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The flat back position is perhaps the greatest lie ever told in sport, provided you ignore any of the racing we’ve seen in the last decade or two.It is possible, I suppose, that when we talk about a flat back, what we really mean is that on an elementary level, all curves are really just a series of straight segments connected at an angle; wh...

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  1. The second paragraph of this post had me in hysterics. Fucking hell. »

The corollary of Rule #12 is that one focusses the bulk of their energies on upgrading Bike #1 with the result that upgraded gear typically cascades down to Bike #2 and on down through Bike #n. This is The Way of Things; Bike #1 gains the most, but in the end, they all benefit as upgrades trickle through the stable, with the oldest and most wo...

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  1. @Oli Agreed. »

Let us pray for rain.The Sunday after Ronde Van Vlaanderen brings us to Paris-Roubaix. The Holiest of Holies. There are no bergs to ride over, instead, accelerate to maximum speed to be in the top 20 to start each cobbled section, bring power up to flank to float over broken treacherous farm path crown, gutter or ditch or all three at the same time...

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  1. I’ve spent some time preparing and contemplating my Beyonce (that’s the correct pronunciation of Bianchi, isn’t it?) this evening. That bike is one truly wretched looking, sorry pile of crap. It deserves the comeuppance it’s heading for on the Grave tomor… »

Ok, ok, settle down now people. Take your seats please. You’re all a little bit on edge, like some cycling Gamblers Anonymous group that’s been let out for the weekend with a pocket full of bills and the name of the nearest bookie. But in your excitement, you managed to crash our server, delaying the fix you so desperately crave.But wai...

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  1. Hincapie – a freight train from hell heading straight up the arse of the competition. This will be his year, I’m certain of it… VSP PICKS: 1. Hincapie 2. Heinrich 3. Cavendish 4. Roulston 5. Cancellara »

The inaugural Velominati Super Prestige continues the with Tour de France edition, on Saturday July 3rd in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, just kilometers from the start of the Giro d’Italia in Amsterdam (Dutchland is a small country). This will be the second Grand Tour of the series, and at this stage the Grand Tour rules and regulations are f...

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  1. Hincapie will slay all! »

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 propose adding an adjustment to Rule #18/19: No lycra shorts to be worn ever while riding a mountain bike, with some exceptions permissable for xc racing when the conditions make it a more sensible choice (ie, you’re racing in the world cup, or at least … »

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. This is useful, but should be alphabetical. Get with it! »

Nothing says “amateur” more than an imperfect handlebar tape job, a dirty bike or a nasty grimy chain. Conversely, a clean bike feels faster. And new handlebar tape and a clean chain imbue a rider with extra fortitude and a little extra snap in the legs.The professionals don’t need to wrap their own bars-they have full- time mechanics who can...

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  1. Recently I taped my FSA K-Force bars. I got PRO on it and went for FSA bar wrap (black, with embossed FSA logos). Not only does it match the bar (consistency counts), it’s beautiful tape (try it), wraps well (unlike some) and looks sick (as I am the tape … »

We are quickly arriving at what is, for any Velominatus, the end of the most awesomest week of the year.  There have been emails and comments flying around within the community so we thought it would be fun to publicize our plan for honoring the Hardmen of the Cobbles this coming Sunday.So, with that, we launch the first Keeper Tip Hotline.  Fo...

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  1. I heart Hincapie. Hope he picks some light, fast carbon rims again. Oh, and a carbon steerer too. »

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. Rule #47 about brake lever position doesn’t make any sense. What about different degrees of distance to the drops? On a “compact” bar this might work, but on the deeper drop bar that I use, applying this rule would set my lever hoods halfway down the bend… »

I am facing a major problem; one not easily solved.  One of our principal Keepers – Brett – had made mention of the most important element of cycling: the Rules.  While the Rules are ambiguous, they are also very clear.  Not so much “clear” in the sense that any of us really know what they are or what they really mean; mo...

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  1. @frank I liked reading your piece on bike fit. I also favour a “slammed down” frontal set up on both my mountain and road bikes. I believe that good hip flexor and hamstring flexibility is needed to support it, though. I’m a lot more flexible than averag… »

  2. Oh, and if creaks bother you, the Nokons are prone to that too (especially when used in foul weather a lot) unless you keep the contact points of the pearls lubed up. »

  3. I wouldn’t recommend the Nokons to anyone. They shift ok, but not great – they have nothing on a well set up Shimano SP41 system, or Jagwire’s ripcords, and if it’s ultimate performance you’re after it all seems to point to Gore cables (now offered by SRA… »