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Velominatus: Fredrik

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I feel it in my bones. I feel it in my breathing. I fixate on how much I feel it in my legs to the point where I find myself in a meeting, rubbing them to gauge how soft they’ve gotten. (Must learn to stop doing that in public as it can’t possibly improve my social standing. I’m tempted to cite the fact that I’m a Cyclist an...

@Fredrik's posts:

  1. Where is the line between pursuing something that seemingly brings you lots of positive things, despite risk of negative outcomes that you probably ignore, and being addicted to it? I came across some research recently that says that people who exercise … »

Those things in life that are worth having are those things which are difficult to come by; perseverance is made more rewarding by the volume of messages ignored by the mind as we work towards a goal.Fatigue comes in many forms and is normally framed in negative connotations; weariness, exhaustion – both things to avoid. For a Cyclist, it can...

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  1. The whole topic of fatigue, and going until the tank gets empty and beyond has always been interesting and attractive for me. On uncountable occasions in my 20’s I emptied the tank completely either on a bike or nordic skiing. It was an enjoyable part o… »

To Look Pro is to strive to Look Fantastic and to be at our ease on a bicycle. It is to walk the line between form and function and is based entirely on the premise that the professional peloton is far more experienced in this endeavour than we shall ever be. Their lessons speak through their actions on the bike, serving as a beacon to provide us t...

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  1. @Fredrik And of course be on rollers, not a wind trainer. »

  2. @BikeMechNo3 It is possible to look pro while training indoors: Check this out. But note that you must wear white socks, a long sleeved wool jersey and be surrounded by bikes, wheels, etc. »

  3. Although I now live in a place (Barcelona) where deep cold is never, except when doing long rides into the Pyrenees in the wintertime, the topic of cold weather gear is close to me. I am a firm believer in the old-timer saying that below 20degC your knee… »

Hardly a bike can pass through my gaze without invoking a visceral reaction; admiration for a well-manicured machine regardless of it’s discipline, delight at a vintage gem or a diamond in the rough, anger at an owner who has neglected a beautiful machine, horror at an abomination of sensibility and taste.When I see these machines my mind fli...

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  1. @frank Lesson taken. »

  2. @frank I will send along a photo of the CJ steel, but I am traveling right now and don’t have any pictures with me. As soon as I can, will do. »

  3. @Dr C Word is still out on the Di2. It’s a bit finicky, and the supposed automatic trim doesn’t always work. And as someone said on another series of posts, over time you get used to the coordination of leg pressure with shifting that is now no longer n… »

  4. @grumbledook Actually the frame is not black, it is a dark green-blue pearl colour. »

  5. Frank, I too share the inescapable habit of looking in detail at nearly every bike that goes by. I happen to be in NYC this week, which makes for lots of rubbernecking to see some really wonderful bikes of all modes, and also some hipster abominations. … »

One of the most magnificent things about Cycling is that not only does it represent different things to different people, it represents different things on different days. Some days, it’s training – a means to an end. Other days, it’s the culmination of a body of work; rather than a means to an end, it represents that end itself,...

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  1. @Ron That’s exactly what Bobet calls La Volupté. A moment you cannot control, or even call up, but must savour. »

  2. Nice piece, Frank, and the discussion that follows. I concur with many of the comments, and would like to add some thoughts – sorry, this is a long post. I have been riding bikes for a long time, beyond riding around the neighbourhood with my buddies, fo… »

We can mimic the pros in many ways; kit, bikes, shaving our legs. Even if we’ll never ride like them, we can try (mostly in vain) to look like them. We’ll buy a piece of equipment because our favourite pro endorses it, or even adopt trends that the peloton have, such as alloy classic bend bars, slamming a 140mm stem, or putting those pl...

@Fredrik's posts:

  1. I grew up as a rider in the 80’s in New England training and racing on tubulars. (Cheap Clements for training and sweet Vittorias for racing.) I agree that the modus of keeping a tubular with an old toe strap under your seat is de rigeur, and that fixin… »

I don’t enjoy the races in February on the Arabian Peninsula because I like watching other people ride in the sun while I spend my afternoons looking for a sliver of daylight that coincides with some fragment of my day where I don’t also need to work or engage in some other activity. I also don’t enjoy them because I think corner...

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  1. @frank Museeuw was definitely one of the hardest, even with some of the ugliest kit ever. »

  2. I, too, am looking forward to getting the Arabian Peninsula circus over, so that the hardmen can get down to business in the cold, gray north. I can highly recommend the book The Spring Classics, by the writers of l’Equipe, as a warm-up and to live the h… »

Sitting at the top of Haleakala, I thought of this photo with the staunch realization that there are no words to describe the agony of exhaustion, except Graham Watson’s caption in Visions of Cycling:Paul Sherwen’s mother cried when she saw this picture of her son, taken after the finish of the 1983 Paris-Roubaix Continue reading...

@Fredrik's posts:

  1. I used to train and race in VT back in the 80’s. Great memories. Towards the end of one long, hot training ride, I blacked out and woke up in a meadow most of the way up Brandon Gap. I rode home, then, upon my parents insistence, I had a full physical… »

  2. Amazing photo. It also appears in introduction that Paul Sherwen wrote for the book The Spring Classics by a group of French authors — a must for the Velominati library, both for the photographs and the text, describing the origins of the classics and t… »

Aesthetics have always played a major role in my quest to become a better athlete. On the surface, this may seem a ridiculously vain assertion, but for me, the reality is that looking like a pro makes me feel like a pro, and when I feel like a pro, I’m motivated to ride like a pro.  After all, the mind controls the body, and if the mind beli...

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  1. Good post, and discussion. I like the analogy to Nordic Ski headgear, where the rule in my tribe in Vermont was always that the edge of your hat must be perfectly horizontal, making a line from the top of your eyebrows, over your ear to the nape of your n… »

My friend and trainee Velominata Rachel has a keen cycling eye and an inquisitive mind. While perusing the book Tour de France/Tour de Force she happened upon this image of The Badger, Bernard Hinault, sprinting for a stage win in the 1981 Tour. We know this because the caption says so. And that is pretty much all it says; no other names, no photo...

@Fredrik's posts:

  1. Great photo. I’m voting for the sponge explanation. Flapping in the wind would not generate such a uniform rectangular shape, or the stretch marks that you can see on the jersey of van Calster. Another remarkable aspect of this picture is that Eddy Plan… »