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Given the fact that everyone over-tightens their pedals to the crank arms, one needs a long lever to get too much torque. Rule #94 decrees using the correct tool and using it correctly. While the proper tool has always been available, it is up to us to evolve, to understand the difference between right and wrong, between vice-grip and open-ended w...

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  1. @VbyV Tool savvy father is spot on. I have stuff I inherited (snap on amongst others) that is 40 years old and as good as when it was made.  My dad taught me nothing about bikes and everything about bikes because he taught me understanding of mechanics a… »

Each of us throw a leg over our top tubes and submit ourselves to the open road in recognition of the risks involved. These risks include those of a puncture, crash, damaged equipment, disability, and – ultimately – death. We try to be vigilant, we ride assertively yet defensively, and we hope for the best. We take every reasonable precaution t...

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  1. I log in wondering what wit and wisdom will be up today and read this. I never knew Jon except through his posts, but what posts, funny and shot through with a love of the sport. he will be missed. RIP Jon »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. Cadel Evans 4. Hesjedal 5. Van Garderen »

Until the 70’s it was common to race on gravel roads, but the Paving of the Planet has led to nearly every road being graced by smooth, black tarmac. As is the case with most things, once we are shown the easy path, it is difficult to return to more arduous ways. So it is with gravel roads; we take measures to avoid unpaved roads and in doi...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Faboo 2. Boom 3. Phinney 4. Sagan 5. Cunego »

Exposure to religion in my youth was by way of a brief dose of sunday school at the local Unitarian church. The point there, evidently, was to learn about other religions and turtles. If a point was being made, I missed it. When Catholic friends of mine came over for the weekend I would accompany them to the closest Catholic church and we would end...

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  1. @Ron Yep, Went out and bought the tools to change bearings on Powertorque crank cos I had a click on each pedal stroke. Changed the bearing and it was still there. Turns out the freehub needed greasing is all. Why that should only click only on a left ped… »

During the birth of The Rules, just like the Big Bang, there was a flurry of new activity, too much expanding and not enough contracting; certainly not enough thinking. It’s hard to keep the throttle back when divining the Word of Merckx in real time. The interweb tubes whistled with new Rules shuttling back and forth, beers consumed, genius...

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  1. @Lepidopterist Ignore the “might be” and learn to delete »

  2. @harminator All valid reasons of course but never forget, when you are going up Alpe d’huez or the local equivalent  a Casually Deliberate wave to someone descending can do much to put your buddys under psychological pressure. Fucked I might be am but … »

The Velominati mourn today the passing of Fiorenzo Magni, perhaps one of the Cycling world’s greatest living example of the spirit of The V and all that surrounds it.Magni was the original Lion of Flanders, a feat heightened somewhat by his being Italian, not Flemish – though the Flemish had little to argue with after he won de Ronde th...

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  1. The embodiment of the V. RIP »

It seemed so easy, when I was young, to decide who to love and who to hate. These days, life is a complicated web of heroic deeds and dark shadows. As we get older, it appears our heroes and villains get mixed up.Fortunately for us, Cycling is about much more than bike racing. It is about loving the machine, submitting ourselves to the cathedral ...

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  1. The cleaning ritual is the one thing carbon or black parts can never beat polished metalnon. The satisfaction of cleaning polished crankset and mechs is one that is hard to beat. I once asked Mrs L if I could  temporarily store the No 1 in the bedroom, “… »

One of the loveliest things about the Grand Tours is that you get a feel, by the nature of the route, of the country’s landscape and physical qualities. Italy is littered with mountains and coasts, France is bordered by mountains with large swaths of open landscape throughout, and Spain is like Tatooine; mostly desert with some rocky outcropp...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Froome 2. Contador 3. de Gent 4. Gesink 5. Anton »

You can all wave “goodbye” to your Post GT Depression Syndrome, because the Men’s Olympic Road Race is only three days yonder. I don’t typically give two shits about this particular event; while contested by national teams, unlike the Worlds it appears as just another one-day race on a calendar filled with events that carry...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Cav 2. Sagan 3. Griepel 4. Goss 5. EBH »

It seems a disservice to start the Women’s Giro right before the Tour de France. Even at Velominati’s main bunker HQ, the new TdF VSP sponsorship excitement has overshadowed this race. But at least it is starting (the race and the VSP), nine stages, a time trial, some sprinting, some climbing and some serious transfers. The race starts...

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  1. I dont know Im just guessing »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Pooley 3. Arndt 4. Bronzini 5. Cooke »

We are proud to announce a change to the Velominati Super Prestige moving forward: sponsorship. We are delighted (if a little surprised) at the interest our partners showed in this endeavor, despite the short notice we gave them. Four sponsors will be gracing the sides of our team bus for this year’s race: fi’zi:k is our Super Domesti...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Wiggo 2. Cadel Evans 3. Schleck the elder 4. Nibbles 5. Ryder »

It came to me in a moment of absolute clarity, the kind of clarity which only arrives to one in an oxygen-depleted state and at high speed – usually down a steep descent. It would be awfully nice to justify wearing my Molteni jersey, rather than having it hanging in my workshop all the time.It had been suggested a few times already by the tim...

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  1. @Buck Rogers No idea about that paticular jersey but if you ask me Merino wool is the dogs, great to ride in. »

  2. Brilliant idea @Frank. June 17th happens to be the day I am riding a 246km sportive, nearly double my previous record for distance so I recon that will do to honour The Prophet. @Mikael Liddy Perhaps there should be a rule amendment, something like “….. »

After a winter of long training rides that offered more in the way of numb extremities than it did in acute enjoyment, I have to say that the warming of the air and brightening of the skies have served to remind me that while I love riding in bad weather, I certainly don’t have anything against riding when its nice out.But dont think for...

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  1. VSP PICKS (2nd Rest Day Swaps): 1. Scarponi 2. Basso 3. Uran 4. Visconti 5. Pozzato »

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. From Wikipedia “For a rouleur Yates climbed very well for his weight.” OK so which joker is going to fess up to that. Mind you I bet he did/does. »

After a winter of long training rides that offered more in the way of numb extremities than it did in acute enjoyment, I have to say that the warming of the air and brightening of the skies have served to remind me that while I love riding in bad weather, I certainly don’t have anything against riding when its nice out.But dont think for...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Scarponi 2. Basso 3. Schleck the elder 4. Visconti 5. Pozzato »

I thought I’d take this opportunity to move en danseuse on Rule #89 and to refer to Liege-Bastogne-Liege by its less-common Flemish name. It also draws into sharp relief that fact that while Dutch may be every bit as expressive and subtle as French, it certainly sounds less sexy.Some races seem to foster a romanticism that other races of e...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Voeckler 3. Sanchez 4. Schleck the elder 5. Cunego »

During the Ronde von Vlaanderen, we of the 2012 Keeper’s Spring Classic Tour were right on the Oude Kwaremont climb as the women big-ringed it up the cobbles. Kristin Armstrong (US Women’s Team) was burying herself to get on Judith Arndt’s (Greenedge) wheel. It looked like the winning break was going right in front of our eyes. Se...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos 2. Pooley 3. Arndt 4. Cooke 5. Mcgrath »

I just had to use this pic of Tom Simpson in 1965 wearing the Peugeot kit as the title pic for this year’s VSP for La Fleche Wallonne. Rigid hooked himself up on the Keepers Tour with the same kit he purchased at the Flanders Cycling Museum and it’s Grade A nipple lube. Although victory eluded Simpson in this Classic he still looked dam...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Voeckler 3. Frank Schleck 4. Anton 5. Cunego »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Voeckler 3. Frank Schleck 4. Sagan 5. Cunego »

When people think of the The Netherlands, they generally think of flat lands, windmills, and a topography where people claim to “live at elevation” when their home on the third floor of a building. Never the less, this is not entirely true as The Motherland does, in its most southern reaches, boast quite hilly terrain; the province of...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Schleck the elder 3. Sagan 4. Voeckler 5. Cadel »

We rode the Pavé of Roubaix in the dry, and any comforting feelings we might have been carrying about with us that suggested we had somehow prepared for them were summarily vaporized as we hit the first secteur. Riding together in a group, unable to reach for the brakes or the shifters, we all were hit with the same realization: these aren’...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. The Thunder God 2. Boonen 3. Ballan 4. Big George 5. Flecha »