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Every night I pray to Merckx that in the morning when I wake up I’ll have a Campagnolo Free Candy Van with a Super Dome.And every morning, its a fresh disappointment that it didn’t come true. Continue reading...

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  1. A year earlier, 1976 was an Olympic year.  The racing season entailed a series of Olympic qualifying races that Bill attended in that Campagnolo station wagon we saw in pictures in an earlier post. Prior to the start at the Berkeley Hills RR my buddy com… »

Sweet Jesus, here is a DS you can’t bluff. Having Raas, Tchmil or Sean Yates as a director must make you a better rider; you will be getting little sympathy from the team car with one of these guys behind the wheel. Some ex-racers really let go when they retire but only Sean Yates looks meaner and leaner after he quits the pro peloton. This p...

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  1. Don’t f___ with the man with a panino! »

One eye open and dreaming; were the building on fire, I suspect this shell of a man could hardly be bothered to move from his bench.As a Cyclist, the enormous weight of the total exhaustion felt by LeMond at this moment fills my spirit with equal measures of dread and envy. Continue reading...

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  1. 1976, races at Fort Mason San Francisco, CA. A newer VW Van parked next to my funky one, “Hey, how you doin’?” They were Bob and Greg Lemond. Nice folks. »

The Rules – They were never expected to become this well known. Nor was the list ever going to get this long or be taken this seriously. The Rules were first suggested as a few basic guidelines just to keep some basic civility and decorum on the road. But we took it too far (as we do everything) and now The Rules somehow define the Velominati...

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  1. Regarding Rule #79–when training in a double pace line one doesn’t want to disrupt the line or pace at a town limit, it is ok for one or two riders to do a “faux-throw” bike throw. Regarding Rule #81–fresh road rash should not be thought of as a badge of… »

I would have put this under the new “Belgian Affirmations” category, but was overcome with fear that King Kelly would hunt me down and strangle me with his death stare for the crime of suggesting he wants to be anything other than Irish.It is said that some people ride the cobbles with greater ease than the rest. It isn’t necessar...

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  1. 1986 Colorado Springs. I walk into the hotel lobby after a evening of spectating the World’s at the velodrome. I was fit at the time and wearing a cycling jacket. Across the lobby Urs Freuler is staring at me with an expression that said, “who in the he… »

Mimic those who are better than you; this is the underlying principle of nearly everything I do in life, whether in my work, in sport, or hobbies. The less I know about something, the more inclined I am towards this, and the more faithfully I mimic. As my skill and knowledge develope, I mime less and reason more, applying my own mistakes as well as...

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  1. @frank Anything Cinelli was perfect. Lemond’s bar is Campione del Mondo and Hinault’s is Giro d’Italia. No? »

We can mimic the pros in many ways; kit, bikes, shaving our legs. Even if we’ll never ride like them, we can try (mostly in vain) to look like them. We’ll buy a piece of equipment because our favourite pro endorses it, or even adopt trends that the peloton have, such as alloy classic bend bars, slamming a 140mm stem, or putting those pl...

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  1. Yes, Jeff in PetroMetro. There was a time that if you used the term “tubular” people wouldn’t know you were refering to a bike tire. They would have though you meant: cool! My first roll out from the LBS on my soon-to-be-my-first-real-bike-with-sewups … »

Paul Sherwen is generally seen as Phil Liggett’s counter-point, dutifully keeping the iconic duo’s race commentary on course, helping to convey to the English-speaking world the sport of Professional Cycling. Liggett, of course, has undeniably helped shape this great sport  for Anglophones across the globe, having been the English voic...

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  1. Oli and Wiscot, thank you! »

  2. In that first picture what bike is Paul on? Shouldn’t it be a silver Merckx? The brakes are center-pull with reverse cables. »

Rule #22 is perhaps the most complicated Rule amongst the (currently) 85. Part of the complexity springs from the fact that we are all very attached to this small cotton cap. Off the bike, it was once a badge used to recognize one of our own; now it has been taken over by the hipster crowd which subsequently ruined it for those of us who wore th...

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  1. If memory serves, the Raleigh fellow pictured above is wearing a yellow cap issued to the members of the team leading the team competition in the TDF. (Or was it the team of the GC leader?) Was a great visual in the days before helmets. »

The last Dutchman to win the KoM in le Tour was Gert-Jan Theunisse.  He was also the last Dutchman to win atop Alpe d’Huez.  The year was 1989 and I was too busy riding crotch-rockets, water skiing,  and coiffing the plumage of my mullet to notice much else besides an American and fellow Minnesotan had just won the closest tour in history...

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  1. Wasn’t Gert’s nickname Geronimo? I presumed it was because of awsome hair and fearsome race-face. »

Tullio Campagnolo, an amateur racing cyclist, was racing on a classic Rule #9 day in Italy. The weather was cold, and I believe he was racing in the mountains. Riding with the leaders, I can almost feel in the pit of my stomach the dread that must have crept over him as he realized he wouldn’t be able to change gear. At the time, wheels use...

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  1. Oh also. The rear derailer got those strange black plastic bits around the adjusting screws. »

  2. Was it 1978? A regulation (USA?) went into place. The quick release arm was bent. The quick release nut added a roundish tip. The brake caliper release lever took on a spoon shape. The front rerailer added a spoon shape to the leading edge. The brak… »

The Strade Bianche.  Now here’s a race who’s name change I can get behind.  Strade Bianche sounds so much cooler than Eroica, no?  Mind you I speak no Italian but I know cool sounding words when I hear them.  I do own the full Rosetta Stone Italian set, however, and plan to learn one day.  The term, I hope as Pedale.Forchetta wil...

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  1. I rode sector 4 in the reverse direction to Ascanio in 1999. I did not anticipate that a legend would develop around these roads. Like Marko said, it is just cool to ride on gravel. The Tuscan gravel is fine and well-packed. You can ride easily in the… »

Update: On Monday, July 18th, this product has been demoted from Reverence status due to imprecise machining of the 3mm and 4mm allen wrenches.  Please see the updated Reverence article for it’s worthy successor.My apologies to anyone who has purchased this product based on this article. I am truly sorry. Continue reading...

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  1. Minitools are practical and likely necessary when touring less travelled country or mountain biking in remote areas. I have been known to carry and use minitools and on occasion borrow minitools from fellow cyclists. My question is this: can a minitool … »

One of my favorite pass times is to chuck a cycling term into Google’s Image Search, set the filter to Large, and see what turns up. It is incredible how much porn you have to sift through, by the way. I would really think words like “shaved” and “hardman” would be innocent enough, but take it from me – that is n...

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  1. After looking at the startline photo more closely– Number 12 is Clark Natwick, number 11 is Jim Gentes. This is a junior race. The guys in the grey jerseys (actually orange) are from the Velo Sport Club. Velo Sport was a shop in Berkeley owned by Pete… »

  2. Two more things illustrated by the Clark picture: barend shifters, a cap that fit over your hairnet helmet. On any cx weekend these guys would school me on dirt. You could line up with: Lawrence Malone, multi-US champion, reported to be the first guy t… »

  3. Club Endspurt…you can just make it out on Clark’s jersey. Likely not on slicks; cross tires at the time were not much bigger than 25 mm. A file pattern would hardly show in the picture. The start line picture is Tilden Park Berkeley. Maybe ’74. The… »