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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.

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Either CO2 cannisters or mini-pumps should be carried in jersey pockets (See Rule #31). The only exception to this rule is to mount a Silca brand frame pump in the rear triangle of the frame, with the rear wheel skewer as the pump mount nob, as demonstrated by members of the 7-Eleven and Ariostea pro cycling teams. As such, a frame pump mounted u...

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  1. @Harminator For $450 US you could get a new Silca which better not have o-ring issues. This struck me as a crazy price for a floor pump but really it’s maybe two years worth of tub tires. Also, over its lifespan, a worthy investment, and half the money o… »

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. @osbk67 Bel mezzo. Good to see TR is still making a beautiful bike. And Guido Bontempi indeed. I was just thinking about him. The young kids need to know what a stud he was, need to write something about him. »

I think it would be hard for anyone to make the case that Eddy Merckx was Roger de Vlaeminck’s Cycling Sensei, but I think we can all agree that De Vlaeminck was a student of Merckx, if only a student of his domination. But every student at some point becomes the master, and the driven student will always challenge the Order of Things.Eve...

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  1. @wiscot A fucking bow tie! »

  2. Allan Pieper used to warm up his bike by the stove when he lived in Belgium. I’m sure he learned that from the Planckaert brothers. It makes a little bit of sense; warm up the bike and body. I think Rodger was showing off his mad CX skills to the Man in … »

Our products represent the spirit of Velominati; every product we offer is made with the utmost attention to detail – no compromises were made in their selection or design. Whenever possible, our products are made my small, locally-owned businesses who share our passion for quality and we make every effort to ensure they are made in an enviro...

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  1. @Kenty Kenty, I can’t explain the password problem but the V-gear operation is in transition right now, so it may be inoperable for the short term. Only Frank can sort out these password issues, he holds the keys to the kingdom. Sorry not be of more hel… »

@Blackpooltower is obviously spending all his n+1 money on new cycling books, or he works in the little seen cycling-specific bookshop. Either way, he is nice enough to catch us all up on what is vvorthy. The lead image alone is enough, it’s fantastic. It’s worthy of its own article or, even better, a movie. It is not too late for hint...

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  1. It’s somehow reassuring that the man with the hammer wears cycling shorts and maybe shaves his legs. He must be an ex-pro, who stalks the earth to teach cyclists those life lessons that can only be learned one way. »

  2. @ChrisO My reaction to Michael Hutchinson’s The Hour was like yours to Gironimo, I wanted to say, if this was easy anyone would do it, FFS. But I might still have to read this. It sounds like some of the British mountaineering epics where these things… »

There are certain bicycle tools that once owned, signify much more than just ownership. For me, it was this Park clamp. No one starts out with a proper bike stand. For any cyclist, I see the early years of working on the bike as it leans up against the end of the bed. I also see no live-in girlfriend or second room to do this in. This era includes...

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  1. @rothbj1 Gaga Googoo! That is perfection. »

The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. Faaaaack. I ruined a few Stronglight bottom brackets in my day. Too loose and it would be ruined, too tight and it would be ruined. Too wet and it would be ruined. Who doesn’t own cone wrenches? Oh right, anyone that is not an old fuck. I’ll loan you my… »

There are certain bicycle tools that once owned, signify much more than just ownership. For me, it was this Park clamp. No one starts out with a proper bike stand. For any cyclist, I see the early years of working on the bike as it leans up against the end of the bed. I also see no live-in girlfriend or second room to do this in. This era includes...

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  1. @gilly There should almost be a Rule about this. Before one spends upgrade money on a light cassette/carbon handle bars/climbing wheels/ or other fancy bits, blow some money on a nice stand. It will make one a happy mechanic even if the only thing one w… »

  2. @rfreese888 That Park stand would be a good upgrade from the rope. The clamp on that stand is perfect. Believe me, I have hung my bikes from ropes too, barely better than leaning them against furniture. No, not ideal. »

  3. @Rob Yes it was Laughing Alley. A shop that went out of business so long ago there are no photos of it on the interwebs. Damn. What a fine shop. Damn, does that mean we are old too? You need to post a photo of your whips. »

White is a troublesome color; hard to keep clean. I have a white dress shirt that I never wear because even if I manage not to spill on the front of it, the cuffs and collar will look crap by the end of the day regardless. I mean, I can keep from eating something all day, but I can’t keep from drinking coffee or wine, and before very long som...

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  1. @SamFromTex Dan, those are some badass looking wheels. Cool carbon weave and nice original graphics. Did Winnipeg Cycle Chick have a hand in these? »

There are certain bicycle tools that once owned, signify much more than just ownership. For me, it was this Park clamp. No one starts out with a proper bike stand. For any cyclist, I see the early years of working on the bike as it leans up against the end of the bed. I also see no live-in girlfriend or second room to do this in. This era includes...

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  1. @ErikdR That is a great idea, relegate the crap stand to the hose and washing. Do I need two stands now? Screw it, I’ll be dead or unable to pedal before this new one rusts away from occasional bath. @Chris Bloody relatives…what are they good for, … »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @tessar That is a great Josh Poertner article. I’ve always felt it’s impossible to compare bike unless the tire pressure and tires are exactly the same, at a start. Also, I’ve never been able to tell the difference between how my tubeless 25s and my sew-… »

Going fast and looking good while doing it is our Velominati creed. Riding on the tops is the domaine of going uphill, where braking and aerodynamics are unimportant. In most other situations that position is too slow. The pros are usually flattened down in the drops or flattened down on the brake hoods. When us non-pros are not climbing, riding on...

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  1. @antihero Agreed. I’m out of practice riding in fast groups but yes, one reflexive jab does make one feel that. One shouldn’t be there if they do that. I can’t imagine what riding all day in a peloton of 100+ riders is like, besides very stressful. »

  2. @KogaLover If you live in Switzerland you had better keep those brakes in top condition. Even yesterday, when braking for a corner with hands in the drops I noticed something. When one decides it’s time to release the brakes and commit to the turn just… »

  3. @freddy Wow, matching bullhorns to fork. Brilliant. »

  4. @kixsand Nobody could do it better. What position! »

  5. @Ccos Yeah, in a group you don’t trust with your life, you need to be nearer the levers. That’s is the beauty of riding with the same friend(s), eventually you can know they won’t screw you by braking, no matter how many squirrels run out in front. »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. @brett Be careful here. Alex may have already ridden P-R on a cast iron penny-farthing. It’s not like one changes gears on the P-R stones. You find a decently big gear you can turn over and just hammer. And coasting is dangerous. Hmmmm, still, there m… »

We just finished a thorough examination of the Cyclist’s marquee accoutrement, the Cycling Cap. Today’s lesson is about the Cycling Cap’s red-headed step brother, the Winter Cycling Cap.This is a toque born of necessity; the thin cotton cap is nowhere near warm enough for the demands of the Flemish winter training season. Form s...

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  1. @wiscot @Nate Yes, I do live very happily in Hawaii where, at best, a thin vest is deployed in darkest winter descending. But I have spent the majority of my cycling life in New England, freezing my ears and crank off whilst commuting or attempting the … »

  2. @dyalander Beauty! He is probably following Michael Barry et al. as they ride sans helmet on icy roads. That seems crazy. »

  3. @GogglesPizano You are wise. A winter helmet with room for such a thing is a good idea. My ears have been what needs protection when it gets cold. To that end, usually a thin skull cap that includes the ears works. I’ve used the balaclava’s for winter … »

We want to look like Pros, sure, but what we’re really after is feeling Pro. All the aesthetics are just a tool we use to fuel the fickle internal combustion engine of Morale. In the end, there is little that will make you feel Pro more than clattering along a stretch of cobbles in a small group; instant “select breakaway”. One...

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  1. @fignons barber Cool. I couldn’t figure out who that was. No wonder he has a look of total desperation on his face. »