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What does Selle SMP have in common with the lead up to the 2013 Tour de France? Absolutely nothing, seeing as possibly no riders are on them in the Tour. It’s a long three weeks of Tour ahead, let’s think about our own asses for a brief moment. As a disclaimer: this is not a Reverence article, yet, maybe after a few centuries and pavé...

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  1. Been riding an SMP since ’06 or ’07 after going through several saddles – including a Toupe’. Nothing better than my Strike!  And if your lady friend has an ample share of crushable delicacy, a lady SMP is the only way to go. Gianni, I bet if you short… »

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. @razmaspaz You are wrong. First, the wheels weigh something – and you have to haul that something up the hill – regardless the weight being distributed around the rim or in the hub. Second, indeed, objects in motion tend to that unless acted upon by ano… »

I’ve said it once before, but it bears repeating now: adherence to Rule #29 carries with it the ultimate mission of the aspiring Velominatus, which is to geek out endlessly over the minimum amount of gear which yields maximum security in the event of a mechanical incident while riding.The goal here is twofold. First, with no European Poste...

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  1. Oh! And only Rapha jerseys with the pump pocket as a less than straight-up pump may infer a man problem. »

  2. Genuine Innovations Second Wind Carbon chuck-cum-pump. Doesn’t have the sculptured (but slippery when wet) aesthetic of Lezyne, but better than suspenders AND a belt. »

What Gianni humbly omitted from his last article is that once he finishes ranting about sock color (actually, the lack of need for any color other than than white), he recovers quickly and we wrap up the Keepers executive board meeting with him tearing our legs off on the ride home from the bar with his magnificent stroke.  Because after all, he i...

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  1. Your shoes should not be white unless you are at least a Cat 1 – or have done something of significance in the field. They should be seasonally correct (non-white only between Labour Day and Memorial Day). Below the Cat 1 threshold any non-white colourw… »

A clatter of the metal grate rolling up signals another opening of the Velominati Bookmaker’s Office. The gaggle of skinny (and not so skinny, you know who you are) jabbering cycling addicts rush the door, each with their dream of a bumper sticker dancing in their heads. Before the office opened the bookies have consulted the oracle; a garble...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Philippe Gilbert 3. Thor Hushovd 4. Marcel Kittel 5. Thomas Voeckler »

One of the most magnificent things about Cycling is that not only does it represent different things to different people, it represents different things on different days. Some days, it’s training – a means to an end. Other days, it’s the culmination of a body of work; rather than a means to an end, it represents that end itself,...

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  1. A-Merckx, brother. A-Merckx. »

Paul Sherwen is generally seen as Phil Liggett’s counter-point, dutifully keeping the iconic duo’s race commentary on course, helping to convey to the English-speaking world the sport of Professional Cycling. Liggett, of course, has undeniably helped shape this great sport  for Anglophones across the globe, having been the English voic...

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  1. I had to wade in a ways to find a post that said: well done, frank. Sad. Nicely written, frank! Oh! and…Rapha…don’t dis it until you’ve worn it. Now, boyz, go to bed and stare at the pics of Pantani which you have pasted to your ceilings. »

There is little in life that compares to a ride along a quiet country road. This surely is the altar of our sport, where all the greatest qualities of cycling are brought into relief by the simple act of propelling yourself along by your own power. Despite being social creatures, the experience is heightened by solitude; when no one else is witness...

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  1. Great post, frank! Living in a “city” and riding both therein and through the outskirts, I must say that suburban cycling is – to my experience – far more dangerous! The speeds are faster, the shoulders frequently narrower and the drivers busier with th… »

In the US on the Fourth of July, we drink shit beer and grill loads of meat to celebrate our declaration of Independence from England. I think that’s supposed to be ironic, us being lazy and getting fat on this day, because my understanding of the Delcaration of Independence is that it said something to the effect of, “You guys are lazy...

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  1. How old are you gentlemen? The language here has taken a decided turn towards the unsophisticated and adolescent. »

While a good number of Velominati get all uppity around May and make rash statements like their preferred Grand Tour is the Giro d’Italia, because it has more and bigger climbs, beautiful white roads and crazy tifosi, there’s no denying that Le Tour de France is the real grandaddy of them all.Admit it, July trumps May every time. Conti...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. “Clentador” 2. Cadel Evans 3. Chris Horner 4. A. Schleck 5. Ivan Basso »

We all have our obsessions, and principle among mine is the pursuit of silence when it comes to my machines. Not every sound is a bad sound, mind you; the hum from the tires, the growl of a carbon wheel under acceleration, the crisp click of a shift – these are sounds that set my heart alight. But sounds such as a lazy creak or metallic cli...

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  1. Oh! God! I am so there! Maybe it’s the SRAM chain over DA cogs and FSA rings. Maybe it is the Wipperman quick link I used instead of the SRAM QuickCOnnect. Maybe it is worn rear DA pulleys. Maybe it is something in BB30 land! I am not sure how far I c… »

The Tour de Suisse is the last warm-up race prior to the Tour, and the last chance to test your form. As far as Tour rivalries go, we typically see one rival choose the Dauphiné and one la Suisse; it’s unpleasant to ruffle your feathers too much with a pre-Tour head-to-head, you see.While the Dauphiné has the benefit of previewing some of t...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Matti Breschl 3. Maxime Monfort 4. Ben Noval 5. Ryder Hesjedal »

Has anyone heard? Jeff in PetroMetro has a Look. So does Marcus. So does Ron, and probably some others who haven’t told us (over and over and over). So does Cyclops. His old bike – his Cannonwhale – suffered from a mathematical challenge more so than it did from one of performance.Look is a brand that holds a seat at the table of...

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  1. Great article! We used Syntace bars on the old Red 5 Racing Team and they were great! Look bikes are great! Makes me miss the KX I had – and sold. Glad that the bike matches your kit. Could do w/o the crotch shot-as-proof but you might submit it to Pez… »

Weight. There are few segments of the population more obsessed with it than cyclists, apart from teenage girls and young men hoping to be selected for the highschool varsity ballet team (wrestling). Our sport is unique in the respect that friction between road and rider doesn’t significantly increase or decrease with rider weight, meaning tha...

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  1. @Xyverz Um. No. Carbs, then fats, then proteins. He has more energy because he is eating fewer carbs so he is burning fat. Fat is a longer burn than carbs (which run from CocaCola to buckwheat pasta). He also has more stored fat than stored carbs. Eve… »

In May, Velominati wake up too early, brew espresso and open laptop computers to watch small streaming videos of the Giro d’Italia.  We notice how different the Giro is from the Tour de France. It’s more colorful, more vibrant, more full of life. If Hinault somehow represents the TdF, Moser would represent the Giro. Lo Sceriffo, The Sh...

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  1. Oops! Sorry! Eustice… »

  2. Just to show that there were ‘mericans other than LeMond and Bobke around here is Eustice – at the US Pro Championships – back in the day… »

Tyler Hamilton’s win in La Doyenne in 2003 was one of the highlights in what was generally a fantastic season. A great Spring campaign, a great Giro, a great Tour, a great Fall; unpredictable races, and closely-fought battles littered the events. But, with the luxury of 20-20 hindsight and a quick cross-reference of results listings to dopin...

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  1. Correct, frank, as per the norm. Professional cycling will survive – regardless the buffoonery in Aigle and the chemistry in the field. Take a couple of kitted-out pros into a school room – watch the eyes of those kids light up – and you’ll understand… »

Balance. It can be achieved by never deviating from the middle, or it can be achieved by violent swings to and fro. It is said, however, that the great peaks can’t be reached without crossing through deep valleys. Tragically, we were reminded today that our sport is one of great peaks and deep, deep valleys.Cycling is a sport of risk and dang...

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  1. Thank you, Frank. Very well done. »

In the 1990 Giro, a relatively unknown cyclist named Gianni Bugno lit the cycling world on fire by winning the first stage, thereby taking the Maglia Rossa. That wasn’t so surprising in itself; what was surprising was that the little bugger managed to hold the jersey all the way to Milan, a feat previously only accomplished by Binda and M...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Nibali 2. Anton 3. Contador 4. Kreuzinger 5. Joaquim Rodriguez »

A lot has been made lately of the fact that riders today are lacking a little bit of the V. It’s not so much a criticism of how they conduct themselves during a race (although that has also been called into question lately), but in their general demeanor towards their life as a cyclist.It doesn’t surprise me much; historically, riders...

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  1. “Cipollini” »

We’ve all watched bike races, that’s a given, but how many of us actually listen to a bike race?  It’s at this time every year that I’m reminded of something;The Ardennes Classics sound different. Continue reading...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vino 2. Gilbert 3. Frank Schleck 4. God (I mean Jens) 5. Joaquim Rodriguez »

Let us pray for rain.The Sunday after Ronde Van Vlaanderen brings us to Paris-Roubaix. The Holiest of Holies. There are no bergs to ride over, instead, accelerate to maximum speed to be in the top 20 to start each cobbled section, bring power up to flank to float over broken treacherous farm path crown, gutter or ditch or all three at the same time...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Gilbert 3. Boonen 4. Ballan »

Ok, ok, settle down now people. Take your seats please. You’re all a little bit on edge, like some cycling Gamblers Anonymous group that’s been let out for the weekend with a pocket full of bills and the name of the nearest bookie. But in your excitement, you managed to crash our server, delaying the fix you so desperately crave.But wai...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellara 2. Sagan 3. Boonen 4. Hushovd 5. Devolder »

With the spring racing season upon us, there is a lot of talk about the pros– what it means to be pro, how to look pro, and so on.  There are two things that distinguish the professional cyclist.  The first is talent, which is a mysterious thing and best left for another discussion.  The second thing is that the pros ride every day.  This...

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  1. Brilliant – and true – post! Thanks! »