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Going fast and looking good while doing it is our Velominati creed. Riding on the tops is the domaine of going uphill, where braking and aerodynamics are unimportant. In most other situations that position is too slow. The pros are usually flattened down in the drops or flattened down on the brake hoods. When us non-pros are not climbing, riding on...

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  1. @Gianni  Roger nails it but Tom Boonen (amongst others) can do a pretty good impression of what is known in my circles as “the Belgian time-trial position:. »

  2. Well said Gianni.  Braking is indeed, no way to live.   »

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. @Mikael Liddy Jesus, Mohammad & Allah that is a travesty.  Why do pro teams persist with white knicks? They have no redeeming features.  With some blue or even red knicks that kit might pass but white!  FDJ have just blown their 2015 season right th… »

  2. @Mikael Liddy jesus & allah that is awful. Why do pro teams persist with white knicks? They have no redeeming features. None.  Give that kit some blue knicks and you might get away with it. Whatever, FDJ have just blown their season right there and … »

One of the things that strikes me most about the English is they don’t appear to have developed any sort of “inner dialog”. It seems anything that passes through the brain is parlayed directly to the tongue; if the thought being expressed is an insult to you, it will generally include a query for confirmation: “You’r...

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  1. @teleguy57 Sorry to hear you had such a crap run with the Strada’s.  I’ve only had the cheaper Vulcanos as a training tyre – was tempted by the Strada’s though.  Thanks for the advice: I still have two sets of Corsa Evo CXs to get through before I  buy… »

  2. I’ve not ridden Pave’s but if the Corsa EVO CX are anything to go by then they’re probably good.  Challenge make reasonable tubs too in my experience. WRT someone above who commented about the extra fuss with dealing with tubs: fair point until you get  … »

Whenever you see one of those yellow cars or motorcycles laden with spare wheels and manned by efficiently deliberate young professionals with no allegiance or favour to any one rider, take a moment to reflect on the oft-overlooked pioneer of the neutral service as we know it today, M. Jacques Mavic.Usually only sighted once a year in July, Jacq...

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  1. @wiscot I’m not sure that categorises under defence.  But then again, it could. (off-topic aside: this is easily the most enjoyable thread on any forum/site that I have read for some time) »

  2. @Mikael Liddy That is a good point.  But if Shimano was officially providing the NS, surely they would have been obliged to carry some Campy in the wagon?  Or does someone know if they actually had none?  If that were the case, would it be fair to say … »

  3. Sadly I cannot add further detail to this curious & innovative gentleman’s obit.  Hopefully someone can.  Great photo, almost maniacal in his glee. Buck – I agree,  Cadel had a tough time in that Vuelta.  Third by the same margin as the time taken fo… »

To keep chickens is to walk a path towards introspection. From the songs they sing after laying an egg (which I assume is “chicken” for “I’m Every Woman“) to the sheer glee they show when they find a worm in the mud, chickens provide a perfect example of living life in and for the moment. The most interesting aspect o...

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  1. Happy coincidence perhaps but in lieu of a tt bike, this position is about as aerodynamic  as you can get on a road bike, provided you keep your back flat, head tucked and knees in etc.  Which of course is excellent if you are making a 150km solo break du… »

@Bianchi_Bob sent his article in just this week. Its sense of urgency required it to be published NOW. We all need reminding to live in the moment; here is a good reminder. Thanks Bianchi Bob. Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. Thanks for writing that Bob, its a great piece and great story. Best wishes »

The Whale Shark is the biggest nonmammalian vertebrate* on the planet, rivaling the dinosaurs for size. How do you feed yourself when you’re that huge without loading up on carbs all the time? Easy, you swim around with your mouth wide open for 22 hours a day and hope enough food swims in there to take the edge off the hunger pangs. Cycl...

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  1. Apropos of Martin, T.  : he rode another great TT yesterday. »

  2. When it comes to breathing, less whale-shark and more Buteyko will take you further, faster. »

I hate to distract from Marko’s defense of his POC helmet and shades photo but @snowgeek is weaving cycling and sailing together here. It may never have been done before so please read carefully. The two activities have almost nothing in common except the wind and being wet and miserable. @snowgeek is not dwelling on the wet and miserable par...

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  1. I like cycling, I like sailing and I like your work here. I’m sure Ive miss-understood most of the key elements but nevertheless, this is a fantastic piece of work which will occupy my brain, particularly while cycling, for some time to come.  Thankyou.  … »

Maybe it’s the milestone of aging that I recently reached. It could be an awareness of the unique foibles of this sport/activity/pastime that I practice. Possibly, I just woke up one day and realised that this is a weird thing for a middle-aged man to be doing. The time for reassessment hit me, involuntarily and without warning. And I’m...

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  1. Beautifully written Brett, thanks. Perhaps in your nadir of darkness you may have found enlightenment regarding The Rules and The Purpose.  The Rules are just enablers for the journey, not a destination in themselves.  Hold them up as the destination and… »

This note arrived to the Velominati Bunker back in April. It was a confession. It was a cautionary one. Everyone knows someone who has done this. I nearly did it myself*. I replied to Alex, not sympathetically enough yet his message has stayed with me. Is this worthy of a New Rule? Yours in Cycling, Gianni Continue reading...

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  1. @Boltzmann I’ve heard a similar story involving a drive-through hamburger restaurant with Scottish origins and a car laden with TT bikes.  Triathletes of course.  Wondered why people were yelling at them and blasting their horns until they realised that… »

The divisive nature of Rule #29 is not to be underestimated. It is but a humble satchel, but our rejection of its use sends people completely out of their minds. One fine gentleman even threatened my editor at Cyclist Magazine with cancellation of his subscription on the basis that they published an article wherein I espoused the virtues of goi...

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  1. @andrew Far from it. »

  2. Maybe its just me but all this obsessing about where to carry spares/tools on a bicycle seems more like a religious fetish than anything else.  Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that – its just not for me. Vive le difference. »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. @Marcus Agree. Although – where was Smiling Sammy Sanchez?   I’d love him to be in the mix but he’s largely MIA so far.  Saving his legs? »

Despite the proclivity towards being all-knowing that comes as a consequence of my being Dutch, the most beautiful things in life are discoveries that come as a result of not knowing. We are quick to answer but slow to think; the easy solution lies at our fingertips while the true mystery lurks just beyond, ready to reveal her secrets if only we a...

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  1. @frank Actually, Scotland is an island if you’re anywhere near the northern beaches in Sydney, Australia. »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Evans 2. Quintana 3. The Chauffeur (Duran Duran) 4. Hesjdal 5. Sanchez »

I would have to start training to even do a recovery ride. And I would have to own a cyclometer, HRM, and the unavoidable watt meter. And all that would tell me what I already don’t want to know. Ignorance is bliss until some teenager on a mountain bike gets by you and at that point you better not have a watt meter on your bike. Still, we hav...

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  1. @geoffrey I agree.  Fiends who speed past in the drops are welcome to pass, regardless of the state of their or my kit or machine. On another day the roles may be reversed. As the Japanese say: ten people are ten different colours. »

  2. @frank Related to this is a German phrase for it which I have no hope of recalling but the jist of which is: less but better. Its my view that this can be applied to many areas of life – although not all. »

The Velominati are proud to present the following guest article by our community member Steampunk, who splits his time between peppering the site with his insight and humor and riding in the sacred Velominati colors. Michael Barry is one of the great domestiques of the peloton; loyal, hardworking, a hardman, a true cycling aesthete – and an e...

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  1. @frank Thats also a difference between a standard small molecule drug and a large molecule biologic like ESA (ethropoetin stimulating agent) or transfusion of packed red cells (PRC).   Because an ESA  is what your body is producing – it’s EPO which you… »

  2. @andrew Thanks for the reply; unfortunately my French is very primitive, not even a high school subject (I went to a very small school in the countryside, no languages) so I’ll just have to park that for a while.  Nevertheless, I too read that review on … »