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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. Jens Voigt’s big ring is a 56, and his small ring … is also a 56. – Ancient Chinese proverb. Like @Brett, I don’t have any illusions of Voigt’s history and origins.  However, part of his appeal to me is that he was – and is – human.  Unlike most other … »

@Nate’s take This year it was time for the Bay Area Cogal to visit my home turf in the East Bay. To make it more than just a long ride on roads I have ridden many times, and instigated by @EricW, the plan was to feature several sectors of dirt fire roads. A few scouting rides later, the route was planned. We rolled out on July 5 with @DaveR,...

@EricW's posts:

  1. Sorry I missed it!  Back on the bike with a few new teeth and a new appreciation of Rule #74.  Will definitely try to make the next one! »

  Gravel Time Continue reading...

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    Gravel Time Gravel Time

    Join us for the third annual Bay Area Cogal. We’ve done Marin and the Peninsula/Santa Cruz mountains. This year we’ll sample some classic East Bay roads and 40-50 Kms of dirt/fire roads.

    North Berkeley BART (ample parking) and the route looks something like this

    Recovery ales to follow at the Westbrae Biergarten. 

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    Date - July 05, 2014
    8:05 AM - 3:30 PM

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    North Berkeley BART

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I would have to start training to even do a recovery ride. And I would have to own a cyclometer, HRM, and the unavoidable watt meter. And all that would tell me what I already don’t want to know. Ignorance is bliss until some teenager on a mountain bike gets by you and at that point you better not have a watt meter on your bike. Still, we hav...

@EricW's posts:

  1. Just stumbled onto this timely piece on Velonews.  Matt Beaudin is a beautiful writer.  My favorite quote: “We are going faster now, faster than I’ve ever gone before on this road, racing. He is better. He is up the road three seconds but I try because o… »

  2. The eternal question.  I think most people who know just know, ya dig?   The guys in the full pro tour replica kits and a giant EPMS are always going to suck my wheel before getting dropped at the first hint of a rise.  The quiet guy in a nice fitting un… »

Riding a bicycle involves much more than just pushing the pedals around in a perfect sweep of muscular elegance while Looking Fantastic at all times. There are all sorts of soft skills involved like learning to shift properly, learning to corner properly, learning to crash properly, learning to criticize a fellow rider’s puncture-repair te...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @Gianni This.  Always.  I’ve also heard that keeping the hand underneath keeps your elbow in, reducing frontal area (and hence drag), as well as making it less likely someone or something will catch your arm flapping around like a bird and cause a crash… »

The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path, not the end. In pursuit of La Vie Velominatus, we know of no end to the Path; each of us journey through an endless evolution of understanding and reverence. As such, The Word continues to be handed down from high upon Mount Velominis and The Rules continue to be expanded upon. Today we present you with t...

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  1. I will do everything I can to meet up and ride in SF.  Looking forward to it! Also, sometimes Rule #95 breaches just sort of happen »

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

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  1. @frank I’ve yet to ride a SRAM equipped bike that doesn’t.  I think it’s in the body itself. @Gianni Truth. »

  2. Sram’s Doubletap already does this when you’re in the littlest gear and reach for a downshift.  It’s a feature! »

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. @Barracuda I just saw that too.  DAMMIT just when I thought I’d go out an buy that damn Enduro.  It’s like they don’t want my money. »

  2. @Teocalli It was already there, but maybe I should ride with graffiti supplies at the ready.  Also I just re-read my post and man I should not be allowed to type late at night. @Weldertron Holy moly that thing is gorgeous. »

  3. Not too shabby for a parts bin commuter/rain/graveur build, hence the pedals and lights.  Finding a ISO 102mm square taper for the Record cranks is like trying looking for hen’s teeth. I’m also using the spoon and noticed the rattling.  I’ll probably a… »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @frank Thanks, although I’m not certain I want to switch away from cork as thorough online research (20 minutes or so) seems to suggest that using anything other than cork on Bontragers will cause them to spontaneously combust, the undead to rise from … »

  2. @Gianni @antihero hit it on the head, the carbon compounds are basically for keeping the resin surface fresh.  Since I run carbone Bontragers, I know very well about crappy braking surfaces with subpar resin.  I just love Bontrager’s solution of cork p… »

For many Americans, their first ten speed bike was a Schwinn. It was heavy. Everything about it was heavy. It was the bike that was going to survive outside the bomb shelter. No one put a better crankset on a Schwinn. When we moved on that old bike languished in the garage and it was not coming back out. Not so for @Teocalli, for starters he didn&#...

@EricW's posts:

  1. That is, in every way a beautiful bicycle, and wonderful writing.  It’s amazing how much geometries have changed. »

This winter Shimano showed up on Maui with a flotilla of Colnago C-59s set up with disc brakes. The lucky Shimano people tested the bikes on some of the nicest routes on the island, including some descending down the Haleakala volcano. Unbelievably they didn’t invite me along (!?). If they had I would have suggested a different place to ride, one...

@EricW's posts:

  1. What is this “brake” you speak of and what function does it serve? In all seriousness, @Nate and I saw too many melted carbone wheels at Eggtimer’s Gran Fondo last year that I’m convinced discs are the future.  I, however, plan on not being part of that … »

Last year we read that Philippe Gilbert is riding a 50cm (top tube of 535mm) BMC frame and he is 1.79m (5’10”) tall. Now it’s reported in Cyclingnews that Ritchie Porte’s Pinarello is a 46.5cm frame (top tube of 515mm) and Porte is 1.72m (5’8”) tall. He is no Nairo Quintana but somehow he is on Quintana’s old bike. Porte is just one i...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @Nate I have some crit racing friends who ride teeny tiny bikes for the exact reason you’re talking about. I wonder if the bike size choice doesn’t also have something to do with riding style.  Some people like to turn “from the hips” while others tend… »

  2. @klassman I noticed this going from my 58cm TT Colnago to a 56cm TT 3Rensho.  Combined with the steep ST and a little less trail, I find myself barely needing to brake on hairpins that the Colnago would push wide on. »

Rules! Hear me fools: The Rules mark the beginning of the path to enlightenment, not the end. There are higher planes, expanding dimensions. Beyond the color of your bar tape exists a man, a mountain, and a bike. This is where the world begins.Keeper Jim wrote this, reporting on his utilitarian climb of Mount Ventoux. He posts less than the rest of...

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  1. @Gianni If one gets dropped but looks fantastic, did you really get dropped at all?  Things to ponder. @afroturk Electrical tape, when wound correctly and tightly looks very tidy, and can be color matched to the bike.  Further, those little val… »

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. If @danR doesn’t carry Volagi, he should start.  I bet those guys would love to have him as a distributor. »

Having asthma is kind of like winning the lottery, except it happens to more people and instead of money you win a chronic difficulty in breathing. I wouldn’t say I’m proud to be an asthmatic, but it’s not information I’m ashamed to share. In doing so, I often discover others who are similarly afflicted, and upon doing so w...

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  1. @razmaspaz Perhaps I’ll just declare my general hatred of bicycles, cycling attire, and other velo-related periphery/equipment and cover all my bases. »

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...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @Kupepe My Colnago Super is built up in the same spirit.  I’d go dark everything including tape to let the frame shine through.  Also, going black everything makes the modern oversized pieces look slimmer, which seems to fit better with the traditional ga… »

A Velominatus gives the impression of having been born on the bike; the connection between rider and machine is so deeply entrenched that one can hardly draw the line where one ends and the other begins. There is an air of relaxed precision that is part innate and part learned through countless hours devoted to the craft of riding a bicycle batshit...

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  1. @Marcus Whoa, I leave for dinner and things just got really weird. »

  2. @Mike_P Oh believe you me, I am no grimpeur.  Hence I have to fake the funk to look CD on the way up. @Ron I don’t wear slim shades with a cap on but I violate Rule #36 on occasion to go with the cap + Wayfarers in true hipster fashion. »

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...

@EricW's posts:

  1. @Teocalli Agreed.  My Colnago is a well used late 70s frame.  The outside has been stripped and painted more than once, and shows very minor surface pitting and a small spots of surface rust.  I coat the insides of the tubes with JP Weigle if I have it on… »

  • Wilkins is right about his role in his bike/car incidents. There’s 2 sides to the equation, always. As cyclists,...

  • One word, old mate … abridge!

    Fuck me that’s a long article. I really should read one someday around here.

  • @DeKerr

    Indeed, great story. What year was it published? I could not find the date. Mentions Pharmstrong’s...

  • @Ron

    YES! Ron, we have a date with DESTINY!!! Or a ride, not sure which? Either way, some of us are going to do...

  • @kixsand best of luck. Have fun and ask lots of questions!

  • Holy fuck! Anyone have any hot deals on GoPros and helmet mounts?

    Or maybe small firearms and bibshort holsters?

  • @PeakInTwoYears hear, hear. I to am fortunate to ride in friendlier climes

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