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2007 U.S. Open Cycling Championships, U.S. Open Cycling Foundation

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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. Well, dope or not, you would have hoped that, over the last twenty years, once the urge to go came over him, Jensie would have learned to wait a k or two. »

  2. The Jensie never doped. The East Germans gave him one shot of something in the 1988. He was young, he had no say in the matter. Whatever it was, that shit’s still working. The Jensie never doped. »

If @steampunk can’t take much credit here I guess we can’t take any. We can take pleasure is seeing someone’s kid hauling ass on a bike, a Velominatus spawn, even better. We all came to cycling by different paths, seemingly few by our parents. It is impossible to outguess one’s children; they are clever little bastards. Hop...

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  1. As I was saying… This is my daughter at 11 years old – on a small Allez with enough toe overlap to be banned from selling in Europe. Now, she’s 14 with shoes and her first clipless pedals (Time ATACs). She climbs like a bird. Keeps me working on stay… »

  2. Start them early… »

No technology can increase the energy of the willpower of the rider, nor can it lessen the doubts which sometimes overwhelm him. - Bernard HinaultAs I swung off the main road, I was momentarily consumed by the simple thrill of my tires leaving the hard tarmac and hitting the rough gravel of the unpaved forest road. It was a brief distraction of the...

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  1. Frank, I think this is the best thing you’ve ever posted here. Cheers! »

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  1. Tried to embed.  Duh… Aforementioned Mitsu Vortex Generators (above). »

  2. So this is interesting and, obviously, true. Drag is induced when a fluid separates from a surface. In face, F1 cars often use vortex generators at the trailing edge of a surface to induce swirl and reduce drag. It’s shown up in production cars occasiona… »

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  1. Great article. Some years ago I was given a tube of “Brave Soldier” Friction Zone. It was different than anything I had used up to that time including Assos and Chamois Butt’r and some others. I stocked up on it. I am beginning to wonder if it is still… »

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  1. Great story – and great picture –  Gianni. There is a growing amount of data on caffeine’s ability to reduce the sensation of pain along with its well known property of causing the bronchi to open up. During my time at Cannondale, I was always disappoin… »

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  1. Well writ Frank! »

@Durishin's posts:

  1. @frank I don’t disagree, though the conversation is about saddle height, not the rest and, obviously, your insertion of  “basic” in my proposed prose for Rule #96 would have saved the now wasted electrons. I’ve a friend who is a chief mechanic for one of … »

  2. And, if your post continues to slip, get some Carbon Paste from Vision or another manufacturer to stop that right now.  But, no tape rings! »

  3. Tape on your seat post?! I’m sorry, Frank, that’s amateur hour and should be forbidden per Rule #29. I hereby propose an amendment to said rule  - no man-satchels and no carved notches or tape rings on your seat post. I’ll also submit Rule #96 – Know yo… »

@Durishin's posts:

  1. I once had a Look KX with Campy Record, a Synapse with Dura Ace and a CX4 with Force. Three different neurological mappings required for successful riding. Eventually, the stress of the potential for blown shifts while riding in traffic caused me to get r… »

@Durishin's posts:

  1. I have always found that Rule #6 washes away fear of the man with the hammer. »

  2. Beautiful! Thanks Frank. I am inspired. I have been afraid of that man since some heart issues a few years ago but, the cardiologists says I am good to go so I’ll be out looking for him in the rain tomorrow. »

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  1. Wow!   Just, plain wow!  “And when we are willing to suffer, we can do anything.”  Thanks, Frank!  I needed that. »