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I read recently that a number of Pros like to ride the turbo for an hour or so before having breakfast in the morning to jump start the old metabolic system. Which means that now I ride the trainer for an hour in the morning before breakfast. I think the Pros probably do it to lose weight, and I do it partly for that reason but also to burn off th...

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  1. Re: rollers skillz. Got the one handed thing mostly dialled, although kinda depends which bike I’m riding, the twitchy Ti one needs a bit more care and attention than the more relaxed C one. Can sometimes steel myself to do no handed. Standing up is hard,… »

  2. Sportcrafters rollers with the resistance drum at the back. Awesome. Add the fork stand for the Sufferfest videos where you know you are going to black out just a little and lose balance. Double awesome. »

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. @Deakus Strava. I was in the market for a new cycle computer about 12 months ago so I bought a Garmin. I like the way you can move it from bike to bike and the uber wirelessness of it all. But after 12 months I am a bit over it all, including Strava. All … »

What is the best pro team kit ever? I’m talking team kit only, not a leader’s jersey, national team jersey or the national champion jersey. Not the worst either, for those are legion and worthy of a much longer article than this. @wiscot and I exchanged emails about Urs Freuler and the fantastic Atala kit which led to quick discussion o...

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  1. Sanson (its gelato – what’s not to like?) as worn by The Sheriff. Maes Pils (its a beer – what’s not to like) as worn by the Bulldog. Wiel’s Groene Leeuw as worn by almost no one. Worst kit running around at present is AG2R. Poo brown. ‘Nuff said. I thin… »

As children, none of us were given an allowance. Instead, we were taught from a young age that if we wanted to buy something, we had to earn the money in order to do so. To facilitate the model, and possibly to avoid child-labor law infringement, we were paid to do chores around the house in exchange for a cash payment directly proportional but not...

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  1. @frank Love that photo. Bartoli knows that Il Grillo is his bitch. What he doesn’t know is that Il Grillo will go on to eclipse him. I loved the Briko stingers – red mirrored frames. I would argue that they looked even more awesome on cross country ski… »

As indispensable and overlooked as the gilet, the undervest is the only piece of cycling kit that comes with me on every single ride, year round, in hot, in cold, in wet, or in dry. While one could be forgiven for assuming an undervest lives out its life as an insulation layer, the undervest serves a critical, more fundamental purpose: as a wic...

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  1. De Feet generally freakin’ awesome. Best arm warmers and knee warmers in the universe ever. The UNDshirt is also geat. And their merino gloves are the bomb. Did I mention that their arm warmers (arm skins) are amazing and their knee warmers (kneekers) are… »

In our privileged stables of bikes, it ranks towards the bottom of the heap as Bike #2 or lower, but the Rain Bike is no slouch. This is, after all, the bike we rely on in bad weather, trusting it to carry us safely through what typically amounts to the most dangerous conditions we ride in. Provided you ride year-round, you likely ride this machin...

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  1. The real problem with a rain (winter) bike is that it means the components on your “good” bike last for ever, thus making it difficult to justify investment in “upgrades”. »

Why would any sane person choose to suffer? The answer to this question is a primal one and of particular relevance to society in the current age: control. With chaos and uncertainty creeping from every corner of life, cycling provides us with control over physical suffering; to suffer at our own will provides us the control we viscerally crave. Th...

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  1. There’s an interesting discussion of the hour record in the recently published “Eddy Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike”. Boardman’s coach for the hour reckons Merckx did it all wrong by going off way too fast (1’09” kilos), which resulted in penultimate 10 mins… »

Heads up Velominati of Australia. We got a Cogal. Rick Harman is the organizer so send your questions to him directly <> or through the comments section. cheers, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Heads up Velominati of Australia. We got a Cogal. Rick Harman is the organizer so send your questions to him directly <> or through the comments section. cheers, Gianni

    When Great Britain decided to colonize Australia it sent 11 ships with 277 free persons and 753 convict men and women on board. The convicts immediately became Australians.  Their brave masters endured cups of sugarless tea as they built a nation. It was a ghastly business; whipping the prisoners into submission, feeding them every second day, all the time enduring the hideous noise of leg irons clanging and the death rattle.

    Quite by accident, they created a master race of hardmen. Hardmen who learned how to toil through exhaustion, withstand pain and brutality and ignore hunger, thirst and hardship. Hardmen of questionable breeding and average intelligence, with giant chips on their shoulders, a general hatred of authority and a passionate desire to prove their worth to the rest of the world.  And the rest of the world didn’t really didn’t give a shit.

    The Sydney Cogal borrows from this idea – tough, exhausting and struggling for relevance. A long section of the route follows an old road north of Sydney, forged by convicts, called Old Northern Road – evidently named by the same guy who named the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Great Sandy Desert. Genius. To round up the offering, an imperial century, scenic river flats, a few solid climbs and a whole day to debate whether Cuddles would have survived one day on the chain gang…

    Date: Sunday, June 3, 2012
    Start:  Brewhaha, 286A Pacific Hwy, Hornsby NSW 2077
    Espresso: 8am onwards
    Depart: Hey! Be tranquillo – the ride will start soon enough!
    Classification: Casually deliberate
    Post Ride Recovery Beverages: The Bluegum, 55 Pacific Hwy, Waitara NSW 2077

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    Date - June 03, 2012
    8:00 AM - 5:30 PM


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Sometimes, when there’s a job to be done, you just don’t care what you look like. As with gardening, changing the oil or building that new pergola, the best gear for the job is usually the most practical, not the most stylish. In this Cor Vos image from the 1985 Liége-Bastogne-Liége, keeping warm is clearly the main objective of this...

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  1. Contini doing a very passable George Bush Jnr face. »

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. @Buck Rogers RVV museum, Oudenaarde. »

The saddle has got to be the most important piece of equipment for the cyclist when it comes to comfort and performance. If your ass is rubbing the wrong way, causing chafing and sores, or all circulation is cut off rendering you unable to locate vital organs for nature breaks, then it’s fair to say you don’t have the right saddle. And...

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  1. Ariones crack along the wing flex indents on the underside of the shell. Been through two of them like this, although may have got one back via warranty. I like Ariones enough to have stockpiled several via eBay purchases just in case they stop making the… »

The Poggio. It’s probably one of the most famous easy climbs in the world; going through old cycling photographs, I rarely come across one where the leaders haven’t moved Sur La Plaque. It has a reputation, however, for being a real leg breaker, mostly because any climb is a big climb once you cross its summit after a paltry 291 kilomet...

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  1. Dude won Milan San Remo. From a select bunch. In the Aussie National Champs jersey. It doesn’t get any more PANACHE-TASTIC than that fucktards. Fabian thought he was stronger than everyone else. Either that or he’s forgotten his entire 2011 Spring campai… »