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Velominatus: Marko

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Marko lives and rides in the upper midwest of the States, Minnesota specifically. "Cycling territory" and "the midwest" don't usually end up in the same sentence unless the conversation turns to the roots of LeMond, Hampsten, Heiden and Ochowitz. While the pavé and bergs of Flanders are his preferred places to ride, you can usually find him harvesting gravel along forest and farm roads. He owes a lot to Cycling and his greatest contribution to cycling may forever be coining the term "Rainbow Turd".

@Marko's activity:

Jens Voigt is set to retire as we speak, having one final crack at a long break in some race in the Cycling backwater of the USA. Is it fair or fitting that he should go out like this, slipping out the back door with little fanfare, while others have been doing a farewell tour of all the big races, replete with fancy commemorative shoes and a son...

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  1. Good one, Bretto. Dopers may take away some of the luster and integrity of the sport of cycling but they can’t take away an ounce of the joy and pain I feel when I’m riding my bike. »

Yes, this makes three Guest Articles in three weeks, but we run the show around here and we do what we want. Especially when it comes to solid, 24-karat gold Cyclist/Rock star comparisons. Especiallier when it comes from none other than Keeper Jim’s lovely wife and food-writer celebrity, Jess Thomson. Its cute seeing the family come togethe...

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  1. I’m confused. Does “crush” have a good or bad connotation to you? I concur though, those dudes look a lot alike. And that hairstyle sure is making the rounds again. The mullet is on deck. »

Before Tomac and Ned, before LeMond and Big Mig, there was Bob Hannah. For a young lad obsessed with motorcycles as well as bicycles, the ‘Hurricane’ was the epitome of style on a bike. His bright yellow Yamaha YZs and matching head-to-toe kit set the bar and inspired me to emulate not only his style on the bike, but off it too. If onl...

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  1. Great one, Bretto. Moto riding was a natural progression for me from BMX as MTB hadn’t happened yet. I had a couple in high school and then moved on to street bikes. Then I put that shit down for a long time until I saw this baby in the classifieds a few … »

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  1. @Wah-Balls FWIW, my balls are average as near as I can tell. I just know good gear when I see it and prefer to define my own happiness rather than letting others do it for me. »

  2. @The Grande Fondue You and Frank should read more carefully. I said Wiggo is the only rider who’s approaching anything close to Lemond or Hinault. There’s some pretty clear qualifiers there. What’s more, Cadel, Nibbles, JRod et al are great riders but the… »

  3. @DCR You’re welcome. I’d be willing to wager though if you tried one on you’d have second thoughts. »

  4. @Frank – Wiggo is cool. Let’s face it. We all know the story. He’s one of the few guys in the peloton right now who’s approaching anything close to a LeMond or Hinault as far as being a complete rider is concerned. Nobody else right now is even trying. Th… »

  5. You know who’s wearing a beard these days? Bradley Wiggins that’s who. Because he can fucking grow one, that’s why. Go Brad. »

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  1. Great read, Bretto. I like how every LBS in the world smells the same. Such a great smell. The Twin Cities are full of great shops. From large chains, to sole owner shops with incredible knowledge and expertise, to co-ops that appeal to gauged-ear, single… »

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. @wiscot »

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  1. The absolute worst is when they impact the outcome of a race or a stage. It’s one thing to make an ass of yourself on international tele but another to effect another man’s livelihood and the experience of fans worldwide just so you can prove what an ass … »

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  1. Keep it classy people. We pride ourselves on at least making a concerted effort to honor and respect that women are making strides in cycling. Every single person who is a member of this community deserves respect. That’s especially true for women. They h… »

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  1. Here goes »

  2. Here goes VSP PICKS: 1. Valverde 2. Gilbert 3. Kwiatowski 4. Mollema 5. Froome »

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. @roger »

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  1. @mssuo Cheers to you for getting out there and riding the shit out of your bike. Glad we could be of any help at all as that still is up for debate in some circles. Welcome – good to have you in the pack. »

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  1. Nice to see Philipe back on form. VSP PICKS: 1. Gilbert 2. Jelle Venendert 3. Nibs Ali 4. Kwiatowski 5. Val Hair Day »

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  1. Not sure if it’s just me or if anyone else has noticed that these Women’s VSP are getting a little more difficult and interesting to pick. In other words, the field is getting stronger as a whole. VSP PICKS: 1. Vos Hog 2. Van Dijk 3. JoHo 4. Stevens 5. … »

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...

@Marko's posts:

  1. @ChewbaccaD So what is it about yourself that makes you feel the need to poke your head into a community that’s new to you and pipe off like that? It’s really not necessary. Nor are we douches. Spend more that 30 seconds and ease into it a bit more and y… »

  2. @Mark Harmon You mean like, “Obey the Rules”? »

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  1. I think Katowa is gonna be hard to beat in the Ardennes. As will C-dale. Gilbert will be there too but without a team. Cheers. VSP PICKS: 1. Q-tipblutowski 2. Knee ball ee 3. Jill bear 4. J-J-Rod 5. Valve air day »

  2. @Gianni Gianni is this guy for Amstel Gold. Don’t play him like that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7FixvoKBw »

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  1. @andrew Just being “what you do” is probably part of it. People just associate glovelets with cycling. Bar tape is so much better these days though compared to the old linen stuff. Good thing there’s no Rule about it. »

  2. @andrew Since riding the stones in Roubaix I have sworn off gloves. My hands, and some other guys’ too, were pretty destroyed half way through the ride. It was from gloves that otherwise seemed fine. Boonen doesn’t wear them either. With the quality of… »

  3. @Ron There aren’t enough +1 badges to go around. I will, and have, soundly berated students during class for this. Of course when I did, they all showed up the next time wearing their pajamas. I love my stoodents. »