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Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Nibali 2. Porte 3. Valverde 4. Pinot 5. Talansky »

  2. My Picks »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Talansky 2. Contador 3. Froome 4. Nibali 5. Valverde »

Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. @Nate http://www.velominati.com/tradition/the-man-with-the-hammer/ »

  2. @GogglesPizano I  use the following terms – if it is related to nutrition / bloodsugar levels it is a “bonk” (i.e. I need some serious calories RFN), if it is related to a shorter term over exertion / lactic acid focused in the legs it I have/am  “Crack… »

  3. @Nate It is a British term as best I can tell from cycling originally.  Widely used here in Canada among the cyclists I know …  I first heard it from a local Cat1 God in Vancouver in the late 80′s “Often, people associate the word “bonk” with “hitting … »

  4. @Teocalli Some of the new meters like the Stages are simply a couple of strain gauges on the crank arm.  20g in additional weight but I don’t see how would degrade performance as it is only measuring a deflection that is already there ….  would be und… »

  5. When I started riding 25 years ago it was like this - “I was coming back on my 160km ride and the winds came up and I got caught out and bonked 30km from home, took me 1.5 hours to get to town with no calories left, I was totally cooked, I will watch the … »

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. @wiscot »

Maui Velominatus Dave is tapering for this Saturday’s Cycle to the Sun. It is more mass start, time trial to the sun as there is nothing like 3.3 km of continual climbing to sort everyone out by their power to weight ratios. After 2 km of climbing there is no pack and no draft. Everyone climbs as hard as they can and almost everyone is riding alo...

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  1. I’ll admit it one of my bikes has a power meter.  It is a Stages meter so very subtle.   I enjoy to review the data post ride when I should be working.  I don’t let it dictate how I ride, just review the data afterwords.  In the dead of winter up here in … »

There was a time when the world was painted in hues of black and white. Right and Wrong were separated by lines painted in such a thick, heavy paint that even to wander close was to already alter your very nature. The Elders taught us on which side we were to dwell and what evils would descend upon us if we were to transcend into the void. Litt...

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  1. @frank I ride down one stretch of road with a shitload of windows that in the afternoon lighting during the commute give me a great look at myself looking fantastic.  Almost rear ended a BMW while checking myself out at 40km/h the other day…  it is h… »

  2. I think they need to change the signage on my routes downtown from “bike lane” to Bike Lane / Snow Storage lane” as our city council although they have great intentions of building $20million worth of separated pathways in the next while still can’t get t… »

That any cyclist can enter the same arena with the same equipment as the professional helps to make cycling an awesome sport. True, the same thing could be said for golf or tennis but as a fan you can’t stand a meter away from any of those pros and scream encouragement. “Come on Tiger, RIP THAT FUCKER!” And if you attempt entry into Wimbledon...

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  1. @Nate I have got a lot of money to give to someone who can help find me one of those Colnago sweaters   »

There was a time when I held down ‘real jobs’. Jobs with (a little) stress, with (some) responsibility, but without soul. And while dealing with the great unwashed public never held much appeal, I always envied the guys who worked at my preferred LBS. They seemingly had it all––an endless supply of cheap bikes and parts, hanging out and s...

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  1. I very much enjoy my trips to my LBSs,  I am quite loyal to them for all bikes, parts and accessories.  That being said I am the complete opposite with ordering any kit.  I will ship a pair of tights from half way around the world to get the exact model a… »

Maybe it’s the milestone of aging that I recently reached. It could be an awareness of the unique foibles of this sport/activity/pastime that I practice. Possibly, I just woke up one day and realised that this is a weird thing for a middle-aged man to be doing. The time for reassessment hit me, involuntarily and without warning. And I’m...

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  1. “They could’ve belittled me, questioned my manhood, or even outright insulted me….” – of course I expect that there will be a fair bit of that coming your way shortly compliments of the crew here :) »

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. @Mikael Liddy We’re old enough and well paid enough to do what the fuck we like – we can dress like pros on carbon-fibre race machines or we can wear gorilla suits and do charity events on hybrids The underlined bit covers me off, Don’t mind throwing … »

  2. @ChrisO Right Fucking on! you just pretty much summed up my entire life »

I don’t know how a guy who shows off the better part of a half meter of seat post comes to the conclusion that his saddle is too low, but that precise thought occupies an enormous amount of time. Ever closer looms the minimum insertion point on my seat pin, yet I am irrevocably bound to explore its limits.I actually wish my legs were shorter...

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  1. @Owen Slam it …  dropped mine last year and haven’t looked back.  I have found that the more completely -badass I look the less grief I get from drivers…  also I made an interesting observation this winter that on Rule#9 days I have never had anyon… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most cl...

@GogglesPizano's posts:

  1. @freddy And here I thought Garmin was gutted only having 4 riders left.  Huge RESPECT for Svein and Ryder my fellow countrymen »

  2. lots of Rule#9 and Rule#5  out there today, wondering if all of the peloton is feeling like this or not: http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/05/news/giros-stage-16-grim-cold-perhaps-unnecessary-procession_329798 »

  3. It appears training in Maui and climbing Haleakala from time to time definitely pays off!  huge ride by the big Canadian.  Glad we installed that 90″ TV in the boardroom… »

“You ruined a heap of photos!” Not the words you want to hear when the photos in question are ones you didn’t shoot, but were in. “How?” “You’re too low, too compressed.” At least he didn’t say I was ugly. “And you’re ugly.”When you work with professional photographers, you pic...

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  1. Absolutely awestruck by this photo …  made my day! »

This guest post was sent to us from Frank’s sister about her son Willem. When I read the post I was thinking Frank’s sister had written it and that all Stracks have the same dreamy cyclo-centric writing style, damn them all. But, as usual, I was wrong. Frank’s sister did write this:This was written by my friend Dan, who took Wille...

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  1. @wilburrox Is that the 24″ Pinarello she is riding?  If so there are a few 650c bikes out there which would be great step up.  I just got a Felt F95JR.  It is a perfect step between the 24″ and a 47cm 700c frame.  That is what my oldest is riding in the… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most cl...

@GogglesPizano's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Domenico POZZOVIVO 2. Joaquim Rodriguez 3. Rigoberto Uran 4. Nairo Quntana 5. Cadel Evans »

This guest post was sent to us from Frank’s sister about her son Willem. When I read the post I was thinking Frank’s sister had written it and that all Stracks have the same dreamy cyclo-centric writing style, damn them all. But, as usual, I was wrong. Frank’s sister did write this:This was written by my friend Dan, who took Wille...

@GogglesPizano's posts:

  1. I happen to have 2 Pedalwan as well.   As i have found with every other sport they have done (xc skiing, lacrosse, hockey etc) it is best to wade in before arranging the introduction to the Man With the Hammer.  They will meet soon enough.  Any cycling in… »