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Velominatus: Pedale.Forchetta

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Cycling and Photography

@Pedale.Forchetta's activity:

The grade is long and I am climbing away. I’m not going to Pantani this: I am not out of the saddle, not in the drops and not leaving everyone in my wake. The climbing gear was engaged a long time ago. There is progress, but I am not dancing up this climb. A little more cadence would really help here. If I could just get this mother-lover spinnin...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Great article! The (perfect) Italian phrase in a very nice bonus. »

I had always imagined that de Ronde van Vlaanderen must be hardest race in the world. The way I worked it out – having never ridden the course of either event at the time – was that de Ronde had the same cobbles as Roubaix, but with 20% grades thrown in. It makes enough sense so long as you don’t know what you’re talking abo...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Thanks for the encouragement guys. By the way the Giro is almost here… »

  2. @therealpeel Photos are not for the sake of cycling, but for the sake of photography itself. Selective color is bad as would be bad cycling wearing long compression socks, then everyone is free to do and like what he want. »

  3. I hope you would reconsider the use of selective color to  the photos. »

I wasn’t anywhere near old enough to hold a driver’s license but my dad had already bought me a motorcycle. It was a late seventies BMW R100 RS, dark blue. I loved that bike; I polished it fortnightly even though it never left the garage. I spent hours sitting on it, twisting the throttle and squeezing the clutch, diving in and out of t...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Domenico Pozzovivo (the Pianist), Giro dell’Emilia 2013 »

Wind is an asshole. I have no patience left for it. It has all of it been used up, gone, finished. It is the only force that I’m aware of (with the possible exception of gravity) that is more stubborn and less willing to listen to reason than I myself am. It blows me around on my bike, it embezzles speed from my Magnificent Stroke. No matter...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. @frank The Milano Sanremo 2014 with the very old route is a gift to Cavendish. He’s better be ready! »

  2. Against the wind, Tuscany, Saturday 8th March 2014. »

@wiscot is at it again. He is the Velominati historian and I’m always pleased when more of his writing arrives at the bunker. Luckily for all of us, cycling has a long history, most of which we are unaware of. This was not taught at school. Any article that includes the words Spartacus and Hour Record in the first paragraph already has my att...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Great article and great recollection… »

I don’t know if its because I see something of myself in them or if it awakens some kind of nurturing instinct, but I always seem to find myself drawn to tragically flawed figures.Layne Staley and Marco Pantani strike me as two halves of the same whole; incredibly talented yet tortured with mortally addictive personalities, both set loose in...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. MP in pink jersey – Giro d’Italia 1998 »

Welcome to the Kermis. It’s not a recycling, it’s a reintroduction. The idea is to repost an old article that still resonates today and see where it goes. We will endeavor not to abuse this feature.I’ve referred to Frank’s fantastic Perfect Amount of Dumb article at least five times in my own posts. My reference is usually that I’m dumb b...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. And this is the son of Thor »

  2. @Gianni that’s for you, DZ the day of Il Lombardia 2013 D »

Ok all you roadies, listen up. You’re not gonna like what I’m about to tell you, but it’s the truth. And sometimes, the truth hurts. You ready?Road cycling owes a lot to mountain biking. Continue reading...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. »

I have no dog in this fight but @Henrik does. I can’t swim in the serious ‘stache growing gene pool. And yes, it’s already Vajanuary, we left Mo’vember with nary a nod, why, because it’s stupid. Rule #50 could have included having the last name Freuler and wearing the prison stripped Atala kit as the second exception...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. @Optimiste …a picture is worth a thousand words…   »

  2. My contribution… »

The dark makes everything worse; something primal awakens in us when the sun has gone and we are wrapped in the black cloak of night. Laying in bed, my worst thoughts and fears come knocking like some used-car salesperson who won’t leave me alone. There is no shutting down of this process, our imaginations are given free reign to do their wor...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Night rider »

Cycling is a mighty sport with a rich and complex history. Every company, racer, piece of kit, and component has a legend, a story behind it; in many cases it also has a personal and nostalgic connection to our lives.  While this particular sport is steeped in tradition, it is also fiercely modern, a fact that serves only to deepen its complexity...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Merry Christmas! »

Up here in the Northern Hemisphere, this off-season is the time for rest and repair. The body and bikes need some extra refurbishment. It’s fun fixing up the bike; buying new bits in the bike shop is easy. It’s not as much fun fixing up the body.VLVV, Gianni Continue reading...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. @Mike_P   great! »

Although he was already an active community member, I began my friendship with Dan Richter in early 2012 after he reached out to me regarding some wheels he wanted us to take along on Keepers Tour: Cobbled Classics 2012. At the time, he was an amateur wheel builder making some money on the side selling his wheels on eBay. Like many of us in this co...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. @frank thank you »

  2. An incredible and serious own goal. »

Assuming you ride somewhere outside the borders of Antarctica, you have likely already heard about the injustice being imposed on our friend and fellow Velominatus, Dan Richter who goes around these parts as @Dan_R.I’ve been riding Dan’s wheels for a bit over a year, and they are the best I’ve ever had. After hearing about the sui...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Ah, fucktard! »

  2. Such an incredible error from Mr Mike company. I don’t trust them anymore. I’m with Dan! »

I realise that I may never live this down, and that my reputation within the Velominati community will be damaged irreparably, but I’m out. – Anonymous AKA @936ADLDespite the endless talk of tea and cakes, the inaugral London Cogal will be remembered for that other quintessentially English conversation point, the weather. Everything was...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. A bunch of Badass, enough said. »

Patience has never come naturally to me – I’m more Calvin than I am Hobbes in that regard. Yet I am meticulous and demanding of myself and those with whom I journey through life. It is a conflict that has caused its fair share of grief; my childhood is piled high with memories of incidents where I made choices and mistakes that robbed...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. @Deakus I play Folsom Prison regularly, I mean I play it with my guitar… »

  2. Usually the process that ends with a new bike for me takes around one to two years. A lot of time, well spent though! PS forgive me, but I’ve to post this photo, for the only reason that I like it. »

La Vie Velominatus. It is the life we, as Velominati, lead. It is life as a disciple of cycling, of the greater meaning the bike holds and the lessons it teaches us. Along the path, one of our great duties is the wholesale consumption of the great Works related to our sport. From periodicals to books to films, herin lies the list of works conside...

@Pedale.Forchetta's posts:

  1. Following the wise advice of the great photographer Andy Bokanev I bought a great photo (cycling) book: Captured: Le Tour De France a Travers Tino Pohlmann / the Tour De France Through Tino Pohlmann http://www.seltmannundsoehne.de/en/buecher/ansehen/11… »