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An ancient Velominati legend states that when the The Prophet created the common fly, he gave it a maximum air speed of exactly 12 kilometers per hour. When he created the common Cyclist, on the other hand, he gave us a maximum climbing speed of 11.9 kilometers per hour.The worst flies on the planet live in the Pyrenees, where it is hot and humid...

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  1. I can go one better. Riding the 4WD tracks up Mt Kosciuszko (Australias highest mountain, but not so high on a world scale) underneath the chairlifts in summer, the gradient is such that riding just faster than walking pace is a big effort. The march flie… »

As surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, if you ride a bicycle you can bet your ass against an apple that you are going to get a flat. Not if, but when. Death and taxes, and all that.This could be Pierre or Antonio or Jean-Michel, most likely a name that rolls off the tongue with the same ease he rolled his dead tubular from the...

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  1. @TBONE I think to use CO2 bottles is soft.  A good pump (I like Lezyne and quality, useability and style) is far more practical.  When your mate, who lacks V has his second puncture and has no more CO2, what will you charge for the use of your pump?  1 co… »

Everyone knows that the quality of one’s character is measured by the size gear they can push, particularly when going uphill. It is also a well-established fact that no self-respecting Flemish Pro would ever ride a Compact, no matter what condition their knees are in or how ferocious the gradient. Which, by extension, means that Compacts are...

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  1. Rode the Audax ACE250 route as part of a small group earlier in the year, from Bright over Mt Hotham, Falls Creek and Tawonga Gap.  53-39 on front, 11-23 on rear.  Ok, not seriously badass, but the back side of Falls Creek after Mt Hotham and 160km would … »

I’m not too proud to admit to having multiple phobias against various things. That’s phobia multiplicity. Having a phobia against something is very simliar to having a normal phobia, except that in addition to being irrationally scared of something, you also harbor a stifling grudge against it. Also possibly irrationally.For example,...

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  1. @Mikael Liddy George needs some plumbing work done.  Too many kinks in that pipework. »

How can we not talk about the Tour? After Sunday’s stage it’s hard not to be a little excited. Until yesterday the most thrilling thing I had seen was Mark Cavendish’s mad man chase back to the peloton after a late-in-the-race crash. He needed to get back quickly as the race was hurtling toward a sprint finish he was supposed to w...

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  1. Why I ride a custom made (for me) frame, made from Columbus Spirit oversize tubes, TIG welded and sharp as. »

We close out the 6 Days of the Giro with our sixth and final installment.A body at rest, stays at rest. A body in motion, stays in motion. Things get a bit more ambiguous when it comes to a body on a bicycle tearing down a twisty mountain descent at speed, particularly in the rain. But it is here, on the boundary between clarity and ambiguity, wher...

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  1. @mouse Similar happened to a small groupo descending to Montrose.  5 of us (a good V bunch?) following this twerp who wouldn’t let us pass.  Near the bottom he stopped hard in the middle of the road and then flicked on the right indicator.  We were too cl… »

There are always at least two ways to accomplish any task: properly and improperly. Drinking beer from a glass, not the bottle; carrying a full umbrella instead of a miniature fold-up; stirring your gin martinis, not shaking them; wearing french cuffs with a suit, not button cuffs. The Velominatus, of course, is drawn towards doing things Properly,...

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  1. Thankfully I (we) have been doing it correctly all these years.  A-Merckx. »

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. I guess http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/#37 is so you don’t obscure advertising on your shades, however the requirement is impractical once you stop for coffee.  With the arms on the outside, you have to remove your shades before you can remove your h… »

@scaler911 likes beer and pizza, as we all do. I bet Jensie does too. He races more, we drink more, he has to finish each stage at the Tour, us, not so much. There must be a balance to all our cycling lives. Since we don’t have to earn a living racing we can relax a bit but this word “relax” maybe where the trouble lies.Yours in C...

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  1. @Deakus Careful, a bullock in some places is castrated.  ;-) »

That is the question. Are carbon wheels a viable option for everyday riding? Should carbon wheels be your go-to wheels rather than your just-for-racing wheels? I don’t really race and I don’t own any carbon wheels and I wonder. Granted, every professional is and has been on carbon wheels for many years so it’s easy to think we sho...

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  1. @MaLóL I’ve built a few wheels on KinLin XR300 rims.  Nice and aero, quite strong, not too heavy and relatively inexpensive.  For braking performance and brake surface longevity, I can not go passed Mavic OpenPro Ceramic – but only for a front wheel, and … »

The Velominati have our own set of nicknames and terms which have developed over time through posts and correspondence. Some of these are names of landmarks or terms in cycling; others are nicknames for some of the riders in the pro peloton. While not intended to be offensive or derogatory, the nicknames in the list represent the riders’ pe...

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  1. @sthilzy A-Merckx !! »

As we gingerly assembled outside the gite, the Belgian sun shining for the first time in the three days we’d been in the spiritual home of cycling, the conversation was muted; what do you say to a legend of the sport, an apostle in his parish about to hold a sermon on two wheels? I can’t recall who it was who said it, but I remember the...

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  1. I think the picture of the dilly bag at the top of this page look, well, like a dilly bag.  I.e. your seat has testicles – way to far back.  I much prefer, if it is absolutoey necessary, a bag that fits between the rails and almost hides up under the seat… »

The Velominati have our own set of nicknames and terms which have developed over time through posts and correspondence. Some of these are names of landmarks or terms in cycling; others are nicknames for some of the riders in the pro peloton. While not intended to be offensive or derogatory, the nicknames in the list represent the riders’ pe...

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  1. I’d like to propose a new entry to the Lexicon.  We have a useless cycling commentator on our local SBS channel named Anthony Tan.  All useless cycling commentators should be tarred with the same brush and called “A Tan”.  Need a demonstration?  http://ww… »