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

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@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Speechless… »

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. Brilliant Frank!  Thank you.  I actually believe that the situation is getting worse, what with increased coverage of motorists who are praised – not charged – for staying with the father, mother, sister, brother they just killed. A some things I’ll add … »

The modern day Pro cyclist has many disadvantages stacked against them by comparison to their forefathers. They have to ride plastic bikes with little or no distinguishing character or discernible caché; they must willingly or perhaps unwittingly subject their body to an array of questionable “training techniques”; and they have to sp...

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  1. It’s mostly all here. »

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! »

Rule #33- Legs are to be carefully shaved at all times.This is one of the Rules that really defines the term Cyclist to the Velominati. Discussions about Rule #33 flare up on the site occasionally, burn brightly then smolder out. Between faces and legs, it is a lot of man-scraping. Rule #33 is a task master. Compliance is one thing, defending i...

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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… »

Chamois leather used in cycling shorts looked like this only once, before the first washing. After that one had to slather cream onto it to attempt to restore it to its former soft smoothness, which was impossible. I have written a reverence article on chamois cream and I vowed then to never google “saddle sore images” again, hence a b...

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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… »

I’m not even talking about all the pseudo-asthmatics out there, vaping their way to better breathing. My breathing is just fine. It’s my little citron sized heart that is slowing me down. Is there a street-legal injection or vacuum pump for heart enlargement, or a trip to a doctor in the Congo that would transplant a badass Mandrill heart for m...

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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… »

There was a time when the world was painted in hues of black and white. Right and Wrong were separated by lines painted in such a thick, heavy paint that even to wander close was to already alter your very nature. The Elders taught us on which side we were to dwell and what evils would descend upon us if we were to transcend into the void. Litt...

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  1. Well writ Frank! »

I don’t know how a guy who shows off the better part of a half meter of seat post comes to the conclusion that his saddle is too low, but that precise thought occupies an enormous amount of time. Ever closer looms the minimum insertion point on my seat pin, yet I am irrevocably bound to explore its limits.I actually wish my legs were shorter...

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  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… »

I suspect that whoever first put a set of downtube shifters on a bike immediately knew that while it was superior to having the shifter on the seat stay, it was a design that was going to be improved upon. Not only did it require being seated to shift, it also required taking your hands off the bars. Shimano got close with the introduction of the S...

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  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… »

A friend recently asked my advice for how to prepare for the longest ride he’d ever done. My approach is somewhat unorthodox when it comes to this sort of thing; I like to train to ride a lot farther than the event itself, and whenever possible, throw in a handful of sessions with my old friend, The Man with the Hammer. I suggested he do the...

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  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. »

Doubt. It speaks in whispered tones but echoes in our actions and lingers heavy on the mind. It is a thing that weaves itself into the seeds of our dreams and erodes vision into whim. Doubt leads to uncertainty; uncertainty to fear; fear prevents us from reaching as high as we might.Doubt is a clingy thing. Like a snowball dropped down a mountainsi...

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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. »