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Was Paris-Roubaix the best of the Spring Classics in 2013? Milan-Sanremo was amazingly photogenic, Ronde van Vlaanderen was inevitable but Roubaix was just about perfect. We all prefer the wet and gray “This weather is good for us” Roubaix yet this race’s drama transcended the fine spring day in the North of France. There is no be...

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  1. Great write up and an awesome race! »

At some point, I reckon the idea may dawn on me that I’m not a climber. Eighty kilos and standing something just shy of two meters, I’m not clear on why climbing is what speaks to me most about Cycling; I’m certainly not built like a grimpeur. But there is no question about it; I love riding in the mountains. I only have to catch...

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  1. Epic effort Frank! What gearing were you running? »

@steampunk dropped this beauty of a photo on us. Volumes being spoken here, none of which makes being a pro look so great. Thanks Steamy.VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Great picture! Always amazes me just how scrawny some of these guys are and they still manage to grind it out for weeks on end… respect! »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @Chris The braided rails are a nice addition… they add just a touch of extra compliance that, depending on how stiff your frame is, can be a real bonus. Made a noticeable difference on my Foil when riding over rough patches.   @brett +1… ESI grips a… »

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. Wheel suckers sitting in don’t bother me because they’re getting a free ride or for some reason that I’m working harder… for me, it’s a safety issue. You just don’t know if you’ve got a legit cyclist on your wheel or some mid-life crisis carbon craplet»

I must admit to not having read most of the cycling memoirs in the Works. I may eventually but the local public library doesn’t carry any of them and never will so I’ll have to buy them or ask Frank to tote everything he has to Hawaii. I did get off my wallet and buy these two and it was money well spent. David Millar and Tyler Hamilton...

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  1. @Marcus Amen to that… this is just getting to be absurd now. »

Evelyn Stevens was working on Wall Street four years ago and is now the best American women cyclist. How is that possible? Her parents must be enjoying dinner with pulses of 40 bpm and sky high VO2 maxes. Are they both professional marathon runners? Is that how they met? Maybe they have never attempted aerobic sports. If Evelyn has siblings and the...

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  1. @Gianni I don’t think anyone has ever better managed to sum up the entirety of my riding technique that you did with “scrub off less speed in the corners or use my awesome mass to distance people on descents”… Classic! »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. @Beers File down an old spoke… use it to reopen the housing after cutting. And, anyone who hasn’t tried them should check out Yokozuna cable kits. Really impressive performance for the price. Work as well as the Nokon I have on another bike and are a… »

Despite being a bald, visually challenged Velominatus, I envy only one other man from the peloton past. The only man who could pull off the historically near-impossible chrome-dome/ponytail combination, and couple it with a pair of wire-rimmed reading glasses yet still manage to exude a lethal concoction of Gallic style, hardness and pure V that co...

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  1. @frank Intersting!! I had no idea… I always thought credit went to LeMond. »

Cycling and crashing are the kinds of things that come together whenever you liberally combine Newtonian Physics, skill, and overconfidence. In other words, I’ve been falling off my bike for nearly as long as I’ve been climbing on it.One of the more memorable crashes of my youth involved the commute home from my high school and a lady...

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  1. @frank Queue up the Smooth Criminal remix!! Glad everyone was unhurt, apart from maybe some bruised up pride, it looked pretty bad with that launch! »

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. It’s got an interesting take on Lance included at the end if anyone’s interested… http://www.pavedmag.com/featured/dirty-words-the-miserable-champions/ »

  2. Just stumbled across one of the most amusing descriptions of looking decidedly non-pro I think I’ve ever seen over on pavedmag.com… In an article about mx/skiier/snowboarder/mtn biker/wildman Shaun Palmer. “Palmer on a road bike is like a monkey with h… »

Cycling and crashing are the kinds of things that come together whenever you liberally combine Newtonian Physics, skill, and overconfidence. In other words, I’ve been falling off my bike for nearly as long as I’ve been climbing on it.One of the more memorable crashes of my youth involved the commute home from my high school and a lady...

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  1. @the Engine Not sure which impact you mean, another rider tanks the barrier right behind him but I think the second impact sound is just the boards shaking in their mounts from the first impact. Still can’t get over how far he launches!! »

Despite being a bald, visually challenged Velominatus, I envy only one other man from the peloton past. The only man who could pull off the historically near-impossible chrome-dome/ponytail combination, and couple it with a pair of wire-rimmed reading glasses yet still manage to exude a lethal concoction of Gallic style, hardness and pure V that co...

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  1. @unversio It always amazes me just how non-aero riders were before LeMond… »

The Bike. It is the central tool in pursuit of our craft. A Velominatus meticulously maintains their bicycles and adorns them with the essential, yet minimal, accoutrement. The Rules specify the principles of good taste in configuration and setup of our machines, but within those principles lies almost infinite room for personal taste.It seems in s...

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  1. So… on the kinked chain… Are chain guides not allowed in CX? Something like the C-Guide? Or what about switching to a mountain derailleur like the XTR with the clutch or a SRAM Type 2 derailleur? »

Cycling and crashing are the kinds of things that come together whenever you liberally combine Newtonian Physics, skill, and overconfidence. In other words, I’ve been falling off my bike for nearly as long as I’ve been climbing on it.One of the more memorable crashes of my youth involved the commute home from my high school and a lady...

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  1. @Leroy Hmm… embedding fail. Let’s try that again. http://youtu.be/rNjWeATyylc http://youtu.be/rNjWeATyylc »

  2. Not the best way to deal with barriers… »

Despite being a bald, visually challenged Velominatus, I envy only one other man from the peloton past. The only man who could pull off the historically near-impossible chrome-dome/ponytail combination, and couple it with a pair of wire-rimmed reading glasses yet still manage to exude a lethal concoction of Gallic style, hardness and pure V that co...

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  1. I love the way the bike is captured in this photo… filthy yet somehow immaculate… the back wheel skimming over the stones, slightly askew yet still pounding ahead… Poetry in motion right there! »

I must admit to not having read most of the cycling memoirs in the Works. I may eventually but the local public library doesn’t carry any of them and never will so I’ll have to buy them or ask Frank to tote everything he has to Hawaii. I did get off my wallet and buy these two and it was money well spent. David Millar and Tyler Hamilton...

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  1. @Oli Wasn’t Sastre an Operation Puerto guy? »

  2. @frank Well put! I just read about Cadel & Ferrari… man, the list just keeps getting longer… »

  3. @unversio Apolgogies… I thought you were basically saying I was a Pharmy consumer who bought up all the things “Lance” in his glory days… My bad. »

  4. @unversio Oh… how cute, taking shit and making it personal. For the record, I’ve never consumed anything Armstrong related… not even so much as a gay yellow bracelet. I just have a firm grasp on reality and haven’t been blinded by hatred for the gu… »

Cycling and crashing are the kinds of things that come together whenever you liberally combine Newtonian Physics, skill, and overconfidence. In other words, I’ve been falling off my bike for nearly as long as I’ve been climbing on it.One of the more memorable crashes of my youth involved the commute home from my high school and a lady...

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  1. @frank Are chainguides allowed in CX, well not a full guide but a “xc’ish” guide like the Bionicon C-Guide or the Trek ‘Dangler’ or whtever it’s called? …and, more importantly, is there a rule stance on their usage? Could’ve helped prevent that kinking…. »

I must admit to not having read most of the cycling memoirs in the Works. I may eventually but the local public library doesn’t carry any of them and never will so I’ll have to buy them or ask Frank to tote everything he has to Hawaii. I did get off my wallet and buy these two and it was money well spent. David Millar and Tyler Hamilton...

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  1. @unversio No he simply went along with the established culture… The same can be said of all the other champions. Any one of them could’ve put the brakes on. What if when Landis comes out, Ullrich supports him? What if Ullrich comes clean after realizing… »

  2. @Marcus I agree… Not a fan of Pharmy but the whole thing is a mess I wish cycling didn’t have to be involved with, again. »