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Gianni bought a champagne gold Peugeot with sew-up tires in 1976. That was the beginning of the Troubles. Think Magnus Backstead without the big engine or rugged Swedish good looks. He has a small altar in his crawlspace containing smaller photos of Francesco Moser, Eros Poli and Gianni Bugno.

@Gianni's activity:

I’m not sure where this ride falls on the graph of fitness but down towards the bottom, somewhere.There can be a point in every rider’s season where each ride ends the same. FFS, I suck. The unabridged volume of self-loathing is reviewed, cogent chapters reread, aloud, in the bathroom. I’m Too Fat To Climb is a chapter I like to q...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @ChrisO You need to collide with a camel or two, break something, get too heavy, develop a good drinking habit, then you might be in line for a proper ah-ha ride. »

  2. @Dave How many times have I been fooled by the tailwind? Enough to always suspect it if I’m going well. And layers of kit make you slow, period. Is it bad aerodynamics or constriction of movement? Discuss. »

  3. @PeakInTwoYears I hear ya. Once I know things may be moving in the positive direction then the trips to the pain cave are a lot more fun. Slogging for slogging’s sake, not so much. »

  4. @the Engine Sweet jesus, I do hope I’m not subliminally channeling Alan Partridge now. He is in there, I do my best to keep him buried with the other voices in my head. »

A great unknown awaits the young men, bound by a common entity of steel, flesh and passion rolled together. Do they contemplate the future, or are they so encapsulated in the here and now that anything beyond the finish line seems like it could only be for old people? Have they any inkling which path they will take, or be guided towards? Maybe...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. Sorry, but I have to share this. »

  2. @kixsand Sweet indeed. Most likely Serotta’s with a durty Huffy rebrand. Hincapie’s bike has the Serotta badge on the headtube. And that might be Ed Burke, USCF director, aka Dr Phil. He is trying to get Lance to be a team player. »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @VeloVita I went a full size up from fi'zi:k and that worked out OK. They might be larger then optimum but there is no penalty to them being slightly too long, so if in doubt, I’d round up. And I’d get the regular Vaypor over the Vaypor +. I was so bull… »

Attention, this is the final event on the Men’s VSP calendar for 2014. There is one more Women’s event to come. We may already have a winner of this years over-all but the rest of the podium could be up for grabs. @il muro di manayunk has broken away and I’m not sure @steampunk is going to chase him down. Has everyone noticed how...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @Bianchi Denti Denti picks HH for fifth! Fucking genius. »

  2. There, in my race to the bottom I’m not picking Degenkolb, repeating is tough. VSP PICKS: 1. sep vanmarcke 2. Van Avermaet 3. Ramunas Navardauskas 4. tom veelers 5. Tommy boy Voeckler »

If Rouler does not do reviews, we don’t do reviews. Think of this as a commentary on Bont’s Vaypor+ road shoe. Any discussion of points-of-contact will generate a storm of comments ending in why Sidi shoes and fi'zi:k saddles are the best. They may be the best for you but not for me. Everyone’s feet and everyone’s butt has d...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @RedRanger That is a tough one. I can mail you a pair of 45.5 fi'zi:k R3s to test, slightly dog chewed. But really, the only thing to do is go to the very best cycling store in Portland and spend  hours trying on shoes. Everyone makes light and stiff shoe… »

  2. @ChrisO Heheheeee. That’s good. »

  3. @Rom The Fiziks were great until they changed they the last! Italians, fuggetaboitit. Now they are too snug. And the cleat holes are too far forward. »

  4. @lokerola You are a brave man but function over form always. At least with saddles and shoes. »

  5. @anotherdownunder Your experience sounds close to mine. I’ve owned some Specialized shoes and they always made me suffer on long rides. I loved the boas, ended up not liking the shoes. But I put up with them for much too long, like years. Why? The regul… »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @therealpeel I’m going to ride my Faboo wheels all the time because I can. My friends can take pleasure in dropping me on a climb even with my badass wheels, all the better. They are just more fun to ride because they make one faster. Maybe not fast enou… »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @brett   The orange fork works if you paint the stem orange too. Then it all looks of one piece. Or something on the inside of the front fork, like LeMan’s Look bike, it drives me crazy. It’s somehow like seeing a flash of women’s underwear. I’m a perv. »

  2. @brett  You suck! This is very exciting. When you get a new bike, we all get a new bike. Buying one on ebay (like me) is one thing, having it made for you by a shop in Belgium, it’s TFM! TOO FOOOKIN’ MUCH! I hope you don’t stack in in the gutter on the s… »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. What are we arguing about? Why friction shifters are great? Is a Bianchi a Bianchi if it is not celeste? @RVester Well played on the level espresso machine diversion, but no one went for it. Those machines don’t have enough dials and valves for my taste… »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @teleguy57 I approve of your bike choices there: frame, saddle, front fork, white hoods on Campa 11 speed. The whole package being ridden in sunny Colorado, nice day out. »

  2. @RedRanger Did you see it disappear into the sleet ahead of you? »

  3. @tony That is a very wise idea. Train heavy then race light and fast. I don’t race so I’m just going right to the light and fast(er). »

  4. @ChrissyOne   Of course they would use magnesium, something more exotic than carbon fiber. I was just out and got caught in a quality heavy rain. The braking was not impressive, semi-functional but a lot more hand strength to get an effect.  Maybe the pr… »

I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. Gianni=0 points. MF’er. Why did I pick Ryder instead of D. Martin? Danny Boy winning his second Monument, chapeau, he has now won two more than any American. »

This carbon wheel issue has been burning a hole in my soul for so long. The twin headed snake of thrift and indecision (not such an impressive snake as far as twin headed snakes go) held me at the impasse for years. Having @mauibike commit to all carbon for his lifetime wheelset needs got me hot. Seeing Fabs winning Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde on...

@Gianni's posts:

  1. @roger Well done Roger. The bike looks like it had fun. »

  2. This is what I’m talking about. »