years. It became my silent mantra, as I don’t suffer fools gladly and sometimes don’t make much effort to conceal the fact. Lately, I̵...

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  1. @Scott or the tone of your post. »

  2. @wiscot Exactly. And it echoes this… @Ccos So for @Al__S and @Jamie and anyone else out there worrying about offending someone else, meditate on the V, get over your ego (that part of you that doesn’t want to be embarrassed), Rule #19, and start … »

Stupidity is a powerful force never to be underestimated. Geese are a good example; a more stupid vertebrate one would be most challenged to come across yet should you wander into a flock of them pecking about peacefully in a field, one is likely to erupt from its grazing to grab a billful of your ass and commence beating you savagely with it...

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  1. @Teocalli apocryphal or not, that is a great anecdote and one I’m keeping in my vault of random and eclectic trivia. »

  2. @Teocalli Oh, that’s because they drive on the “right” side of the road. See what I did there ^ However, I find it interesting that most of the anecdotes of inappropriate operation of a motor vehicle come from the UK and Down Unda… except for the craz… »