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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. 

    Event Details

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

    Location
    North Berkeley BART

    Cogal Details
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@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… »

@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… »

@EricW's posts:

  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 »

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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… »

@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. »

@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. »

@EricW's posts:

  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...

@EricW's posts:

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

@EricW's posts:

  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… »

@EricW's posts:

  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… »

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  1. If I pass another rider on a long climb, I find that a casual swig from the bidon while gently resting the other hand’s fingertips on the flat looks especially pro (and works well to hide my labored breathing). »

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. @Weldertron 1. I’ver heard stories of GXP BB’s failing on Omniums.  Some theorize it’s because of the additional stresses of skidding/trick-riding that it wasn’t designed for.  I used to run it on an old track bike commuter and never had an issue.  Of cou… »