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The darker months bring out the macabre in each of us; for Gianni it was the extinction of his beloved Park Tool adjustable clamp. For me, I found myself mourning the fact that I recently purchased a headset press. Ignoring the fact that a Velominatus of my stature didn’t already own one, the mourn behind the mourn is where the interest lies...

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  1. @unversio I’ll go that route if I have to, but it would be better if I could just find the part. @Nate Thanks.  I didn’t see anything on Brandford’s website, an obscure thing like the hub piece probably requires a phone call. And to be more on topic,… »

  2. Grrr!  Above post got all jacked up.  Retry: @all  Does anyone know where to get that aluminum dust cap, as seen in the above Record hub?  I lost one on the front of my Chorus hub, so one side looks silver and shiny, the other side has the black donut ex… »

  3. @rfreese888 »

I’m not saying I’m Batman; if I was Batman it would be a foolish thing to admit to and if I wasn’t Batman it would be a foolish thing to claim to be. What is true, however, is that Batman is pretty cool and it would probably be pretty cool to be a cool dude like Batman. It bears mentioning, however, that I have never been see...

@MangoDave's posts:

  1. @VeloVita = Torner @wiscot I’m with you on this one.  All of this Big Mig bashing is messing with my psyche.  Sure, I wish he would have attacked in the mountains more, but he could climb along side the best of them, then crush it in the TTs.  Pl… »

Life is full of surprises. Some you don’t want, like a funnel web in a shoe, while others are completely unexpected but more than welcome, even if you are then left with figuring out the hows, whys and HOW?s of the serendipitous conundrum now presented to you.This is how I now feel, after fate knocked at my door via a source that doesn’...

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  1. @Kupepe I love my Peg.  Dario was more understated with the paint in the past… »

Doing things the hard way is a luxury. It says to the world that we’ve beat evolution; intelligence is no match for technology and economy is no match for indulgence. We need only step a bit outside our bubble to realize the scale of the illusion, but nevertheless it has become reality for many of us who live our lives happily and fortuna...

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  1. @Rob A mechanic?  Not for me.  I love working on my bikes, and if/when I ever win the lottery it will afford me the luxury of spending MORE time caressing and fondling all things velo in my workshop. »

There was never any question in my mind that tubulars are more romantic than clinchers, and as a Velominatus I was always convinced that the additional time and care that goes into gluing on a set of tires would make you feel just that much more connected to your bike and the history of the sport itself. I was skeptical, however, that tubs would ri...

@MangoDave's posts:

  1. @kenl That’s the dilemma, since the Open Pros are in excellent condition.  The only thing wrong with them is one of the stickers is starting to peel.  For some of the more OCD Velominati, that alone might be enough justification to build up a new set o… »

  2. @minion According to their own website, the H Plus Son TB14s are clinchers designed to resemble a tubular.  Maybe I’m missing something. »

  3. @Nate Thanks Nate.  I don’t think I’ll look for older rims, I’ll stick to current models.  Plus, for some reason I keep thinking my hubs are a new model, but reality sets in and I realize they are 14 years old already.  I’m not getting older, must be so… »

  4. @Chris Ha!  That might fit under the More Knowledgeable/Universal Truth box.  My only reason to consider something else would be for the weight factor.  Something like the Mavic Reflex is a fair amount lighter, and I don’t anticipate flying over the co… »

  5. This topic is timely, but possibly bad news for my bank account.  After riding my entire cycling life with clinchers, I’ve been recently considered going with a set of tubs.  A couple of questions for the more informed (or just more opinionated)… I hav… »

Most great ideas in life are accompanied by an unforeseen consequence of equal or greater magnitude. For instance, no one predicted that the Industrial Revolution would pollute our air and set off climate change on a global scale. Similarly, no one realized that when placing unfathomable computing power in the palm of our hands in the form of smart...

@MangoDave's posts:

  1. @wiscot This.  That was apparently a really gruesome crash while in a motor-paced race.  The derny driver died in the accident, Merckx had head trauma and the infamous back injury.* Thanks to some archived articles on this site, I’ve been fiddling with… »

I have met @chris on the original Keepers Tour. He seemed like a reasonable person at the time. Then again, @rob passes himself off  as a rational person yet he signed up for the Too Much on 100 ride and completed it. People sign up for these crazy rides because it forces them to get in the best shape possible. It makes these long rides more enjoy...

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  1. @Chris Ha! Thanks!  It’s for a good cause, and hopefully we can add some motivation for your ride.  I will definitely be anxious to hear how it goes. I suppose this is as good a place as any to offer a few more words of introduction.  I live in the Ari… »

  2.   FNG here, first post.  I figure I would start out on a positive note and donate to the cause.  The site is fantastic, been following it for a short while.  Already have a copy of The Rules, I’m on the path.  Cycling has been my primary sport/hobby/way… »