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Sharing the road with cars is mostly a losing proposition. It’s hard to share when your vehicle weighs 8 kgs and the other guy’s is 800 kgs. If we have to share we have to let go and that is not easy, as @Kevin Wilkins explains. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. I gave up on road riding in 2007 because of Ontario drivers attitudes. Rather have a CX or Monstercross bike to ride places with no cars or minimal. »

It’s no secret that I’m prone to riding in the big ring as much as possible, mostly on account of my not being a giant sissy. In accordance with the ISO Non-Sissy Standard, I also never read instruction manuals or ask for directions when lost. I make sure to only rarely ask my VMH to turn up the radio when Adele comes on, usually follo...

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  1. Thought about this today  and while looking at a pic of my CX bike in 2004 vs the road bike I had for years. Noticed something and maybe it is just me.  But I noticed that it seems Hoods today are generally set higher now. Maybe it it this size and curve … »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Closes eyes… VSP PICKS: 1. Cancellera 2. Boonen 3. Sagan 4. Terpstra 5. Vanmarcke »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. Closes eyes…. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Emma Johansson 3. Ellen van Dijk 4. Elisa Longo Borghini 5. Giorgia Bronzini »

I just got turned back from a ride. 5k from the house I realized my bits were getting too cold not only for comfort (in which case, apply Rule #5 and move on) but safety (i’ll take my vasectomy in the hospital, thank you very much). It’s a lovely sunny day, the only problems being the minus 12C temp, biting headwind, and leg warmers th...

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  1. @Teocalli In the Graveur and the Monstercross arena it would give one a way to carry another tube leaving more space in the jersey for items. Keep in mind I am suggesting this for rides where there isn’t exactly alot of help.  Having to hoof it it back… »

  2. @Chris You can always try the one freebie then charge $$ the next time method. »

  3. @Marko Don’t know if this qualifies as a EPMS so will leave it to you. However the  guys at Backcountry Research came out with this this year. http://www.backcountryresearch.com/CAMRATBRROAD-SADDLE-MOUNT_p_70.html Which is a downsized version of their… »

  4. @Teocalli  Yep.   Last year  had a Turkey fly head height across the road and try to take me out here in Kingston. »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. And again VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Longo Borghini 3. Armistead 4. Johannson 5. Van Dijk »

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. From the home office VSP PICKS: 1. Pete Sagan 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Tom Boonen 4. Alexander Kristoff 5. Zdnek Stybar »

I just got turned back from a ride. 5k from the house I realized my bits were getting too cold not only for comfort (in which case, apply Rule #5 and move on) but safety (i’ll take my vasectomy in the hospital, thank you very much). It’s a lovely sunny day, the only problems being the minus 12C temp, biting headwind, and leg warmers th...

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  1. @Marko Kind of  . But picture it on a 85  Stumpjumper with gleaming  bull moose bars.  Around blind corner of  no longer active logging road. Back in the classic days . »

  2. @Marko  Other then for commuting the only real on bike times I use a Camelbak pack is when hauling tools for trail work. »

Even though in today’s mountain bike world the bikes are better, the clothing more appropriate, and there are more trails to ride, there’s no denying the early 90s were the Golden Age of Mountain Biking. Just look at these fellas, and tell me I’m wrong.Tomac knew what was up. You don’t get such a badass Rainbow Jersey by ac...

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  1. Link to wear the photo is  since my computer is being utterly uncooperative. http://s557.photobucket.com/user/Endurimil/media/Monstercross%202014/image_zpsfde09e04.jpg.html?sort=3&o=9 »

  2. Bad photo of the Stumpjumper  Anniversay book which has photo’s from 84. »

I just got turned back from a ride. 5k from the house I realized my bits were getting too cold not only for comfort (in which case, apply Rule #5 and move on) but safety (i’ll take my vasectomy in the hospital, thank you very much). It’s a lovely sunny day, the only problems being the minus 12C temp, biting headwind, and leg warmers th...

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  1. One hasn’t lived till they tried to T Bone a bear at 14 bombing down a logging road. »

  2. @Marko Problem with Camelbak’s is the come from the mountain bike  side and are designed for that position. Fin for that but when I used  when commuting to work on the road bike would ride up and so on. Got my hands on one of these and keeps everything… »

  3. @Ron Kind of got used to the cold from my days freezing my ass off alpine ski racing at Whistler. Speaking of Cougars….25 plus years of doing all sorts of stuff in the BC woods and have only seen a Cougar once. Exactly 3 seconds as it ran across a lo… »

  4. @frank Tattoo? I can confirm no. Because if there’s was one my VMH would have gotten me at least two based on some of the in her words ” Crazy idiot rides” I have done in the past. »

  5. @Marko Yes I do. In 12 years since I moved out to Ontario seems to be the worst. »

  6. Unfortunately it it will be a few more weeks before we see anything resembling gravel or minimaly maintained roads. »

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. Maybe a repost since my computer decided to come up with a mysterious ailment. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Peter Sagan 3. Alexander Kristoff 4. Andre Greipel 5. Mark Cavendish »

We are the Keepers of the Cog. In so being, we also maintain the sacred text wherein lie the simple truths of cycling etiquette known as The Rules. It is in our trust to maintain and endorse this list.The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them...

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  1. @unversio Based on the satellite dish size reflector the rider in question maybe carries a small TV? »

Even though in today’s mountain bike world the bikes are better, the clothing more appropriate, and there are more trails to ride, there’s no denying the early 90s were the Golden Age of Mountain Biking. Just look at these fellas, and tell me I’m wrong.Tomac knew what was up. You don’t get such a badass Rainbow Jersey by ac...

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  1. Tinker with the standard semi inflated tube in jersey pocket. »