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The cobbles are not for everyone. Peter van Petegem said it best, that you have to really love the stones to be good at them. Much like climbing, they demand that the rider forge a close relationship with a special kind of pain – one that is self-inflicted and inspires you to inflict more.I knew I would love the pavé before my tires ever c...

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  1. This one could be fun http://thecyclinghouse.com/trip/montana-hell-ride/ »

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. @manfromallouez Ordered one the day you posted this and it just arrived today – very nice indeed.  Will test it tomorrow morning »

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. @GogglesPizano The Rule #60 violation in the first picture is why I am wondering…. »

  2. Are there any Velominati out there in Surrey Hills who could provide some guidance here:  It appears he has chosen the path but needs some mentoring along the way.  Is he destined for Fredness or is there some V there?  I expect he either is approaching t… »

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. It is posts like this that get me back here day after day…. »

  2. Yes, I have spent many an hour trying to find that sweet spot with a cone wrench etc.  One thing I learned is that as a 15 year old when you rolled your bike into the LBS and told them  what you were up to or how you got yourself into whatever mess you di… »

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. Does anyone think a set of Dan’s wheels would look any good on this bike?  Please say no, having a hard enough time as it is ….       @wiscot     »

Waiting has never been my strong point. I’m anxious, but don’t really suffer from anxiety. Good things come to those who wait isn’t at the top of my list of proverbs to live by. Do What Thou Wilt always has been, though; kind of a Just Do It for early 20th century Satanists, and me.It was with this mantra in the back of my mind th...

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  1. If anyone out there is of the belief that getting a dream bike will put an end to the N+1 problem it does nothing of the sort.  In fact in my case it really was just pouring gasoline on an already roaring fire.  However, I do think that it is a great tact… »

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. @RobSandy A V – Branded Buff….  interesting idea – if you are wearing a Buff Rule #5 and Rule #9 are likely in play …  I like it! »

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  3. @RobSandy A buff is an essential piece of kit if you ask me.  If done right you can totally rock a Buff.  there was a pic of Paolini at Milan San Remo in a buff a few months back that had plenty of V in it »

  4. @frank But really if you think about it this way – when out in Rule #9 conditions that warrant wearing winter caps, people are going to be so focused on how badass you are in general to be out riding that one might be able to pull-off  get away with a f… »

  5. I certainly like Assos bibs and jerseys but haven’t looked at their headwear until this thread started.  Or perhaps I had seen some of it and just kept subconsciously blocking it from my memory.    »

  6. @manfromallouez Nice looking caps.  I like the weight of them.  I think I will get one. »

  7. Due to the fact that I am wearing a winter cap 5 months of the year up here I just went and bought a second helmet that fits a winter cap under it.  I can wear a skull cap or a cotton cap under my normal helmet but the winter hat needs the bigger helmet. … »

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. I am subtley trying to convince the VMH that we should reschedule the family tropical trip from that week to another, then a couple of weeks after we re-schedule I will casually bring up that I am planning on the Keepers Tour and that I will be spending m… »

Many of us cyclist don’t go out on the bike for under an hour, at a minimum. What’s the point? It is barely a ride if it is not at least two hours on the bike. I need half an hour to convince myself maybe I do feel OK. After an hour, the first queries can go down to the engine room, is everything good down there? Some people feel better...

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  1. @therealpeel for me there were two things that got me out riding more 1- getting cycling kit to ride in all weather types and going out no matter what – see Rule #9.   2- getting up early….  Really early.   The coolest part now is that the rides I love t… »

  2. Interestingly but not at all surprising when I am riding higher mileage I can get the “third hour” feeling earlier in the ride .. @gilly Yes, luckily for me my other half understands (somewhat) that the correlation of my riding time to my happiness is … »

  3. @Sparty Yes this is exactly the sensation I mean to describe »

I’ve never been to Africa before, although I’m not sure Cape Town counts as “Africa”. One thing I noticed is that everyone here is very skinny. I also noticed that the meal proportions served at restaurants are very modest. That shows the difference between prevention and treatment when dealing with obesity; whereas in the U...

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  1. @VeloSix Yes HEAVY and wet – I figured that when I shouldered my bike there was what felt like 5kg of snow on it …    »

  2. Meanwhile up here in Canada Rule #9 prevails over all »

What does the layman observe when he sees a cyclist in the wild? While we do our utmost to Look Fantastic, in our own eyes and minds at least, outside observers may as well be witnessing little green aliens who’ve just stepped off their spacecraft and are heading to their very first fancy dress/drag party on this weird and wonderful planet...

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  1. This year I got some Rapha touring shorts and one of their merino T’s and I often wear it when I am commuting and know I will be stopping somewhere enroute, or if I am out riding with my 2 Velominis where a mid-ride slurpee or ice-cream stop are typically… »

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...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. martin 2. valverde 3. contador 4. rodriguez 5. kwiatkowski »

Happy living in our stressful lives is all about organization. For instance, I like to sort the tasks first by priority and then group tasks of equal priority into buckets of minor priorities. Software developers creatively call this approach to organization a “bucket sort”. This helps break down what appears to be an insurmountable me...

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  1. @frank As much as I would like to spend the week hanging around with a bunch of too fat to climb, peaking in two months velominati riding, drinking and freezing our asses off all over the cobbled countryside, something inside keeps telling me that if I … »

  2. It appears the Keepers Tour coincides exactly with the already booked family spring break vacation to Turks and Caicos … »